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Yekhanurov: Ukraine’s population won’t suffer from any fluctuations of gas prices

Posted by the Editor on December 16, 2005


News / 16 December 2005 | 18:02

Ukraine's population won't suffer from any fluctuations of gas prices

Yekhanurov: Ukraine’s population won’t suffer from any fluctuations of gas prices

The Ukrainian population won’t suffer from any fluctuations of gas prices, Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov told journalists, in response to the question whether Ukraine is going to agree on gas price of 160 or 220 USD.
 
As he said, there definitely will be a differentiation of gas for private, municipal and industrial gas consumers. As he added, Ukraine has 20 bn. cu. m. of its own gas and he stated his belief that the population won’t feel any changes for now.

The Ukrainian Premier denied likelihood of Ukraine’s rising prices for gas transit in response to rise in price for the Russian gas, as under contracts that figure is clearly fixed.

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Fiks: The government of Ukraine is a falling horse

Posted by the Editor on December 16, 2005


News / 16 December 2005 | 16:50

The government of Ukraine is a falling horse

Fiks: The government of Ukraine is a falling horse

Yefim Fiks SDPU (u) member of Ukrainian parliament commenting on Yushchenko’s statement regarding the necessity of investment breakthrough noted that it was nothing but just words.

“It was also proved by yesterday session of Verkhovna Rada. Suddenly the Cabinet was appeared to miscalculate the needs of Pension Fund and the pensioners would be deprived of $320 million. What is the investment breakthrough you speak about if the government cannot calculate the pension needs?” asked he.

He thinks that not the investment breakthrough but the power efficiency should be discussed. “There is a proverb: considering the issue from the theoretic point of view, it is a horse but, taking into account the practise, it is falling. Our politics and the leadership of the country remind this proverb,” mentioned Fiks.

He is sure there will not be any investment breakthrough in the nearest future. “What kind of the breakthrough is we talking about if everybody is told about re-privatization, deprivation, corresponding court decisions and redistribution of the property. The Acts of Ukraine touching upon the free economic zones is abolished and the conditions for the domestic economy to fall into abyss as quick as possible,” mentioned he.

He added that the normal investor “cannot come to Ukraine in such situation.” “So Yushchenko’s statement makes everybody just smile,” concluded the member of the parliament Yefim Fiks.

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Ukraine to sell real estate along with land

Posted by the Editor on December 16, 2005


News / 16 December 2005 | 16:15

Ukraine to sell real estate along with land

Ukraine to sell real estate along with land

Beginning from the next year objects of real estate will be sold along with land they are situated on to investors, as declared Ivan Vasyunik, first deputy head of President’s Secretariat.

According to him, this proposal was being considered during today’s session of Consultative Investment Council, presided over by President Yushchenko.

“Beginning from the next year the government will sell real estate along with the land they are situated on to all investors,” said Vasyunik.

Vasyunik also informed about forthcoming President’s decree on changes in the sphere of building and land tenure.

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Yulia Timoshenko forsaw the gas problems

Posted by the Editor on December 16, 2005


News / 16 December 2005 | 15:23

Yulia Timoshenko forsaw the gas problems

Yulia Timoshenko forsaw the gas problems

Our politicians cannot stop surprising common people. This time it is Yulia Timoshenko who acted as every woman does saying “Well, have you seen that? But I warned you!!!”

Today BYuT has declared that when Prime Minister, Yulia Timoshenko submitted the question of energy safety of Ukraine for consideration in the spring of 2005. “However, she was removed from all items connected with energy policy. As a result of it, the corruption schemes and ineffective management have been saved and later on they led the country to the collapse,” reads the statement. So, Yekhanurov’s Cabinet must settle the gas problem or resign before January 1, 2006.

In other words, Yulia Volodymyrivna Timoshenko demonstrated her willingness to stand up for herself and in case of emergency she will damn the budget of her native and beloved country if she wants to make Yekhanurov cope with the situation. Otherwise, he must be fired for everything to be fair. But as the saying goes, there is a nuance.

On July 7, 2005 PM of that time Yulia Timoshenko made a statement for the journalists. The idea of it was that the Agreement on payments for gas and its transit between Russia and Ukraine would be valid till 2015. She emphasized that Ukraine was satisfied with the conditions of the Agreement and there would not be any reconsideration regarding the energy policy initiated by her. She also mentioned that Ukraine was the reliable partner in the sphere of transit via its territory.

But now it is appeared to be vice versa and even in the spring the gas problems did not give Timoshenko a rest. Moreover, current Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov is her heritage for PM Yekhanurov. He seems to suffer from Timoshenko’s disease characterizing by the lack of opportunities and the early dismissals.

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The memorial to Famine victims to be erected in Dnipropetrovs’k

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News / 16 December 2005 | 15:10

The memorial to Famine victims to be erected in Dnipropetrovs'k

The memorial to Famine victims to be erected in Dnipropetrovs’k

It is planned to erect the memorial to Famine and political repressions victims in Dnipropetrovs’k, as informed the main architect of the Dnipropetrovs’k region Ihor Sokolov.

The city building council has supported the project of the memorial complex developed by the creative group headed by the sculptor Harnyk Hachatryan, member of the National Union of Ukrainian Artists.

The memorial to Famine and political repressions victims will occupy 2.6 hectares.

The approximate value of the project makes 600 – 800 thousand hryvnas. The major part of the means will be allocated from the budget of the Dnipropetrovs’k region.

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MP has sent Ukraine to hell

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News / 16 December 2005 | 14:14

MP has sent Ukraine to hell

MP has sent Ukraine to hell

Commenting on the gas dispute with Russia, Verkhovna Rada deputy Olexander Volkov has made a sensational declaration.

In the Parliament’s lobby, in front of the working cameras Volkov declared: “Russia had determined its position concerning Ukraine long ago. Ukraine had declared that it would go to CEA (Common Economic Area – ed.). Two months later Ukraine declared it would go to NATO and the EU. I can say the only thing: acting such a way Ukraine goes neither to NATO nor to the EU. Ukraine goes to hell.”

“For those journalists, who have problems with their ears, I repeat: Ukraine goes to hell,” added he.

In response to the question what party he represents, Volkov answered ‘party of dicks-bagels’, then turned round and left.

Olexander Volkov is out-of-faction deputy of Ukrainian Parliament. Volkov held the post of President’s adviser during Kuchma’s period of office.

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Ukraine and China sign bipartite protocol on accession to markets of goods and services

Posted by the Editor on December 16, 2005


News / 16 December 2005 | 13:45

Ukraine and China sign bipartite protocol on accession to markets of goods and services

Ukraine and China sign bipartite protocol on accession to markets of goods and services

Ukraine and China signed a bipartite protocol on accession to markets of goods and services within the framework of Ukraine’s joining the WTO. The document was inked by Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Yi Xiaozhun and Ukrainian Deputy Economics Minister Valeriy Piatnytskyi, Cabinet’s press office informed.

 
As Ukrainian Economics Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk commented on the event, signing this document is one of the biggest achievements of the negotiating process on Ukraine’s way to the WTO.
 
As Minister Yatseniuk reminded, six countries have left to sign the bipartite protocols with Ukraine. The most important are negotiations with the USA, with whom the Ukrainian delegation held very fruitful negotiations in Hong Kong within the framework of the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. According to Mr Yatseniuk, the negotiations with the USA are technical and close to be completed soon. Two out of 15 items of the list of matters and proposals left to be adjusted, the Economics Minister told.

Touching on Ukraine’s and Russia’s synchronous accession to the WTO, he said there were no “synchronization” word ever mentioned during the conference. Theoretically, Kyiv and Moscow may simultaneously join the WTO, but, as the Ukrainian Minister stressed, Ukraine is being guided exclusively with its own internal interests.

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Yushchenko opened the Consultative Investment Council

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News / 16 December 2005 | 13:20

Yushchenko opened the Consultative Investment Council

Yushchenko opened the Consultative Investment Council

Victor Yushchenko is presiding over a plenary meeting of the Consultative Investment Council, the President’s press office reported.

In his opening statement, the President noted that its participants would consider a “wonderful concept to create favorable conditions to make an investment breakthrough as a complex of urgent measures of state policy.”

“I think it will be the major subject of today’s discussion. This document is consistent with seven different directions of economic policy,” he said, thanking all experts that had been elaborating this project during the past weeks.

The Head of State stressed that he hoped for an “interesting conversation” and urged those present to actively discuss the concept and a memorandum that “includes our conceptual agreements about the development of Ukraine’s investment climate,” which they would sign after the meeting.

In his speech, Yushchenko also said the Ukrainian government had managed to positively change the investment climate since the last meeting of the Council.

“We have implemented the policy we can be proud of. First of all, we are trying to adopt declared measures to liberalize the economy and to organize a competitive and open market,” he said.

The Head of State added that he was “extremely pleased” that these improvements in the investment climate had been “accepted by the world” a few weeks ago. One of the manifestations of this acknowledgment was a “fundamental political resolution” approved at the Ninth Ukraine – EU Summit in Kyiv to recognize Ukraine as a market economy.

Commenting on positive results of his government’s work, Yushchenko stressed that we had also successfully solved the problem to close the so-called free economic zones and zones of priority development.

“Today, we can say this problem has been solved,” he said.

The Head of State noted that at numerous meetings with investors working in these zones they had agreed that producers of exported goods would not pay VAT and customs duties.

 
“This is a sufficient ‘compensator’ for the lion’s share of the investors to change their approach, continuing to implement their projects,” he said.
 
The participants of the meeting are going to discuss whether Ukraine’s economic potential meets expectations of foreign investors.

They will consider recommendations made by working groups on market reforms, fiscal and tax policy, banking institutions, information technologies, communications, agriculture, food industry, and image policy.

They are also expected to discuss ways to stabilize and liberalize the tax structure, reforms of the financial market, investment projects in the energy sector, copyright issues, and mechanisms to stimulate information and communication technologies.

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