Only one law was included in the Reform Index’s 188th issue (September 12 to September 25): on ensuring conditions for the restoration and development of electronic communication networks. Overall, the Reform Index in this issue decreased to +0.3 points, with values ranging from -5.0 to +5.0. In the previous round, the Index was +1.1 points.
The Index’s lower value is accounted for by the fact that the only reform law in this period brought positive points to only one area out of six (with the others remaining at zero). Therefore their average score could not stray too far from the zero value. Experts believe important reform decisions could have been adopted in other areas, too.
Law on developing and restoring electronic communication networks, +1.5 points
Law 2530-IX helps develop the telecommunications network in Ukraine, streamlining the procedures for deploying cellular towers on state and communal property. No approval from the Cabinet of Ministers is required to change the designated use of forest land parcels up to 0.05 ha to install technical means or electronic communications facilities.
The law also creates a mechanism for terminating contracts on access to technical means of electronic communications if the latter were destroyed due to hostilities.
Access to the telecommunications infrastructure is granted without developing technical conditions and project documentation during martial law and within a year after its lifting.
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