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Cabinet law is promulgated on VR web site

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2007


News / 29 January 2007 | 17:16

Cabinet law is promulgated on VR web site

Cabinet law is promulgated on VR web site

The law on the Cabinet is promulgated today on official web site of the Verkhovna Rada.

“In pursuance of part 4, article 94 of the Constitution of Ukraine the VR informs about official promulgation of the law on the Cabinet by the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” the official web site of the VR said.

At the same time with the reference to part 5, article 94 of the Constitution of Ukraine the document said that the law on the Cabinet will come into force since the day it is published in established order (in newspapers “Governmental courier” and “Voice of Ukraine”-ed.).

According to article 94, part 5 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the law comes into force in ten days since its official promulgation, but not earlier.

In accordance with part 5, article 94 of the Constitution, in case the President does not sign the law, which veto was overridden by the VR, the law is promulgated by the head of the Parliament and published by his signature, Interfax-Ukraine informs.

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Ukraine’s officials to take part in the European Energy Forum in Brussels

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2007


News / 29 January 2007 | 16:36

Ukraine's officials to take part in the European Energy Forum in Brussels

Ukraine’s officials to take part in the European Energy Forum in Brussels

Andriy Klyuyev, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, has left for
Brussels to take part in the European Energy Forum
scheduled for January 30 and to present energy policy of Ukraine
in the context of cooperation with the EU.

The agenda of his visit includes
meeting with European Commission Vice President, Commissioner for Transport
Jacques Barrot, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

Klyuyev will also meet with President of
European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering, representatives of European
Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

Andriy Klyuyev is accompanied by First Deputy Transport
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Korniyenko, First Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister of
Ukraine Vadym Chuprun, Chairman of the board of national joint-stock
company NaftoGaz Ukrainy Volodymyr Sheludchenko.

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Ukraine’s President supports WTO plan of the government

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2007


News / 29 January 2007 | 16:18

Ukraine's President supports WTO plan of the government

Ukraine’s President supports WTO plan of the government

Victor Yushchenko welcomes plans by the government to sign a
deal enabling Ukraine to become a full member of the World Trade Organization in
the first quarter of 2007 and calls on the cabinet of ministers and parliament
to join efforts to achieve this goal, his press secretary, Iryna Vannykova, 
told at a news conference, president’s press office repro.

The President believes our country should “walk this path”
without artificial obstacles and conflicts. He also hopes Ukraine’s growing
transit capabilities will help reinforce its energy security and make its
relations with the EU, Russia and Caspian countries more dynamic.

“The President supports initiatives aimed at boosting Ukraine’s
economy and international reputation. Thus he expresses solidarity with the
government, which wants to develop Ukraine’s economy by becoming a WTO member
and improving its transit capabilities,” she said.

Yushchenko also appreciates plans by the government to
modernize oil and gas pipelines and transport oil via the Odesa – Brody pipeline
in a European direction but insists that the cabinet must implement these plans
lawfully and transparently.

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Yushchenko intends to get rid of bad habits of Ukrainians

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2007


News / 29 January 2007 | 15:55

Yushchenko intends to get rid of bad habits of Ukrainians

Yushchenko intends to get rid of bad habits of Ukrainians

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko demands form heads of all levels to take urgent measures of fight against smoking and alcoholism to avoid negative results.

In particular, the President asks to intensify control on illegal production and falsification of tobacco and alcohol goods and to provide observance standards of products quality by the enterprises. He told it in his letter of January 12, addressed to the Cabinet of Ukraine, speaker of the VR of Crimea, state and regional administrations.

Yushchenko demands to strengthen informational propaganda about healthy way of life and to increase information about harm of tobacco and alcohol.

Yushchenko also calls upon to solve question of financing and material-technical provision of prophylactic and medical arrangements, aimed at prevention and decrease of usage of tobacco and alcohol.

Moreover he calls upon not to allow sale of tobacco and alcohol products to teenagers.

In his letter he also noted that “in the recent time alcohol usage has been increased by three times that increases death cases.”

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Ukraine’s President lays down conditions for the forthcoming roundtable

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News / 29 January 2007 | 15:33

Ukraine's President lays down conditions for the forthcoming roundtable

Ukraine’s President lays down conditions for the forthcoming roundtable

President of Ukraine still intends to hold a roundtable with
representatives of the power scheduled for February 14, but he considers that
to find a compromise is necessary to carry out certain conditions. Press
secretary of the President Iryna Vannikova told at a press conference.

“First of all, the matter concerns final adoption of the law on Cabinet
in accordance with the Constitution and regulations of the Verkhovna Rada,” she
said.

Besides, Yushchenko considers that the agenda should not include issues,
which may lead the dialogue into a dead end. “This time the matter concerns
working out of a law on President, cancellation of NSDC, new grounds of home
and foreign policies,” she added.

Yushchenko is convinced that the society must be offered well worked-out
proposition, but not attempts of unconcealed lugging of plenary powers.

In response to the question whether such demands of the President are an
ultimatum, Vannikova said: “The President do not present an ultimatum. He is
ready to compromises and negotiations, but there is a certain line, having crossed
which it is impossible to hold talks. That is why, to hold the roundtable the
President speaks about certain conditions.”

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Kyiv will have its own hymn

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News / 29 January 2007 | 15:16

Kyiv will have its own hymn

Kyiv will have its own hymn

Oles Dovhy, deputy Kyiv chairman, secretary of Kyiv council and Dmytro Pavlychko a well-known poet, chairman of Ukrainian World coordination council discussed today the question on hymn creation of Kyiv.

According to Kyiv council press service, Dovhy noted that commission, created by order of Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky, works on this question. Commission will consider all hymn variants given at contest. After this its decision will be submitted to consideration to Kyiv council session.

During the meeting a number of arrangement questions concerning assistance of Kyiv authorities in activity of Ukrainian World coordination council were discussed.

Pavlychko thanked Dovhy for support and noted the necessity of close cooperation of the society and power on questions on defense and development of the Ukrainian language and culture.

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Ukraine is in the list of world’s worst polluted places

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2007


News / 29 January 2007 | 14:53

Ukraine is in the list of world's worst polluted places

Ukraine is in the list of world’s worst polluted places

Ukraine is one of ten countries of the world with the most difficult
ecological situation, according to the American non-governmental organization
Blacksmith Institute.  In 2006 Blacksmith Institute initiated the first-ever list of the
World’s Worst Polluted Places, a top 10 of toxic locations where pollution
severely impacts human health, particularly the health of children.

Ukraine appeared in the list because of the land around Chernobyl nuclear
plant. One major reason for the concern is that though an enormous amount of
radiation was released during the disaster, most of the radioactivity remained
trapped within the plant itself.

Some estimate that more than 100 tons of
uranium and other radioactive products, such as plutonium, remain to be
released if there is another accident. Chernobyl is also thought to contain
some 2,000 tons of combustible materials. Leaks in the structure lead experts
to fear that rainwater and fuel dust have formed a toxic liquid that may be

contaminating the groundwater.

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Moroz: The parliament will change the Cabinet law

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2007


News / 29 January 2007 | 14:35

The parliament will change the Cabinet law

Moroz: The parliament will change the Cabinet law

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is working out a draft bill on introduction
of changes to the law of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Chairman of the VR
Oleksandr Moroz told journalists Monday after the meeting with the head of
Syria parliament Makhmud Al-Abrash.

Moroz informed that regulations which contradict the Constitution of Ukraine
had been excluded from the law, in particular a norm concerning nomination of
candidatures of PM, Defense and Foreign Ministers by the coalition and a norm
on countersign.

At the same time the speaker noted that to adopt and publish this draft
bill it is necessary the law on Cabinet to come into force.

Speaking about the initiative of the President of Ukraine to amend the law,
Moroz underlined “the initiative is treated with respect.”

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