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Ukraine’s President praises partnership with Georgia

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News / 1 March 2007 | 17:59

Ukraine's President praises partnership with Georgia

Ukraine’s President praises partnership with Georgia

Victor Yushchenko and Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia held a
joint press conference in Tbilisi on Thursday after meeting one-on-one and
chairing Ukrainian-Georgian talks, president’s press office reported.

The Ukrainian leader said the two countries “considerably
reinforced” economic ties last year, with the trade rate reaching USD 500 mln in
2006.

“It is our key priority now to sign a free trade agreement,” he
said, adding that it contained only two problematic issues, which he hopes to
resolve “easily.”

Yushchenko said they had discussed how to build a railroad
to connect Baku, Tbilisi and Kars, and open a ferryboat route between the
Ukrainian port of Kerch and Georgia’s Batumi. They also spoke about regional
cooperation and energy issues, particularly creating a Eurasian oil corridor.

“I would like to reiterate that our relationship with Georgia
is a special relationship,” he said.

Yushchenko and Saakashvili agreed to develop
humanitarian and cultural ties. The Ukrainian president suggested launching an
exchange program so that Georgian students could study in Ukraine. He expressed
hopes that this year’s Year of Georgia in Ukraine would help enhance our
cooperation. He then thanked Tbilisi National University for opening a Ukrainian
literature and philology department and welcomed tomorrow’s opening of a
monument honoring the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.

The two leaders also spoke about international issues,
especially Georgia’s relations with Russia. 

Mikhail Saakashvili described his country’s economic
cooperation with Ukraine as an “example of how two countries can cooperate.”

“We see only friends in Ukraine,” he said.

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Secretariat is satisfied with Government work

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News / 1 March 2007 | 17:50

Secretariat is satisfied with Government work

Secretariat is satisfied with Government work

The Secretariat of the President supports the budget declaration for 2008 adopted by the Cabinet. The deputy head of the President’s Secretariat Arseny Yatsenyuk told today at the briefing, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“It is for the first time in Ukraine when the Government developed budget declaration at the beginning of the financial year. Today this declaration was promulgated… We support the Government wish to start budget process,” he said.

Yatsenyuk would like the budget declaration has clear positions concerning macroeconomic development of the country in 2008 – inflation rate, GDP growth, investments volumes.

He noted that the budget resolution should not disagree with the article 33 of the Budget codex of Ukraine, and the parliament should participate in the budget process.

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Ukraine’s government approves budgetary resolution for 2008

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News / 1 March 2007 | 17:31

Ukraine's government approves budgetary resolution for 2008

Ukraine’s government approves budgetary resolution for 2008

The Ukrainian Government
has approved a budgetary resolution for 2008, referred to the new Law on the
Cabinet of Ministers. The document sets new basic purposes and tasks of the
2008 state budget, “Cabinet press office” reported.

In particular, the
declaration sees preserving the volume of state debt relatively to GDP at the
level not higher than in 2007, defining budgetary shortage at economically safe
level, preserving the share of GDP redistribution via the general budget not
exceeding the 2007 forecast (the Economy Ministry forecasts GDP at 6.5% and
inflation at 7.5% in 2007).

Under the document, the
minimal wage is to reach 90% of the subsistence wage by the year 2008.

The declaration sees at
least 10% of funds from privatization to be directed to financial support of
innovative projects, economy strategy and security of the state.

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Yushchenko considers early presidential elections “way to nowhere”

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News / 1 March 2007 | 17:10

Yushchenko considers early presidential elections “way to nowhere”

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko considers statements on early presidential and parliamentary elections blackmail, provocation and psychological pressure. He told today at the press conference in Tbilisi.

Yushchenko noted that every initiative should be based on the law and reminded that procedure of statement of early presidential and parliamentary elections is clear noted in the Constitution.

Yushchenko said that today’s situation in Ukraine needs dialogue and consolidation of political forces.

According to Yushchenko, one should not expect that early elections will change situation in the country. That’s why Yushchenko called early elections “way to nowhere”.

He noted that today two political forces have the power and have completely different points of view in many questions.

According to him, if the political forces speak about challenges Ukraine has, than much can unite both Party of Regions on the one hand and “Our Ukraine” and BYuT on the other hand.

“Dialogue of mutual understanding is a solution. Everything else is provocation, blackmail and psychological pressure that have no results,” Yushchenko said, adding that such propositions of the representative of the Party of Regions Vasyl Kiselyov distract policy from solving urgent questions in the country.At the same time the President noted: “though never say never in the policy.”

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Government and President’s Secretariat to work together

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News / 1 March 2007 | 16:50

Government and President's Secretariat to work together

Government and President’s Secretariat to work together

First vice PM, Finance Minister of Ukraine Mykola
Azarov agrees to joint work with deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Arseny
Yatsenyuk on changes to state budget-2007, which provides for increase of wages
and pensions. Azarov told Thursday at a press conference.

“I had a talk with Arseny Yatsenyuk. He said they
wanted to work with us on changes to the budget, and, of course, we agreed. But
at the same time I mentioned that the government had already fulfilled the
draft bill on changes to the budget, submitted by the Secretariat. It means
that we has not only fulfilled President’s demands, but also dared to increase social
standards,” Azarov said.

Azarov underlined that by means of the given draft
bill the government intends to improve considerably terms of increase of social
standards – April 1, July 1 and October 1. “If we say that salary level
increases by 200 hryvnias, it means that growth will be reached in October 1,”
the vice PM specified.

He assumed that by October 1 average wage will make
approximately 1.275 UAH. “Hence, the measures taken by the government now will
not only compensate increase of cost of housing and communal services, but will
also compensate inflation growth. Of course, there are certain problems, and we
do not oversimplify the situation, but we are convinced we can stand such parameters
and trajectories of income growth of our population,” Azarov declared.

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Ukraine and Georgia signed 5 agreements

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News / 1 March 2007 | 16:37

Ukraine and Georgia signed 5 agreements

Ukraine and Georgia signed 5 agreements

Victor Yushchenko and Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili attended a ceremony on Thursday to sign bilateral agreements after chairing Ukrainian-Georgian talks in Tbilisi, President’s press office informs.

The two leaders signed an agreement to liberalize citizenship procedures for Georgians living in Ukraine and Ukrainians residing in Georgia.

Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko signed an agreement on the legal protection of toponyms used to name wines, mineral water and alcoholic beverages.

Kostyantyn Vashchenko, first deputy head of the State Committee for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurial Activity, signed a business cooperation agreement and Leonid Vitkin, deputy head of the State Committee for Technical Regulations and Consumer Policy, an agreement for standardization and metrology cooperation.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Georgia Mykola Spys signed a memorandum between Ukraine’s Labor Ministry and Georgia’s Healthcare and Social Security Ministry.

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Tomenko will check “transparency” of Mass media

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News / 1 March 2007 | 16:15

Tomenko will check “transparency” of Mass media

The deputy chairman of the VR Mykola Tomenko offers to consider in the parliament the report of National council on broadcasting activities.

He told today during the round table “Problems of improvement of legislative provision of mass media activity.”

Tomenko noted that during report of the National council it should be a “concrete discussion but not a formality.”

In turn, the chairman of the VR committee on the freedom of speech Andry Shevchenko noted that the committee has already considered this report at its session. According to him, eight members of the committee voted for taking it into consideration.

Shevchenko reminded that the President of Ukraine approved the report of the National council. The VR committee prepares recommendations on the results of report consideration.

“These recommendations will concern necessity of transparent check, carried out by the National council,” Shevchenko said.

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Ukrainian Government means to raise social outlays

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News / 1 March 2007 | 15:51

Ukrainian Government means to raise social outlays

Ukrainian Government means to raise social outlays

The Government means to
raise social outlays to the population, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych said
at a session of the Cabinet of Ministers on Thursday,” Cabinet press office” reported.

“It will be good
changes; they will change the life of people. And the level of outlays will be
even higher that we have planned and the one the President was insisted
on,” he said.

According to him,
minimal wages and pensions will rise quicker as planned. By the end of 2007 the
minimal wage will reach 81% of the minimum of subsistence.

Simultaneously, the
minimum of subsistence will rise for all groups of the population, and not only
for socially vulnerable layers, as it was planned before. “Since April 1
the minimum of subsistence will grow by 24 hryvnias and not by 20, as we were
proposed and since October 1 by 22 UAH and not by 19, as proposed,” the
Prime Minister said.

Viktor Yanukovych
connects dynamic rising social outlays with the growth of the economy and
industrial output. “We gained an opportunity to increase outlays of the
national budget by 7.2 billion UAH,” he said.

Since April 1 minimal
wage and pensions will be increased up to 420 UAH and 410 UAH, respectively
(one USD=5.05 UAH). The minimal wage since April 1 will be 420 UAH, since July
1 UAH 440, since October 1 UAH 460. The minimal pension since April 1 will be
UAH 410 and since October 1 UAH 415.

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