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Ukraine will get IMF’s third tranche only following pension and gas tariff reforms

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News / 16 May 2011 | 16:38

Ukraine will get IMF's third tranche only following pension and gas tariff reforms

Ukraine will get IMF’s third tranche only following pension and gas tariff reforms

The International Monetary Fund expects from Ukraine approval of the pension reform and settlement of the low gas tariffs problem for households in order to take a decision on allocation of the third tranche on the stand-by program, Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund Max Alier informed, UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, in last July and December two tranches were extended. Now, negotiations are held about the third tranche, but first certain measures on the part of the government should be carried out. Primarily, the pension reform should be implemented, he has said today at the opening of the Seventh Ukrainian Investment Summit Adam Smith Conferences in London.

Earlier, National Bank Governor Serhiy Arbuzov has said that Ukraine expects to get a double tranche of the credit (about USD 3 billion) by results of H1.

He noted that if the principal issues, such as the pension reform and rising of gas tariffs were settled, Ukraine would have already received the credit.

As UKRINFORM reported, last July, the IMF agreed to cooperate with Ukraine on the new stand-by program, which provides for allocation of USD 15.6 billion. At that time, Kyiv got the first tranche, and last December, following the first revision of the program – the second. Their total number amounted to USD 3.4 billion.

The Fund Mission visited Kyiv in the first half of February, in order to examine achievements of the economic policy. IMF representatives came to a conclusion that for extending next tranche at USD 1.55 billion it is necessary to conduct additional negotiations.

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Black Sea Region should become the Area of Stability and Prosperity – Speaker

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News / 16 May 2011 | 15:13

Black Sea Region should become the Area of Stability and Prosperity - Speaker

Black Sea Region should become the Area of Stability and Prosperity – Speaker

Black Sea region should become the area of stability and prosperity, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, made the foregoing statement at the 36th plenary meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member-States in Saint-Petersburg, parliamentary press office reported.

Addressing the audience on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, V.Lytvyn declared that parliamentary assemblies of CIS and BSEC pursued the same goal, i.e. strengthening of cooperation between the countries and nations. He stressed that five PABSEC member states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are also members of CIS IPA.

Lytvyn believes that global and regional challenges make the inter-parliamentary cooperation essential. “The Black Sea region is critical for European politics, economy and energy security owing to its strategic location as the transit region at the crossroads of Europe, Middle East and Central Asia,” V.Lytvyn stated. “Therefore, stability and sustainable development in the Black Sea region are topical in Europe and worldwide.”    

V.Lytvyn declared that PABSEC attaches great importance to the consolidation of regional peace and security on the basis of democracy, supremacy of law, justice, respect for human rights, and international law.    

The Head of the Ukrainian Parliament focused on the growth of multilateral and bilateral cooperation between the BSEC states in the political, economic, and cultural spheres.

“According to our long-term political vision, the Black Sea region will become an area of stability and prosperity,” he stated. “BSEC philosophy envisages that economic cooperation fosters regional stability and reduces political risks.”

The Head of the Ukrainian Parliament supposes that parliament members can play a more important role in the alleviation of tension during the conflicts. Despite certain limitations, parliamentary diplomacy has its advantages, such as increase of awareness, mutual understanding via dialogue and regular contacts, and closer attention to every single state. “I would like to stress that parliamentary diplomacy is people´s diplomacy,” the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada stated.  

V.Lytvyn informed about the outlooks of PABSEC. The next PABSEC General Assembly on the topic “Legislative Support of Transition to Green Economy” will be held in Kyiv on June 30-July 2, 2011.  Participants of the Assembly will discuss the use of genetically modified organisms, legislative backing of scientific-and-technological advance, and observance of sanitary regulations of the World Health Organization in the BSEC member states.  Moreover, a new PABSEC Secretary General will be elected.   

Summing up, V.Lytvyn expressed his content with active cooperation and dialogue between the PABSEC and CIS IPA. He expects its further development for the benefit of the nations.

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Tymoshenko: investigators should be punished for fraud

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News / 16 May 2011 | 13:53

Tymoshenko: investigators should be punished for fraud

Tymoshenko: investigators should be punished for fraud

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has asked the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv to issue a separate ruling on opening a criminal case against the investigator of the Prosecutor General’s Office who, ignoring the laws, launched a criminal investigation against the former premier on the basis of trumped-up facts.

“I would ask, Madam Judge, that you review my petition regarding Mr. Nechvohlod’s crime and issue a separate ruling on opening a criminal case against him. Because such falsifiers much be punished,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during today’s hearing.

According to her, all expert assessments by the current government, in particular the Ministry of Justice, which is headed by Oleksandr Lavrynovych, a representative of the ruling party, against directives issues by Yulia Tymoshenko for conducting negotiations between Naftohaz Ukrainy and Russia’s Gazprom can’t be regarded as government directives according to the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

“This criminal case isn’t just political repression aimed at removing Yanukovych’s opponent, it’s meant to cover up the crimes committed by RosUkrEnergo after the new government came to power,” Yulia Tymoshenko believes.

Judge Halyna Suprun, who is presiding over the hearing, after debates by both parties, announced a break until 2 p.m. to decide the outcome of Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal.

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Ukraine expels two Czech diplomats for spying

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News / 16 May 2011 | 12:26

Ukraine expels two Czech diplomats for spying

Ukraine expels two Czech diplomats for spying

Two Czech diplomats have been expelled from Ukraine on suspicion of spying, Ukraine’s security service said on Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

Col. Zdenek Kubicek and Maj. Petra Novotna were accused of spying and trying to gain access to Ukraine’s military secrets.

“The Czech diplomat [Kubichek] was also interested in classified data related to Ukrainian projects in the tank industry and satellite navigation for Oplot tanks,” security service spokeswoman Marina Osypenko said.

Osypenko said the diplomats – both defense attaches at the Czech Embassy in Kiev – were also caught buying confidential documents linked to Ukraine’s ambitious Antonov An-70 transport plane and Antonov An-178 cargo aircraft.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwartzenberg said later on Friday that the expulsion was a retaliation measure to the Czech Republic granting asylum to former Ukrainian economics minister Bohdan Danylyshyn in January. Danylyshyn is an ally of Ukraine’s embattled opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

“We have grounds to believe that this has nothing to do with espionage, but is a retaliation measure,” Schwartzenberg was quoted as saying by the Czech Mlada Frona Dnes paper.

The Ukrainian authorities have accused Danylyshyn of abuse of office and misspending $1.75 million in state funds. He was arrested in Czech Republic on an Interpol wanted list in October, but a Prague court rejected the extradition request in February.

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Tihipko: Ukraine will use Bulgarian experience of pension reform

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News / 16 May 2011 | 11:02

Tihipko: Ukraine will use Bulgarian experience of pension reform

Tihipko: Ukraine will use Bulgarian experience of pension reform

Bulgaria’s experience of pension reform and legalization of wages is one of the most successful in Eastern Europe. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko, who went on a working visit to Bulgaria.

Tihipko acquainted with the Bulgarian experience of reforming labor and industrial relations. He is scheduled to meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria, Simeon Dyankov, Minister of Labor and Social Policy Totyu Mladenov, the leaders of social institutions.

“With drastic reforms, Bulgaria has achieved significant results, garnering more than a 20-percent increase in revenues to the pension and social funds. Ukraine has no fewer reserves to strengthen the social protection of citizens, in particular, improve the welfare of pensioners,” the Deputy Prime Minister said, UKRINFORM reported.

He is convinced that, increasing responsibility for paying wages in envelopes and illegal employment, the government must at the same time take steps towards business, simplify procedures for hiring and dismissal from work, and carry out large-scale deregulation.

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