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Kyiv hosts sitting of EU- Ukrainian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Bureau

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News / 9 November 2006 | 17:00

Kyiv hosts sitting of EU- Ukrainian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Bureau

Kyiv hosts sitting of EU- Ukrainian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Bureau

Kyiv hosted a sitting of the EU-Ukrainian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee’s Bureau, which involved consideration of the EU-Ukrainian cooperation, Cabinet press office reported.

According to Co-Chairperson of the EU-Ukrainian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Volodmyr Vechorko, the sitting saw discussion of interparliamentary cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. He also noted that the first workshop of the sitting was held in Kyiv, while the second circuit workshop of the sitting will be triggered in Donetsk.

In turn, Co-Chairperson of the EU-Ukrainian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Marek Sivec stressed a necessity to visit Donetsk, as the European Integration project is the one to engulf entire Ukraine, but not some of its region. As far as we know, East Ukraine doesn’t support Ukraine’s EuroIntegration bid, which is why we should negotiate with its citizens on this issue, Marek Sivec noted.

The Committee for EU-Ukrainian parliamentary cooperation is the forum for exchange of opinions between the Ukrainian and European parliaments. The committee was created in accordance with the article 90 of an agreement on partnership and cooperation between Ukraine and EU, which became active on March 1, 1998. As many as eight meetings have been initiated since then.

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Ukraine’s President seeks political compromise

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News / 9 November 2006 | 16:16

Ukraine's President seeks political compromise

Ukraine’s President seeks political compromise

Victor Yushchenko told reporters the government must work more diligently to consolidate society, president’s press office repo.

“Political consolidation is what Ukraine needs today and will need for the next several years,” he said, adding that he would always cooperate with the government, for this is his “professional duty.” “The Presidential Secretariat in Bankova [street] will only build constructive relations and find compromises, and I want these words to be heard in Hrushevsky Street [where the government building is located].”

The President said recent parliamentary decisions triggered “instability and unpredictability” and did not benefit Ukraine’s government.

“I would like to emphasize that one of the fundamentals of my efforts is to build political stability in the country, upon which democratic progress is created, and economic and humanitarian standards changed,” he said, adding that it was not only his function to ensure political stability.

When asked to comment on results of the first 100-day term of the Yanukovych government, Mr. Yushchenko said one of the most important qualities of any cabinet was their ability to inherit and develop the domestic and foreign course.

“This issue is being watched not only in Ukraine but also by our [foreign] partners,” he said.

The Head of State said he did not appreciate some of the governmental decisions, particularly in the area of security. 

“I would also prefer to see a more transparent advance towards the World Trade Organization so that we all, the government in particular, understand that the third decade of December is the most favorable period to demonstrate the country’s legal readiness to adopt WTO rules and procedures, [],” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko said next year’s budget would be “one more test” for the government.

“The budget must cover the next twelve months, its resources distributed to prevent subjective management of the economy so that our society and regions should not think they can come to Kyiv to redistribute budget funds in a non-transparent manner. This is unacceptable,” he said, urging members of parliament and the government to pay attention to the problem. 

Mr. Yushchenko vowed to support “no attempt to reduce social policies we have now,” noting that there were such tendencies.

He also said the government must not interfere in fiscal policy and privatization.

“Fiscal issues have to be considered separately and, as a rule, before the country’s budget is approved,” he said. 

“Unfortunately, there are many such things that make me anxious because they create a non-transparent model of managing the country’s finances,” he said.

Speaking about relations between the government and the presidential secretariat, Mr. Yushchenko said the major reason of misunderstandings was constitutional reform.

“In this context, we should formulate many principles and norms to regulate our relations,” he said. “I do not like the correspondence between the two secretariats and I do not appreciate the tone of this communication. This helps neither the premier nor the president when their offices build such relations. However, I would like to say the President does not generate this style,” he said, pledging to spare no effort to restore order in the system of government and to balance powers.

The President said there had been much economic progress in the past two years.

“This is the compliment I would like to pay to the government, officials and the whole executive hierarchy,” he said.   

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Ukrainian and Danish officials discussed cooperation between the countries

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News / 9 November 2006 | 15:27

Ukrainian and Danish officials discussed cooperation between the countries

Ukrainian and Danish officials discussed cooperation between the countries

In the margins of his official visit to Denmark Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk met with Danish vice Prime Minister Bendt Bendtsen to discuss bipartite economic relations, trade cooperation and cooperation in the energy sector.

The parties noted that the commodity turnover between the countries in January-August 2006 had increased by 38% in as compared with 2005.

“Ukraine is an important partner for Denmark and Danish companies, which are interested in development of bipartite trade and investment into the Ukrainian economy and agriculture,” the Danish vice Prime Minister said.

The sides found it expedient to reach a number of agreements on exchange of delegations at official and business levels.

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Tarasyuk invited Queen of Denmark in Ukraine

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News / 9 November 2006 | 15:03

Tarasyuk invited Queen of Denmark in Ukraine

Tarasyuk invited Queen of Denmark in Ukraine

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk had a private audience with Queen of Denmark Margrethe II. That was the first meeting of the head of Denmark with a representative of Ukraine’s authorities.

During the meeting Tarasyuk delivered a letter from Ukraine’s President Victor Yushchenko with an invitation to pay an official visit to Ukraine, which would be the first in the history of relations between the two countries.

The Minister confirmed Ukraine’s readiness to develop bilateral partnership with Denmark and assured of invariability of Ukraine’s course to European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

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Ukraine’s President met with Prosecutor General to discuss fight against corruption

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News / 9 November 2006 | 14:14

Ukraine's President met with Prosecutor General to discuss fight against corruption

Ukraine’s President met with Prosecutor General to discuss fight against corruption

Today, November 9, Victor Yushchenko has met with Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko, president’s press office reported.

The President charged the Prosecutor General’s Office to formulate a long-term strategy to fight corruption and bribery and show the results to the society. He insisted that General Office of Public Prosecutor should coordinate its efforts with other law enforcement agencies.

Yushchenko also demanded of Medvedko to be personally in charge of controversial criminal cases. He said Ukrainians should see that the Prosecutor General’s Office is combating crime efficiently.

In his turn, Medvedko informed the President of his recent meetings with prosecutors to sum up results of their work in the past several months. 

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Ukraine’s PM Yanukovych promises to protect Constitution

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News / 9 November 2006 | 13:51

Ukraine's PM Yanukovych promises to protect Constitution

Ukraine’s PM Yanukovych promises to protect Constitution

The government together with the parliamentary coalition will protect the Constitution from attempts to cancell the constitutional reform, Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych told journalists commenting on the latest declaration of OU members to initiate cancellation of the political reform.

“The constitutional reform has been functioning for 11 months. Politicians’ probes to change the Constitution’s regulations will have no juridical consequences,” the Prime Minister said.

He also stated his intention to assert the Constitution and some amendments, concerning local self-government.

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that the parliamentary-presidential model is the most efficient one.

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Ukraine’s President attended a book exhibition

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News / 9 November 2006 | 13:35

Ukraine's President attended a book exhibition

Ukraine’s President attended a book exhibition

Visiting the Vernadsky’s National Library on the occasion of the Day of Ukrainian language and literature President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko viewed an exhibition of books “Ukraine’s Writing and Language: the Past and the Present” and attended a presentation of Ukraine’s dictionary database, which is the first Ukrainian digital dictionary comprising five dictionaries (paradigms, orthoepy, synonyms, antonyms and phraseology). The library also carries out research to create an academic lexicographical system “The Ukrainian Language Dictionary.”

In his speech, the President said it was incumbent on the government to ensure the “true competitiveness” of the Ukrainian language by supporting Ukraine’s publishers and mass media in order to create a profound Ukrainian-speaking community. He said the Ukrainian language could become a language of national communication “if its use is not imposed but encouraged and when it penetrates all aspects of everyday life.”

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Our Ukraine and BYuT united to celebrate anniversary of the orange revolution

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News / 9 November 2006 | 13:04

Our Ukraine and BYuT united to celebrate anniversary of the orange revolution

Our Ukraine and BYuT united to celebrate anniversary of the orange revolution

Pro-presidential bloc Our Ukraine has decided nevertheless to celebrate the second anniversary of the orange revolution and to hold large-scale actions on the Maydan square. OU member Ihor Zhdanov told Thursday at a press conference in Kyiv.

He reminded that President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko decreed to announce November 22 a Day of freedom.

It is planed to invite famous remedial activists and dissidents of Soviet times not only from Ukraine, but from Russia, Georgia, Poland and Baltic countries. It is also planed to commemorate journalists Georgy Gongadze and Anna Politkovskaya, poet Vasyl Stus and leader of Narodny Rukh Vyacheslav Chornovil.

According to Zhdanov, the organizational committee on celebration is headed by former brother-in-arms, and now – irreconcilable opponents – leader of OU parliamentary faction Roman Bezsmertny and BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Zhdanov also reported that Our Ukraine hopes to see Victor Yushchenko on Maydan on November 22, but does not want to see Premier Victor Yanukovych and VR speaker Oleksandr Moroz. “I do not consider it expedient to invite these politicians,” Zhdanov underlined.

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