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Communists insists on official status of the Russian language in Ukraine

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News / 2 June 2010 | 17:56

Communists insists on official status of the Russian language in Ukraine

Communists insists on official status of the Russian language in Ukraine

The Communist Party’s faction in the Verkhovna Rada insists on holding a nationwide referendum on granting Russian a status of the second state language.

CPU MP Ihor Alekseyev stressed that settling the issue of making the Russian language the second official one is among today’s priorities.

“We disagree that this decision should be postponed till things go better… It is time to cut this Gordian knot by holding a nationwide referendum,” he said.

At the same time, Alekseyev mentioned that it is impossible to settle this issue successfully within the framework of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

He pointed out that the communist faction insists that the necessary procedures for the referendum should be launched.

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Yanukovych announced launching reforms promising to bring Ukraine to success

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News / 2 June 2010 | 16:21

Yanukovych announced launching reforms promising to bring Ukraine to success

Yanukovych announced launching reforms promising to bring Ukraine to success

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych announced at the 2nd meeting of the Committee on Economic Reforms Wednesday the beginning of the first phase of deep transformations in the economy and society.

“Our goal is simple and clear – in the course of 10 years Ukraine should become on of the world’s twenty most economically developed countries, and living standards of the citizens of Ukraine should meet European standards,” the President said, stressing that “the main objective of reforms, their key purpose is radical improvement of the life of citizens.”

Viktor Yanukovych stressed the complexity of this task, because on the one hand, “it is necessary to ensure long-term macroeconomic stability, and on the other we must not and will not allow reduction of living standards,” since “reforms, whatever effort they would require, should not be held at the cost of citizens of Ukraine.”

Characterizing urgent reform, the President said about plans to reduce the state budget deficit and stabilize public debt, ease tax burdens but expand the tax base, reduce inflation, ensure crediting of economy, increase financial autonomy of the regions, and complete privatization.

The reforms will involve virtually all sectors of the economy; they will stimulate innovative development and development of free trade with the European Union and CIS countries, he said.

“One of the important ingredients to achieve success of reforms is our reaching the average GDP growth rate of at least 5% per year. Already in 2014 we will lower inflation from 13 to 6%,” said the President, who also plans to reduce energy intensity of economy by 20% and cut the amount of state support for energy, coal, oil and utility sectors.

The President promised to do everything possible to restore cooperation with the IMF, to increase the competitiveness of Ukraine, and create an attractive investment climate.

“Without reform Ukraine is doomed to failure,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that implementation of reforms should ensure early as in 2013-2014 reduction of budget deficit to 2% of GDP, inflation to 5-6%, and setting the average pension at not less than 45% of the average wage.

The President briefed on the achievements of the new power, which managed to build an effective vertical, and now “we are a united, strong, motivated team that can achieve the most ambitious goals.”

UKRIFORM

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Deputy minister dismissed for USD 200,000 bribe

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News / 2 June 2010 | 12:47

Deputy minister dismissed for USD 200,000 bribe

Deputy minister dismissed for USD 200,000 bribe

Ukrainian Deputy Environment Minister Bohdan Presner, whom the Prosecutor General’s Office arrested on June 1 for taking a large bribe, has been dismissed by the government for violating a civil servant oath of office, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said while opening a Cabinet of Ministers meeting on Wednesday.

Azarov said that government members should realize the fact of a serious personnel mistake. He said that he would not tolerate corruption in executive government agencies.

“There will be no political indulgences. If they have no conscience, let them have fears,” he said, UKRINFORM reported.

Presner was arrested while taking a bribe of USD 200,000 for rendering assistance in the appointment of a head of a regional level.

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Another BYuT deputy joined ruling coalition

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News / 2 June 2010 | 11:03

Another BYuT deputy joined ruling coalition

Another BYuT deputy joined ruling coalition

MP of Ukraine Mykola Traiduk, BYuT faction, has joined the ruling coalition “Stability and reforms”, speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn announced at today’s parliamentary session.

Traiduk was elected in the Verkhovna Rada under the number 152 of BYuT list of candidates. The MP joined the coalition on individual basis.

Hence, the majority of the parliament numbers 250 deputies.

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