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Yushchenko to sign order to fight corruption and legalize economy

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News / 11 November 2005 | 16:50

Yushchenko to sign order to fight corruption and legalize economy

Yushchenko to sign order to fight corruption and legalize economy

Victor Yushchenko took part in an interactive television talk show to speak with students of Ukraine’s leading universities. During the show, the Head of State said he was going to sign an order to fight corruption and legalize the national economy, President’s press office reported.

The President informed all that, according to this order, which is now being negotiated and edited, the government would have three months to submit anti-corruption bills to the parliament. First of all, they should define the so-called political positions and simplify procedures to dismiss officials that hold such positions. They should also clearly and fully define the concept of corruption and include a list of officials that can be charged with it. According to this order, individuals holding political positions and their families cannot manage their assets and have to authorize law companies to control their property.

The order stipulates criminal responsibility for abusing one’s authority to put pressure upon judges and investigators. It also says state officials should not only declare their income but also account for their expenditures. The State Tax Administration will have to control whether all facts in these declarations are correct and formulate mechanisms to adequately assess that income corresponds to expenditure.

The President said by this order he also planned to grant economic amnesty to juridical and physical persons. Any audit of amnestied capitals will be prohibited.

The cabinet has to develop mechanisms to ensure stability and irreversibility of privatization staged until 2004. They should also revise legal acts to promote economic freedom and liquidate stimuli making business avoid paying taxes, function illegally and violate currency laws.

The President said: “I am speaking about ways to establish a dialogue between government and business and get rid of all obstacles that hamper the progress of business and lead to corruption.”

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President of Ukaine meets Health Minister

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News / 11 November 2005 | 16:07

President of Ukaine meets Health Minister

President of Ukaine meets Health Minister

Victor Yushchenko met with Health Minister Yuri Polyachenko, Vladimir Romanov, Head of the HIV/AIDS Control Project, Iryna Borushek and Manager of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and Alla Shcherbynska, Director of the Ukrainian Center to Fight AIDS. They discussed ways to profoundly reform the medical system in Ukraine.

“Health of the nation is our greatest priority and concern,” said the President. “The spread of HIV/AIDS, TB, cancer, heart diseases and drug addiction is the most painful problem we must respond to. Next year we will start two special national programs to fight TB and cancer. We will also open two specialized national centers to protect health of mothers and their babies, fight HIV/AIDS and prevent drug addiction.”

The medicalexecutives informed the President of all measures they tried to adopt to fight HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine.

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President speaks about Bologna process

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News / 11 November 2005 | 15:47

President speaks about Bologna process

President speaks about Bologna process

Victor Yushchenko took part in an interactive television talk show to speak with students of Ukraine’s leading universities. When asked how he assessed our participation in the Bologna process, the President replied he supported integration in the European higher education area.

He reminded all that Europe planned to create it by 2010 to harmonize academic degree standards and unify diplomas, President’s press office reported.

“I can proudly say Ukrainian diplomas will have an official attachment confirming you are a specialist that can be employed in all countries of the Bologna process,” he said.

However, the Head of State admitted that there were certain problems. For example, about 40% of Ukrainian academic subjects are not known in Europe.

“There are many problems, but these are problems of growth, not negative problems,” he added.

Answering other questions, Yushchenko informed all that the government was currently considering ways to start a special program to help several thousands of Ukrainian students study abroad.

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OSCE to grant Ukraine financial aid

Posted by the Editor on November 11, 2005


News / 11 November 2005 | 15:03

OSCE to grant Ukraine financial aid

OSCE to grant Ukraine financial aid

The countries-members of OSCE intend to grant financial aid to Ukraine for reconstruction of Novobogdanovka village. It is notoriously known of the blast in the ammunition depot in Zaporizhye region.

Meeting Ukraine’s Emergency Minister Victor Baloga, Ambassador James Schumaker OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine announced about willingness of OSCE countries to assist Ukraine in utilization of chemical and industrial waste.

According to Ambassador’s words, Slovenia, Luxemburg, Czechia and Canada confirmed their financial support for accomplishment the projects. The USA, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the EU are expected to join the project.

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The US Company is eager to buy Ukrainian TV channel

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News / 11 November 2005 | 14:37

The US Company is eager to buy Ukrainian TV channel

The US Company is eager to buy Ukrainian TV channel

The Central Media Enterprises (CME) has made a proposal to purchase 40% shares of Studio1+1 Ukrainian Broadcasting Company belonged to Boris Fuksman and Alexander Rodnyansky.

So, taking this step CME will succeed 100% share of the second large TV broadcasting company of Ukraine.

But CME’s plans may be ruined by the co-owner of Privat Group Igor Kolomoysky. He has brought $100 million suit against Alexander Rodnyansky and CME and demanded to recognize his property right on 70% of Studio 1+1.

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The meeting of Ukrainian and Georgian Prime Ministers

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News / 11 November 2005 | 14:14

The meeting of Ukrainian and Georgian Prime Ministers

The meeting of Ukrainian and Georgian Prime Ministers

Ukraine’s PM Yuri Yekhanurov meets Georgian Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli, he Cabinet’s press office told.

The heads of the governments plan to discuss the questions of bilateral economic relationship particularly the cooperation within GUAM transport field. The participants are to discuss the plan of the Year of Georgia in Ukraine.

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The USA to abrogate Jackson-Vanick amendment before Ukraine entering WTO

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News / 11 November 2005 | 13:30

The USA to abrogate Jackson-Vanick amendment before Ukraine entering WTO

The USA to abrogate Jackson-Vanick amendment before Ukraine entering WTO

US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst supposes Jackson-Vanick amendment will be lifted before Ukraine will become a member of WTO.

“It is an established fact George Bush has been pressed last ten years regarding this amendment,” said Herbst on the air of 5 Channel.

He emphasizes the US will do it before WTO membership for Ukraine or even earlier.

Nowadays, the newly formed Washington Coalition headed by former US Ambassador to Ukraine press for abrogation of the amendment in the US Congress during the current session.

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President Yushchenko met Foreign Minister of France

Posted by the Editor on November 11, 2005


News / 11 November 2005 | 13:16

President Yushchenko met Foreign Minister of France

President Yushchenko met Foreign Minister of France

President Victor Yushchenko met with Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy of France. They discussed ways to activate Ukrainian-French cooperation and encourage French companies to invest in the national economy, President’s press office reported.

The Head of State said he hoped that by signing a plan of Ukrainian-French cooperation the two countries would enhance their relations. Yushchenko expects the plan to help promote political and economic cooperation.

“This ‘road map’ is a peculiar symbol of our desire to develop relations between Ukraine and France,” he said, noting that relations between the states had considerably improved in the past months.

In his turn, the Foreign Minister assured his vis-à-vis that France was ready to develop relations with Ukraine and said Yushchenko’s upcoming visit to the French Republic on November 15-16 was really important.

Douste-Blazy approved of Ukraine’s initiatives to join the WTO and get a market economy status and pledged his country would support us. Then he added that French officials and business leaders were interested in Ukraine’s integration.

Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk was also present at the meeting.

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