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Ukrainian peacekeepers to celebrate New Year fulfilling tasks in 9 world’s countries

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2007


News / 26 December 2007 | 18:00

Ukrainian peacekeepers to celebrate New Year fulfilling tasks in 9 world’s countries

553 Ukrainian soldiers will celebrate the New Year 2008 fulfilling an honorable and responsible mission to secure peace and stability in 9 world’s countries. Government’s press service reports.

301 soldiers of the 56th separate helicopter detachment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will see the New Year at the African continent in Liberia within the framework of the UN Mission in the country. The detachment’s command had prepared all necessary things for the event in advance – decorated New Year’s “trees” (local trees in holiday dressing), appropriate assortment and variety of dishes for a celebratory dinner and even the Father Frost and Snow Maiden regardless of warm enough Liberian winter (up to 38 above zero degrees Celsius). By tradition, our peacekeepers in Liberia to see the old year out twice – at local and Kyiv’s time.

184 Ukrainian peacekeepers of the national component of the joint Ukraine-Poland Peace Force Battalion UkrPolBat of the KFOR Multinational Task Force East will see the New Year in Kosovo at the Kyiv’s time. Out-of-duty peacekeepers will mark the holiday in clubs of the U.S. Bondsteel military base and Breza base camp.

Another 68 Ukrainian soldiers will be celebrating the event in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Moldova and Georgia, where they perform peacekeeping missions as staff officers and observers of the UN Missions, Allied Forces and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF).

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People’s deputies’ privileges will be canceled after New Year

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News / 26 December 2007 | 17:30

People's deputies' privileges will be canceled after New Year

People’s deputies’ privileges will be canceled after New Year

The People’s deputies’ privileges will be canceled immediately after the New Year. Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko stated at a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers. ForUm’s correspondent reports.

According to her, the budget for 2008, elaborated by her government, doesn’t foresee privileges for People’s deputies and officials.

Tymoshenko noted that hundreds of millions of Hryvnya were foreseen in the previous budget on People’s deputies’ and officials privileges. “There were big sums,” she explained.

Tymoshenko also has said that she is afraid that if her government works on order making for a year, “we will not have those people who can work in the government’ bodies.”

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President urges actions coordination

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News / 26 December 2007 | 17:05

President urges actions coordination

President urges actions coordination

Making concluding remarks on the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers President Victor Yushchenko urged government and Verkhovna Rada to coordinate their actions. Presindent’s press office reports.
 
President also advised government to get representatives from regional authorities to take part in working out and conducting its policy “so that we would shape and discuss these things together”.
 
Viktor Yushchenko assigned heads of regional administrations to work out plans of regions development for 2008.

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Government approved draft budget for 2008

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News / 26 December 2007 | 16:43

Government approved draft budget for 2008

Government approved draft budget for 2008

The government has approved the draft budget for 2008. As ForUm’s correspondent reports, Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko stated in an interview with journalists.

“Everybody voted unanimously,” she assured.

As earlier reported, after the adoption of the State budget for 2008, the Cabinet will start system work on changes and amendments introduction, which will give the possibility to obtain conceptually new State budget.

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Tymoshenko is proud of budget written for eight days

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2007


News / 26 December 2007 | 16:10

Tymoshenko is proud of budget written for eight days

Tymoshenko is proud of budget written for eight days

It was very difficult for new government to form new budget for eight days. Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko has stated at the briefing in the Cabinet, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

Tymoshenko emphasizes that the government has got the country with huge temps of inflation, where almost all social systems of people’s support are destroyed.

She reminds that 57% more expenditures for social payments are foreseen in new budget. She also notes that pension fund will be increased by 40 %. “It means that we have worked on the budget thoroughly,” she emphasized. The Prime Minister also notes that “there is no category of Ukrainians, about which the government has forgotten.” At the same time the head of the government notes that this budget has not been yet finished. According to her, it will be adopted now, but by the end of February some changes and amendments will be introduced. Tymoshenko informs that from January 2, 2008 meetings with representatives of Ministries will be held and target programs will be determined by every Ministry. The Prime Minister states that every People’s deputy, who will not vote for the budget for the next year, will deprive Ukrainians the right on salaries and pensions raise.

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Yushchenko calls not to politicize question on Ukraine joining WTO

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News / 26 December 2007 | 15:31

Yushchenko calls not to politicize question on Ukraine joining WTO

Yushchenko calls not to politicize question on Ukraine joining WTO

It is necessary to do all possible before the start of general sitting of the WTO so that Ukraine to get status in this organization. President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko stated at the enlarged sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

The President has noted that the country has several weeks more so that to prepare for joining this organization. “We paid too high price so that to politicize moments of this plan of actions,” the Head of the State emphasized.

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Parliament to see draft budget on Thursday?

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2007


News / 26 December 2007 | 14:56

Parliament to see draft budget on Thursday?

Parliament to see draft budget on Thursday?

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko thinks that it is necessary to build the process of adoption of the budget for the next year so that parliamentarians to have a possibility to consider it on Thursday. She stated at the enlarged sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“We will work twenty-four hours in order to take into consideration all changes and amendments to this budget, and I stress that it is possible to consider them for one day,” the Prime Minister said.

Addressing the factions’ leaders and the People’s deputies, Tymoshenko has stated that she would like them to realize that none of the governments hasn’t worked in such terms in which today’s government forms the budget. She has added that the support of the People’s deputies is very important for the government so that people to get strong social support from January 1, 2008.

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Ukraine and EU to set up visa committee

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2007


News / 26 December 2007 | 14:30

Ukraine and EU to set up visa committee

Ukraine and EU to set up visa committee

Ukraine and the European Union will set up a visa committee for control over implementation of the agreement on liberalization of visa regulations between Ukraine and the EU. Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Yeliseev said this. Government’s press service reports.
 
“The parties will monitor the situation over the issue of visas to the citizens of Ukraine,” he said.

“We will hold the position of principle there. We will watch over the observance of our citizens’ rights, and our position on the issue will be rather offensive” but “without hysterias or spite,” said Yeliseev, who supervises cooperation with the EU.

Asked by the press, the Deputy Minister said that he could not call a precise date of start of the said committee’s activity, as the question was being coordinated with EU partners. Nowadays, the Ukrainians facing problems with getting visas must address the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s Call Center.

Yeliseev said that next year is going to be rather uneasy for Ukraine as regards Eurointegration issues. It is necessary to conclude a new, reinforced agreement between Ukraine and the EU, to start talks on the creation of a free trade zone with the EU. However, the diplomat said, this is possible only after Ukraine joins the World Trade Organization. Apart from this, he said, work will proceed over extension of the range of countries with which accords were concluded on the creation of favorable legal conditions for the Ukrainian citizens working abroad.

Yeliseev informed that next February Kyiv would host a meeting of 36 EU and Black Sea countries’ Foreign Ministers.

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