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Alliance reiterates support for Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 17:58

Alliance reiterates support for Ukraine

Alliance reiterates support for Ukraine

Meeting in Sofia for informal consultations, NATO Foreign Ministers reiterated their support for Ukraine ‘s reform efforts and their readiness to provide assistance.

At the informal meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk briefed Ministers on the recent political developments in Ukraine .

NATO Ministers and Mr. Tarasyuk also took stock of the intensified dialogue on Ukraine ‘s membership aspirations and related reforms, which was launched just over a year ago.

Ministers congratulated Ukraine in particular on the conduct of the parliamentary elections, which were free and fair and which NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called a “milestone”.

They also welcomed the adoption of Ukraine ‘s target plan for 2006, which outlines the specific reform activities that Ukraine has committed to undertake this year.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with the Minister, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer said that security sector reform was a key issue and NATO was looking forward to upcoming high-level consultations with Ukraine on this issue.

In terms of Ukraine ‘s membership ambitions, the Secretary General stressed that this is a “performance-based process”, which depended on the progress of reforms in Ukraine.

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Chile is interested in Ukrainian business

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 17:25

Chile is interested in Ukrainian business

Chile is interested in Ukrainian business

Chile National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce stated its intention to cooperate with Ukrainian businessmen. Chile is interested in Ukrainian agriculture, energy, insurance, agrarian products processing. These are preferable and most beneficial aspects of cooperation, Chile Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Tireman told.

The representatives of two countries plan to hold business-forums and to sign agreements on cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce.

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President visits Ukrainian school in Riga

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 16:57

President visits Ukrainian school in Riga

President visits Ukrainian school in Riga

Accompanied by Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga and her husband, Imants, Victor Yushchenko has visited a Ukrainian secondary school in Riga, President’s press office reported.

The Head of State thanked the Latvian government for meeting the needs of Ukrainians residing in the republic. He assured his counterpart that our government was also ready to help and support Latvians in Ukraine.

“I am convinced that in our diverse world it is vital to preserve native language, literature and history in order to preserve nationalities,” he opined.

The Head of State said a special council to work with Ukrainians living abroad had been established in Ukraine and held its first meeting yesterday. He said its members had decided to give “passports of foreign Ukrainians” to hundreds of Ukrainians living abroad, including 144 Ukrainians in Latvia.

Mr. Yushchenko added that the government had also founded a special department within Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry to communicate and support Ukrainians abroad.

“We aim to help Ukrainian diasporas  profoundly integrate with Ukraine and adopt its way of life,” he said.

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Ukraine is under the threat of water pollution

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 16:40

Ukraine is under the threat of water pollution

Ukraine is under the threat of water pollution

The experts warn over a high hazard that the pathogenic organisms may penetrate into the drinking water. It was revealed by Deputy Health Minister Serhiy Berezhnov at today’s press conference.

The water treating facilities are not adapted to the emergency situation, floods, for example, Berezhnov exampled.

“We will consolidate control over the quality of drinking water. The monitoring is underway. We will instantly counter such accidents. For now, we have no problem with the drinking water,” stressed Berezhnov adding that the Health Minister does not rule it out.

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Yushchenko objects to Russian as a regional language

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 16:20

Yushchenko objects to Russian as a regional language

Yushchenko objects to Russian as a regional language

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko charged Justice Ministry and General Office of Public Prosecutor to examine whether the decision of a number of local councils to give a status of the regional language to Russian meets the Ukraine’s legislation.

“The question is whether these decisions meet Ukrainian national legislation and European charter on regional languages. And I charged Justice Ministry and General Office of Public Prosecutor to examine this question,” said Yushchenko in an interview to journalists in Riga, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“I think I will get the reports of these departments soon, and we will act in accordance with national and international laws,” pointed out the President.

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Secretariat: Parliament finished its work ingloriously

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 15:23

Parliament finished its work ingloriously

Secretariat: Parliament finished its work ingloriously

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko thanked deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the fourth convocation for their work, but was dissatisfied with that the parliamentarians had never sworn in judges of Constitutional Court of Ukraine, as declared deputy Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matvienko.

“The Verkhovna Rada on initiative of a number of blocs, first of all BYuT, PR, socialists and KPU, again decided to ignore the Law and Constitution and not to swear in judges of Constitutional Court. President expresses his deep disappointment and anxiety for such precedent, when any institution has a right not to follow its constitutional duties. We are on the downward path. It must be stopped. This is President’s position of principle,” said Matvienko.

According to him, politicians must account for their deeds, but not to just give promises. “Unfortunately, the VR under the direction of Volodymyr Lytvyn finished its work ingloriously,” noted Matvienko.

According to the deputy Chief-of-Staff, the President hopes that the Parliament of the fifth convocation will swear in judges in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.

“The President believes that new VR will determine the priority – to live in accordance with Constitution – and will solve the problem of Constitutional Court,” noted Matvienko.

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President plans to dismiss governors

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 15:10

President plans to dismiss governors

President plans to dismiss governors

In Riga, Victor Yushchenko said in a couple of days he would dismiss governors that failed to work efficiently, President’s press office reported.  

“It will not take much time to dismiss those who were not successful. I will decide which officials to sack in the next four days,” he said.

The President added that the governors of Odessa, Kirovograd and Poltava had resigned to work in the Verkhovna Rada. He also promised to “hold some political consultations” to appoint new governors.

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Ukrainian movie-distributors to have legal proceedings with government

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2006


News / 28 April 2006 | 14:33

Ukrainian movie-distributors to have legal proceedings with government

Ukrainian movie-distributors to have legal proceedings with government

Ukrainian movie-distributors brought an action against the government of Ukraine, demanding to cancel the resolution, which obliges them to dub every fifth copy of a foreign movie in Ukrainian beginning from September 1, 2006.

According to President of Ukrainian association of cinematograph development assistance Mikhailo Sokolov, movie-distributors, who were obliged to dub films at their own expense, asked the government to take over the financing. After the government had ignored the request, the association decided to appeal to court.

“We have objections to that the state policy is carried out at our expense,” explained Sokolov.

According to him, movie-distributors will argue in the court that imposing the Ukrainian language on film-goers the government violates Constitution of Ukraine.

Total movie takings made 35 mln USD last year. Cinemas’ owners fear that this figure may decrease after the introduction of obligatory Ukrainian dub, as about 60% of total takings from every movie come from Russian speaking cities – Dnipropetrovs’k, Kharkiv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk.

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