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Lytvyn doubts about adoption of state budget by the end of the year

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 17:58

Lytvyn doubts about adoption of state budget by the end of the year

Lytvyn doubts about adoption of state budget by the end of the year

Leader of Lytvyn bloc Volodymyr Lytvyn considers that state budget for 2008 will not be adopted by the end of this year. He told journalists today.

“I am convinced that unfortunately state budget 2008 will be impossible to adopt by December 31, 2007,” Lytvyn said.

According to him, before voting for budget, it is necessary to adopt main directions of economic and social development for next year.

The parliament also need at first to adopt decisions of salaries, pensions for next year in order to form budget.

At the same time he noted that it is necessary to do everything in order people to get in January and February not old salaries and pensions, because cost of life has been risen.

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“Shadow” government to be transparent and open

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 17:33

“Shadow” government to be transparent and open

The opposition government will hold its sittings on the regular basis. People’s deputy of Ukraine, Serhiy Lyovochkin, stated in an interview with journalists after the sitting of the opposition government.

“The sittings will be held regularly. The principle of work of the opposition Cabinet of Ministers is transparency and openness, and the press will be invited to all sittings,” he said.

At the same time the People’s deputy hasn’t specified how often the opposition government will hold sittings.

“We plan to hold sittings in “Zoryannyy” (head quarter of the Party of Regions – ed.) and we will announce every sitting,” he added.

Answering the question, why today’s sitting of the opposition government was held in the closed regime, Lyovochkin said: “It was the organizational sitting, that’s why we make excuses and you can be sure that you will be invited to all sittings until the opposition Cabinet of Minister will stop to be opposition.”

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Yanukovych is advised to create new image

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 17:00

Yanukovych is advised to create new image

Yanukovych is advised to create new image

People’s deputy of State Duma of RF Konstantin Zatulin considers that Party of Regions is necessary to create new image. He told journalists today.

“It is clear that Party of Regions needs to sort out inner relations and make conclusions from experience. It is necessary to offer new party image to its electors, which is connected with being in opposition, but to act politically and strengthen its positions,” he said.

According to Zatulin, PR headed by Viktor Yanukovych had success and failures. So the matter does not concern change of the leader, because there is no worthy leader.

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Yanukovych formed “shadow” government (list)

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 16:13

Yanukovych formed “shadow” government (list)

Leader of Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych is elected a head of oppositional government. Such decision was made today at the session of this government.

 
Oppositional government consists of:
 Finance Minister – Mykola Azarov,
Economy Minister -Iryna Akimova,
Defense Minister – Olexander Kuzmuk,
Interior Minister Mykola Dzhyga,
Fuel and Energy Minister -Yury Botko,
Coal industry Minister – Sergy Tulub,
Transport Minister – Vasyl Kozak,
Labour and Social policy – Mykhaylo Papiyev,
Education Minister -Dmytro Tabachnyk,
Foreign Minister Konstyantyn Hryshchenko,
Justice Minister – Olexander Lavrynovych,
Environmental Protection Miniter – Anatoly Tolstoukhov,
Agricultural Minister -Viktor Slauta,
Housing and Communal Minister – Olexander Popov,
Family, Youth and Sport Minister – Viktor Korzh,
Industry Minister Anatoly Kinakh,
Emergency Minister Nestor Shufrych,
Building and regional development Minister -Volodymyr Yatsuba.
 
Head of National Bank – Serhy Levochkin.
Chairman of tax administration – Inna Bogoslovska.

For other participants of opposition there are vacant places of SBU head, state customs service and Culture Minister.

Opposition government also formed its press service, headed by press secretary of Yanukovych Denys Ivasenko.

As a reminder, recently Yanukovych has noted: “We are opponents, that’s why we will control the power and act within the legislation. Effective work of power will depend of how effective we will control it.”

He has also noted that there are many experienced people in his party. “Actually we will have two compositions of the government. We will monitor situation and express our position.”

“Actually the matter concerns creation of shadow Cabinet,” Yanukovych noted.

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Yushchenko reformatted composition of the NSDC

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 15:32

Yushchenko reformatted composition of the NSDC

Yushchenko reformatted composition of the NSDC

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has excluded from the National Security and defense Council former first vice Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Minister of Defense Anatoliy Hrytsenko, NSDC secretary Ivan Plyushch, Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Also, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has discharged Yuriy Prodan from the position of the deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine because of the transfer to another position (on December 18 the parliament appointed Prodan to the position of the Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine – ed.). It is stated in the decrees, published on the official site of the President of Ukraine.

The President has included in the composition of the NSDC new Minister of Defense Yuriy Lutsenko, Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ogryzko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Maud de Boer-Buquicchio congratulates Ukrainian authorities on their action to improve the rights of children

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 15:00

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio congratulates Ukrainian authorities on their action to improve the rights of children

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio congratulates Ukrainian authorities on their action to improve the rights of children.

 “I should like to congratulate the Ukrainian government for the package of amendments, contained in draft law 1224, and aimed at improving the rights of children in Ukraine. I welcome this particularly as it is a concrete follow-up to the ratification by Ukraine of the Council of Europe Convention on Contact concerning Children precisely a year ago. I hope that the Verkhovna Rada will act quickly and put these changes into law.

 
Changes to several laws concerning children’s rights also follow the adoption of the national action plan for implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child until 2016 in June this year. The sustained and comprehensive effort of the Ukrainian authorities to translate the Council of Europe standards on children’s right into specific legislative and administrative action represents an excellent case of national implementation of the Council of Europe Programme “Building Europe for and with Children”, she said.

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Ogryzko: It is early for Ukraine to enter NATO

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 14:35

It is early for Ukraine to enter NATO

Ogryzko: It is early for Ukraine to enter NATO

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Ogryzko claims that today it is too early to speak about Ukraine’s joining NATO. He stated on Friday at a press conference in Kyiv.

“One cannot seriously speak about joining NATO, because we must go through all stages preceding this event,” the Minister said.

At the same time, Ogryzko notes that Ukraine can considerably speed up this process, by implementing annually plans of cooperation with NATO and using the mechanism of the Action Plan concerning NATO membership.

Ogryzko assures that Ukraine will use all possible mechanisms and forms of cooperation with this organization. The joining the Action Plan concerning the NATO membership is one of the steps.

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Yushchenko discharged Vasyunyk

Posted by the Editor on December 21, 2007


News / 21 December 2007 | 14:00

Yushchenko discharged Vasyunyk

Yushchenko discharged Vasyunyk

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has discharged Ivan Vasyunyk from the position of the first deputy head of the President’s Secretariat because of the transfer to another position.

It is stated in the corresponding decree, published on the official site of the President.

As earlier reported, on December 18 Vasyunyk was appointed to the position of the vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.

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