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Ukraine sign seven international agreements of the European Council

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 17:53

Ukraine sign seven international agreements of the European Council

Ukraine sign seven international agreements of the European Council

The Justice Minister Serhiy Holovaty on behalf of Ukraine signed seven international agreements of the European Council, the Justice Ministry press office told.

 
He signed European Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitation to Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes (CETS No.:082), European Convention on the Legal Status of Children born out of Wedlock (CETS ╣085), European Convention on the International Effects of Deprivation of the Right to Drive a Motor Vehicle (CETS╣088), European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children 20/05/80 (CETS╣105), the Protection of the Environment by Access to Justice (CETS╣172), European Convention for the protection of the Audiovisual Heritage ((ETS No. 183) and and its Protocol, on the protection of Television Productions (ETS No. 184).

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26 men died of the cold during 24 hours in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 16:50

26 men died of the cold during 24 hours in Ukraine

26 men died of the cold during 24 hours in Ukraine

According to live data, for the last 24 hours 401 men were hospitalized with a diagnosis “exposure” and “frostbite”, 26 men died.

As reported press office of Ministry of Health, for the last 24 hours in Kiyv it was registered 22 addresses of Ukraine’s citizens for medical care in connection with exposure of organism, 21 of them were hospitalized.

21 citizens addressed for medical care, 12 were hospitalized and two men died in Kyiv region.

40 men suffered in Kharkiv region, 16 were hospitalized, three died. 34 men addressed doctors in Kherson region and were hospitalized; three men died.

132 men suffered in Donetsk region for the last 24 hours, 63 were hospitalized, four men died.

There were 44 people’s addresses registered in connection with exposure in Zaporizhzhya region, 35 men were hospitalized, five died.

14 men were hospitalized in Zhytomyr region, three men died. Eight citizens were hospitalized in Poltava region, six men died. 13 citizens were hospitalized in Luhansk region.

Health Ministry controls the situation with people’s sickness rate.

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Rybachuk met with British Ambassador

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 15:55

Rybachuk met with British Ambassador

Rybachuk met with British Ambassador

January 23 Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Oleh Rybachuk met with British Ambassador Robert Brinkly, presidential press office informed. They considered a wide range of issues but particularly discussed the political situation in Ukraine before upcoming elections. 

Rybachuk assured his vis-à-vis that the President would “spare no effort to hold fair parliamentary elections” and said Yushchenko was going to sign an order to prevent the abuse of authority.

The Chief-of-Staff noted that Ukraine’s political life was “quite tense at the moment” but said the President “will not allow instability in the country.” Rybachuk also said a constructive dialogue should become the only means of communication for all branches of government and political forces.

He is convinced that all government institutions should immediately build effective cooperation. He added that the Head of State also believed that “the country should go through the election with the cabinet and a convened constitutional court.” 

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Petro Poroshenko: Tymoshenko is not with Maydan anymore

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 15:35

Tymoshenko is not with Maydan anymore

Petro Poroshenko: Tymoshenko is not with Maydan anymore

“Having created a strange alliance Yanukovich-Tymoshenko, proved by a voting for the dismissal of ministers, including Holovaty’s, who had nothing to do with gas, Yulia Tymoshenko put everything at stake,” a member of NSNU party Council, the ex-secretary of the NSDC Petro Poroshenko said in his interview to Glavred information agency.
 
“She is not with Maydan anymore. Surely, she is not for Yushchenko, but first and foremost for herself,” he added.

“Yulia Tymoshenko always declared she would never unite with Mr. Yanukovich in her public history. Let’s keep silent about her non-public history. But the first obstacle appeared on her way. Ignoring the fact that it will do harm to her image, rating and her reputation of a girl from Maydan, she nevertheless decided to unite with Mr. Yanukovich. She decided to fish in troubled waters,” noted Petro Poroshenko.

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U.S. Reinstates Trade Benefits for Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 15:10

U.S. Reinstates Trade Benefits for Ukraine

U.S. Reinstates Trade Benefits for Ukraine

The United States is reinstating trade benefits Ukraine lost in 2001 for failing to protect intellectual property, particularly computer software and films and music recorded on compact discs and digital versatile discs, USINFO reported.

Citing Ukraine’s efforts to improve the enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman announced January 23 that the United States is reinstating Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits for Ukraine and lowering Ukraine’s designation under Special 301 from “priority foreign country” to “priority watch list.”

The GSP provides preferential duty-free entry to approximately 3,000 products from designated beneficiary countries and territories. Ukraine’s benefits under the GSP were suspended in August 2001, and, in 2002, 100 percent tariff sanctions were imposed on $75 million worth of Ukrainian exports to the United States.

The United States placed these prohibitive tariffs “because of the continued failure of the Ukrainian Parliament to enact legislation cracking down on sound recording and optical media piracy,” according to a press release issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) at that time (January 23, 2001). Ukraine was reckoned the largest producer and exporter of pirated optical media products (CDs and DVDs) in Europe, according to the USTR.

The so-called Special 301 provision of U.S. trade law — the principal U.S. statute for addressing foreign unfair practices — authorizes measures against U.S. trade partners for failing to protect U.S. patents, copyrights and other intellectual property. Sanctions were applied against Ukraine after it was identified as a “priority foreign country,” the ranking reserved for the worst situations.

In 2004 and 2005, Ukraine was the only country designated a “priority foreign country” in USTR’s annual Special 301 Report .

“I commend the Government of Ukraine for its sustained efforts to crack down on copyright piracy and urge the government to continue their efforts,” said Portman in announcing the upgrading of Ukraine’s status.

The USTR statement noted approvingly that Ukraine passed legislation in July 2005 that strengthens its licensing regime and enforcement efforts to stem the illegal production and trade of CDs and DVDs.

“Since the legislation passed, Ukraine has been actively inspecting plants licensed to manufacture optical discs, conducting raids against businesses involved in commercial distribution of IPR-infringing products, and imposing fines against infringers,” Portman said. “We strongly urge Ukraine to keep up these efforts, which reflect positively on the investment environment in Ukraine.”

The sanctions imposed in 2001 were removed on August 31, 2005, “after extensive efforts by the Ukrainian Government to pass important amendments to Ukraine’s Laser-Readable Disk Law,” according to the statement by the USTR.

A Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of Ukraine focusing on IPR enforcement recently has been concluded, the statement said.

By Jeffrey Thomas,
Washington File Staff Writer

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Ukrtelecom privatization to be launched in February-March 2006

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 14:40

Ukrtelecom privatization to be launched in February-March 2006

Ukrtelecom privatization to be launched in February-March 2006

The privatization process of Ukrtelecom will be launched in February or in March, Transport and Communication Minister Victor Bondar told.

“In my opinion, to drag out the privatization is groundless. The government made its presence felt and now it is time to prepare the company for the privatization. I think, the privatization should be held in the Krivorozhstal style – to gather investors and conduct auction. Let them compete,” said Bondar.

Bondar supposes that Ukraine may gain about $4 billion form Ukrtelecom sale.

He refuses to reveal the names of clients but hinted on some real purchasers form Europe, Russia and Ukraine. “I do not know who will win this titbit but Ukrtelecom is obviously serious rival for all domestic mobile operators,” concluded Bondar.

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Tarasyuk: The Cabinet’s dismissal does not have any international legal consequences

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 14:20

The Cabinet's dismissal does not have any international legal consequences

Tarasyuk: The Cabinet’s dismissal does not have any international legal consequences

“The Verkhovna Rada’s decision to sack the government did not have any international legal consequences,” Minister for Foreign Affairs, member of Our Ukraine Bloc and the head of People’s Movement of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk said yesterday in the air of 1+1 channel.
 
“World states treat Ukraine the way they did before this decision. Visits of the Foreign Minister of Poland and Swiss PM to Ukraine after the adoption of this resolution prove that.”

Borys Tarasyuk said there is no power crisis in Ukraine as the institute of presidency and the executive power still work. “I would call the events that happened in the Verkhovna Rada legal nihilism or constitutional nihilism and, to some extent, outrage of our MPs before their holidays,” he said.

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President spells out priorities for 2006

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2006


News / 24 January 2006 | 14:00

President spells out priorities for 2006

President spells out priorities for 2006

In a television address to the nation, Victor Yushchenko said the year 2006 would be the time to introduce national reforms, presidential press office reported.

The National Health Program is intent to provide each citizen with free medical services and restore our health system.

The President opined that by investing in healthcare the country contributed to the national economy and reduced poverty.

“I will personally control the implementation of national programs to fight cancer, TB, HIV/AIDS, heart and blood disease,” he claimed.

Commenting on educational reform, the Head of State said, “It is time for ‘the knowledge economy’ when intellectual resources bring greater profits than natural riches.”

The President believes government should help all people receive good education.

“We will make teachers respected again and give them normal salaries and create modern working conditions. We will eradicate corruption in education by introducing independent tests,” he said.

Speaking about agrarian reform, the President noted that it should be based on modern technologies, credits, and social programs. He expects these measures to make young people return to villages. 

One of the most important tasks for government in 2006 would be to diversify the energy market and introduce energy saving reforms. Yushchenko said they planned to reduce the energy consumption by 10% this year.

Judicial reform aims to make the judicial branch independent and help the people protect their rights.

“This reform must be focused on judges. As President, I will spare no effort to make Ukraine’s judicial system independent,” he said and then noted that fair justice would help fight corruption.

Commenting on Ukraine’s foreign policy, the Head of State promised it would not change. Our strategic goal is to join the European Union. Yushchenko also intends to re-build Ukrainian-Russian relations.

“I will demand that each official and each Ukrainian diplomat should uncompromisingly defend national interests,” he pledged.

The Head of State said he hoped the new parliament would more actively adapt national laws to European norms and standards, which should make us closer to the EU and NATO.

Summing up the year 2005, the President described it as “year of reappraisal of opinions.”

“We all looked at ourselves and our country, its history and future anew,” Yushchenko said.

He believes society received government which carries out its program and solves all problems through a dialogue.

Serious measures were adopted to legalize the economy. Yushchenko said this had helped raise revenues by 1.5 times and added that the country had received billions of privatization hryvnyas.

The Head of State also said the economy was developing quite dynamically and real incomes of the people had increased by 20%.

Yushchenko then reiterated that the great achievement of his government was freedom of speech.

Commenting on Ukraine’s international gains, the President said, “We proved that Kyiv is a predictable and responsible partner which respects its neighbors and builds foreign policy according to its strategic interests. We became closer to Europe. We became intelligible to Russia. The world admitted that Ukraine can defend its interests.”

He said one of the examples was the solution of the gas problem. The President claimed that Ukraine had the cheapest gas in Europe and no gas prices for the people had been raised while our gas transport system still belonged to Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian gas transport system today belongs to Ukraine and Ukraine will not consider any questions regarding a change of that status,” he said.

The President also said responsible government should analyze its mistakes.

“I gave all who were with me in the Maidan last year a chance to work as one team. Unfortunately, personal ambitions often outweighed and the country was losing time,” he said but assured the people that he would not allow anyone to act destructively to undermine our economic development.

Yushchenko concluded, “The major lesson we learned in 2005 is that Ukraine is above all. Our team must be strong and united and give up personal ambitions for the sake of the future.”

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