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Viktor Yushchenko doesn’t intend to rescind a decree on Piskun resignation

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News / 30 May 2007 | 17:45

Viktor Yushchenko doesn't intend to rescind a decree on Piskun resignation

Viktor Yushchenko doesn’t intend to rescind a decree on Piskun resignation

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko claims that he doesn’t intend to rescind a decree on Svyatoslav Piskun resignation from the position of the General Prosecutor. The President stated that at the press conference in the Ukrainian House.

According to the President, because of the legal circumstances occurred at the moment of decree signing on the Svyatoslav Piskun resignation and Viktor Shemchuk appointment to the position of the General Prosecutor, he followed only the legal principles.

“I do not intend to cancel my decree in the interests of Svyatoslav Piskun. The President’s actions were irreproachable,” Yushenko noted.

According to him, if anyone wants to make that as a political demand, then it will be unacceptable for him.

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VRU established procedure of people’s deputy resignation

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News / 30 May 2007 | 17:17

VRU established procedure of people's deputy resignation

VRU established procedure of people’s deputy resignation

The people’s deputies adopted a resolution that protects rights of the people’s deputies who wish to resign, The Forum’s correspondent informs. 246 people’s deputies voted for this resolution.

The speaker of the parliament Olexander Moroz explained that the rights of the people’s deputy, who decided to resign, are protected until the party congress makes a correspondent decision.

“And only after the party congress makes a decision on resignation of the people’s deputy, the CEC may take it into consideration,” he explained.

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European Day in Kyiv

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News / 30 May 2007 | 16:55

European Day in Kyiv

European Day in Kyiv

On June 2, at 6 p.m. an official opening of the European Day in Kyiv will take place. Ien Boag, the Head of the European Commission representatives, has informed that today at the MFA briefing. He said that at 6 p.m. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk will make a speech. All the ambassadors of the EU will be present at the stage. Congratulation address of EC President Barroso on the occasion of European Day also will be broadcast.

Ien Boag has reported that the European Day holding coincides with 50th anniversary of the EU establishment.

In the European town 50 pavilions, 2 schools of European languages, where it will be proposed to learn 23 EU languages, will function. Two debate pavilions will be opened: one for political topics discussion, another – for economic topics. Ien Boag has informed that the 45 orators are invited, among which ambassadors, politician scientists, and others.

Football matches are planned to be hold, where diplomats, ministers, journalists, and all those who wish could participate. An exhibition, dedicated to 50th anniversary of the EU establishment, will be opened. Students, who wish to study in the EU countries, will be able to get all information in the pavilions of the EU countries. At 7 p.m. a big concert on the Independent Square will start, in which German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian musicians will participate.

A grand closing of the European Day will be at 10 p.m.

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Yanukovych: Government to preserve the harvest and help villagers

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News / 30 May 2007 | 16:28

Government  to preserve the harvest and help villagers

Yanukovych: Government to preserve the harvest and help villagers

The plan on regulating the political crisis signed by the President of Ukraine, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada is in force. But consideration of necessary issues in the Parliament requires more time than it was envisaged by this plan. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych stated in his speech at the Government sitting, “Cabinet press office” informed.

“As regards the negotiating process it is going on within the agreements which have been achieved by the common statement. We face some problems but we have agreed that we’ll find an answer to these questions – it is desirable a positive one. If one or another signatory side violates the agreements of the common statement that side will bear responsibility to the whole country. We, I mean the coalition, will spare no effort to fulfil our assumed obligations,” the Prime Minister said.

According to the Head of Government, the top priority task today for the Government is agriculture because the weather conditions are so complicated now that if we do not undertake proper measures the country runs risks to lose grain.

Therefore, the first issue submitted for the Government’s consideration includes budget amendments which provide for all measures aimed to preserve the harvest and help villagers.

“If there is no grain we’ll have it at a higher price – and already by the end of the year. It cannot be allowed,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The second priority task the Prime Minister called increase in wages and pensions which had been practically resolved. But a final decision can’t be made without providing relevant procedure, in other words, adopting budget amendments, passing this budget in the Parliament etc.

The third place, according to the PM, takes a political issue -necessity to consider laws ensuring conduction of pre-term elections. We are under such conditions when we must solve these issues and overcome the crisis,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

As the Prime Minister noted, all the issues submitted today for the Government’s consideration are extremely important for Ukraine. Besides, it also concerns the laws necessary for Ukraine’s accedence to the WTO. In this connection, the Head of Government commissioned First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and Minister of Economy of Ukraine Anatoliy Kinakh to make immediately an examination of these bills and to do their best for bills consideration as the agenda envisages, that is by the governmental committees and then – the committees of the Verkhovna Rada.

“If we fail to submit them for the Parliament’s consideration we’ll insist on continuing the work of the Parliament for one more day. We have no other way. I will personally insist during the meeting with the President, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and faction leaders on adopting all economic laws which we’ll consider today,” Viktor Yanukovych stated.

Moreover, according to the Head of Government, the Cabinet of Ministers shall focus its attention now on drafting a series of social laws and work at drafting 2008 State Budget which should be drafted already in September so that new Parliament could pass it in time.

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“Blue Maydan” cost over USD 70 million

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News / 30 May 2007 | 15:42

“Blue Maydan” cost over USD 70 million

Pro-governing coalition spent about USD 73 million for arrangement of protest actions in Kyiv. Such data was given by the director of the International Democracy Institution Sergy Taran at the press conference.

According to him, specialists made calculations of direct expenses for arrangements of the protest actions for coalition support taken place on April 2-May27. Experts came to conclusion that the total amount of all expenses for protest actions comprised about USD 73 million, UNIAN informs

The total number of citizens participating in protest made 500.5 up to 671 thousand “person/days”. Taran explained that the number is not total as the same people could participate in protest for some days. According to the data of the institution, the average number of people per day comprised 9-12 thousand people who actively support coalition demands.

According to research, the main expenses for one person for one day made: trip – UAH 20-60; daily fee – UAH 80-100; daily fee for equipped person (megaphone, tune pipe, poster) – UAH100-120; night fee – UAH 150-200, food for one person – UAH 15-60 and other costs.

Moreover, according to Taran, it is necessary also to take into consideration expenses for stage rent at Maydan Nezalezhnosti and near the VRU, artists’ concerts, tent camps equipment and visual agitation.

Taran noted that research is made on the basis of mass media monitoring, information provided by political parties, Interior Ministry data and interviews with the coalition supporters. Moreover, the Institution staff also “participated” in protest actions, recruited in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzha and Vinnytsa.

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President meets MEPs

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News / 30 May 2007 | 15:15

President meets MEPs

President meets MEPs

President Victor Yushchenko on Wednesday met with members of the European Parliament, led by Romania’s Adrian Severin, chairman of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, President’s press office informed.

They discussed recent developments in Ukraine. Yushchenko said the country’s political crisis, which he called a “test for Ukrainian democracy,” showed that the Constitutional Court was as “biased” as other courts in Ukraine. He described the existing model to form the Central Election Commission as “ineffective” and the Verkhovna Rada “incapable of resolving its problems.”

“I am convinced the key problem roots in Ukraine’s parliament, because this is the institution where political corruption thrives,” he complained.

The president said he “will continue to take part in political talks as long as Ukraine’s political forces cannot make compromises without his assistance.” “However, I really want this dialogue to be mostly held in the parliament building,” he said. “The most important thing now is to fulfill all the agreements [reached on Sunday] and resolve the situation through early parliamentary elections.”

Yushchenko thanked the European lawmakers for their attention. “We really appreciate that the European Parliament is following the settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine. It is really important for us to know that Europe knows and appreciates our problems.”

The Ukrainian leader welcomed last week’s EU Presidency Statement on Developments in Ukraine as well as statements by Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

Yushchenko and the EP delegation also spoke about economic and European issues, particularly how to develop Ukraine’s ties with the European Parliament. Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Volodymyr Khandogiy, Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Oleksandr Chalyy and MP Volodymyr Vecherko, head of the Verkhovna Rada sub-committee for parliamentary cooperation, attended the meeting.

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Kykhtenko explained the reason why interior troops were sent to Kyiv

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News / 30 May 2007 | 15:01

Kykhtenko explained the reason why interior troops were sent to Kyiv

Kykhtenko explained the reason why interior troops were sent to Kyiv

Olexander Kykhtenko, the interior troops’ commander-in-Chief, claims that additional military subdivisions were sent to Kyiv on a purpose of public order protection. He stated that at the press conference on Wednesday.

Kykhtenko noted, “it was not a secret that interior troops were moving to Kyiv”. He also added that such measures had been held earlier not once. At the same time, Kykhtenko emphasized that the purpose of the additional interior troops’ direction to Kyiv was the public order protection.

Answering journalists’ questions, what actions interior troops’ had to be engaged in, Kykhtenko gave the following explanations: the public order protection during the football cup-final of Ukraine as well as the support to State service in order providing near the buildings of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the CCU and others, UNIAN reports.

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CPU does not agree with Moroz and Yanukovych

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News / 30 May 2007 | 14:03

CPU does not agree with Moroz and Yanukovych

CPU does not agree with Moroz and Yanukovych

The CPU people’s deputy Leonid Hrach considers that the Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the VRU speaker Olexander Moroz had no right to sign joint agreement on behalf of the whole coalition. He told today in an exclusive interview to the ForUm’s correspondent.

Hrach reminded that except “regions” and socialists the coalition also consists of the communists. “It is necessary to think what, where and on what basis to sign. Neither Moroz, nor Yanukovych has any right to sign for the whole coalition as there is one more third party that has vote and right. I mean the communist party,” he said.

“He described joint agreement of the President, PM and speaker by Ukrainian proverb “it is still in the air”. According to Hrach now when there is necessary to precise the legislative positions, the politicians are “at sixes and sevens, inharmoniously”.

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