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Washington hosting conference on "Ukrainian – American political dialogue" program

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 17:28

Washington hosting conference on "Ukrainian - American political dialogue" program

Washington hosting conference on "Ukrainian – American political dialogue" program

A regular conference with the framework of the “Ukrainian – American Political Dialogue” Program is underway in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Cabinet’s press office reported.

The political dialogue program is aimed at elaborating practical means for the two countries’ Governments for developing and strengthening Ukrainian – American cooperation, President of the Ukraine – USA Foundation Nadezhda MacConnel stated.

Conclusions of each of the conference’s working groups into improvement of bilateral relations in a certain domain will be laid down in a final document of recommendations for the Ukrainian and US governments.

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Chief of Staff Baloha met Governors of Ukraine’s regions

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 15:48

Chief of Staff Baloha met Governors of Ukraine's regions

Chief of Staff Baloha met Governors of Ukraine’s regions

September 26, Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha has held a meeting with Ukraine’s governors.

Opening the meeting, he said “nothing has changedin the regions sincethe constitutional changes were passed.” Victor Baloha said Victor Yushchenko demands that the executive system should be reinforced, improve its efficiency and also cooperate with regional councils. He added thatthe head of state did not want regional administrations and oblast councils to “senselessly compete” and urged them to clearly define their duties and functions, the president press office reports.

“The development of the regions is our key priority,” stressed Baloha.

The chief of staff promised to hold regularly meetings with the governors and they in turns pledged to submit weekly reports to the President.

“Victor Yushchenko is scheduled to meet with the governors, heads of regional councils and mayors on Thursday and Friday,” he said.

He said these meetings would focus on budget issues, staff policy and cooperation with law enforcement agencies.

Victor Baloha said there were obvious attempts to reduce the authority of the regional administrations.

“The President will use all his mechanisms to secure the executive system in the country,” he said, adding that “mistrust is often politically motivated, but if it has no grounds and an individual works well, a person will continue working.”

The chief of staff said the implementation of the President’s orders should be the key task for all the administrations and promised to monitor this process.

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Secretariat Chief of Staff Baloha met Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Chernomyrdin

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 15:07

Secretariat Chief of Staff Baloha met Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Chernomyrdin

Secretariat Chief of Staff Baloha met Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Chernomyrdin

On September 25, Ukraine’s Secretariat Chief of Staff Victor Baloha met with Russia’s Ambassador to Ukraine Victor Chernomyrdin.

In the course of the discussion, the main attention was focused on issues related to bridging closer economic and trade relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The participants also addressed the working moments of the Ukraine-Russia Interstate Commission.

Baloha on behalf of the President of Ukraine wanted to enhance Ukraine’s strategic partnership with Russia, making the relations mutually beneficial. The official Kyiv regards the commission as an important mechanism of developing the political and economic dialogue, Baloha opined.

“Ukraine insists that it is important to complete organizational procedures to conduct the first meeting of the interstate commission,” he said.

The chief of staffsaid the Ukrainian government strived to preserve bilateral economic achievementsbut also start implementing specific projects, the president press office informs. He added that “there are no political and cultural problems between Ukraine and Russia, but there isa problem of trust, which we must resolve.”

Chernomyrdin said Russia wanted to develop dynamic and constructive relations.

They agreed to meet regularly to discuss and solve problems.

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SPF proposes to sale enterprises without starting prices

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 14:39

SPF proposes to sale enterprises without starting prices

SPF proposes to sale enterprises without starting prices

The State Property Fund has proposed putting state enterprises on sale via competitions, on stock exchanges, or via auctions without starting prices when there is lack of demand for shares in enterprises being privatized, Cabinet’s press office reports.

This proposal is contained in the draft state privatization program for the 2007-2009 period.

According to the draft law, such enterprises will be sold to the highest bidders.

The draft law stipulates that the list of enterprises subjected to sale via such auctions is to be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers at the recommendation of the State Property Fund.

The criteria for selling enterprises via this procedure are: the stake intended for sale is less than 10% of the enterprise’s statutory capital and the stake could not be sold in another way.

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Ukraine asks Russia to accelerate preparation for first meeting of Yuschenko-Putin Commission

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 14:14

Ukraine asks Russia to accelerate preparation for first meeting of Yuschenko-Putin Commission

Ukraine asks Russia to accelerate preparation for first meeting of Yuschenko-Putin Commission

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko favours deepening of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and Russia and development of their bilateral relations based on equality and mutual respect, Cabinet’s press office reported.

The Ukrainian Presidential Secretariat’s head Viktor Baloha announced this at a meeting with Russia’s Ambassador Viktor Chernomyrdin on Monday.

They discussed bilateral relations, Ukrainian-Russian economic cooperation, the present state of and prospects for trade between the two countries. They also discussed the Ukrainian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission.

Baloha stressed the importance that Ukraine’s attaches to the activities of the commission and said that Ukraine considers it an important mechanism for political and economic dialogue.

According to him, Ukraine is insisting on the need to complete all the organizational aspects of the preparation for the first meeting of the commission, which is headed by the presidents of the two countries.

According to him, there are no political or cultural problems between Ukraine and Russia. He said that a problem of trust exists and that this problem needs to be solved.

In his turn, Chernomyrdin stated Russia’s interest in dynamic and constructive development of bilateral relations.

They agreed to meet regularly to discuss and solve pressing problems.

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European Commission advises Ukraine to create 90-day reserve of oil

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News / 26 September 2006 | 13:57

European Commission advises Ukraine to create 90-day reserve of oil

European Commission advises Ukraine to create 90-day reserve of oil

The European Commission recommends Ukraine to create a minimal or strategic 90-day reserve of oil and an independent state agency for managing the reserve, Faouzi Bensarsa, Counsellor for Energy, External Relations DG, European Commission, said, Cabinet’s press office reported.

According to him, the issue was vetted at a meeting with Ukrainian officials. “We have discussed a program of creating the reserve of oil, which would be enough for 90 days, which is compliant with EU demands,” the European Commission representative said.

As he believes, the independent state agency to manage the reserve should be established under the Fuel and Energy Ministry. The European Commission countries run several models of oil stock administration. For six months the European Commission has been studied these models for determining the most appropriate one for Ukraine, Mr Bensarsa summed up.

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Ukrainians were caught smuggling Russian galoshes

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 13:16

Ukrainians were caught smuggling Russian galoshes

Ukrainians were caught smuggling Russian galoshes

Ukrainian officials detained two citizens of Ukraine with large smuggling of galoshes. The smugglers were arrested at Luhansk frontier check-point D’yakovo. They tried to withdraw 1,520 pairs of galoshes at the cost of galoshes $1,000.

The smugglers’ auto approached to the check-point from the side of village Millerovo, Russia. They had passed only 40 km of Ukrainian territory when they were detained by the Ukrainian frontier guards.

Two smugglers are under prosecution, the smuggling galoshes and their auto have been delivered to the police.

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The U.S. Ambassador William Taylor to present grants for cultural preservation in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 26, 2006


News / 26 September 2006 | 12:43

The U.S. Ambassador William Taylor to present grants for cultural preservation in Ukraine

The U.S. Ambassador William Taylor to present grants for cultural preservation in Ukraine

On September 26, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor is to participate in a signing ceremony for two Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation grants at 2:00 pm at the State Academy of Senior Specialists of Culture and Arts, Conference Hall, the U.S. Embassy press release reports.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, created by the U.S. Congress in 2001, aims to assist other countries in preserving museum collections, ancient and historic sites, and traditional forms of expression. In 2006, preservation awards will support 87 projects from 76 countries.

“When establishing the Ambassador’s Fund, Congress emphasized that U.S. efforts in preserving the heritage of other cultures demonstrate America’s appreciation and respect for those cultures,” said the U.S. Department of State’s Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Dina Habib Powell. “Over the past six years, the Fund has awarded 379 preservation grants in 108 countries, illustrating our commitment to helping people around the world preserve and protect their rich cultural traditions.”

The Ambassador’s Fund projects represent the heritage of all geographic regions in the world, including two from Ukraine: restoration of the roof of the historic St. Nikolas wooden church in the Transcarpathian village of Kolodne and Excavation of the Cossack fortification Mykytynska Sich buried beneath the town of Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Cultural Heritage Center administers the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. Through a range of cultural preservation activities, the Bureau promotes cooperation with other countries to reduce the threat of pillage of irreplaceable cultural heritage, and to develop long-term strategies for preserving cultural property.

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