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Yushchenko met with U.S. Under Secretary of State

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News / 2 March 2006 | 23:42

Yushchenko met with U.S. Under Secretary of State

Yushchenko met with U.S. Under Secretary of State

Victor Yushchenko met with Paula Dobriansky, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, to discuss Ukrainian-American cooperation, President’s press office reported.

The President commented on political situation in Ukraine before the March election and said government would spare no effort to make this vote truly democratic. He expressed gratitude to the U.S. government for what they did to accelerate our bilateral cooperation and was particularly thankful to the Bush administration for recognizing Ukraine as market economy. He opined that this move confirmed strategic friendship between the countries. The Head of State then said he was glad Ukraine and the United States had eventually agreed to sign a protocol on mutual access to markets, which should help our country join the WTO.

On March 6, Ukraine’s Economy Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman will sign it in Washington.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst attended the meeting.  

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Yushchenko met with Benita Ferrero-Waldner

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News / 2 March 2006 | 23:04

Yushchenko met with Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Yushchenko met with Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Victor Yushchenko met with EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President’s press office informed.

They discussed Ukraine’s EU and WTO integration and considered ways to sign a free trade agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The Head of State said he was glad our relations had been developing quite dynamically since 2005 but added that we still wanted to forge closer ties with the Union.

Yushchenko stressed Ukrainian government spared no effort to conduct transparent and democratic elections this March and pledged to observe OSCE norms and standards. 

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President wants to store used nuclear fuel in Ukraine

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News / 2 March 2006 | 22:36

President wants to store used nuclear fuel in Ukraine

President wants to store used nuclear fuel in Ukraine

At today’s meeting on urgent measures to reform Ukraine’s municipal economy, Victor Yushchenko remarked that “the nation that consumes nuclear energy must know how to store used nuclear fuel and understand some controversial aspects of how power plants function,” President’s press office reported.

He said Ukraine should formulate a atomic energy concept. Our country has four nuclear power plants with fifteen units but we do not know what to do with used nuclear fuel. According to international agreements, it is transported to the Russian Federation but the price we pay for these services constantly grows. Over the past three years, it increased from USD 245 to 720. This year, the country will have to spend USD 120 mln. However, this fuel has to be returned to Ukraine by 2012. We must solve the problem by that time, he said.

The Head of State added that it was really important to distinguish between used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Waste can no longer be used, while fuel contains uranium and plutonium, which can be reused for nuclear reactors.

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Ukraine and the EU negotiate on repatriation of illegal migrants

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News / 2 March 2006 | 17:48

Ukraine and the EU negotiate on repatriation of illegal migrants

Ukraine and the EU negotiate on repatriation of illegal migrants

The EU and Ukrainian delegations reckon the draft agreement on repatriation of illegal migrants need additional consideration because of the divergence of the views.

The parties have finally reached the agreement on article 2 in Ukrainian edition. It regards the repatriation of Ukrainian and EU citizens.

Ukrainian and European participants fail to agree on the article 3 concerning the repatriation of citizens from third countries. Ukraine defends its principal standpoint – only travel documents of the country of origin may determine the citizenship of the foreigners from the third countries.

In the course of the meeting, the participants thoroughly analysed the chapter 1 of the article 8 on the timetables of common and urgent repatriation.

The next round of the negotiations will be held in March 2006.

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Victor Yanukovich met US Ambassador to OSCE

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News / 2 March 2006 | 16:47

Victor Yanukovich met US Ambassador to OSCE

Victor Yanukovich met US Ambassador to OSCE

Victor Yanukovich the opposition leader met US Ambassador to OSCE Julia Finley.

 
In the course of the meeting the sides stressed the importance to hold fair and transparent election in Ukraine. Discussing this pressing question, they concluded that the coming election will be important for the world community as well as for Ukraine, the PR press service informed.
 
The main attention was also paid the perspectives of EU-Ukraine and Ukraine-Russia relationships, gas transit and supply, creation of favourable climate for foreign investment and the development of Ukrainian transport system.

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Slovakian Ambassador on Ukraine-Slovakia ties

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News / 2 March 2006 | 15:53

Slovakian Ambassador on Ukraine-Slovakia ties

Slovakian Ambassador on Ukraine-Slovakia ties

Ukraine-Slovakia commodity circulation increased by 30%, Slovakian Ambassador in Ukraine Urban Rusnak told Thursday.

“Economic cooperation between our countries rapidly develops and the commodity circulation increases by 30% annually,” said Mr. Rusnak.

He believes in big potential of cooperation between Ukraine and Slovakia. “Cooperation in the transport sphere is the most important issue because Ukraine transits oil and gas via its territory to Slovakia. It would be better to extend transit and import of Ukrainian electric power,” stressed Slovakian Ambassador.

Mr. Rusnak mentioned that the bitter dispute concerning gas supply and transit spoiled image of Russia as the exporter and Ukraine as provider of transit.

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US-Ukraine formal deal to give boost to WTO membership

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News / 2 March 2006 | 14:46

US-Ukraine formal deal to give boost to WTO membership

US-Ukraine formal deal to give boost to WTO membership

The United States and Ukraine have concluded bilateral negotiations on market-access issues, another step toward Ukraine’s goal of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), U.S. officials said March 1.

The two countries plan formally to sign an agreement March 6 in Washington, USINFO reports.

“This agreement marks a milestone for both countries in our bilateral trade relations,” U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a news release.

“It confirms Ukraine’s commitment to broad-based reform and economic liberalization. It also demonstrates Ukraine’s resolve to join the international trading system,” he said.

 
In January, Portman announced that the United States was reinstating trade benefits that Ukraine lost in 2001 for failing to protect intellectual property rights, particularly computer software and films and music recorded on compact discs and digital versatile discs.

As a result of the agreement on market-access issues announced March 1, Portman said Ukraine and the United States should expect greater cooperation on economic issues “and a strong boost to Ukraine’s efforts to complete the [WTO] accession negotiations.”

The United States is continuing to work with other WTO candidates, including Russia and Vietnam, and hopes to conclude bilateral agreements “in the near future,” Portman’s office said in the news release.

The World Trade Organization is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations, according to the WTO Web site. As of late December 2005, some 149 nations were members. At the organization’s heart are WTO agreements negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their legislatures. The goal is to allow producers of goods and services — as well as importers and exporters – to conduct cross-border business.

Ukraine has been negotiating its terms for joining the WTO since 1994, when the Ukrainian government first started talks with WTO’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT).

Ukraine still is negotiating bilateral market-access agreements with eight other countries, Portman’s office said. To complete its accession bid, Ukraine must complete those bilateral negotiations as well as multilateral negotiations for a package of WTO documents known as the Working Party Report and the Protocol of Accession.

Ukraine’s government is also still in the process of enacting legislation that would enable it to implement WTO provisions after it becomes a WTO member.

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Ukrainian municipal economy needs reforms

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News / 2 March 2006 | 14:26

Ukrainian municipal economy needs reforms

Ukrainian municipal economy needs reforms

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is presiding over a meeting on urgent measures to reform the municipal economy in Ukraine, the press office reports.

Architecture Minister Pavlo Kachur, First Vice Premier Stanislav Stashevsky, and First Deputy Chief-of-Staff Ivan Vasyunyk are present at the meeting.

First, Mr. Kachur presented a concept formulated by his ministry. It spells out all necessary measures to reform the sector. The President described it as a “document with a very clear calendar schedule.” He said municipal services should be affordable for all and remarked that municipal reforms thereby affected the whole society.

“The professional analysis shows we need deep structural changes in the sector of municipal services. Cosmetic treatment will not help,” he opined.

The Head of State believes the existing municipal management model “cannot function effectively because it is based on wrong rules.” He added that we should introduce market principles to improve quality of services and then urged those present not to politicize the reform but study the issue professionally.

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