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SPF Chief considers it inexpedient to privatize strategic state enterprises

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News / 29 November 2006 | 17:43

SPF Chief considers it inexpedient to privatize strategic state enterprises

SPF Chief considers it inexpedient to privatize strategic state enterprises

Chief of the State Property Fund Valentyna Semeniuk believes that privatization of state enterprises, including the “UkrTelecom”, the Odesa Port Works and the “TurboAtom”, is inexpedient. Valentyna Semeniuk told Radio “Era” commenting on the President’s statements during his meeting with industrialists and entrepreneurs. These are profitable objects and they should contribute into development of Ukraine, Valentyna Semeniuk said, Cabinet press office reported.

She also noted that the current state of the foreign market is not favorable, as prices for its shares have decreased. The enterprises are likely to be purchased by foreign companies. Before such an acquisition, a bill should be passed on prohibition of privatization of Ukrainian enterprises by foreign companies.

According to Valentyna Semeniuk, the “UkrTelecom’s” privatization is lobbied by certain business groups, which work into deliberate slash of enterprise’s value. Bankruptcy of the “UkrTelecom” was initiated deliberately, in order to purchase it for a cheap price, Valentyna Semeniuk said. In 2005 the “UkrTelecom” paid 750 M UAH sanctions and 700 M. UAH dividends. This witnesses foreign companies bids to buy the “UkrTelecom”, Valentyna Semeniuk stressed.

She also noted that in 2007 the State Property Fund intends to sell as many as 583 state-run enterprises.

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Ukraine’s President awarded UEFA President Lennart Johansson

Posted by the Editor on November 29, 2006


News / 29 November 2006 | 17:14

Ukraine's President awarded UEFA President Lennart Johansson

Ukraine’s President awarded UEFA President Lennart Johansson

Victor Yushchenko has met with UEFA President Lennart Johansson, president’s press office reported.

“Our task is to promote Ukraine as a powerful European country that appreciates sports. We are working hard to achieve this noble goal,” he said. 

The President said Ukrainians were fond of football, which “helps us strengthen our presence in the world.” He added that Ukraine could be proud of many great achievements in football.  

One of them, he said, is our participation in this year’s World Cup quarterfinal, which put Ukraine among the best eight teams of the world. 

Yushchenko said Ukraine and Poland were eager to co-host the Euro 2012 finals. He said this event “has extraordinary social importance for the two nations,” adding that the championship would be a “fantastic spectacle if held in Central and Eastern Europe.”

“This will be a unique event, a desired and expected precedent which will stimulate the European football movement,” he opined.

The President expressed hopes the UEFA Executive Committee would support the two country’s bid and “the passionate desire of Ukrainians and Poles to host the Euro 2012.”

Following the meeting, he awarded Mr. Johansson with the Yaroslav the Wise Order for his contribution to the promotion of football in Europe.  

First Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Ivan Vasyunyk, ex-Minister of Culture Ihor Likhovy, who now heads the Secretariat Office to Preserve Cultural Heritage, and the Football Federation of Ukraine President, member of the UEFA Executive Committee Grygoriy Surkis attended the meeting.  

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NATO reaffirms its cooperation with Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on November 29, 2006


News / 29 November 2006 | 16:31

NATO reaffirms its cooperation with Ukraine

NATO reaffirms its cooperation with Ukraine

NATO confirms its intention to continue dialogue with Ukraine, as Riga summit declaration says.

“We reaffirm that the Alliance will continue with Georgia and Ukraine its Intensified Dialogues which cover the full range of political, military, financial, and security issues relating to those countries’ aspirations to membership, without prejudice to any eventual Alliance decision,” the document states.

The declaration notes the importance of the NATO-Ukraine Distinctive Partnership, which has its 10th anniversary next year and states that NATO welcomes the progress that has been made in the framework of the Intensified Dialogue between Ukraine and Alliance. 

“We appreciate Ukraine’s substantial contributions to our common security, including through participation in NATO-led operations and efforts to promote regional cooperation.” 

NATO calls Ukraine to continue to contribute to regional security and promises to continue to assist, through practical cooperation, in the implementation of far-reaching reform efforts, notably in the fields of national security, defence, reform of the defence-industrial sector and fighting corruption.

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Yushchenko blessed Yanukovych

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News / 29 November 2006 | 16:00

Yushchenko blessed Yanukovych

Yushchenko blessed Yanukovych

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has approved directives of the visit of Prime Minister Yanukovych to the United States. Deputy Chief-of-Staff Oleksandr Chaly told Wednesday at a briefing.

The visit is scheduled for December 3-7. It will be Yanukovych’s first visit to the USA after he came to power in August 2006. Earlier, he paid a working visit to the USA in October 2003 being in office of the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

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Tarasyuk is not afraid of Yanukovych

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News / 29 November 2006 | 14:32

Tarasyuk is not afraid of Yanukovych

Tarasyuk is not afraid of Yanukovych

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk considers that a visit of Prime Minister Yanukovych to the United States will take place as scheduled earlier, on December 3-7. The Minister told journalists in Cabinet on Wednesday, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

Tarasyuk also informed that the Ministry will recall the note, sent to US Embassy, after the President’s decree has come in.

In response to the question what disagreements as regards directives he was afraid of, the minister said: “I was not afraid of anything. Why do you think I was afraid of anything?”

Tarasyuk underscored that having delivered a draft of directives to the Cabinet Foreign Ministry of Ukraine had just carried out its function.

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Ukraine’s parliament may sack Lutsenko

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News / 29 November 2006 | 14:07

Ukraine's parliament may sack Lutsenko

Ukraine’s parliament may sack Lutsenko

This week the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider the dismissal of Yuri Lutsenko from the post of Interior Minister. Chairman of temporary investigation commission on corruption facts in Ministry of Internal Affairs Volodymyr Sivkovych (Party of Regions) told journalists Wednesday.

According to him, the results of the investigation showed that there was system corruption in the ministry. At the same time he noted, that the commission did not mean to search for facts of corruption in Lutsenko’s actions peculiarly. “The matter concerned the idea to examine the level of corruption in law enforcement bodies of Ukraine, including Interior Ministry,” the deputy noted.

According to Sivkovych, revealed facts are enough for dismissal of Yuri Lutsenko from the post. “Under Lutsenko’s being in office corruptive system has not reduced, but increased,” he declared.

In response to the question whether a representative of the anti-crisis coalition would run for the post of Interior Minister if Lutsenko resigned, Sivkovych said there are several candidatures. According to the deputy, President’s opinion will be taken into account, but the coalition will decide this issue “on its own way.”

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Ukraine’s parliament dismissed Pavlenko

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News / 29 November 2006 | 13:23

Ukraine's parliament dismissed Pavlenko

Ukraine’s parliament dismissed Pavlenko

241 deputies backed the resolution on dismissal of Yuri Pavlenko from the post of Youth, Family and Sport Minister, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

Addressing the parliament, Pavlenko said his resignation application had been submitted a month ago and he has not changed his mind to leave the government since then.

Pavlenko summed up that during his being in office he had not done anything to be ashamed of.

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Ukraine’s President will not dismiss Tarasyuk

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News / 29 November 2006 | 13:07

Ukraine's President will not dismiss Tarasyuk

Ukraine’s President will not dismiss Tarasyuk

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has addressed the President Victor Yushchenko on issue concerning expediency of Borys Tarasyuk’s being in office of Foreign Minister. Deputy Chief-of-Staff Arseny Yatsenyuk told journalists Wednesday, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

“And the President has given clear answer that there are no ground fo the moment to change the head of Foreign Ministry of Ukraine,” Yatsenyuk pointed out.

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