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Tymoshenko sure she will win presidential election

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2009


News / 26 June 2009 | 17:41

Tymoshenko sure she will win presidential election

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that she will definitely participate in upcoming presidential elections, and has no doubt about her victory.

She said at a press conference in Lviv on Thursday that she would run for president to realize the ideals of the Orange Revolution of 2004. “After four-and-a-half years, I want to finally realize the ideals of the orange Maidan [Independence Square in downtown Kyiv where protests were held in 2004]. I’m trying to realize them despite colossal resistance,” she said, according to UkrInform.

Tymoshenko said that earlier, she was not planning to run for president, and insisted that her team unite with the presidential team. She said that if there were a systemic work, she would have supported incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko for a second term. “But in recent months and last year, I did not see any desire by the president [to improve the team work with the premier]. And now, the president does not have any chance to win [presidential elections],” she said.

The parliament set January 17, 2010 as the presidential election date.

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Yuschenko positive about results of Ukraine’s first year in WTO

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2009


News / 26 June 2009 | 17:00

Yuschenko positive about results of Ukraine’s first year in WTO

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has said he is positive about the results of Ukraine’s first year as a member of the World Trade Organization, Kyiv Post reported.

“I want to tell you that last year we had a $14 billion negative trade balance, -$17 billion in the commodities trade. [Now,] when we have a several hundred million dollars of positive balance in just five months, I think this is a victory and a great optimistic indicator of national trade policy modernization,” Yuschenko said at the National Security and Defense Council meeting on Friday.

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BYuT is convinced PR intends to dismiss VRU

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News / 26 June 2009 | 16:00

BYuT is convinced PR intends to dismiss VRU

The BYuT states that PR hopes to dismiss the VRU, and there fore they block the solution of staff issues. The leader of the BYuT faction Ivan Kyrylenko told journalists today, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

According to him, in one of the interviews of PR member Mykola Azarov it is clearly described the plan of the PR – to hold early parliamentary elections at any cost. “The PR is blocking the VRU work now. Their demand on voting for law on increase of living wage and salary is only a pretext of not to consider staff issues,” he said.

Kyrylenko noted that it was impossible to adopt law on increase of the social standards without proper calculations, agreed with the government and position of the state budget and PR knew about it.

As a reminder, today the parliament should consider the staff issue on dismissal and appointment of Finance, Transport and Foreign Ministers and maybe some other Ministers. But the PR blocked the VRU work, demanding to consider and adopt the law on increase of living wage and salary. The VRU will continue its work on June 7.

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Yushchenko called politicians to think about people

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2009


News / 26 June 2009 | 14:54

Yushchenko called politicians to think about people

The President Viktor Yushchenko is convinced that any changes into the Constitution should be taken by the consent of the people.

“Any change to the Constitution should be open and transparent, elaborated and adopted on consent with the people. This is a fundamental principle of democracy,” the President says in the article “New Constitution – our common step into the future!” publicized in Delo newspaper, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

According to Viktor Yushchenko new rational Constitution, based on democratic principles, will allow us to overcome economic challenges due to unity and effectiveness.

The President called Ukrainian politicians to unite and think first of all about the people. “We should remember that we are one nation,” he added.

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Tymoshenko: Local budgets should administrate individuals income taxes

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News / 26 June 2009 | 14:28

Tymoshenko: Local budgets should administrate individuals income taxes

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has called for the transfer of the right to administrate income taxes of individuals to local budgets, she said at a meeting with chairmen of regional state administrations. according to Ukrainian News.

Tymoshenko said that new wording of the Budget Code envisions that 15% of the individuals’ income tax will be left at local development budgets.

At the same time, she said that this tax is a local one, thus it should be left in local budgets.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, on June 23, the parliament endorsed the new wording of the Budget Code.

The document envisions the formula-based system of transfer relations between the state and more than 12,000 local budgets.

The document also provides for introduction of new and clarification of the existing concepts and terms in the area of budgetary legislation, clarification of the functions of the distributors of state budget funds, and concretization of the provisions on operations with state and local debts.

The document also provides for clarifying the Budget Code’s provisions on the particulars of implementation of the state and local budgets in case of untimely adoption of a law on the state budget.

The document also details the provisions regarding the requirements on reports on implementation of the state budget.

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Naftogaz to take part in auction on sale of 18.3 percent stake in Ukrtatnafta

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News / 26 June 2009 | 13:40

Naftogaz to take part in auction on sale of 18.3 percent stake in Ukrtatnafta

National JSC Naftogaz Ukrainy would take part in an open auction on the sale of an 18.296% stake in OJSC Ukraine’s Ukrtatnafta (Kremenchuk Oil Refinery in Poltava region), the press secretary of the state holding, Valentyn Zemliansky has told Interfax-Ukraine.

As reported, Ukrtatnafta is planning to sell 18.296% of its shares – a stake whose ownership has been highly contested in recent years – at an open auction on June 27 as part of a court order that Russia’s Tatneft argues has been suspended, Kyiv Post reported.

A source at Russia’s Tatneft told Interfax that the company had received notification from Ukrtatnafta about the auction, although Tatneft believes the auction is illegal. “If the auction is held, it will be held illegally,” the source said.

The source said the company had only learned a ruling by the Poltava regional court forcing Ukrtatnafta to sell the 18.296% stake to its shareholders at the end of May. Tatneft and Naftogaz then filed appeals with the Higher Economic Court of Ukraine, which suspended the lower court’s ruling.

In addition, under the Ukrtatnafta charter, it is the company’s supervisory board that must make a decision on the sale of shares that have been declared as unpaid. The auction was thus called solely on the basis of a court ruling that has been suspended. “The court ruling has been suspended and the auction is illegal,” the source said.

The source also said that the shares are to be sold in a single lot at the auction. “The terms of the auction are such that Ukrtatnafta and basically the Privat Group are fully controlling the access of participants to the auction,” the source said.

CJSC Ukrtatnafta was created based on decrees issued by the Ukrainian president and the president of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan in 1994. The company was set up on the core of the Kremenchuk Oil Refinery, which has capacity to refine up to 18.6 million tonnes of crude per year. At present, the company’s largest shareholders are Naftogaz Ukrainy with 43.054% and the Tatarstan property ministry with 28.7788%. The 18.296% stake was previously owned by Seagroup International Inc. (U.S.) and Amruz Trading AG (Switzerland).

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Chornovil suspends his permission to exhume his father’s body

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2009


News / 26 June 2009 | 11:59

Chornovil suspends his permission to exhume his father's body

Chornovil suspends his permission to exhume his father’s body

MP from the Party of Regions faction Taras Chornovil intends to suspend his permission to exhume the body of his father Vyacheslav Chornovil. He said that in an interview, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“I have taken a decision to suspend my consent to exhume the body of my father because this concerns the investigation secret. When I gave my consent for exhumation the Prosecutor General’s Office promised not to disclose this fact. I believe that without exhumation it is impossible to establish reasons and circumstances of death now, because investigation was 100 percent falsified in 1999 year and I have grounds to affirm this,” he said.

The politician noted that PGO has divulged information on exhumation without no reasons and rights.

He added that he does not want to make a show of the exhumation. He does not want to make it in public and discuss in details.

As a reminder, Vyacheslav Chornovil was tragically killed in traffic accident in 1999.

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PR blocked VRU again

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2009


News / 26 June 2009 | 10:35

PR blocked VRU again

PR blocked VRU again

The Party of Regions has blocked the VRU podium, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

The deputy chairman of the PR faction Oleksandr Yefremov explained the actions of his political force: “The matter concerns the law on increase of the living wage and salary. But yesterday the coalition started to play with this issue. This draft law was supported in the first reading, but was not supported totally. So coalition intends not to pass this law in order it not to come into effect until autumn.”

According to him, today the main demand of the PR is voting for this necessary for the whole country draft law. “Either we consider and vote for this law, or the parliament will not consider any issues and laws the coalition wants,” he added.

As a reminder, yesterday the parliament adopted in the first reading draft law on changes into the Law “On state budget of Ukraine for 2009″ concerning the volume of living wage and minimal salary, submitted by the Party of Regions. 243 MPs voted for this law: PR – 172, BYuT – 0, OU-PSD – 25, CPU – 27, Lytvyn bloc – 19.

According to the law, minimal salary should be increased by UAH 200, and pension – by UAH 100.

According to the deputy head of the budget committee, MP from the BYuT Oleh Lyashko said that the committee does not support this law as in case of its adoption the government should additionally allocate UAH 37 billion, that will misbalance the state budget.

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