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Tymoshenko pays visit to France

Posted by the Editor on March 27, 2007


News / 27 March 2007 | 18:00

Tymoshenko pays visit to France

Tymoshenko pays visit to France

The BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko left for France.

According to the BYuT press service, in the scope of the visit Tymoshenko will hold meetings with the Interior, Industry and Finance Ministers.

Yulia Tymoshenko is also expected to meet with the Official representative of the Government and the President of the Senate.

Tymoshenko will be awarded with Politique Internationale for political courageous in the process of strengthening democracy and freedom and for realization of economic reforms in Ukraine.

One more objective of the visit is to inform the world leaders, businessmen, political experts, mass media and diaspora about significant questions concerning Ukraine.

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Ukraine intends to complete Odesa-Brody oil pipe line

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News / 27 March 2007 | 17:42

Ukraine intends to complete Odesa-Brody oil pipe line

Ukraine intends to complete Odesa-Brody oil pipe line

Ukraine intends to complete Odesa-Brody oil pipe line to Plotsk. Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych told journalists after his meeting with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, “Cabinet press office” informs.

According to the PM, at first Ukraine will use the pipe line for oil supply to the Petroleum Refinery in Karlupy (Czech Republic) and then complete the oil pipe line as far as Gdansk-Plotsk.

“Now we are negotiating with the owner of the whole area – Russia. Finishing building to Gdansk-Plotsk is the second stage and we intend to fulfil this plan”, the Prime Minister stressed.

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President wants salary debt restructured

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News / 27 March 2007 | 17:20

President wants salary debt restructured

President wants salary debt restructured

Victor Yushchenko has asked Ukraine’s regional authorities to restructure salary debts at state-controlled companies by the end of 2007 and reduce these debts by at least two times at bankrupt companies. He said the Prosecutor General’s Office should control whether salaries in the budget sector are paid on time and salary debts paid off.

According to the President’s press office, the President said the government’s debt was almost UAH 900 million. Although this sum is less than it was last year, the debt is stillUAH 30 million bigger than it was at the beginning of this year, he complained.

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Ukraine, Moldova and Romania agreed to cooperate

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News / 27 March 2007 | 17:00

Ukraine, Moldova and Romania agreed to cooperate

Ukraine, Moldova and Romania agreed to cooperate

Today in Odesa the General Prosecutors of Ukraine, Romania and Moldova have signed trilateral agreement on cooperation.

According to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the agreement is signed by Olexander Medvedko the Ukrainian Prosecutor, Valeriy Gorbul the Moldavian Prosecutor and by Laura Kovesi the Romanian Prosecutor.

“This agreement is aimed at cooperation of our General Prosecutor’s offices for the benefit of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania,” Medvedko said. The document contributes to strengthening of cooperation between judicial systems of three countries.

The Prosecutor of Romania Laura Kovesi noted that this agreement will contribute to mutual help and will lead todecrease of boundary criminality

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President seeks to resolve crisis

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News / 27 March 2007 | 16:25

President seeks to resolve crisis

President seeks to resolve crisis

Victor Yushchenko said on Tuesday the enlargement of the parliamentary majority was unconstitutional. He said only parliamentary factions can create a coalition under Ukraine’s constitution, president’s press office informs.

“There can be no personal or group membership,” he said, calling such variants of joining the coalition “illegitimate and unconstitutional.”

The President reiterated that there was a “deep political crisis” in the country.

“Unfortunately, it is becoming deeper and deeper,” he said, adding that “Ukraine’s constitution, civil rights and freedoms, including the rights of our voters, are being impudently ignored.”

He characterized recent votes to pass the cabinet bill and changes to the Land Code, as well as plans to pass bills on the National Security and Defense Council or the National Energy Regulating Commission as undemocratic. He said he was not a supporter of violent methods of resolving the crisis and called for political dialogue. “However, there is no such political dialogue today. It is being ignored,” he complained.

Thus the only democratic instrument to resolve the crisis is the Constitutional Court, he said. “The nation should have an effective constitutional court. That is the most important thing….”

Yushchenko said his intention was to establish a constitutional commission to revise and balance the country’s supreme law. He added that this commission should consist of political experts, public leaders and journalists, “not Ukraine’s political leaders.”

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President opens Regional Accents meeting

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News / 27 March 2007 | 16:00

President opens Regional Accents meeting

President opens Regional Accents meeting

Victor Yushchenko has opened a meeting with Ukrainian governors and heads of district administrations, Ukraine: Regional Accents, president’s press office informs.

Its participants are going to speak about regional and social issues. Budget relations, salary debts, housing problems, education, healthcare and culture are expected to be high on today’s agenda.

The President believes it is important to discuss regional problems, particularly how to resolve them. He said their objective was to formulate a pragmatic action plan to develop the regions.

His speech to open the meeting focused mainly on education. He said 50% the country’s preschool age children do not go to kindergartens. He thus suggested preparing a two-year plan to make this number grow. He also complained that there were not enough school pupils in Ukraine’s western regions, particularly Volyn, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, and Chernivtsi.

“I want you to pay attention to this problem and try to resolve it before this year’s school season starts,” he said.

The President, however, said there were a few positive changes. 80% of Ukrainian schools are computerized. He asked the regional officials to ensure that 100% of schools are equipped with computers and up to 50% connected to the Internet.

He also said they must inventory and renew heating systems at schools, particularly by involving alumni who have the resources and desire to help their schools.

“We can find lots of solutions in our dialogue with business,” he said.

Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha, First Deputy Chief of Staff Olexander Shlapak and Deputy Chief of Staff Viktor Bondar, as well as representatives of the government, are present at the meeting.

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Ukraine should revise its position on EU membership

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News / 27 March 2007 | 15:42

Ukraine should revise its position on EU membership

Ukraine should revise its position on EU membership

For rapid accession to the EU Ukraine should shift its position “standing between Russia and Europe”, express its intentions and react to changes. The ex President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewski told in Lviv within the framework of “European debate forum”.

According to him, “standing between Russia and Europe is very dangerous. Ukraine has made its decision and should realize it.”

Kwasniewski considers Ukraine should define what place it wants to take in Europe and declare: “We want to accede to the EU and NATO and we will fulfill all demands.”

According to Kwasniewski, Ukraine should declare that it maintains good relations with Russia but as the member of European structure.

Moreover, Ukrainian politicians should mind the time as in Europe political day is 12 hours, but in Ukraine it takes up to six months.

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Azarov: Ukraine faces man-caused catastrophe

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News / 27 March 2007 | 15:15

Ukraine faces man-caused catastrophe

Azarov: Ukraine faces man-caused catastrophe

Ukraine will face man-caused catastrophe if it does
not carry out serious reforms. Vice-PM Mykola Azarov told in the air of “Svoboda”
radio.

Azarov stands against drawing attention to language
issue and other painful pages of the past till the reforms are conducted. “We face
huge problems in the country…It is enough to say that in a few years will will
have to stop the work of nuclear energy blocks,” he specified.

According to the minister, we should not focus people’s
attention on the past. “May be it demands serious estimation, but it is not the
right time to create a museum of Soviet occupation. Ukraine is on the verge of man-caused catastrophe,
if we do not make great efforts to overcome technical backwardness, man-caused
dangerous situations. That is what we must realize first of all,” he noted.

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