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Ukraine approaches Russia to lift sweet import duty

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 22:01

Ukraine approaches Russia to lift sweet import duty

Ukraine approaches Russia to lift sweet import duty

The negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have lasted over a week, Ukraine’s Ministry of Economy informs. The issue of dragging discussion is the import duty on Ukrainian confectionary.

Official Moscow claims to lift the sweet duty in exchange on Ukraine’s withdrawal of the statement “On temporary exception of sugar and sugar syrups form the free trade regime with Georgia and Russian Federation.”

Ukraine’s economic experts estimate the chance of lifting as fifty-fifty.

As a reminder, Ukraine’s Economy Ministry delegation went to Moscow in order to settle the agreement about additional documents for Ukraine. Ukrainian Confectionery Association along with the State Foodstuff Department have initiated the abolition of the sweet import duty.

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The First Lady of Ukraine Kateryna awarded Larysa Kadochnikova

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 17:11

The First Lady of Ukraine Kateryna awarded Larysa Kadochnikova

The First Lady of Ukraine Kateryna awarded Larysa Kadochnikova

At a ceremony to close the Molodist Film Festival, Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 Charitable Foundation, presented Ukraine’s famous actress Larysa Kadochnikova with the Special Prize for making a significant contribution to cinema art.

In her speech, the President’s wife stressed that the Special Prize had been awarded to Kadochnikova for brilliantly performing “the incredibly wonderful, simple and infinitely profound role of Marichka in Sergey Paradzhanov’s ingenious movie Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.”

“We thank Mrs. Larysa for making usimmensely enjoy this film, each time being astonished at its profoundness, emotional influence and richness of imagery and symbols,” she said.

The First Lady also noted that the prize had been awarded to Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, the film that was produced forty years ago, received more than one hundred awards at international festivals and is still considered to be among the world’s best movies.

Kateryna Yushchenko also announced a contest for the best screenplay about the history of Ukraine, which would be held within the framework of the Molodist Film Festival next year.

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President of Ukraine held the Political Council meeting

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 16:48

President of Ukraine held the Political Council meeting

President of Ukraine held the Political Council meeting

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is presiding over a Political Council meeting to discuss a wide range of questions. They are expected to discuss a 2006 draft budget, WTO bills and a candidate for Prosecutor General, the President’s press office reported.

Speaker Volodymir Litvin, Premier Yuri Yekhanurov, Secretariat Chief of Staff Oleg Rybachuk, First Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Ivan Vasyunyk, First Deputy Head of the Budget Committee Lyudmyla Suprun, Finance Minister Victor Pinzenyk, Economy Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, Agrarian Minister Alexander Baranivsky, Industrial Minister Volodymir Shandra and leaders of parliamentary groups and factions are present at the meeting.

The Presidential Political Council is a consultative and advisory body that was founded to establish a dialogue between the Head of State and parliamentary forces. The Council is headed by the President of Ukraine. It consists of leaders of parliamentary groups and factions. The Speaker, the Prime Minister and other politicians are usually invited to take part in council meetings.

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Ukrainian political parties will not spend money on elections campaign

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 16:31

Yaroslav Davydovich

Ukrainian political parties will not spend money on elections campaign

The political parties – the winners of the elections-2006 – will get indemnity of the election expenses from the state budget, the Chairman of Ukrainian Electoral Commission Yaroslav Davydovich reported.

“The Act on Political Parties reads about the budget indemnity to the winners of the parliamentary elections-2006. They will get the compensation of election campaign,” said CEU head.

He stressed that the expenses are included in the budget.

In response to the question about possible violations concerning it, Davydovich stated that “everything is under control.”

He pointed out the positive example of Russia where the political parties are partially compensated their expenses by the state budget.

“It will be the first time – let’s see what happen,” mentioned Davydovich.

The parliamentary elections will be held on March 26, 2006.

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Ukraine’s Prime Minister to visit Washington

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 15:41

Ukraine's Prime Minister to visit Washington

Ukraine’s Prime Minister to visit Washington

On November 1-2, Ukraine’s PM Yuri Yekhanurov will visit Washington. This will be his first visit as a Premier of Ukraine. He is to arrive in Washington late on Monday.

Ukraine’s Premier is to meet such top U.S. government officials as Vice President Richard Cheney; U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns (former Governor of Nebraska), Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman; and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, the leaders of U.S. businesses who are active in Ukraine in a meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Members of non-governmental organizations and others will meet the Prime Minister at a meeting sponsored jointly by the National Democratic
Institute (NDI) and the International Republic Institute (IRI). Ukraine’s Prime Minister will also meet with Senator Richard Lugar, Chairman of the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee, and other Senators at a meeting on the Hill and also meet then with members of the Ukrainian Congressional Caucus.

According to the Cabinet’s press office, Yuri Yekhanurov intends to discuss the bilateral agreement concerning WTO and granting the status of a market economy by the US Department of Commerce. The other key topics of discussion touch upon Euro-Atlantic integration, independent energy sources of Ukraine (Odessa-Brody pipeline), termination of funding for the Ukrainian Nuclear Fuel Qualification Program, lifting the ban on US poultry – the largest US export to Ukraine.The Action Ukraine Report informs that the U.S. has also been concerned about the slow rate of progress being made in Ukraine regarding the implementation of reforms needed to improve the business and investment climate and also the lack of reforms in commercial law and improvements needed in the courts.

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Kiev Court hears Piskun vs. Yushchenko case

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News / 31 October 2005 | 14:10

Kiev Court hears Piskun vs. Yushchenko case

Kiev Court hears Piskun vs. Yushchenko case

Kiev Court holds preliminary trial of ex-Prosecutor General Piskun’s claim against President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko.

Svyatoslav Piskun tries to challenge his dismissal signed by President of Ukraine on October 14, 2005. Ex-Prosecutor claims that the absence of the reason of his dismissal is the serious violation of the law.

The President of Ukraine is represented by Justice Minister Sergey Golovaty. Chief-of-Staff Oleg Rybachuk stated that the case would be won by the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko.

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BYT faction will not vote for draft budget-2006

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 13:47

BYT faction will not vote for draft budget-2006

BYT faction will not vote for draft budget-2006

Yulia Timoshenko Bloc faction of Verkhovna Rada will not vote for the draft budget-2006 because it must be thoroughly elaborated, the member of the faction Andrey Shkil reported.

According to Shkil, the budget proposed by the parliament is “very complicated” because of large deficit and problematic social component of it.

Shkil reckons that the deputies of Verkhovna Rada must discuss everything in details and elaborate it. The optimal budget must not be directly oriented for the coming elections-2006 but nevertheless it must scrape through “the parliamentary sieve.”

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Ukraine’s Labour Minister Ivan Sakhan urges cardinal changes in labor system

Posted by the Editor on October 31, 2005


News / 31 October 2005 | 13:09

the Cabinet of Ukraine

Ukraine’s Labour Minister Ivan Sakhan urges cardinal changes in labor system

Labour Minister Ivan Sakhan stated that 11 million workers pay allocations to the Pension Fund of Ukraine but the number of pensioners is greater than this – over 13 million – so, it rules out Pension Fund to reach stability.

This situation need to be urgently changed, Sakhan noted. He claimed urgent changes of remuneration labour system.

However, in comparison with the same period of the last year, Ukrainian citizens’ incomes grew by almost 44% over 2005’s nine months

Minister Sakhan disclosed stressed that new policies halving the social tax would be launched in January, 2006.

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