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President: For national economy to develop, government needs to create incentives for business

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 18:05

President: For national economy to develop, government needs to create incentives for business

President: For national economy to develop, government needs to create incentives for business

For the national economy to develop successfully, it is necessary to create the appropriate incentives for business and give attention to the development of high-tech industries, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s meeting of the Committee on Economic Reforms, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“Since the declaration of deep modernization policy, we have performed a number of important tasks to stabilize the economy, form a new legal framework, and improve social standards. However, it is obvious that the key to real progress in the real economy,” he said.

The President said that only modern enterprises, productive work, fair wages, and stable jobs would make the national economy effective.

In this context the President pointed to the importance of the Government creating motivations for the development of entrepreneurship and investment in Ukraine.

The President drew particular attention to the need for active development of a number of leading industries with strong technological and professional potential, such as aerospace, engineering, military, mining, and metallurgy.

According to the President, science also plays important role in the development of the real economy. “If there is innovation and progress, there will be the real economy with new products and new technologies,” he stressed.

The President also pointed to the need for serious dialogue between business and government on the effective policy of import substitution, market expansion, and capacity building of the domestic market.

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Antimonopoly committee to check prices in hotels

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 17:30

Antimonopoly committee to check prices in hotels

Antimonopoly committee to check prices in hotels

On the eve of Euro-2012 the Antimonopoly committee of Ukraine has started the inspection of prices for hotel accommodation in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv and Donetsk, deputy head of the committee Rafael Kuzmin told the press.

“Out task is to check justification of prices for single, double and triple hotel rooms for coming foreign fans. The price must be adequate and meet European standards. Now we keep receiving complains about overpriced hotel rooms,” he said.

Kuzmin specified that the inspection will be carried out in all hotels of the host-cities. According to him, if the committee reveals any facts of monopolization on the market, the violators face fines at the amount of 10% of the annual income.

“For example if there is only one hotel near a stadium, and the next closest hotel is 100-150 km far, we have all grounds to consider such hotel a monopolist. If we see that this hotel violates the antimonopoly legislation we will inform the relevant agencies on overpricing and will send a request to change the situation,” the official explained.

Kuzmin informed that the committee will also inspect hotels, located on highways leading to host-cities.

According to the official, the committee will complete inspections and present the results by June 1 of this year.

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World Bank forecasts deficit of labor force in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 17:00

World Bank forecasts deficit of labor force in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

World Bank forecasts deficit of labor force in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Worsening of the demographic situation in Eastern Europe, related to a phenomenon of the population’s ageing, in the future will entail deficit of the labor force in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova and other states of the region.

This opinion was expressed by Vice President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Philippe Le Houerou, UKRINFORM reports.

“Besides the growing necessity for optimization of expenses, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus should pay a special attention to protection of the human potential in relation with the growing unemployment rate and worsening of the demographic situation in those states,” Philippe Le Houerou stressed.

According to the World Bank forecasts, by 2050, due to the ageing phenomenon, the number of able-bodied population in Moldova will reduce by one third, in Ukraine – by 35%, and in Bulgaria and Belarus – by 40 percent.

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President: Real economy development is key to Ukraine’s progress

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 16:30

President: Real economy development is key to Ukraine's progress

President: Real economy development is key to Ukraine’s progress

The development of real sector is the key for success of national economy, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych sad at a meeting of the Committee on economic reforms, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the President, only modern production base, new jobs, productive labour, fair salaries and stable working places can ensure effectiveness of the national economy.

“We understand that as much we earn, as much we can spend,” the President said.

Yanukovych believes that labour prestige lies at the root of economic success. Our resource potential should be our competitive advantage in the global market, the President said. According to him, only in that way Ukraine would be able to boost its economic growth, improve the quality of life of citizens, and protect social and economic interests

“Motivation for growing generation is also important. Entrepreneurship also has no small part. The authorities must carry out such policy, which takes into account all these factors, creating motivations,” the head of state summed up.

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Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike, Penitentiary Service threatens with a lawsuit

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 15:55

Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike, Penitentiary Service threatens with a lawsuit

Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike, Penitentiary Service threatens with a lawsuit

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, jailed for abuse of office and serving seven year imprisonment term, has declared an indefinite hunger strike in the Kachanivska penal colony.
“It is a protest against what is happening in the country and personally to her,” Tymoshenko’s defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko told a briefing near the colony on Tuesday.

He read out an appeal by Tymoshenko on seven pages. “I’m refusing to take food as a sign of protest,” Vlasenko said, citing Tymoshenko.

In her inquiry Yulia Tymoshenko claimed she was forced to go to the Kharkiv hospital on April 20 and that she was punched by prison officials after her refusal to go on her own.

The prosecutor of Kharkiv region Hennadiy Tiurin has admitted that former Ukrainian Premier was transported from the Kachanivska Colony to the Central Clinical Hospital by force, but denied any violence.

“A person took her things, she got dressed, but then laid on the bed and said, ‘I won’t go anywhere.’ According to the law, the penitentiary service has a right to apply force, so we took her, carried her to the car and transported her to the hospital,” the prosecutor said.

“In her statement, announced by the defense lawyer, Yulia Volodymyrivna notes that prison officials applied physical violence to her, in particular they punched her in the stomach and twisted her arms and legs. Nothing of the kind happened. She was transported by medical workers. Colony officials were only accompanying. And she was carried only when she could not walk by herself, at the staircase for example,” deputy head of the colony Ihor Kolpashchikov added in his turn.

The official also stressed that if Tymoshenko’s defense continues distributing false statements regarding the Penitentiary Service, the department will appeal to court.

“All these statements about the Penitentiary Service obstruct the principle activity of the colony, which is punishment, improvement and so on, but not what we are doing now. If this continues we’ll have no choice but to lodge a lawsuit on obstruction of activity,” Kolpashchikov said.

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New Customs Code to come into force from June 1

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 15:30

New Customs Code to come into force from June 1

New Customs Code to come into force from June 1

The new Customs Code of Ukraine will come into force on June 1 of this year. The official document has been published in the official edition of the parliament “Holos Ukrainy” (Voice of Ukraine).

According to the current legislation, the Customs Code comes into force from the first day of the second month, following the month of its official publishing, which is June 1, 2012.

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Fuel from destroyed energy block of Chernobyl nuclear power plant to be recovered in 30 years

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 15:00

Fuel from destroyed energy block of Chernobyl nuclear power plant to be recovered in 30 years

Fuel from destroyed energy block of Chernobyl nuclear power plant to be recovered in 30 years

Works on recovery of fuel from destroyed energy block of Chernobyl nuclear power plant will start not earlier than in 30 years, first deputy chairman of the State agency of Ukraine on alienation zone Dmytro Bobro informed.

“As soon as the new confinement is built we will demount unstable constructions. These works will take about 10 years. As for the fuel materials and the recovery and disposal works, the storage facility will be built in 30 years,” the official said.

Bobro explained that for this time it is necessary to create special robotic technology, with the help of which it will be possible to reach the fuel masses. And further works will last another 60 years.

“Basing on such approach, the new confinement is required to have 100 years of guaranteed safe use,” the official summed up.

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Parliament elected new Ombudsman

Posted by the Editor on April 24, 2012


News / 24 April 2012 | 14:30

Parliament elected new Ombudsman

Parliament elected new Ombudsman

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has appointed Valeria Lutkovska the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights.

According to the press office of the parliament, by secret ballot the candidate has got 252 votes in favour.

As a reminder, the parliament considered only one candidature for the post of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeria Lutkovska. Her candidature was submitted by the parliamentary majority.

The Verkhovna Rada Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations did not support Lutkovska for the post of ombudsperson.

“Valeria Lutkovska has no experience of human rights activities, which is a prerequisite prescribed by law for a person to be appointed Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, and therefore she can not claim this position. This decision was supported by five MPs with four against,” the committee head said on Tuesday.

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