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US companies to produce biofuel in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 15:54

US companies to produce biofuel in Ukraine

US companies to produce biofuel in Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych met with representatives of USA companies discusses prospects of biofuel production in Ukraine, press office of Cabinet of Ministers reported.

During the meeting American businessmen stated their readiness to invest into agrarian sector of Ukraine. Particularly, they intend to build here two plants producing agricultural machinery and biofuel.

In his turn, Viktor Yanukovych noted that the government takes measures to improve investment climate in Ukraine. The Head of the government also stated that Ukraine is interested in manufacture of ecologically clean biofuel as it has all necessary plant resources. Biofuel production will give the opportunity not only to satisfy the needs of Ukraine’s economy in light oil products but to export it to other countries, the Prime Minister stressed.

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Chief of Staff Baloha on his goals

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 15:32

Chief of Staff Baloha on his goals

Chief of Staff Baloha on his goals

Presidential Chief of Staff Victor Baloha visited Zakarpatya oblast on Saturday. There he told reporters the Secretariat was now facing the challenge of helping the President constructively cooperate with Prime Minister Yanukovych and Speaker Moroz, the president press office informed.

“My goal is to minimize possible conflicts and ensure cooperation,” he said, adding that Victor Yushchenko wanted to findcompromises.

He called on politicians to unite and “bury the hatchet, for the whole country… will lose because of these conflicts.”

“I hope the premier will give up this reactionary rhetoric of politicians thatdo not care about national interests but think abou their party interests,” he said. “I have worked with Victor Yanukovych and I am sure we will be able to build a productive dialogue.”

Victor Baloha said the Secretariat must work efficiently. He expressed confidence “the new team in Bankova and planned reforms” would help optimize this cooperation.

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Ukraine launches systemic researches of tragedy in Babiy Yar

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 15:11

Ukraine launches systemic researches of tragedy in Babiy Yar

Ukraine launches systemic researches of tragedy in Babiy Yar

About one thousand foreign guests from 41 countries, including four Presidents, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Israeli President Moshe Katsav, Croatian President Stjepan Mesic and Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic, will take part in the International Forum “Let My People Live!” and events, timed to the 65th anniversary of the tragedy in Babiy Yar.

As presidential adviser for humanitarian affairs Markian Lubkivskyi told a Monday news briefing, a working group would be shortly formed in Ukraine of famous historians, politologists, sociologists to study the tragedy of Babiy Yar from the aspect of anti-Semitism and xenophobia. It will be not only implementation of relevant instructions by the President, but will also allow contributing to strengthening interethnic peace and concord in Ukraine.

As Lubkivskyi added, under the President’s instruction a state historical – cultural reserve “Babiy Yar” would be created in Kyiv, Cabinet’s press office reported.

The Ukrainian initiative is a unique one, as the tragedy of Babiy Yar, as the Jewish topic in general, were prohibited and concealed in the totalitarian Soviet Union, he noted. However, these topics have practically not been studied in independent Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha participated in the opening of a new church

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 14:58

Ukraine's Chief of Staff Victor Baloha participated in the opening of a new church

Ukraine’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha participated in the opening of a new church

Secretariat Chief of Staff Victor Baloha took part in a ceremony to open a church in the town of Mukachevo, the president press office reports.

In his speech, Baloha opined: “The development of our culture and the revival of our spirit lay the foundation for the country’sconsolidation.”

The Chief of Staff said Victor Yushchenko strived to secure the integrity of Ukraine’s language and culture and to ensure freedom of religion. He added that these objectives were among the fundamentals ofthe National Unity Pact.

“All the political forces that signed the document confirmed their commitment to these goals,” he said.

Baloha said each believer could visit the newly opened church: “We can go to different churches, look at different icons, have different political views but national values and interests should unite all Ukrainians.”

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European Commission and Council of Europe launch the project against Corruption in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 14:13

European Commission and Council of Europe launch the project against Corruption in Ukraine

European Commission and Council of Europe launch the project against Corruption in Ukraine

Justice Minister of Ukraine Roman Zvarych has held a press conference dedicated to the launch of the implementation of the Ukrainian Project against Corruption (UPAC).

Ukraine will stand little chance of success in Euro integration if it does not take a decisive step toward elimination of corruption, Minister Zvarych has revealed at the press conference.

UPAC is funded with 1,75 million from the European Communities’ TACIS Program and will be implemented by the Council of Europe.

The European Commission assistance to Ukraine on eradicating corruption is governed by the European Neighbouring Policy (ENP) EU-Ukraine Action Plan. The Action Plan, adopted in February 2005, contains provisions regarding the need to ensure the effectiveness of the fight against corruption, the Council of Europe, Directorate General of Legal Affairs informs. The project will be implemented by the Council of Europe in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice and other Ukrainian stakeholder institutions, and will last until May 2009.

UPAC will provide the Ukrainian counterparts with assistance in the implementation of the recently adopted National Anti-corruption Concept (Strategy); this includes support to the elaboration of an Action Plan, and to the creation of effective monitoring mechanisms to oversee the success of the Concept.

UPAC will also help the Ukrainian authorities’ to increase their capacities for the prevention of corruption, and contribute to the approximation of Ukrainian legislation to international standards in the fight against corruption, in particular those set by the Council of Europe Criminal and Civil Law Conventions against Corruption, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

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Ukraine assisted by the US destructed 1,000 MANPADS

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 13:21

Ukraine assisted by the US destructed 1,000 MANPADS

Ukraine assisted by the US destructed 1,000 MANPADS

According to the U.S. Department of State press release out on Septemebr 21, the controlled destruction of 1000 Ukrainian man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) was completed on September 20 in northeast Ukraine, outside the city of Shostka. These weapons, deemed by Ukraine to be excess to its defense needs, are but the first installment in a 12-year weapons and munitions destruction project being undertaken by Ukraine and NATO in a NATO-Partnership for Peace Trust Fund initiative – – the largest such multilateral destruction project of its kind.

The United States is the lead sponsor of the first three-year phase of this project to which it already has contributed over $3.64 million. 12 other countries and the European Union have pledged over 5.6 million (approximately $7.2 million). Ukraine is providing most of the operational funding and in-kind support. A total of approximately $27 million will be required from donors to complete the project. Additional contributions, including those from non-NATO members, will be welcomed.

In addition to the MANPADS that were destroyed, 15,000 tons of stockpiled excess and unstable munitions, including ammunition for automatic weapons, artillery shells, and mortar rounds, and 400,000 small arms and light weapons, are scheduled to be destroyed during the first phase. By the end of the twelve-year project, a total of 1.5 million small arms and light weapons, and 133,000 tons of munitions will have been safely destroyed.

The impetus for this extraordinary project is twofold. First, Ukraine has suffered several major explosions of unstable ordnance in some of its munitions depots. Controlled destruction of the remaining dangerous ordnance will reduce the public safety threat and health risk to Ukrainians who live near such depots. Second, the destruction of weapons and munitions that are no longer needed by Ukraine to defend itself will ensure that they are never obtained by illicit arms traffickers, criminals, or terrorists.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Tarasyuk met Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 13:00

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Tarasyuk met Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Tarasyuk met Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari

On September 22, 2006  within the framework of the 61st session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs Borys Tarasyuk met with Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari.

At the beginning of the meeting Minister Tarasyuk greeted his Iraqi counterpart Zebari with formation of Iraq’s constitutionally elected Government and emphasized that Ukraine reiterates its support to the Government of Iraq to work tirelessly to promote national reconciliation and peaceful political process. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine noted that our state is ready to render to Iraq necessary assistance for stabilization of the security situation, reconstruction of infrastructure and economy of Iraq in the framework Reconciliation Plan prepared by Iraqi Government, the Foreign Ministry press service reports.

During the meeting the sides discussed topical points of bilateral cooperation, in particular – possible ways of intensification of Ukraine – Iraq trade and economic cooperation and wider involvement of Ukrainian companies to the Iraqi reconstruction process. Among other issues the parties discussed how to facilitate deliveries of high-quality equipment of Ukrainian producers to Iraq.

Ministers Tarasyuk and Zebari exchanged their opinions regarding the ways of possible cooperation in energy sphere. The parties agreed that signing of Agreement on cooperation in oil and gas sphere between Ukraine and Iraq would become a significant impetus for further cooperation between our states.

During the negotiations the sides also agreed to hold next round of political consultations between Ministries of foreign affairs of Ukraine and Iraq till the end of this year.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Tarasyuk welcomed intentions of Iraq to open the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Ukraine in the nearest future and invited his colleague to visit Kyiv on this occasion. The invitation was accepted with gratitude.

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Russia interested in Ukrainian metallurgical and high-technology industries

Posted by the Editor on September 25, 2006


News / 25 September 2006 | 12:26

Russia interested in Ukrainian metallurgical and high-technology industries

Russia interested in Ukrainian metallurgical and high-technology industries

Russia is seeking to increase its presence in the Ukrainian metallurgical, high-technology, and processing industries, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said during a joint press conference with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych after a meeting in Moscow on Friday, Cabinet’s press office reported.

“We would like to be more actively presented in metallurgy, the sphere of high technologies, the processing industry,” Fradkov said.

He expressed confidence that Ukrainian companies would also confirm their desire for a more active presence in Russia.

Fradkov called for deeper integration in the cooperation between Ukraine and Russia. “I would like integration to be deeper and on a broader spectrum of issues,” Fradkov said.

According to him, participation in the creation of a Common Economic Area on the territories of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan will be discussed at the meeting of the Ukrainian-Russian intergovernmental economic cooperation committee that is planned for October, together with the issue of lifting restrictions on bilateral trade.

At the same time, he said that deeper integration of Ukraine into the European Union would create better conditions for working and for businesses.

Yanukovych and Fradkov have agreed to convene the first meeting of the Yushchenko-Putin intergovernmental commission’s intergovernmental economic cooperation committee in Kyiv between October 20 and 29.

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