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Yushchenko visited Kharkiv Science Exhibition

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2006


News / 18 March 2006 | 11:00

Yushchenko visited Kharkiv Science Exhibition

Yushchenko visited Kharkiv Science Exhibition

Victor Yushchenko visited a Kharkiv Science Exhibition at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. About fifty institutes, scientific organizations, research laboratories, universities and enterprises displayed scientific literature, aircraft models, machines, space devices, gas and energy efficiency technologies, and environmental safety systems.

L. Tovazhnyansky, Coordinator of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute Pavilion, showed Mr. Yushchenko devices produced by Ukraine’s leading institutes. Then the Head of State saw a highly technological machine for plasmatic metal cutting, which wascreated by Ukrstankinprom . It is being actively sold in Ukraine but can also be a competitive export product. the President press service reported.

Then Victor Yushchenko met with scientists and directors of enterprises that invent and develop new technologies.

Kharkiv Governor Arseniy Avakov, Deputy Chief of Staff Anatoly Matviyenko, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, NAS President Borys Paton, KPI President Mykhailo Zgurovsky, Academician Volodymyr Semynozhenko and Academician Mykola Zhulynsky attended the meeting.

The Chief of State said science, education and high technologies were “strategic issues for Ukraine’s progress.” He is convinced that the development of Ukraine’s scientific potential depends on the development of political and economic culture.

“A scientist will always be wealthy in a democratic and free environment. It is an axiom,” he opined.

Yushchenko said it was important to attract investment in science in the context of Ukraine’s overall investment development.

“If we fail to invest in the national market, it will be impossible to attract investment for innovative technologies,” he said.

The President added that government and business must jointly fund science. He reiterated that Ukraine spent only 0.42% of its GDP on science, while this rate reached 2% in the EU. He said it was also necessary to improve state mechanisms of managing the scientific sector.
In his turn, Paton said the meeting was a sign of the President’s awareness of the key role of science in Ukraine’s progress. He reminded those present that the Kharkiv region had Ukraine’s second biggest scientific potential after Kyiv, so it wasquite appropriate to meet in Kharkiv.

Then the participants discussed ways to introduce energy efficiency technologies, differentiate energy supplies, make nuclear reactors safer, develop technical parks, and involve scientists in formulating national programs. They also agreed that it was important to create research institutes in order to overcome barriers between educational and research vectors of science and then considered ways tobuild a knowledge-based economy.

They are going to approve a concept for Ukraine’s scientific development at a next meeting.

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President of Ukraine criticizes language resolution

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2006


News / 18 March 2006 | 10:30

President of Ukraine criticizes language resolution

President of Ukraine criticizes language resolution

In an interview with Kharkiv journalists, Victor Yushchenko said a resolution to recognize Russian as a second regional language recently passed by the Kharkiv City Council did not “correspond to Ukraine’s interests.”

The Head of State said our country’s language policy was never intenton discriminating against this or that language.

“Ukraine is a European country, and each citizen can freely choose what language he or she wants to speak,” he said, adding that he never received any complaints about language discrimination.

Yushchenko believes that the resolution passed by the Kharkiv City Council would not help to resolve the problem and described it asa “mere political game.”

“This artificial politicizationis inconsistent with Ukrainian interests,” he opined.

The President then said the local deputies should have dealt with the issue “more carefully.”

“I do not welcome such steps but they should also be legally analyzed,” he added.

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President of Ukraine urged new parliament to consolidate

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2006


News / 18 March 2006 | 10:00

President of Ukraine urged new parliament to consolidate

President of Ukraine urged new parliament to consolidate

In an interview with the Kharkiv Oblast Television Company, Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine’s new parliament would only function effectively if it learned to uphold key principles of our country’s domestic and foreign policy.

The President said most opinions of some members of this parliament “do not correspond to national interests.”

“They oppose some priorities of the country and, I think, too often lean on the other capital. They must have forgotten that the capital of Ukraine is Kyiv,” he said and then urged Ukrainians to responsibly vote on March 26, the president press service reported.

“I will vote for the democratic force I trust, the force I am responsible for and that is also directly responsible for the choice the Maidan in Kyiv and Kharkiv made. But I would like to say that I will still respect your choice, but we must be aware of our responsibility,” he said.

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