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Vice Premier Semynozhenko – We must raise the quality of Ukrainian dubbing, not quantity

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2010


News / 24 March 2010 | 18:00

Vice Premier Semynozhenko – We must raise the quality of Ukrainian dubbing, not quantity

Vice Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Volodymyr Semynozhenko stated that Ukrainian dubbing of films will not be abolished, he told a briefing at the Cabinet.

Earlier, Semynozhenko negatively appraised the quality of Ukrainian film dubbing and, in particular, the quality of the Ukrainian language in such films.

According to him, it is necessary not to raise an issue about dubbing of all cinema products into the Ukrainian, but about raising the quality of such a dubbing, UKRINFORM reports.

In June 2008, the Kyiv Interrogational Economic Court of Appeal abolished the Cabinet’s resolution of 2006 and obliged cinematographic entities to dub or caption all the foreign films into Ukrainian in order to get a film distribution certificate.

On December 24, 2007, the Constitutional Court took a decision about interpreting Article 14 of the Law of Ukraine “On Cinematography” according to which all the foreign films should be dubbed, sounded-on or captioned on the state language without fail before being distributed in Ukraine.

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Government getting ready draft state budget for 2010

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2010


News / 24 March 2010 | 15:45

Government getting ready draft state budget for 2010

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that the Cabinet of Ministers is completing work on drafting the state budget for 2010. He stated at a government meeting on Wednesday, according to UKRINFORM.

Azarov noted that the draft budget for 2010 was an anti-crisis budget and that there were only two ways of increasing budget expenditures significantly, in particular, through social development and investment.

He also said that all claims by the opposition that the retirement age could allegedly be raised and a rise in social standards would not be taken into account were speculation. “The budget takes into account an increase in social standards, and we’ll increase social benefits this year and next year,” Azarov said.

As UKRINFORM reported, Azarov earlier promised that the government would submit the draft state budget for 2010 to the Verkhovna Rada a month after he assumed the premier’s post, i.e. by April 11.

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Ukraine may receive $6 billion loan from IMF

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News / 24 March 2010 | 13:59

Ukraine may receive $6 billion loan from IMF

Ukraine may receive $6 billion loan from IMF

Ukraine may receive a $6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2010, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister on Economic Issues Sergei Tigipko said.

The IMF approved the loan to Ukraine in November 2008. The fund has already provided three credit tranches worth $4.5 billion, $2.8 billion and $3.3 billion to the country as part of a program to stabilize the economy, which was seriously weakened by the economic crisis. The fourth tranche was due by the end of 2009 but was delayed due to political instability and the absence of a budget for 2010.

The new Ukrainian government has called on the IMF to resume cooperation with the country and to increase the amount of the last tranche.

An IMF mission was in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Wednesday for talks on renewing cooperation.

“So far, we are determining which tranches to allocate and how the $6 billion will be divided up,” Tigipko said, RIA Novosti reported.

He said it is important to coordinate positions on the budget for 2010. The paper is due to be presented to the Ukrainian parliament by April 1.

“The talks won’t be easy; there are still ten days to go,” he said.

At the beginning of this month, 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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Tymoshenko to attend meeting of opposition government

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2010


News / 24 March 2010 | 12:26

Tymoshenko to attend meeting of opposition government

Tymoshenko to attend meeting of opposition government

On March 26, leader of the united democratic opposition Yulia Tymoshenko will attend a meeting of the opposition government.

“The first official meeting will be on Friday. It will be a public meeting and the press will be invited,” Prime Minister of the opposition government Serhiy Sobolev said, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

During its meeting, the opposition government will discuss key aspect of their activities. “The agenda includes the issue of preserving state property, responding to gas transport consortium that the new government wants to create, social payments, and drafting of the state budget,” announced the head of the opposition government.

Serhiy Sobolev also stressed that the opposition government will separately review the new government’s appointments, in particular the appointment of Dmytro Tabachnyk as Minister of Science and Education.

The vice prime ministers and ministers of the opposition government will also be presented during this meeting.

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Yanukovych holds phone talks with Russian PM Putin

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2010


News / 24 March 2010 | 11:00

Yanukovych holds phone talks with Russian PM Putin

President Viktor Yanukovych held a phone conversation with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Sides have discussed issues that are to be subject for talks and decision making during the forthcoming official visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Ukraine.

Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin have also agreed that Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov will arrive in Moscow on March 25 to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation with Russian side on the level of Governments.

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