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Opposition insists on heading parliamentary committees

Posted by the Editor on March 31, 2010

News / 31 March 2010 | 18:14

Opposition insists on heading parliamentary committees

Opposition insists on heading parliamentary committees

The united democratic coalition is urging the ruling government to give it the parliamentary committees it has the right to chair according to the law on parliamentary procedures.

“We’re asking the majority in the hall to please stick to the law. Give the opposition the rights it has. After all, you gained power in an illegal and unconstitutional way. Today you’re also trying to illegally deny the opposition the ability to control the government,” BYuT deputy Oleh Liashko said today.

He stressed that according to article 84 of the law on parliamentary regulations, the opposition should be given the committees on budget, rules on parliamentary procedure, justice, freedom of speech and information, and a number of other key committees.

Oleh Liashko also announced that “yesterday, most factions didn’t agree to comply with the law and give the opposition a real chance to control and monitor the government.”

“If the government we have today is even afraid of giving the opposition functions so that it can control the government, then you can’t call this government democratic,” said the parliamentarian.

He noted that BYuT is insisting that the law be adhered to and cautioned against violating it.


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BYuT: Weak people shouldn’t be working in opposition

Posted by the Editor on March 31, 2010

News / 31 March 2010 | 16:02

BYuT: Weak people shouldn't be working in opposition

BYuT: Weak people shouldn’t be working in opposition

Members of parliament are being offered several million dollars to join the stability and reform coalition, claims Oleksandr Turchynov, the head of BYuT’s central office.

“Several million dollars is being offered to betray the opposition and one’s political force and join the illegitimate coalition,” Oleksandr Turchynov said on Channel 5, according to Tymoshenko’s official website.

However, he expressed hope that very few will move into the coalition despite the massive bribery.

“When Yulia Tymoshenko was speaking with the deputies, she said: all those who are weak and can’t work in opposition, are afraid of something, doesn’t believe in victory and Ukraine, please, leave on your own,” said Oleksandr Turchynov.

“As for traitors – these are the realities of Ukrainian politics, and, unfortunately, many people aren’t capable of working in opposition,” he noted.


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UEFA continues to follow process of preparation for EURO-2012

Posted by the Editor on March 31, 2010

News / 31 March 2010 | 14:37

UEFA continues to follow process of preparation for EURO-2012

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) attentively follows a process of Ukraine’s preparation for the European Football Championship Finals 2012. With this aim UEFA Euro-2012 Chief Operating Officer Martin Kallen will stay in Kyiv for two days, according to UKRINFORM.

According to Director of UEFA Euro-2012 Championship in Ukraine Markiyan Lubkivsky, a program of the visit envisages Martin Kallen’s general meeting with President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Hryhoriy Surkis and Vice Prime Minister Borys Kolesnikov, where the state of Ukraine’s preparation to the championship will be discussed, as well as a future visit by UEFA President Michel Platini to our country.

Martin Kallen will also meet mayors of four hosting cities (Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv and Donetsk) in order to discuss all problem issues of preparation for the championship.


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IMF wants to resume partnership program with Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 31, 2010

News / 31 March 2010 | 12:46

IMF wants to resume partnership program with Ukraine

IMF wants to resume partnership program with Ukraine

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, wants either to resume the former partnership program with Ukraine or “build something different.”

“It depends upon the results of the mission we have now in Ukraine,” the IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in an interview with RIA Novosti. “It depends also upon the good will of the government to implement the necessary reform.”

However, the final decision as to the format of partnership should be left with the Ukrainian government. “It’s very much the Ukrainian government’s choice,” he said.

Strauss-Kahn said the IMF is posed to intensify its partnership with Ukraine despite almost a 6-month break caused by the presidential elections.

“Because of the election process we have lost… the Ukraine has lost about six months, which is understandable. On the other hand, the six-month loss is a six-month loss and we need to speed up the process and I will be more than happy to discuss with the Ukrainian authorities the design either of revamping the formal program or of a new program.”

The former program, he said, had borne fruit, in particular in bolstering up Ukraine’s fragile banking sector. However, it is the Ukrainian government who has the last say, he noted, adding that if Kiev “does not ask anything we are not imposing the program.”

“We have already disbursed an important amount of money to help the Ukrainian economy. I think it worked well, the banking sector has been restructurized, lots of things has been done in Ukraine, which has improved the situation.”

“Still it is a very difficult situation for Ukrainian people. Now I do believe that it’s interest of Ukraine to resume as fast as possible the relationship with IMF.”

Conversely, the director of the IMF’s European Department, Marek Belka, said he did not expect a new agreement between the IMF and Ukraine to be reached after the fund’s mission finished its work in Kiev on April 2, adding it was something that had yet to be decided.

“It is not clear whether an old program will just be continued or the new one will be prepared.

“We wanted first to get acquainted with the new people, their program and also see what happened in the few months when we took a pause in our program with Ukraine,” he said.

Whether new or old, the program’s elements will remain unchanged, Belka said.

“First, some degree of fiscal discipline, a continuation of the reform of the financial sector and putting in order the gas sector…Without it Ukraine will not resume sustainable growth,” he commented.

However, he was hopeful that Ukraine’s new leadership would seek to construct a new program.

“Probably, we can expect the government of Ukraine to ask us for a successor program. We take note of the government’s wish, but … [we] have to look a little bit further. It depends on what is needed, it also depends on how determined the Ukrainian government is to continue reforms.”

Belka said the IMF could send another mission to Kiev if need be, without specifying a timeframe. He also called on Kiev to go on with reforms in the financial sector, as well as sort up its chaotic gas sphere.

He said there were two immediate steps to be taken, the first being “to bring the prices on gas … to economic levels” and make sure that “the prices should cover the cost.”

The other step is to ensure “the transparent management of the sector, of Naftagas [Ukraine’s national energy company].”

Belka said the IMF was “determined to help… the Ukrainian government,” adding that while the Ukrainian economy had seen hard times recently, it had generally “bottomed out” and shown “encouraging signs.”

He noted that the hryvnia, Ukraine’s national currency, had by and large been stable over the 6-month hiatus.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister on Economic Issues Sergei Tigipko said last week Ukraine had requested a $5 billion loan from IMF in 2010.

“The sum was not discussed, but I think we should discuss this sum in terms of the quantities which have been announced by the government – it is around $5 billion,” Irina Akimova, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, told RIA Novosti.

Ukraine’s current stand-by program amounts to $16.4 billion, with $11 billion already installed in three tranches. The fourth tranche of $3.8 billion was due in 2009 but has not yet been installed.

In early March, the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, called on Ukraine’s recently elected president Viktor Yanukovych to resume talks with the IMF on the $16.4 billion loan. He said the EU would provide Ukraine with a $0.7 billion in financial aid if the talks succeed.


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Head of Tymoshenko’s election HQ joined coalition

Posted by the Editor on March 31, 2010

News / 31 March 2010 | 11:02

Head of Tymoshenko's election HQ joined coalition

Head of Tymoshenko’s election HQ joined coalition

MP of Ukraine Petro Kuzmenko (BYuT faction) has entered the parliamentary coalition, speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn announced Wednesday at the morning session.

“I inform that MP Kuzmenko Petro has joined the coalition “Stability and reforms” of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of VI convocation,” Lytvyn said.

At the presidential election of 2010 Kuzmenko headed the election HQ of presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko in Cherkassy regions.

On March 30 three other opposition deputies – two from BYuT and one from Our Ukraine – joined the parliamentary coalition.


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UEFA president Platini doubts Ukraine can host Euro 2012

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2010

News / 30 March 2010 | 16:44

UEFA president Platini doubts Ukraine can host Euro 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini has cast serious doubt over Ukraine’s co-hosting of the 2012 European Championships amid ongoing concerns over two stadium projects, renewing speculation that Germany could take its place.

Speaking before the European Union in Brussels on Monday, he urged organisers to speed up the rebuilding of Kiev’s 63,000-capacity Olympic stadium, the showpiece venue of Euro 2012. Upgrades to the Olympic Stadium, which is slated to host the final, are more than five months behind schedule.

“If there is no Kiev, then no Ukraine,” Platini was quoted by AP.

UEFA accepts that some of the delays are associated with political upheaval in Ukraine and a particularly harsh winter which has affected the pace of work on the stadium. Platini added: “I think Kiev will be all right in the end.”

But Platini also admitted he was worried about plans for the 30,000-capacity stadium Lviv stadium, which is still a building site, saying construction in Lviv “has made no progress whatsoever”.

Asked if Germany might replace Ukraine if the country didn’t deliver on its Euro 2012 promises, Platini insisted: “”There is no Plan B.”

But Martin Kallen, UEFA’s director of operations, said last week European football’s governing body has formulated a “Plan B”, which could see the tournament played in six host cities.

A UEFA spokeswoman told World Football Insider that Platini would travel to Ukraine April 8-9 to inspect progress on the stadiums; the cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv are also scheduled to host Euro 2012 matches. The four Polish cities of Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Gdansk are also staging games.

“We still expect everything to be on time,” she said, declining to comment on speculation that Germany could yet be asked to replace Ukraine.


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Interior Ministry to check Tymoshenko’s accusations of bribing Constitutional Court judges

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2010

News / 30 March 2010 | 14:24

Interior Ministry to check Tymoshenko’s accusations of bribing Constitutional Court judges

Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohiliov has ordered ‘to immediately check’ Yulia Tymoshenko’s statements about the Party of Region’s attempts to bribe judges of the Constitutional Court, the ministry press-service said.

Mohiliov noted that if the information is proved, so those responsible will be put on trial. But given the accusations are not proved, Tymoshenko herself will be brought to trial, UKRINFORM reported.


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Yanukovych responded on Tymoshenko’s accusations of ‘buying’ judges

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2010

News / 30 March 2010 | 12:48

Yanukovych responded on Tymoshenko’s accusations of ‘buying’ judges

President of Ukraine will never violate the Constitution and will act in strict accordance with the law. He will also accept any decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on the legitimacy of the newly formed coalition, which means if the Constitutional Court was to decide that the Coalition is illegitimate, the President would be ready to announce the new parliamentary election, the statement of presidential press office says.

President Yanukovych has repeatedly said at different meetings he is doing everything for the society to get used to the new reality, when the government does not violate the law or Constitution. The President is trying to develop an attitude to the Basic Law that would make its violation in our country impossible.

Viktor Yanukovych has always criticized violations of the Constitution by the previous government and will never allow the repetition of such practices himself.

The President will create all the conditions for the Constitutional Court to work within the law – calmly and objectively.

As reported, Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the united democratic opposition claims that Viktor Yanukovych’s team is pressuring the Constitutional Court judges into ruling that the parliamentary coalition and government were formed constitutionally.

According to Tymoshenko, if a judge rules that the coalition and government were created constitutionally, he will get “a good pension and equally important job.” The judges that refuse risk losing their jobs.

“The judges are not just being asked to resign, but before they do so to sanction these violations of the Constitution. Moreover, those who stay and agree to work with Yanukovych are being offered $1 million for the ruling,” the leader of the united opposition said.


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