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The EC Commission to visit Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 3, 2006


News / 3 March 2006 | 17:12

The EC Commission to visit Ukraine

The EC Commission to visit Ukraine

The European Expert Commission plans to visit Ukraine in the nearest future. The agreement on it was reached during the negotiations between Ukraine Energy Minister Plachkov and Benita Ferrero-Waldner the European Commissioner in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy.

As a reminder, March 2, the sides discussed the bilateral cooperation within the EU-Ukraine energy sphere. Ms.Ferrero-Waldner hailed the Ukraine-Russia gas settlement. “We know how difficult it was,” stated Ms. Ferrero-Waldner. The bitter dispute between Ukraine and Russia awoke all Europe, she added.

The Eurocommissioner proposed European assistance in expert examination of the gas agreement formula.

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President of Ukraine met All-Ukrainian Church Council

Posted by the Editor on March 3, 2006


News / 3 March 2006 | 16:25

President of Ukraine met All-Ukrainian Church Council

President of Ukraine met All-Ukrainian Church Council

Victor Yushchenko met with members of the Council of Churches and Religious Organizations: Patriarch Filaret (Kyiv Orthodox Church), Metropolitan Mefodiiy (Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church), Archbishop Lubomyr Huzar (Ukrainian Catholic Church), Mufti Akhmed Tamim, Archbishop Mitrofan and other religious leaders, the President press office informs.

Humanitarian Premier V. Kyrylenko, Justice Minister S. Holovaty, First Deputy Chief-of-Staff I. Vasyunyk, and Religious Department Head I. Bondarchuk also attended the meeting.

They discussed ways to preserve confessional peace and prevent churches and religious organizations from participating in this year’s election campaign.

The Chief of State urged those present to find means allowingthe government and confessions to build harmonic relations and assured them he would personallysupport this bid.
 
The President was told Ukraine faced few challenges ahead: giving premises and lands to religious communities; developingreligious education; optimizing the work of the Religious Department; improving mechanisms of interaction between the government and confessions.
 
The Council also wants to become a consultative body. The President said “the government must consider these problems and then solve them.” He complimented the authorities and religious leaders on their efforts to preserve confessional peace in Ukraine but said “the state is ready to promote understanding among all Ukrainian Christians.” Yushchenko pledged to never allow his government to interfere with religious affairs.

Then they signed a Declaration of Heads of Ukrainian Churches and Religious Organizations.

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Victor Yanukovich met Finnish Foreign Minister

Posted by the Editor on March 3, 2006


News / 3 March 2006 | 16:03

Victor Yanukovich met Finnish Foreign Minister

Victor Yanukovich met Finnish Foreign Minister

On Friday the leader of Ukrainian opposition and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja had a working breakfast, the PR press office reported.

Finnish Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Ukraine and other officials took part in the meeting. In the course o the meeting the participants tasted tasty honey pancakes.

The main attention was paid to the economic crisis settlement, international questions, March election, gas problem and bilateral cooperation.

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The Naturewatch to show shock film on Ukraine’s cruelty towards animals

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News / 3 March 2006 | 14:47

The Naturewatch to show shock film on Ukraine's cruelty towards animals

The Naturewatch to show shock film on Ukraine’s cruelty towards animals

Animal welfare campaigners will brief MEPs on 8th March in Brussels on the “barbaric” killing of stray dogs in the Ukraine, the Naturewatch’s letter reads..

A team from Naturewatch will present undercover footage shot by Ukrainian journalists in capital city Kiev that graphically shows strays being clubbed and poisoned on the streets by city employees.

The shock film also shows that animals not killed immediately are scooped up in nets and hurled into deep mobile containers before being taken into the woods for “sorting”. Some are then skinned and their fur used in the production of hats, gloves and shoes, while the carcases of others are used for soap or dog food.

Naturewatch director John Ruane said: “The way these poor creatures are treated in Kiev and other parts of the Ukraine is absolutely barbaric and should not be allowed in any country affecting to be civilised, especially one with ambitions to join the European community.

“We want MEPs to bring pressure to bear on the Ukraine by pointing out that its cruel treatment of animals will seriously damage western public opinion and therefore its attempts to achieve eventual EU membership.

“The Ukraine is also risking its developing tourist industry. If British tourists find out how the Ukraine treats its stray dogs, we can expect them to vote with their feet and go elsewhere for their holidays.”

The showing of the film has been timed to coincide with the run-up to the Ukrainian elections on 26 March, when Naturewatch say the resulting increased international awareness of the country will provide an opportunity to bring the issue to the attention of the wider world.

At the Brussels briefing the Cheltenham-based organisation will urge MEPs to send a letter of complaint to the Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

“Local media coverage of the way animals are treated in the Ukraine has had no impact,” said Mr Ruane, “and journalists are risking their jobs and their lives to bring this story to a wider audience.”

 
He adds: “The profits from selling the dogs’ skins and carcasses, along with most of the £460,000 (US $750,000 – $800,000) allocated by the city for animal care, is unaccountable and shrouded in a veil of secrecy, with Ukraine being the joint third most corrupt country in Europe (shared with Belarus).”
 
As a reminder, Ukraine is considered to be the third most corrupt country in Europe (Transparency International Corruption Index 2005); Ukraine passed its first Animal Protection Bill at the end of 2005. This Bill was drafted by Naturewatch and other western animal welfare organisations; the EU has no legislation on the treatment of companion animals. Legislation from the Council of Europe – of which the Ukraine is a member – states that companion animals ‘should be collected humanely and destroyed humanely’. The Kiev authorities say that they are complying with this legislation.

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The President of Ukraine prepares to carry on dialogue with future parliament

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News / 3 March 2006 | 14:27

The President of Ukraine prepares to carry on dialogue with future parliament

The President of Ukraine prepares to carry on dialogue with future parliament

President Yushchenko charges corresponding authorities to form program councils consisted of the executive power representatives, independent experts, the President Secretariat officials and members of the parliament. The councils are aimed at creation of the legislative initiatives in accordance with priority reformative projects for every fields of economy. The initiatives will regulate the realization of policy in the corresponding fields, the First Deputy President Secretariat Chairman Ivan Vasyunyk told Friday.

2006 will be the year of reforms in the spheres of court and administrative system, energy saving, municipal economy, health protection, agriculture, education and pension provision, Vasyunyk added. The very pressing questions will be the key issues of the dialogue between the President and the new parliament formed of the coalition majority.

It will be the issue of dialogue and cooperation not the dispute of the coming parliament, the First Deputy Secretary Vasyunyk concluded the briefing.

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The USA to finance enlightning program in Ukraine

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News / 3 March 2006 | 13:26

The USA to finance enlightning program in Ukraine

The USA to finance enlightning program in Ukraine

The US government in few weeks intends to renew financing of the educational program on human element in the course of avian flu problem.

During the negotiations, Paula Dobriansky US Deputy Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and Yuri Polyachenko Ukraine Health Minister reached the agreement on it.

Ukrainian Minister time and again stressed “the less people know about the prevention measures the more they run the risk of the disease.” Sharing his impressions of Crimean visit, he mentioned “Crimea prepares not to the avian flu attack but to the election. All information campaign is aimed at the election.”

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Sevastopol to hosts UK Naval Forces

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News / 3 March 2006 | 12:41

Sevastopol to hosts UK Naval Forces

Sevastopol to hosts UK Naval Forces

March 5-9, Saint Albans frigate will visit Sevastopol, the Defence Ministry press service reported. The frigate will moor in Sevastopol Commercial Port at 10.00 a.m.

The delegation is to pay protocol visits to Ukraine Naval Forces HQ and to meet local authorities. Britain guests will go site seeing.

The press conference is set to be held on March 6, at 11.00 a.m. aboard.

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President of Ukraine vetoed legislations

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News / 3 March 2006 | 12:07

President of Ukraine vetoed legislations

President of Ukraine vetoed legislations

President Yushchenko vetoed two laws:

Law on Holding Companies in Ukraine ;

Law on Changes to Article 2 of the Law on Agricultural Tax .

State Property Fund Head Valentyna Semenyuk and First Deputy Finance Minister Victor Kalnyk were delegated to present his remarks at a plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada.

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