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Cabinet will protect homeless people

Posted by the Editor on February 15, 2007


News / 15 February 2007 | 17:50

Cabinet will protect homeless people

Cabinet will protect homeless people

The cabinet of Ukraine approved action plan for 2007 on social provision of the homeless citizens by its resolution ╣54-­ of February 14.

The Government charged the Labour Ministry and other central authorities of executive power to develop draft of Conception of social protection for homeless citizens and to submit it to the Cabinet in January – March.

Moreover, the Cabinet charged the Ministers Council of Crimea, regional, Kyiv and Sevastopol municipal administrations to organize work on creation material base (warm clothes, provision, medicines) for homeless people.

The Construction Ministry should work out recommendations on project of houses for social purpose and implement this project.

It is also planned to create Coordination council on solving problems concerning granting aid for homeless citizens.

Local authorities should create centers to register main location of the homeless people and to contribute to their documents recovery.

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Yushchenko dreams to dissolve the Cabinet

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News / 15 February 2007 | 17:31

Yushchenko dreams to dissolve the Cabinet

Yushchenko dreams to dissolve the Cabinet

Secretariat of the President prepares presidential
appeal to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine concerning President’s right to
dismiss the Cabinet. Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Ihor Pukshyn told
journalists.

“I think that the President has a right to appeal to
the Constitutional Court to get official interpretation of a norm whether the
President has a right to dismiss the Cabinet, as the Constitution sees a norm –
Cabinet’s responsibility to the President,” Pukshyn said. According to him, the
Constitution does not explain this norm.

Pukshyn also noted that the work of the Cabinet of Ministers
must have “an element of political responsibility.”

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Irish Government Contributes 1,000,000 euros to support civil service reform in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on February 15, 2007


News / 15 February 2007 | 17:03

Irish Government Contributes 1,000,000 euros to support civil service reform in Ukraine

Irish Government Contributes 1,000,000 euros to support civil service reform in Ukraine

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Ambassador
Donal HAMILL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to
Ukraine, and Mr. Francis M. O’DONNELL, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident
Representative in Ukraine.  Mr Tymofiy MOTRENKO, Chairman of Main Department of
Civil Service of Ukraine, attended the ceremony representing the Ukrainian
Government.

“This project will help promote civil service as a
modern public institution, which is based on transparency, free access and
modern information technologies as well as European standards and values to be
able better serve Ukrainians,” Mr O’DONNELL said, press office of United Nations in Ukraine reported.

He praised the Irish
Government’s generous contribution and said that UNDP in Ukraine was a uniquely
well-placed organization to offer some of the best international public
administration development practices, while Ireland operated one of Europe’s
best civil service models.

According to Mr MOTRENKO, “civil service reform has
been one of the Ukrainian Government’s key priorities on the path to the
country’s European integration”. In his opinion, the project will help Ukrainian
government implement recommendations of the EU and Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) and SIGMA, specifically, with regard to good
governance and institutional reforms, starting up regular assessment reviews of
Ukrainian public administration. It will also contribute to increased public
awareness of the role of modern civil service, promoting the principles and
values of a modern professional civil service.

In addition, the project will support the development
of functional reviews of central executive agencies and explore needs and
possibilities for introducing modern information technology/e-governance tools
into the work of civil service in Ukraine as well as government institutions in
general.

Ambassador HAMILL praised Ukraine’s willingness to
pursue public administration reforms, allowing better dialogue between the state
and its citizens. “Many Ukrainians live in Ireland and we very welcome their
contribution to Ireland’s recent successes. This new project will strengthen our
bilateral links to our mutual advantage,” Ambassador HAMILL said.

In 2006, the Government of Ireland offered assistance
in the area of Civil Service Reform to Ukraine. The Ukrainian counterparts,
namely the Main Department of Civil Service of Ukraine, welcomed the offer with
much interest and expressed willingness to act as counterpart in project’s
implementation.

UNDP, which takes the lead among UN Agencies in
the area of democratic governance and institutional reforms, was identified as
key international partner to facilitate the overall project implementation and
delivery of expected outcomes and activities. UNDP brings in a considerable
international experience in the area of public administration reform as well as
provides a neutral platform for policy discussions and open dialogue on key
directions within Ukraine’s reform process.

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Yushchenko will defend himself from Yanukovych’s accusations

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News / 15 February 2007 | 16:45

Yushchenko will defend himself from Yanukovych's accusations

Yushchenko will defend himself from Yanukovych’s accusations

In the near future the President of Ukraine will sign a decree on creation of special body to advocate interests of the President. The deputy chief of the President’s Secretariat Ihor Pushkin told today at the press conference, the ForUm’s correspondent informs

“As the Cabinet continues to appeal against the Presidentů The President will sign a decree on creation of special service to advocate his interests in the court. Now the justice Ministry defends the interest of the President,” Pushkin said.

According to him, the Justice Ministry should be both prosecutor and defendant.

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UNICEF: Media Critical in Fight to Prevent Pandemic Flu

Posted by the Editor on February 15, 2007


News / 15 February 2007 | 16:25

Media Critical in Fight to Prevent Pandemic Flu

UNICEF: Media Critical in Fight to Prevent Pandemic Flu

As the threat of bird flu once again confronts Europe and
Central Asia, an
International Symposium on how governments can better manage emergency health
situations has started in the capital of Ukraine. For
three days Ukrainian and Moldovan high level government officials will discuss
the organization and implementation of crisis communication campaigns in the
context of a possible Avian Influenza pandemic.

While Avian
Influenza – or bird flu – is now better understood, most countries of the former
Soviet bloc would not be ready for a full-scale pandemic (human-to-human
transmission). Seven of the nine H5N1 deaths in the region have been children,
so getting the right message to families is critical.

The symposia take place within
the framework of the UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC) in close
collaboration with WHO, USAID, European Comission, European Centre for Disease
Prevention and Control and other partners.

“Preparedness and timeliness are
watchwords in the fight to contain and confront Avian and Pandemic Influenza,”
said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CEE/CIS). “We are very grateful to the Government of Japan for making these
most important symposia possible.”

Ministers,
deputy ministers and their press officers will be attending the symposia. On the
final day, decision-makers in the media – owners, managers, editors and
journalists – will be invited to take part.

Relations
between the media and many governments of the region suffer from a post-Soviet
legacy of mistrust and lack of transparency, often compounded by less desirable
effects of the free market. A “meet the media” session will underscore the
necessity for a clear, open and honest relationship between government and media
and the important part the media has to play in the event of a national health
emergency.

The seminars
will cover both internal and external crisis communication flows and
communication chains of command within government and within a country. They
will draw on lessons learnt from the BSE (mad cow) and foot and mouth crises in
the UK and the current bird flu outbreak
there, among others.

UNICEF will be
urging governments to test their communication machine when undertaking broader
nationwide simulation exercises for pandemic influenza.

The Symposium is organized by UNICEF
(United Nations Children’s Fund) in collaboration with WHO (World Health
Organization) and with financial support of the Government of Japan and USAID
(United States Agency for International Development).

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Papiyev predicts labour deficit

Posted by the Editor on February 15, 2007


News / 15 February 2007 | 15:50

Papiyev predicts labour deficit

Papiyev predicts labour deficit

The Labour and Social Policy Minister of Ukraine Mykhaylo Papiyev states that in case the State does not pay appropriate attention to payment of labour and social policy, the country will face deficit of qualified labour in the near future. He told today at the press conference.

“The main problem that the country expects in the near future is deficit of qualified labour,” Papiyev said.

Papiyev noted that Ukraine now has lack of metalworker, toolmaker, milling machine operator, turner and welder.

According to Papiyev, Ukraine has lawyers and economists in large excess.

He noted that his department negotiates with the Education Ministry on the question that “the labour market should determine state offer for specialists’ preparation.”

Papiyev noted that the cogent argument to stop flow-out of qualified personnel from the country will be growth of salaries. He considers that salary growth should be determined not by percentages but by times.

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Yushchenko worries about the process of juridical reform

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News / 15 February 2007 | 15:32

Yushchenko worries about the process of juridical reform

Yushchenko worries about the process of juridical reform

Victor Yushchenko has met with Supreme Court Chairman Vasyl Onopenko to
discuss the process of further judicial reform, president’s press office
reported.

The President believes it is one of most important reforms to be
conducted in the country. 

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Irish boxers to train in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on February 15, 2007


News / 15 February 2007 | 15:10

Irish boxers to train in Ukraine

Irish boxers to train in Ukraine

The Irish senior squad will go into training camp in the Ukraine in July of
this year the Irish Amateur Boxing Association have announced, RTE Sport reports.
 
Ireland
will train and spar with Ukraine, ranked 3rd in the world, between 3 and 8
of July and then compete in the  Makar Mazai Memorial Multi Nations in the
south-eastern Ukrainian City of Mariupal between the 9 and 15 of
July.
 
According to IABA High Performance Director Gary Keegan, the
Ukrainian trip will allow them to ‘kill two birds with the one stone’ and will
also be ideal preparation for the 2007 World Championships in Moscow next
September, which will act as one of the qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic Games in
Beijing.
 
He said: ‘The Ukrainian trip is ideal because not only will we
be training and sparring with one of the top amateur boxing nations in the world
but we will also be boxing in a very competitive Multi Nations tournament
directly after the training camp.
 
‘Everything is geared toward the World
Championships and the Ukrainian training camp  slots neatly into our calendar of
events ahead of Moscow.’

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