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PM explained gas price rise necessity

Posted by the Editor on July 27, 2010


News / 27 July 2010 | 17:02

PM explained gas price rise necessity

PM explained gas price rise necessity

The decision to regulate the gas price for the population could not be avoided. Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said this today at a press conference on “Causes of bringing tariffs on natural gas to economically sound level and the Government’s measures to strengthen social protection of the population.

According to him, based on objective economic conditions, the Government had to decide on the gradual reduction of gas tariffs for the population to the economically sound level. Mykola Azarov noted that the state will pay compensation to the citizens if the costs of housing and utilities exceed 15% of total income for working age and 10% for the disabled. This Government has simplified the most appropriate mechanism of subsidies processing.

“Our task is to protect those whose standard of living, unfortunately, is quite low. We have a month to complete this work. If it is done correctly and effectively, the large number of citizens will not feel those measures for which we had to take”, said the Prime Minister.

Mykola Azarov noted that this is a very difficult decision because here there are corresponding risks: “But we deliberately go to such risks because we are not interested in that the majority of our citizens has reduced their spending on the domestic market, we are interested in creating incentives for development of our economy”

According to the Prime Minister, the Government in negotiations with the IMF needed to find a balance between the need to reduce fiscal deficit and thus the amount of social assistance, which must pay to support the national economy: “I think we have found this balance.

Moreover, Mykola Azarov noted that the decision to regulate tariffs, there were several reasons. According to him, first of all, absolutely unfair to say that for the needs of the population there is enough gas of domestic production. “Unfortunately, not enough. And we have to mix our gas with Russian gas which is more expensive”, the Prime Minister boted and added that the Russian gas price has increased substantially since 2009.

Also, in the opinion of Mykola Azarov, it is untrue statement that the state could continue to subsidize gas expenses of the population: “A very common mistake that if the budget pays for people, it is borrowed money. This is absolutely the same money. If we subsidize Naftogaz from the budget, and the previous Government did so, it meant only one thing: either the Government lent this money, and we are paying these debts every month through taking away 5-4 billion UAH from our people, or underpay our people from the budget as increasing wages, pensions.

Furthermore, as the Prime Minister noted, Ukraine needs to increase production of its own gas. But it is needed to make appropriate investments: “We should understand that wells which pump gas in our territory, are not eternal. Sooner or later they run out, and we must drill new wells. And if we want to save gas production that we have now, and we want not just to store but to double it, we must increase investment in developing our own oil and gas industry.

“In this situation we think not about image, not the election … We do not want Ukraine to do bankruptcy, and our citizens to be work-hands in all work markets – that’s the whole answer”, said Mykola Azarov, according to the Cabinet’s press office.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister warned all unscrupulous people who intend to “make a hand of” the public assistance: “Our specialists will have enough opportunities to test whether the wage or income which the applicant stated in its declaration or declarations really correspond true data. We will do it later. But we believe that our people we trust will also trust us”, summed up the Head of the Government.

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Azarov: Ukrainian people undoubtedly will get a new historic victory

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News / 27 July 2010 | 14:44

Azarov: Ukrainian people undoubtedly will get a new historic victory

Azarov: Ukrainian people undoubtedly will get a new historic victory

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov met with His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill.

“After prayers and your inspiring sermon on Vladimir’s Hill on the Baptism of Rus – the first thought is about what good can power do for Ukraine,” the Head of the Government welcomed the Patriarch, Cabinet’s press office reported.

Mykola Azarov stressed that the promotion of spirituality is an absolute priority for our State.

“We will do everything possible to seamlessly build temples, restore monasteries – Mykola Azarov said – In particular, the Government has decided that within a year all the agencies and organizations not related to the park and the monastery will be resettled from the territory of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.”

In addition, the Head of the Government expressed satisfaction that the pastoral visit of Patriarch Kirill in Ukraine has been successful, attracting great attention of the Orthodox world.

Patriarch Kirill thanked the head of the Government for facilitating the visit, which, in his opinion, “may be an example for many other States.” The head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that he and the clergy would be praying for that experience, wisdom, love for his people that he sees in the Prime Minister of Ukraine, would better disclose in this post and gave good results for the people.

“Because we have seen how the people “with hell in their souls” were carrying the secular affairs, brought the discord and chaos,” the Patriarch said and added: “I feel that in Ukraine there is considerable potential among the former Soviet Union States. Here I mean economics, nature, energetic people. Therefore, I have no doubt that the people of Ukraine will pass a difficult path and get a new historic victory.”

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BYuT appeals gas price rise in court

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News / 27 July 2010 | 12:52

BYuT appeals gas price rise in court

BYuT appeals gas price rise in court

Yulia Tymoshenko’s opposition party Batkivshchyna (Motherland) has challenged a 50% rise in household gas price in court.

According to MP Serhiy Vlasenko of BYuT faction, who laid an action to the District Administrative Court of Kyiv, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had no legal, political and economic grounds and preconditions for making such decision, according to UKRINFORM.

Moreover, according to the lawmaker, by taking this decision, NERC violated a number of legislative acts, a number of decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as a temporary provision for the establishment of limit prices for natural gas.

Vlasenko said that the Motherland party looks forward to an impartial consideration of the claim by the court and that the court will recognize the decision unlawful and cancel it.

As reported, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission on July 13 increased starting August 1 household retail prices for natural gas by an average of 50%

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Nationalists holding another rally protesting Patriarch’s visit to Kyiv

Posted by the Editor on July 27, 2010


News / 27 July 2010 | 11:03

Nationalists holding another rally protesting Patriarch's visit to Kyiv

Nationalists holding another rally protesting Patriarch’s visit to Kyiv

About 80 activists from the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom), UNA-UNSO and of the Ukrainian People’s Party are holding a rally near the Ukrainian House in Kiev on Tuesday to protest Patriarch Kirill’s visit.

Nationalists staged a dramatized performance, Interfax reported.

A reinforced police force is maintaining order at the scene and about 30 policemen have been deployed along the perimeter of the rally.

No clashes with police have been reported.

Eight activists were detained on Monday near Sophia Square, when a similar rally was broken up by police.

The demonstrators who staged the rally on Tuesday, held party and national flags and anti-patriarch posters, chanting, “Moscow Priest Go Away!” and, “Kirill-Baggage-Railway-Russia!”

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