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Public organizations ask to veto law on critical infrastructure

KYIV. Dec 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Some 18 public organizations are asking President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to veto law No.5219 on critical infrastructure, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on November 16, Head of National Assembly of Ukraine, President of the Adamant Internet provider Ivan Petukhov has said on Friday.

Speaking at the tenth conference of the UADOM domain industry, he said there is legal uncertainty in the law, the terms and definitions are written out "extremely vague."

"There are no clear criteria for who should be included there. In partucular, anything can be classified under the Information Services section," Petukhov said.

The head of the public organization said the document contains an extrajudicial mechanism for changing the ownership of critical infrastructure facilities, which, in his opinion, is contrary to the Constitution.

According to him, the possibility of changing the owner, prescribed in the law, with vague wordings, can lead to a redistribution of property and an increase in corruption. "This is a purely corrupt bill," Petukhov said.

He said that initiatives to protect critical infrastructure emerged in 2014, but since then their essence has changed significantly. "Then it was about the protection of power lines, cable ducts and other important infrastructure facilities. All this shows how the concept of critical infrastructure is perverted in the law," the head of National Assembly of Ukraine said.