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Croatia promises to consider visa regime liberalization for Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2005


News / 26 September 2005 | 18:20

Croatia promises to consider visa regime liberalization for Ukraine

Croatia promises to consider visa regime liberalization for Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Vladimir Litvin met with Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and Minister of Foreign Affairs & European Integration Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.

As the VR press office informed, Ivo Sanader issued instructions to Ms Grabar Kitarovic to consider the issue of liberalizing the visa regime between Ukraine and Croatia.

In the Prime Minister’s opinion, Ukrainian nationals, who are holders of Shengen visas, will be entitled to automatic issuance of Croatian visas at the Croatian Embassy in Ukraine.

As Vladimir Litvin noted, on October 3 and 4 Zagreb will host consultations at the level of deputy foreign ministers.

In this connection the Speaker articulated his hope that the consultations will bring about tangible positive results.

As Ivo Sanader noted, the visa regime must be primarily liberalized with regard to Ukrainian entrepreneurs.

In turn, the Ukrainian Speaker reaffirmed Ukraine’s bid for integrating with the EU.

According to Vladimir Litvin, in addition to Ukraine’s more strenuous effort to this end the nation needs the EU’s more clear-cut encouraging signals. Litvin also reaffirmed Ukraine’s bid for joining the WTO.

In turn, Ivo Sanader noted that Croatia expects Ukraine to shortly join the WTO. We are ready to support Ukraine as partners and friends, Mr Sanader noted. In his opinion, Ukraine’s future is in the EU as Ukraine is a European nation.

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Ukrainian, Croatian Speakers reach agreement on signing Cooperation Declaration

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2005


News / 26 September 2005 | 18:05

Ukrainian, Croatian Speakers reach agreement on signing Cooperation Declaration

Ukrainian, Croatian Speakers reach agreement on signing Cooperation Declaration

As the Verkhovna Rada press service informed on Monday, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Vladimir Litvin and his Croatian counterpart Vladimir Seks reached an agreement on signing a joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Parliaments of Ukraine and Croatia.

According to Vladimir Litvin , his meeting with the Croatian Parliament Speaker, which was held within the framework of Litvin’s official visit to Croatia, dealt with matters of bipartite cooperation.

In the Speaker’s opinion, Croatia’s experience is of great interest to Ukraine, in particular, with regard to solving societal problems and pursuing foreign policies.

As Vladimir Seks noted, Litvin’s visit to Croatia is a continuation of the two Parliaments’ successful and productive cooperation.

Ukraine and Croatia have broad prospects for joint work, he noted.

Mr Seks stated Croatia’s strategic goal as joining the EU.

As Litvin put in, Ukraine and Croatia have very similar goals, cherish common societal values and are transiting to democratic models of social and political order.

The parties agreed on joining efforts and likely establishment of mixed interparliamentary bodies for European integration, in particular, for adjusting the two nations’ legislation to EU standards.

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Tomenko is against working in the new Govt

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News / 26 September 2005 | 17:54

Tomenko is against working in the new Govt

Tomenko is against working in the new Govt

As Nickolay Tomenko Ex-Vice Prime Minister told a Monday press conference in Kiev, 90 percent of Reforms and Order Party members are against working in the new government.
 
If Victor Pynzenyk (acting Minister of Finance) decides to retain his post in the new government, I will withdraw from the party, which he heads, the ex-vice premier told the press conference.
 
In Tomenko’s opinion, Pynzenyk will have to either terminate his office as Finance Minister or withdraw from the Reforms and Order Party.

Tomenko forecasted the Bloc of Yulia Timoshenko will gain most votes during the 2006 parliamentary elections.

According to Tomenko, the BYuT will gain the first place and will be followed by Regions of Ukraine. The People’s Party of Litvin, the Socialist Party of Moroz and Our Ukraine will compete for the third place, he believes.

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Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Belarus paraph consular convention

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News / 26 September 2005 | 17:00

Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Belarus paraph consular convention

Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Belarus paraph consular convention

The Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Byelorussia, Borys Tarasyuk and Sergey Martynov paraphed a consular convention on September 26.

According to Borys Tarasyuk, the document is expected to be endorsed in October in Minsk during Yuri Yekhanurov’s visit there.

The Ministers noted their coutries’ significant progress in trade. Thus the past eight months’ turnover has already exceeded the last year’s turnover and amounted to one billion USD. The parties expect the turnover to come to 1.5 bn USD till the end of 2005.

During the meeting the fuel-energy sector matters were discussed, Borys Tarasyuk said.

In his turn, Sergei Martynov noted, that Ukraine is among Belarus’ important partners and Yuriy Yekhanurov’s visit will deepen bipartite links. Moreover, the expected 1.5 bn USD turnover is not the limit.

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Ukraine to be a mediator in settlement of conflict between Belarus and European Council

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News / 26 September 2005 | 16:30

Ukraine to be a mediator in settlement of conflict between Belarus and European Council

Ukraine to be a mediator in settlement of conflict between Belarus and European Council

Ukraine is ready to act as a mediator in settling the conflict between Byelorussia and the European Council, Borys Tarasyuk briefed journalists after a meeting with Byelorussian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Martynov.

We are ready to act a friendly party, a friendly partner with regard to the Belarus-Euro Council conflict, Borys Tarasyuk said. According to him, the EU accepts this idea.

It was practically the first meeting with Sergey Martynov, and Ukraine is ready to share its experience with the neighbour country, the acting Minister of the Foreign Affairs stressed.

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Omelchenko: It is needed to make President answer for staff recruitment

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News / 26 September 2005 | 16:11

It is needed to make President answer for staff recruitment

Omelchenko: It is needed to make President answer for staff recruitment

Those, who appoint top executives, must account for activity of any government, as declared by Kiev mayor Alexander Omelchenko in response to journalists’ questions.

“It is needed to account for staff recruitment, that’s why President, VR Chairman and others, who have a direct bearing on it at the stage of staff recruitment and appointment, should answer for this,” declared Omelchenko.

According to him, exactly the appointments of “wrong” persons cause often change of Ukrainian governments, which “did not meet their engagements and did not manage to improve people’s life for the short period.”

“I strongly object to the present staff policy in Ukraine,” Omelchenko said, having added that the most correct system of appointment of state officials is elections.

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“Babiy Yar” reserve will appear in Kiev

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2005


News / 26 September 2005 | 15:00

“Babiy Yar” reserve will appear in Kiev

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko ordered to create historical and cultural reserve “Babiy Yar” in Kiev. As reported in President’s press office, Cabinet is charged to consider this issue before October of the current year.

As a reminder, more than 100 thousand of natives and prisoners of war were shot in Babiy Yar during fascist occupation.

At the beginning of summer, the Kiev city state administration erected a monument to victims of Nazism on the place of the mass execution.

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Two miners were killed in Eastern Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2005


News / 26 September 2005 | 14:46

Two miners were killed in Eastern Ukraine

Two miners were killed in Eastern Ukraine

(AP) Two miners were killed in separate accidents in eastern Ukraine, the Emergency Situations Ministry said September 26.

A rock fall at a depth of 700 meters (2,300 feet) early Sept. 26 killed a miner in the Talivska mine in the eastern Luhansk region, the ministry said.

Another miner died September 25 while conducting repair works at a depth of 370 meters (1,200 feet) in the Rossiya mine in the eastern Donetsk region. Emergency officials blamed a violation of security rules, Kiev Post reported.

Ukraine has some of the world’s most dangerous mines, due to outdated equipment and poor safety standards. Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, nearly 4,300 miners have been killed in mining accidents.

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