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LAW OF UKRAINE

of December 24, 2015 No. 917-VIII

About reforming of the state and utility printing mass media

(as amended on 02-10-2018)

This Law determines the mechanism of reforming of the printing mass media founded by public authorities, other state bodies and local government bodies.

Article 1. Law coverage

1. Operation of this Law extends to printing mass media, founders (cofounders) of which are public authorities, other state bodies and local government bodies (further - printing mass media), and the editorial offices of printing mass media, founders (cofounders) of which are public authorities, other state bodies and local government bodies (further - editions).

2. Question of official promulgation of regulatory legal acts of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by printing mass media, the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the ministries, other central executive bodies, and also other bodies which acts according to the legislation are subject to state registration about the mechanism of realization of regulations on official publication and entry into force by this Law are not regulated by regulatory legal acts.

Operation of this Law does not extend to the Golos Ukrainy and Pravitelstvenny kuryer newspapers which according to legal acts perform official publication of the laws of Ukraine and other regulatory legal acts.

Article 2. Stages of reforming of printing mass media and editions

1. Reforming of printing mass media and editions is performed in two stages: the first - within one year from the date of entry into force of this Law and the second - within the next two years.

2. At the first stage reforming of printing mass media and editions according to the list approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on representation of the central executive body providing forming of state policy in the field of television and broadcasting, information and publishing spheres is performed advanced training of employees of such editorial offices will be organized, and also the Summary list of subjects to reforming is constituted.

3. The list of the printing mass media and editions which are subject to reforming at the first stage which procedure for forming is determined by the central executive body providing forming of state policy in the field of television and broadcasting, information and publishing spheres joins printing mass media and editions addressed with the corresponding petitions to the specified body.

4. The central executive body providing forming of state policy in the field of television and broadcasting, information and publishing spheres generalizes results of the first stage of reforming of printing mass media and editions and in case of need prepares offers on modification of the corresponding regulatory legal acts.

5. At the second stage reforming of the printing mass media and editions which are not reformed at the first stage is performed.

Article 3. Methods of reforming of printing mass media and editions

1. Reforming of printing mass media and editions is performed as follows:

1) exit of public authorities, other state bodies and local government bodies from the list of founders (cofounders) of printing mass media and edition - in case of absence in property of edition of the state-owned (utility) property;

2) exit of public authorities, other state bodies and local government bodies from the list of founders (cofounders) of printing mass media and edition with transformation of edition by members of its labor collective to the company with preserving the name, purpose, language of the edition and thematic orientation of printing mass media;

3) exit of public authorities, other state bodies and local government bodies from the list of founders (cofounders) of printing mass media and edition with the subsequent privatization of the property of edition which is in the state-owned or utility property according to the legislation concerning privatization if the labor collective of edition does not submit during the proposal on the participation in reforming of printing mass media established by this Law of term;

4) transformation of the printing mass media founded by the central executive bodies to official printing publications.

2. Determination of the size of the share belonging to the state in property of edition is performed according to the legislation on privatization.

3. Within four months from the date of entry into force of this Law founders (cofounders) of printing mass media and edition shall pay the tax debt and to obligatory payments, liquidate wages payable and fulfill other financial liabilities according to the legislation.

Article 4. Procedure for decision making about reorganization of printing mass media and editions

1. The decision on reorganization of printing mass media and edition is accepted by their founders (cofounders) with participation of labor collective.

The labor collective of edition has the priority right in determination of method of reforming.

2. Within three months from the date of entry into force of this Law the labor collective of edition on general meeting at which there are at least three quarters of total quantity of staff employees makes the decision on participation in reforming of printing mass media and edition and submits to founders (cofounders) the proposal concerning reforming method.

3. Founders (cofounders) of printing mass media and edition after receipt of the proposal of labor collective of edition make in a month the decision on reorganization and on method of reforming which is brought to the attention of labor collective and goes to the central executive body providing forming of state policy in the field of television and broadcasting, information and publishing spheres for entering into the Summary list of subjects to reforming and to the central executive body realizing state policy in the field of state registration of printing mass media.

4. If the labor collective of edition did not report about the participation in reforming during the term determined by part two of this Article, founders (cofounders) of the relevant printing mass media and edition make the decision on reforming independently.

5. The decision of founders (cofounders) on reforming of printing mass media and editions from the date of its acceptance is published in a month in the relevant printing mass media.

6. Disputes between founders (cofounders) of printing mass media and edition and labor collective of editorial office of the specified printing mass media on method of reforming are solved judicially.

Article 5. Features of property management of editions in the course of their reforming

1. Property management of editorial offices of the state printing mass media before completion of reforming is exercised of authorized bodies of management, is their founders (cofounders), according to the Law of Ukraine "About management of objects of state-owned property".

2. Property management of editorial offices of utility printing mass media before completion of reforming is exercised of their founders (cofounders).

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