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Yushchenko ratified agreement with EU

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 14:53

Yushchenko ratified agreement with EU

Yushchenko ratified agreement with EU

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko signed a bill “About ratification of agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on security procedures concerning information exchange with restricted access.”

On December 20 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a bill “About ratification of agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on security procedures concerning information exchange with restricted access”.

This agreement was concluded on June 13, 2005 in Luxemburg. According to the agreement, information with restricted access means any information {knowledge transferred in any form) or materials defined as they are necessary to be protected from disclosure.

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Shufrych is satisfied with Emergency Ministry’s budget

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 14:28

Shufrych is satisfied with Emergency Ministry's budget

Shufrych is satisfied with Emergency Ministry’s budget

The Emergency Minister Nestor Shufrych is satisfied with the budget of the Emergency Ministry for 2007. He told at the press conference on 275 rocket and ammunition base of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.

“We will be satisfied with that we have. I am grateful to position of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and to the Cabinet for attention to the budget for 2007,” Shufrych said.

I think any head always can say that there is little money but it is necessary to be realists, consider real opportunities and use them effectively,” he added.

He also noted that the budget of the Emergency Ministry comprises UAH 3.180 milliard.

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Vice Prime Minister to launch study of history of Ukrainian regions in schools

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 14:00

Vice Prime Minister to launch study of history of Ukrainian regions in schools

Vice Prime Minister to launch study of history of Ukrainian regions in schools

Humanitarian vice Prime
Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk is initiating launch of an in-depth studying of
history of region of Ukraine, “Cabinet press office” reported.

European educational
institutions see studying local history of the countries. We can initiate a
similar program with the Education and Science Ministry, Dmytro Tabachnyk
noted.

Meanwhile Dmytro Tabachnyk
advocated obligatory tours across historical places of Ukraine.

Notably, the VR has
resolved to hold on January 9, 2007 Day of Government and to consider state and
prospects of development of education in Ukraine.

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Mykhaylo Fradkov congratulates Viktor Yanukovych

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 13:34

Mykhaylo Fradkov congratulates Viktor Yanukovych

Mykhaylo Fradkov congratulates Viktor Yanukovych

Prime Minister of the
Russian Federation Mykhaylo Fradkov congratulated Prime Minister of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych on New Year holidays, Cabinet press office reported.

“Congratulations and
best wishes for happiness and welfare in New Year 2007”, the congratulation
letter says.

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Yushchenko to celebrate NY in Ivano-Frankovsk

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 13:10

Yushchenko to celebrate NY in Ivano-Frankovsk

Yushchenko to celebrate NY in Ivano-Frankovsk

Victor Yushchenko has gone to his residence in the village of Huta in
Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, where he is going to celebrate the New Year and
Christmas with his family.

The President will hold a few meetings there.

Victor Yushchenko’s New Year television address will be broadcast on
December 31, at 11:52 p.m.

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Ukraine offers to help Russia supply gas to European consumers if Belarus blocks transit

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 12:55

Ukraine offers to help Russia supply gas to European consumers if Belarus blocks transit

Ukraine offers to help Russia supply gas to European consumers if Belarus blocks transit

Ukraine offered
Thursday to help Russia supply gas to European consumers if a pricing dispute
between Belarus and Russia disrupts supplies westward, International Herald Tribune reported.

“We are in a
position to offer help to European customers by increasing transit to whatever volume
is necessary to ensure the stable functioning of our neighbors in the European
Union,” Fuel and Energy Minister Yuri Boyko said.

Russian state gas
monopoly Gazprom has warned that it will halt supplies to Belarus on January 1 if
no new contract is signed to end their price dispute, and has warned European
countries their deliveries could be affected. Minsk has threatened to siphon
off Russian natural gas bound for Europe in the event of a suspension of
supplies to Belarus.

Boyko’s offer stands in
sharp contrast to the mood in Kiev last year when Ukraine was engaged in its
own bitter pricing dispute with Moscow. Russia temporarily turned off the taps
to Ukraine, which resulted in brief disruptions to European consumers. The
dispute was seen by many as punishment for President Viktor Yushchenko’s
pro-Western policies.

This year, Ukraine’s new
pro-Russian premier, Viktor Yanukovych, reached an early agreement with Russia
on gas prices for 2007, with Kiev pledging to pay US$130 (99) per 1,000 cubic
meters. That is 40 percent more than Ukraine paid in 2006, but nearly half the
price Russia is charging other ex-Soviet republics.

Boyko
didn’t elaborate about how much more gas Ukrainian pipelines could hold. Russia
already relies on Ukrainian pipelines to carry 80 percent of its gas exports to
European Union countries.

Gazprom is demanding
that Belarus pay US$105 (80) – more than twice the current price for gas – and
hand over a 50 percent stake in its gas distribution system.

The European Union on
Thursday called on Belarus and Russia to quickly resolve their dispute and
guarantee continued and adequate supplies to EU nations.

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Yanukovych congratulates employees of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers on New Year and Christmas holidays

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 11:45

Yanukovych congratulates employees of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers on New Year and Christmas holidays

Yanukovych congratulates employees of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers on New Year and Christmas holidays

The Head of Government Viktor Yanukovych congratulated employees of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on New Year and Christmas.

According to the Prime Minister, in spite of all changes within the House of Government in different periods – devotion of employees to their job remains unchangeable.

As the Prime Minister noted, today the system of public administration in Ukraine is changing and it envisages redistribution of powers aiming at more efficient activity of power. The efficiency of this system has been proved in many countries including the countries of Europe. And the time attested that this system is the most efficient, democratic and close to the society.

“We or our successors shall do a lot to make this system function in full. At the same time we must work at developing civil society which envisages attracting people to public administration by means of public organizations. Our state will develop in this direction”, Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

The Prime Minister underscored that he would always expect devotion to the job from every state employee. In the government institutions should work responsible, highly skillful people with state views. The Ukrainian PM wished the personnel of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine professional success and fruitful work for the sake of country’s development and enrichment of the common weal.

“I wish all your dreams come true, unpleasant moments remain in the past and the following year would be better. I wish we would be a single team that able to prove the society its capability to fulfill promises. I wish you and your families good luck, peace, well, health”, Viktor Yanukovych said, “Cabinet press office” informs.

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Ukraine’s Chief of Staff wants compromise in 2007

Posted by the Editor on December 29, 2006


News / 29 December 2006 | 11:11

Ukraine's Chief of Staff wants compromise in 2007

Ukraine’s Chief of Staff wants compromise in 2007

Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha said on Thursday
Ukraine’s political forces “must pass a test on their ability to compromise and
coexist.”

“I am convinced that understanding will prevail. They impose
confrontation but we offer competition and compromise, for compromise is a
weapon of strong people. Instead of one C for conflict, we offer three
C’s for competition, compromise and consolidation. This is a formula of
success for 2007,” he said at a press conference, press office of the president reported.

Baloha said the year 2006 had shown that it was impossible
for one political force to monopolize power in the country. Summing up political
results of the year, he said the major event was the March 26 election and its
consequences. He said the vote had been conducted democratically and
transparently for the first time in our history.

“However, the changed Constitution impeded the transformation
of the political system. Following the election, there was a power struggle when
a governing coalition was being formed and later, when a war of powers broke
out,” he said, adding that the first lesson to learn was that “constitutional
reform is still raw and cannot be abandoned halfway, as it will be bad for the
political system and the country.”

“The Constitution needs further improvements to construct an
effective parliamentary-presidential state. So the year 2007 should be a year to
improve constitutional reform,” he said.

Speaking about the constitutional role of the President, the
Chief of Staff said the President “leads the country no matter who leads the
government.”

“There is only one head of state in Ukraine, the President. All
the branches of power have to serve the people. The President has been given a
direct mandate from the people and is responsible for the voters and our
history. He is the guarantor of the Constitution and stability. He will continue
to reinforce his hierarchy and determine the country’s staff policy. He will do
what he is entitled to do by the Constitution,” he said.

“The President will insist that the government be consistent,
pragmatic and professional,” he said. 

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