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Ukraine’s Rada elected ombudsman and vice speaker

Posted by the Editor on February 8, 2007


News / 8 February 2007 | 17:59

Ukraine's Rada elected ombudsman and vice speaker

Ukraine’s Rada elected ombudsman and vice speaker

Ukrainian parliament elected Thursday the vice speaker of the VR and top human rights official, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

As Yaroslav Suhoy, chairman of the count commission, reported, 340 deputies supported Mykola Tomenko’s candidature for the post of the vice speaker of the parliament.

BYuT member Oleksandr Turchinov presented Tomenko white roses and speaker Oleksandr Moroz asked him to take his working seat.

Suhoy also reported that the parliament re-elected Nina Karpachyova on the post of the top human right official by 255 votes. After the oath Karpachyova sent in deputy’s abdication application.

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Ukraine’s PM: Ukraine prioritizes deepening cooperation with International Criminal Court

Posted by the Editor on February 8, 2007


News / 8 February 2007 | 17:40

Ukraine prioritizes deepening cooperation with International Criminal Court

Ukraine’s PM: Ukraine prioritizes deepening cooperation with International Criminal Court

Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych met with the President of International Criminal Court Philippe Kirch who stays with his first official visit to Ukraine, “Cabinet press office” informed.
The Head of the Government stressed on the significant personal contribution of Philippe Kirch into the establishing and functioning of International Criminal Court on all principal stages. The Government takes up International Criminal Court as a proficient instrument called to strengthen international justice and safety, as Viktor Yanukovych emphasized.

Prime Minister reminded that in October, 2006 Ukraine had approved the law “On joining the Agreement on privileges and immunities of International Criminal Court” which takes an effect on February 28, this year. According to Viktor Yanukovych it testifies the consistent position of our state concerning increasing of worldwide status and role of International Criminal Court.

We oversee the activity of Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, pay great attention to its work and efforts, aimed at development and including the definition “crime of aggression” to the Statute, Prime Minister announced.

During the talk Viktor Yanukovych also noted that Ukraine has been and still is an adherent of ratification of the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court which takes on special significance in the light of new perspectives of development of Ukraine-EU relations. Particularly, according to him the issues of ratification of the Rome Statute and establishment of thorough cooperation with the Court are envisaged by the regulations of Ukraine-EU Action Plan for 2005-2007.

Prime Minister informed about the Government’s intentions to reform court system and law enforcement. Ukraine has to become the territory where law and justice dominate, as Viktor Yanukovych opined.

In his turn Philippe Kirch stressed that International Criminal Court is interested in broadening of cooperation with Ukraine which takes an extremely important geopolitical place in Europe. International Criminal Court President welcomed aspirations of the Government to carry out court legal reform in Ukraine and stated the readiness to provide all-round consultation support to Ukraine.

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Yanukovych: Success of pension reform depends on economic growth

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News / 8 February 2007 | 17:25

Success of pension reform depends on economic growth

Yanukovych: Success of pension reform depends on economic growth

“The Pension reform which has been started three years ago could be fulfilled only due to the conditions of stable economic growth”, Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych stated at press conference after the sitting of the board of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of Ukraine, Cabinet press office informs.

Among the important positive results of the Pension reform the Head of Government noted the fact that in 2004 we have succeeded to increase provision of pensions to a living wage. Today, the living wage and correspondingly minimum pension provision equal to 380 UAH. If in the beginning of the pension reform an average pension in Ukraine equaled to 178 UAH then now it has reached 478 UAH.

“The pension increase today is higher than GDP growth. We repay pensioner debts. But we have not solved this problem yet and it is necessary to continue the fulfillment of Pension reform”, Viktor Yanukovych said.

Among the measures on continuing changes in pension provision the Prime Minister noted the bill on introducing the second level of accumulative system submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers to the Verkhovna Rada in December last year. As soon as the Parliament passes this bill the Government will establish new system of pension provision allowing labouring people to deduct funds from salary for their future pension.

According to the Prime Minister, the Pension reform is designed for many years. First of all, it is necessary to create conditions for stable pension increase. The difference in minimum and maximum pensions shall not be essential as we have today. The highest verge should be limited and the lowest should not be lower than a living wage.

“We will succeed in reformation of the pension system only under significant wages growth. The labouring people can provide pension deduction for almost 14 million pensioners only if their wages will increase annually at least by 25%. Thus, the pension reform will be fulfilled and, undoubtedly, the second level of accumulative system will be created”, Viktor Yanukovych said.

Answering the questions on eventual introduction of one social deposit the Head of Government said that the corresponding bill was submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers to the Parliament. In his opinion, this system is advanced and can improve the social situation in the country.

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Ukraine President promotes NATO entry

Posted by the Editor on February 8, 2007


News / 8 February 2007 | 17:03

Ukraine President promotes NATO entry

Ukraine President promotes NATO entry

Ukraine’s entry into NATO depends on national priorities,
Victor Yushchenko has told a press conference in Berlin, president’s press office .

“We should find compromises in society to feel this is our
national priority, not some speculation,” he said.

The President reminded reporters NATO membership was stipulated
by Ukrainian laws and “is one of the fundamentals of our foreign policy.”

He said political misunderstandings on the issue were not about
the member status but about how the country will join the alliance. Ukraine’s
cooperation with NATO is developing, he said. Mr. Yushchenko added a membership
action plan would be the closest step on our country’s Euro-Atlantic path.

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New agreement with the EU to determine Ukraine’s goals and aspirations

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News / 8 February 2007 | 16:45

New agreement with the EU to determine Ukraine's goals and aspirations

New agreement with the EU to determine Ukraine’s goals and aspirations

Victor Yushchenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about regional and European issues,
especially how to build closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union, president’s press office reported.

Yushchenko said at a joint press conference after the
talks, “There is no doubt Ukraine will be a member of the European Union, but we
understand that this ambition is not immediate. […] Our priorities are
economic association and political integration into European structures.” 

He expressed hopes a new agreement with the EU would “determine
Ukraine’s goals and aspirations in its dialogue with the European Union.” Ms.
Merkel said the document would “support Ukraine’s desire for reforms”
and confirmed her intention to visit our country this fall to attend a
Ukraine-EU summit. 

The Chancellor said Ukraine and the European Union must first
of all create conditions to liberalize visa procedures, launch scientific and
cultural exchange programs and sign a free trade agreement.

“We will start with simple things like visas and will then
proceed to signing a free trade agreement,” she explained. 

Mr. Yushchenko and Ms. Merkel agreed to formulate new energy
policies ensuring that European consumers receive their energy transparently and
on time. The Ukrainian leader said Ukraine was aware of its significant role in
Europe’s energy security and would thus adhere to the European Energy Charter to
fulfill its obligations. Ms. Merkel said today’s meeting reassured her “Ukraine
is ready to take responsibility for transporting energy to Europe.”

Discussing Ukraine’s politics, they agreed there should be no
power struggle but reforms ensuring the country’s development, as they help
improve Ukraine’s positive image worldwide.  

The President said Ukraine was now “following the path of
democracy, promoting traditions of national dialogue.”

“I want the West, Germany in particular, to hear us, see
realities of how Ukraine’s government functions and make no tragedies about what
is going on now,” he said.

Yushchenko said Verkhovna Rada Speaker Oleksandr Moroz,
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and Economy Minister Volodymyr Makukha were
going to visit Germany in 2007.

The President and the Chancellor also agreed to develop
cooperation between central and local governments of the two countries. 

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Merkel considers Ukraine reliable partner

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News / 8 February 2007 | 16:20

Merkel considers Ukraine reliable partner

Merkel considers Ukraine reliable partner

Federal chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel noted Ukraine’s re liability as a partner in energetic security sphere. She told today at the mutual concluding press conference with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“The matter concerns reliability and readiness of Ukraine to correspond those obligations it took before the European Union concerning energy carriers’ supplies,” Merkel noted.

He emphasized that there is trust to Ukraine and Ukraine has reliability. “The President of Ukraine perceives it seriously and makes all possible to fulfill it,” she said.

In turn the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko declared: “Ukraine treats devotedly the obligations of energy charter and always fulfills them”

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Yushchenko forwarded congratulations to the Pope

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News / 8 February 2007 | 15:43

Yushchenko forwarded congratulations to the Pope

Yushchenko forwarded congratulations to the Pope

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko forwarded the Pope Benedict XVI congratulations on 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment between Ukraine and Vatican.

“It is pleased to mark high level of mutual trust and respect, achieved during these years in bilateral relations between Ukraine and Apostolic Capital,” the congratulations said.

Yushchenko noted that Ukraine makes significant efforts to provide religious freedom and guarantee free activity of church and religious organizations as important part of development of democratic society.

The President expressed confidence that relations between Ukraine and Vatican will be productively developed.

Yushchenko wished the Pope Benedict XVI strong health and further success in apostolic service for Church sake and for human blessing.

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BYuT to support candidatures of Ohryzko and Korol

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News / 8 February 2007 | 15:19

BYuT to support candidatures of Ohryzko and Korol

BYuT to support candidatures of Ohryzko and Korol

BYuT faction will vote for the candidatures of Volodymyr Ohryzko for the post of Foreign Minister and Victor Korol for the post of SBU chairman.

BYuT faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists in response to the question whether there is an agreement between BYuT and Our Ukraine on BYuT to vote for these candidatures in exchange for OU’s support of Tomenko’s candidature for the post of vice speaker of the VR.    

She expressed assurance that the Verkhovna Rada would support Tomenko’s candidature for the post of vice speaker. Tymoshenko said his candidature was agreed with Our Ukraine faction. According to her, Tomenko will represent oppositional forces.

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