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Ukraine hopes to introduce visa-free regime with EU

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News / 20 May 2008 | 17:42

Ukraine hopes to introduce visa-free regime with EU

Ukraine hopes to introduce visa-free regime with EU

Ukraine hopes to launch talks this year with the European Commission to draw up a “road map” the fulfillment of which would envisage a visa-free travels of Ukrainian citizens to the European Union. This was disclosed by Deputy Foreign Minister Konstiantyn Yeliseyev at a round table entitled “Experience of Integration of Central and Southeast Europe Countries to the EU and Ukraine”. Cabinet’s press service reports.

According to Yeliseyev, the “road map” should include clear requirements in line with the Schengen criteria Ukraine is to achieve in order to introduce a visa-free regime.

Apart from this, the Deputy Foreign Minister focused on the singed bilateral agreements on the local border movement with the neighboring EU member-states. He expressed hopes that the Polish Sejm will soon ratify such agreement, and the Ukrainians, who reside in a 30-50 km border line, will be able to visit Poland without troubles.

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Donetsk is a territory without NATO

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News / 20 May 2008 | 16:21

Donetsk is a territory without NATO

Donetsk is a territory without NATO

Today the 19th session of the city council of Donetsk approved a decision on recognition of city’s territory as a “territory without military-political blocs and military bases of foreign states”.

It means “negative attitude of the city council to prospective of placement of troops, instructors, inspectors and other NATO representatives on the territory of Donetsk”.

Secretary of the city council, Mykola Levchenko noted that by this decision the city council “showed the position of Donetsk citizens”. “And in future with the help of all legal methods we will defend our opinion that Ukraine must preserve its nonaligned status,” Levchenko emphasized.

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Ukraine is ready to send peacekeepers to Georgia

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News / 20 May 2008 | 15:30

Ukraine is ready to send peacekeepers to Georgia

Ukraine is ready to send peacekeepers to Georgia

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine considers that Georgia is able to regulate internal conflicts, but if there is a decision on international mission, Ukraine is ready to send its peacemaking contingent to this State.

“Georgia makes maximum efforts to regulate this question independently. If the decision on peacemaking mission is taken and the proposition on Ukrainian peacekeepers participation in the composition of the international mission is introduced, Ukraine will agree,” the press secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, Vasyl Kyrylych informed at a briefing on Tuesday in Kyiv.

At the same time he noted that “at the moment there are no talks about the agreements”.

“If such decision is taken at the international level and Ukraine will be proposed to be the part of the international mission, it will participate,” Kyrylych emphasized.

The press secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine expressed assurance that “Georgia as an independent State has enough recourses in order to regulate this question on its territory”.

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Viktor Yushchenko met with Steven Ballmer

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News / 20 May 2008 | 15:00

Viktor Yushchenko met with Steven Ballmer

Viktor Yushchenko met with Steven Ballmer

President Viktor Yushchenko has met today with Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation, Steven A. Ballmer. President’s press office reports.

The parties discussed activity of the Microsoft in Ukraine, the recently signed memorandum between the Government of Ukraine and the corporation on cooperation in education and struggle against child labor exploitation, etc.

President Yushchenko noted powerful potential of Ukraine in IT industry and said that Ukrainian side is interested in developing cooperation with the Microsoft. According to him, one of the promising projects would be to establish a software development centre in Ukraine with support from the Microsoft.

Steven Ballmer from his part thanked Ukraine and President Yushchenko personally for rendering support to the Microsoft and promotion of intellectual property rights protection. He also informed that the corporation plans to open an innovational centre at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University and is interested in contributing to Children’s Hospital of the Future.

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Pavlenko: Euro-2012 will be held at the highest level

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News / 20 May 2008 | 14:07

Euro-2012 will be held at the highest level

Pavlenko: Euro-2012 will be held at the highest level

The final part of the Football championship of Europe will be held at the highest level in Ukraine. Minister for Family, Youth and Sport, Yuriy Pavlenko stated during the on-line conference on the ForUm.

“The Euro-2012 will be held in Ukraine and Poland. I have no doubts: Ukraine will ensure preparation and holding of the final part of the Football championship of Europe at the highest level,” the head of the Ministry for Family, Youth and Sport said.

According to him, the Ministry’s work meets the adopted schedule, timetable and UEFA demands.

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Ukraine and Russia to speak about Euro Atlantic problems

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News / 20 May 2008 | 13:44

Ukraine and Russia to speak about Euro Atlantic problems

Ukraine and Russia to speak about Euro Atlantic problems

On May 23 the next round of the Ukrainian-Russian consultations on Euro-Atlantic themes will be held. Head of the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Vasyl Kyrylych said.

According to him, during the consultations the Ukrainian delegation will be headed by the first deputy Foreign Ministry Volodymyr Khandohiy.

Besides, Vasyl Kyrylych informed that on May 20 the consultations on Euro Atlantic integration at the level of directors of departments of foreign ministries of Ukraine and Latvia will be held.

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Hryhoriy Nemyria met with Bozidar Djelic

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News / 20 May 2008 | 13:05

Hryhoriy Nemyria met with Bozidar Djelic

Hryhoriy Nemyria met with Bozidar Djelic

Yesterday Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria met with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Bozidar Djelic. Cabinet’s press service reports.

The meeting concerned pressing issues of relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Serbia. Notably, the parties have exchanged views concerning the most optimal model of coordination of European integration policy, Eurointegration processes of Serbia and Ukraine including in the context of future concluding a new intensified agreement between Ukraine and the EU and Agreement on association and stabilization between the Republic of Serbia and the EU, simplification of a regime of travelling for the citizens of Serbia and Ukraine to the EU etc.

Bozidar Djelic suggested introduction of a practice of regular consultations in the mentioned issues during which the Serbian side among the other issues is ready to share own experience of approaching to the EU.

Touching upon the situation with separating of Kosovo the Serbian party informed about their intention to take all necessary measures aiming at peaceful settlement of the question. Hryhoriy Nemyria confirmed invariability of Ukraine’s stance in this issue.

Reference. Trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Serbia for 2007 has amounted 508.7 million USD which is by 23.3% or 96.32 million USD up from 2006 showing.

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BYuT doesn’t see alternative to Portnov

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News / 20 May 2008 | 12:34

BYuT doesn't see alternative to Portnov

BYuT doesn’t see alternative to Portnov

On Monday 19 at the sitting of the BYuT faction the decision to support the candidacy of Andriy Portnov for a position of the head of the State Property Fund was supported. As the ForUm’s correspondent reports, People’s deputy from the BYuT party Andriy Shkil stated in an interview with parliamentary journalists.

He confirmed the information that Portnov proposed to withdraw his candidacy from the position of the State Property Fund head.

“But we have agreed… that the single candidate from our party remains Andriy Portnov,” the People’s deputy said.

Commenting on the President’s statement that the head of the State Property Fund must be somebody else, but not Andriy Portnov, Shkil emphasized: “We do not influence the process who will be the NSDC Secretary. Another candidacy also must suit us, as well as the Secretariat head must be somebody else… We do not make such demands, that’s why we hope that the President will not make his demands, who according to the PM will better fulfill functions at the position of the State Property Fund head, the People’s deputies will decide this and only they will appoint the head of the State Property Fund, but not the President.

He informed that the BYuT hopes the OU-PSD will not put additional conditions during the voting for the State Property Fund head.

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