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PR members to block VRU work tomorrow

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News / 1 April 2009 | 17:54

PR members to block VRU work tomorrow

The Party of Regions is going to block the VRU work on April 2-3, demanding the government to submit into the parliament the anti-crisis program. Such decision was taken today during the session of the presidium of the PR, Anna Herman informed.

“The main demand of this action – the government must submit anti-crisis program together with the draft changes to the budget. This protest action in the VRU will be also supported by the meetings which will take place in Kyiv near the President’s Secretariat, Cabinet of Ministers, VRU buildings and Maidan Nezalezhnosti,” Anna Herman said.

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Hryhoriy Nemyria stands for cooperation between Ukraine and the OECD

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News / 1 April 2009 | 17:32

Hryhoriy Nemyria stands for cooperation between Ukraine and the OECD

Within the scope of his official visit to Paris Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria took part in a ministerial conference dedicated to the launch of Eurasia Competitiveness Programme for the Southern Caucasus and Ukraine, in the frames of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), government press service informs.

“It is pleasant the OECD has expressed a desire to facilitate carrying out reforms and sustainable development in Ukraine and countries of the Southern Caucasus,” Hryhoriy Nemyria said at the beginning of his speech.

According to him, just now, in the time of global financial crunch the launch of Eurasia Competitiveness Programme is rather timely. The Programme completely corresponds to the efforts of the Government directed to mitigation of the fallouts of the crisis and will enable to improve investment climate in Ukraine, carry out necessary reforms, notably in financial sector, and raise competitiveness of our state.

Hryhoriy Nemyria urged to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and the OECD, especially to intensify participation of our state in the activity of committees of this organization.

As reported earlier, Vice Prime Minister for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria is staying on the official visit to Paris.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was founded on December of 1960. The OECD ensures cooperation in the economic sphere. The organization comprises 30 states that produce 60% of all the goods and services.

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IMF insists on Ukraine to pass Pension fund law

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News / 1 April 2009 | 16:10

IMF insists on Ukraine to pass Pension fund law

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday urged Ukraine’s Parliament to pass legislation to balance the finances of the state pension fund, as the country seeks to unlock IMF assistance.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, the IMF’s mission chief to Ukraine, welcomed the passage of a portion of an anti-crisis package aimed at freeing up more of the $16.4 billion rescue loan, including increases in excise taxes on tobacco, alcohol and diesel fuel.

“This will help to address the fiscal situation,” said Pazarbasioglu in a statement. “It is now important that measures are taken to prevent the projected deficit of the pension fund.”

Parliament put off votes on other parts of the crisis package Tuesday, including measures to balance the finances of the pension fund and of state energy firm Naftogaz, according to the Unian Ukrainian news agency.

Ukraine already has received $4.5 billion from the IMF under last fall’s agreement, but the fund halted a second $1.9 billion loan disbursement in February until the government took additional steps to rein in fiscal spending.

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MPs saved Rada from dismissal?

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News / 1 April 2009 | 15:17

MPs saved Rada from dismissal?

MPs saved Rada from dismissal?

MP from the Lytvyn bloc Oleh Zarubinskyi considers that appointment of presidential elections on October 25, 2009 significantly complicates possibility to held early parliamentary elections. He told the journalists today.

According to Zarubinskyi, today’s statements of some MPs proved that they were afraid that the plan of President’s Secretariat and some MPs from the Party of Regions concerning holding of early parliamentary elections could be broken.

Zarubinskyi considers that today’s decision of the VRU leaves no possibility to dismiss the parliament

As a reminder, today the parliament adopted a draft resolution on appointment of presidential elections on October 25, 2009. 401 MPs voted for such decision: PR – 174, BYuT – 155, OU-PSD – 26, CPU – 27, Lytvyn bloc – 19.

The resolution comes into effect from the moment of its publicizing.

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Rada decided: presidential elections to take place on October 25

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News / 1 April 2009 | 13:39

Rada decided: presidential elections to take place on October 25

Rada decided: presidential elections to take place on October 25

The parliament adopted a draft resolution on appointment of presidential elections on October 25, 2009. The ForUm’s correspondent informs.

401 MPs voted for such decision: PR – 174, BYuT – 155, OU-PSD – 26, CPU – 27, Lytvyn bloc – 19.

As a reminder, different draft resolutions offered to hold presidential election on different dates: on October 25, December 27 and January 17, 2010.

The majority of the politicians and experts were for elections to be held on January 17, 2010.

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Tymoshenko honored memory of Gogol (photo)

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News / 1 April 2009 | 13:25

Tymoshenko honored memory of Gogol (photo)

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko participated today in Kyiv in ceremony of flowers-laying to the monument to Mykola Gogol on occasion of 200th anniversary from his birthday. ForUm’s informs, referring to the government press service.
 
 

Photos are taken from the government portal

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Presidential election is recommended to hold in autumn

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News / 1 April 2009 | 12:38

Presidential election is recommended to hold in autumn

The VRU committee on the state construction and local authorities recommends the parliament to take a decision on appointment of presidential elections on October 25, 2009. The head of the committee, MP from the OU-PSD faction Oleksandr Omelchenko said that today in the parliament, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

According to him, the committee considered draft resolution on presidential election on October 25 and decided to recommend it to the parliament to adopt it.

Omelchenko called MPs to support this draft resolution.

As a reminder, different draft resolutions offer to hold presidential election on different dates: on October 25, December 27 and January 17, 2010.

The majority of the politicians and experts are for elections to be held on January 17, 2010.

President’s term is 5 years. The acting President Viktor Yushchenko was elected as a head of the state in December 2004. Officially he assumed his office in January 2005.

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Analytics / 1 April 2009 | 12:30

Nikolai Gogol - great Ukrainian and Russian writer…

Nikolai Gogol – great Ukrainian and Russian writer…

Nicolai Gogol was born in Poltava, Ukraine. He was educated in the Ukraine. And he often wrote about the Ukraine, and was passionate about its history, even pursuing (but failing to get) an appointment in the history department at the University of Kiev.

Then he moved to St. Petersberg, where he did the bulk of his stories and plays, which he wrote in Russian. His most famous work, Dead Souls, was a satirical look at Russian society. And when he died in 1852, his body was buried in the city in which he died – Moscow.

Through his life, Gogol attracted praise and controversy. And now, 200 years to the day after his birth, Gogol is making headlines again as the two nations which formed him compete for their claim of him.

According to The Guardian , Russia and Ukraine, which have had several confrontations in recent years are now battling over Gogol. The paper speaks to Ukranian MP and novelist Vladimir Yavorivsky who likens Gogol to a tree in which “the crown was in Russia but the roots were in Ukraine. To divide Gogol is like trying to divide air, eternity or the sky. He was a great Russian writer, but he was also a great Ukrainian one. It is not only language that is important, but themes and subject matter. His writing was full of the imagery and thinking of Ukrainian songs and folklore.”

Meanwhile, Igor Zolotussky, a Russian Gogol scholar claims: ” A part of the political elite in Kiev wants to claim Gogol as their own so they can enter civilised Europe with at least one great Ukrainian writer. But there can be no such discussion because there is no such thing as a separate Ukrainian national identity. Gogol wrote and thought in Russian. He was a great Russian writer, full stop.”

 
Ukranian President Viktor Yuschenko is expected to celebrate the birth of Gogol in a ceremony in Poltava.
 

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