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President: Tymoshenko’s gas policy is the most inadequate since independence

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2009


News / 22 December 2009 | 17:12

President: Tymoshenko's gas policy is the most inadequate since independence

President: Tymoshenko’s gas policy is the most inadequate since independence

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko considers Government’s irresponsible attitude to financial problems of Naftogaz Ukraine unacceptable, he said in interview with British The Sunday Telegraph and Spanish El Mundo.

According to the President, the gas giant is in a difficult situation for many reasons, but the main two are the unwillingness of the Government to raise domestic gas prices before the election, and the inability of the Prime Minister to defend fair contract for the supply and transit of gas before Gazprom.

“Tymoshenko’s Gas Policy is the most inadequate since independence. It is not just populism, it communism squared. Even the communists did not allow that. Buying for more and selling for less is nonsense. Ukraine cannot buy gas by the highest prices in Europe and provide transit by the lowest, and not increasing domestic price in addition to that. This is a direct path to depletion of Naftogaz resources and following complete destruction of it. The purpose of this policy is giving up Ukrainian gas transport system, giving up national interests for political preferences. I will not allow that”, said Yushchenko.

During the interview the President has also talked about the political situation in Ukraine before the elections, the achievements of the state since the Orange Revolution and the relations between Ukraine and Russia.

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Presidential election law will be changed on December 24

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2009


News / 22 December 2009 | 15:10

Presidential election law will be changed on December 24

BYuT has assured that the law amending the presidential election law will be adopted by parliament no later than Thursday, December 24.

“I am confident that the presidential elections bill, which we have already prepared, will be voted on December 24. We have more than 240 votes and do not need consensus with the Party of Regions. BYuT, the Lytvyn Bloc and even all of OU-PSD will vote for this bill,” BYuT deputy and chairman of the parliamentary committee on legal policy Serhiy Mishchenko said today.

He explained that the pro-presidential part of OU-PSD will vote for the bill because the document takes into account all proposals, including the President’s, that rule out the possibility of election fraud – disallowing changes to the voter lists less than two days before the vote, standardized procedures for voting at home, as well as the procedure for the transport of ballots.

Serhiy Mishchenko hopes that the President will not veto this law. “We will pass it so that the election takes place without abuse, although the Party of Regions is blocking this process in every way,” added the people’s deputy.

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Winter cold kills 32 in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2009


News / 22 December 2009 | 13:04

Winter cold kills 32 in Ukraine

At least 32 people have died in Ukraine since bitter cold with heavy snowstorms hit the country last week, with the mercury falling to 12-15 degrees Celsius below zero (10-5F), local media said on Tuesday.

About 700 people have requested medical assistance across the country, with 465 of them admitted to hospitals.

The Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry issued on Monday a storm warning for the day.

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PACE concerned about Ukraine parliament’s attempt to suspend anti-corruption laws

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2009


News / 22 December 2009 | 10:53

PACE concerned about Ukraine parliament’s attempt to suspend anti-corruption laws

The monitoring co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their concern at current attempts in the Verkhovna Rada to suspend the enactment of three laws of the anti-corruption package adopted last June – which, among other things, prohibit the private funding of courts – and called for their rapid implementation.

“The funding of the courts outside the government budget, ie. with private means, would be a continuous potential for corruption and run counter to European standards,” said Renate Wohlwend (Liechtenstein, EPP/CD) and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (Germany, ALDE) in an information note made public this week.

Overall, they said Ukraine had made “very little tangible progress” since April in fulfilling its Council of Europe commitments, mainly because of the “polarised” environment ahead of the coming Presidential election.

However, they also pointed to an agreement with the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada to adopt a “specific roadmap”, with realistic timetables, for adopting the legal reforms – including Constitutional reform – that are part of Ukraine’s Council of Europe commitments. This could “potentially give new impetus” to the reform process, they said.

The co-rapporteurs said they planned to visit Ukraine again shortly after the election to facilitate the adoption of this road-map.

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