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Ukraine may apply sanctions against the EU

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 17:33

Ukraine may apply sanctions against the EU

Ukraine may apply sanctions against the EU

Ukraine may apply sanctions against the European goods in case the EU will introduce 27-28% duty on Ukraine’s seamless pipes export in the EU, Ukraine’s Economy Minister Yatsenyuk told. He also added that Ukraine is ready to work in accordance with the EU regulations within the antidumping investigation.

“We do not claim zero antidumping duty… But 28 per cents are not acceptable for Ukraine,” said he coming out at the meeting with the domestic producers’ associations. Such duties almost close the European market for Ukraine’s pipe export. He called it a kind of discrimination.

Regarding this measure, Ukraine may use corresponding sanctions against European import as well. According to the data, European goods import exceeded Ukrainian ones by $3 bln in 2005.

As a reminder, the antidumping investigation on Ukraine’s seamless pipes was launched on March 31, 2005. The investigation was brought by the European producers’ complaint. The European Commission intends to introduce the restrictions on Ukraine’s seamless pipes export from May 1 – June 30, 2006. The Cabinet of Ukraine repeatedly stated about governmental support and protection of the interests of domestic producers.

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The Eropean reflections on the coming election in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 16:49

The Eropean reflections on the coming election in Ukraine

The Eropean reflections on the coming election in Ukraine

With the memory of the Orange Revolution slowly fading away, Ukrainians will on 26 March hold parliamentary elections to decide whether the country shouldturn toward Europe or Russia, EuroActive reported.
 
On 26 March, Ukrainians will hold the country’s first parliamentary elections since the Orange Revolution of 2004. A total of 47 parties will be vying for the 450 seats in parliament (Verkhovna Rada), but a maximum of 6-8 parties stand a real chanceof qualifying.

Under the country’s new election law that was approved in October 2004, the new members of parliament will be elected for five-year terms (previously four years) and they will also be obliged to stay on their party ticket throughout their term. The threshold for parliamentary representation is now set at 3% of the vote. On 26 March, voters will also cast ballots in regional, municipal, district and local elections. Despite the logistical complexities thisentails, the election law prescribes that the results should be released within five days of the polling day.

The country’s new parliament willhave to deal with a series of new constitutional amendments that entered into force in January 2006. It will fall on the deputies to nominate and approve the country’s new prime minister and the cabinet ministers and to create a majority coalition. From now on, the prime minister will be answerable to both the president and the parliament.

Should the parliament fail to conclude a majority coalition deal within 30 days after its opening session, the president has the right to disband the body and call new elections.

At stake in the elections is whether Ukraine speeds up its efforts toward European integration or moves instead to a closer relationship with Russia.President Yushchenko has repeatedly pledged to steer the country towards EU membership. Foreign Minister Borys Tarasiuk has said that Ukraine may become a member of the EU by 2015. The EU, meanwhile, has granted market economy status to the country, launched talks on easing visa restrictions and promised to sign a free trade agreement once Kiev joins the World Trade Organisation – but has steered clear of holding out the prospect of membership to Kiev.

Some 400 international observers will monitor the vote on 26 March and 76,000 police will be guarding the country’s 34,000 polling stations.

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Ukrainians to vote even on board ships

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 16:30

Ukrainians to vote even on board ships

Ukrainians to vote even on board ships

The Central Election Commission has permitted district election commissions that are based on 151 ships to print ballot papers for the parliamentary vote on their own, OSCE reported.
 
The permission to print ballot papers concerns ships setting sail before March 22. The CEC granted permission to 8 ships of territorial constituency No.138 in Illichivsk, Odesa region, 91 ships of territorial constituency No.141 in Izmail, Odesa region, and 18 ships of constituency No.225 in Sevastopol. In addition, the CEC also authorized 34 ship-based commissions of territorial constituency No.48 in Mariupol to print ballot papers.

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Georgian observers to come on the Election Day of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 16:10

Georgian observers to come on the Election Day of Ukraine

Georgian observers to come on the Election Day of Ukraine

Delegation of the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) will arrive at Kyiv to monitor parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Prime News informed.

Prime-News was told at the CEC that the delegation is comprised of Guram Chalagashvili, Chairman of the CEC, and Mariam Kavelashvili, acting head of public relations service.

CEC delegation will monitor local administration and Mayors elections.

Georgian CEC delegation will hold meetings with members and officials of the Ukrainian CEC.

Delegation will return to Georgia on march 29.

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President of Ukraine opposes Belarus’ international isolation

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 15:50

President of Ukraine opposes Belarus' international isolation

President of Ukraine opposes Belarus’ international isolation

In an interview with 1+1, Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine supported the OSCE evaluation of last week’s presidential elections in Belarus and reiterated that Ukrainian citizens had been members of the OSCE observation mission, the press service informed.

He added, however, that Ukraine believed “Belarus must not be internationally isolated, for it will not benefit democracy in this country.”

The President reminded all of century-long historical ties between our peoples and said our friendship “cannot be ruined.”

“We want to have pragmatic relations. We want to develop trade and economic relations with our neighbor. This is our rational intention…,” he said.

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Kazakh Ambassador on Ukraine-Kazakhstan relationship

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 15:29

Kazakh Ambassador on Ukraine-Kazakhstan relationship

Kazakh Ambassador on Ukraine-Kazakhstan relationship

The commercial and economic relations between Ukraine and Kazakhstan intensively develop, Kazakh Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Ukraine Amangeldy Zhumbayev told.

Judging by the balance of 2005, the mutual turnover made $1 milliard including Ukrainian export amounted $795 million and Kazakh import – $209 million.

“We want to build close economic ties because there is much in common between us,” stressed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Zhumbayev.

The main attention was paid to the fuel-energy products import to Ukraine and Brody-Plotsk pipeline construction within the Euro-Asian Oil Transport Corridor project realization.

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly Head to visit Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 13:50

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Head to visit Ukraine

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Head to visit Ukraine

The Head of NATO Parliamentary Assembly Pierre Lelouche will likely visit Ukraine on the Election Day, the Chairman of the President’s Secretariat Oleh Rybachuk told today at the briefing.

“We expect Pierre Lelouche will meet the President of Ukraine on March 26,” said Rybachuk.

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Ukraine’s citizens illegally staying abroad may vote

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2006


News / 24 March 2006 | 13:34

Ukraine's citizens illegally staying abroad may vote

Ukraine’s citizens illegally staying abroad may vote

The citizens of Ukraine illegally living abroad will be able to vote if they put their surnames in the voter’s list, the Deputy Foreign Minister Mykola Majmeskul told at the press conference.

He stressed that to put the surnames in the list in the Election Day will be impossible because of the law regulations.

The Deputy Minister mentioned that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry does not treat these citizens as illegal ones. “For us they are just the citizens of Ukraine. Being Ukraine’s citizen, a person acting in accordance with his will and civil obligations enters data in the voter’s list then check it and vote. And he should not worry about illegal staying abroad… He is the citizen of Ukraine,” concluded Majmeskul.

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