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President Victor Yushchenko honours Mykola Pyrohov

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News / 27 February 2006 | 17:56

President Victor Yushchenko honours Mykola Pyrohov

President Victor Yushchenko honours Mykola Pyrohov

In Vinnytsya oblast, Victor Yushchenko honored Mykola Pyrohov, Ukraine’s prominent surgeon.
 
He laid flowersat his sarcophagus in the burial-vault of the world famous doctor. The President also visited the Mykola Church in the Pyrohov Museum.

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President of Ukraine on the sugar crisis

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2006


News / 27 February 2006 | 17:30

President of Ukraine on the sugar crisis

President of Ukraine on the sugar crisis

In an interview for reporters in Vinnytsya, Victor Yushchenko urged politicians not to make a big fuss over the so-called sugar crisis. He believes Ukraine’s sugar production capacity and sugar consumption make him confidently say there is an “optimal balance of sugar in the state” but “some players of this market and particularly wholesale companies are acting inappropriately.”

The Head of State reminded those present that Ukraine had produced 1.600.000 tons of sugar in the last three months of 2005, the President press office informed.

“If we speak about a deficit, it can be 150-200 thousand tons but not more,” he said.

Yushchenko thinks sugar crisis speculations, whichcan be heard every year, have many causes, the greatestof them being dishonest competition. He opined that local authorities and the Anti-Monopoly Committee should more actively resolve these problems.

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President of Ukraine inspects Vinnytsya agricultural sector

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News / 27 February 2006 | 16:51

President of Ukraine inspects Vinnytsya agricultural sector

President of Ukraine inspects Vinnytsya agricultural sector

In an interview for reporters at the Podillya-OBST Ukrainian-Austrian joint venture, Victor Yushchenko said he was visiting Vinnytsya to study ways to develop the agricultural sector in the region, the President press office informs.

The Head of State plans to introduce land and insurance reforms, settle fiscal and rental relations and liberalize land allotment procedures.

He reiterated that in 2006 the government would spend UAH 10 bln on agriculture for the first time over the years of independence. Yushchenko said this year the government intended to launch ten development programs to reform each branch of the village economy. Other ten programs will be considered within a few weeks, while five of them are being formulated today, he said. Farmers believe some of these programs (gardening and wine-making) are not transparent and thereby should be revised.

Yushchenko opined that the liberalization of regulatory policies would help boost investment. The government has already repealed 80% of five thousand legal acts impeding it.

When visiting Podillya-OBST, the President was told the rate of agricultural produce had grown by 3.5% in the past year. UAH 76 mln was spent to purchase agricultural equipment. The local cattle-breeding industry is also successfully developing.

Then he visited Ukrflora-Vinnutsya in the village of Dorozhne. This company plants and grows flowers. The Head of State met with its workers and then inspected reconstructed buildings, modern equipment and conservatories.

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Ukraine and Egypt finished the negotiations on the WTO

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News / 27 February 2006 | 16:30

Ukraine and Egypt finished the negotiations on the WTO

Ukraine and Egypt finished the negotiations on the WTO

Ukraine and Egypt finished the negotiations on Ukraine’s admission in the WTO. The sides signed the base document which is necessary for the ratification of the Protocol on Market Access within the framework of WTO membership for Ukraine, Economy Ministry press service reported.

Ukraine Deputy of Economy Minister Valery Pyatnitsky headed the Ukrainian delegation.

As a reminder, there are six countries left for Ukraine to hold the bilateral negotiations concerning the WTO membership: the USA, Australia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Panama and Taiwan. Foreign Minister Tarasyuk supposes Ukraine to be the WTO member next year.

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PACE mission comes to Ukraine

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News / 27 February 2006 | 16:09

PACE mission comes to Ukraine

PACE mission comes to Ukraine

February 27 – March 3, the mission of PACE Special Committee on observation of Ukrainian parliamentary election comes to Ukraine.

The scheduled program of the visit consists of the meetings with the members of Verkhovna Rada, the Chairman of the Central Election Campaign Yaroslav Davydovych, the Head of the OSCE Election Observation Mission Ambassador Lubomir Kopaj and the ambassadors of the countries-members of the Council of Europe.

PACE representatives are also to meet Ukraine Justice Minister Serhiy Holovaty, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Vasyl Malyarenko and the representatives of the parties and blocs taking part in the election.

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Swissports reach Ukraine

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News / 27 February 2006 | 15:35
Swissports reach Ukraine
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Swissports reach Ukraine


Swissport International, has concluded a joint venture with Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), Ukraine’s dynamic carrier, under which the partners will jointly operate the Interavia ground handling company. With its strong economic growth and its rapidly-rising air travel volumes, Ukraine fits ideally into the Swissport strategy of gaining key footholds in promising new markets, TravelDailyNews reported.

 
Ukraine International Airlines has taken the landmark decision to sell a majority 51% shareholding in Interavia Ltd., the ground handling company it co-founded with its partner Airline Business Handling in 2005, to Swissport International. “We are delighted that, in Swissport, we have found such a strong, experienced and international partner,” says Richard W. Creagh, Deputy President of UIA.
 
“And we are confident that the new ownership arrangement will promote an extensive transfer of knowledge, generate additional airline business, enhance processes and further raise overall quality standards.” The new arrangement will also enable UIA to concentrate on its core flight operations. Swissport already provides ground handling for UIA at various airports. But it will now also be active at the carrier`s Kiev hub. Our goal here will be to accommodate all the growth for UIA while still offering top-quality products and services,” says Mark Skinner, Vice President Business Development at Swissport International, who is in overall charge of the new collaboration.
 
“We’re looking forward to taking over UIA’s hub management, and to entering these rapidly-growing Eastern European markets.” Kiev, with its 2.6 million inhabitants, has gained substantially in both importance and appeal since Ukraine`s government changed and the country opened up politically. “The market here offers phenomenal potential,” UIA`s Creagh confirms. “And it`s not just governments, embassies and businesspeople who are demanding more and more mobility to and from the country; with the boom we are seeing in the local economy, more and more private individuals are travelling by air, too.”
 
With annual operating revenues of EUR 2 million and some 12 000 flights handled a year, Interavia is the biggest ground handler at Kiev`s Borispol Airport. The company handled 1.7 million passengers in 2005, and expects to see a 21% increase in its business volumes for 2006. It also intends to expand its operations to other airports within the next 18 months.

 

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President studies the Boryspil case

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News / 27 February 2006 | 14:46

President studies the Boryspil case

President studies the Boryspil case

Victor Yushchenko presided over a meeting to study the Boryspil Airport case. Transport Minister Victor Bondar, Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, Security Service Head Ihor Drizhchany, Economy Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Kyiv Governor Yevhen Zhovtyak, First Deputy Chief-of-Staff Ivan Vasyunyk and top managers of Boryspil and Aerosvit attended the meeting, President press office informed. 

The President said it was vital to work out a clear-cut development concept for Boryspil Airport as a part of Ukraine’s aviation industry. He remarked that all landconflicts should be settled in accordance with the law.

They decided to establish an inter-ministerial commission. Headed by Economy Minister Yatsenyuk, it should inspect the work of Boryspil Airport within two weeks and then formulate its new development concept.

Victor Bondar said the concept should be relevant to “conditions and interests of the state” and “the development of the aviation industry as a strategic industry of the Ukrainian economy.” It should help develop the airport, properly manage its assets and resolve problems of airlines and the whole industry.

Bondar described the meeting as “very successful.”

“The President has, in fact, untied the tangle of problems and misunderstandings among the airport directors, Aerosvit managers and government executives,” he said.

The minister also added that all criminal schemes disclosed by the commission would be immediately reported to law enforcement agencies.

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The Federal Foreign Minister of Germany to visit Ukraine

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News / 27 February 2006 | 14:11

The Federal Foreign Minister of Germany to visit Ukraine

The Federal Foreign Minister of Germany to visit Ukraine

February 28, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmayer will pay official visit to Ukraine. The German high official and his counterpart Borys Tarasyuk will hold the negotiations and then will answer the journalists’ questions.

The German Foreign Minister is to meet President of Ukraine Yushchenko and Ukraine’s PM Yuri Yekhanurov.

Mr. Steinmayer will conduct the meeting with the students of Kyiv Mohylyanska Academy.

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