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Ukraine joins European energy community

Posted by the Editor on September 24, 2010


News / 24 September 2010 | 17:53

Ukraine joins European energy community

Ukraine joins European energy community

Ukraine became a member of the European Energy Community. A relevant protocol was signed today in Skopje, Macedonia, by Yuriy Boyko, Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine, and Fatmir Besimi, Minister of Economy of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in his function as the Energy Community Presidency in Office, ForUm learned from the Community Secretariat.

“Today’s signature signals our political will to align the principles of Ukrainian energy policy with that of the EU. I expect the Ukrainian parliament to ratify the Treaty very quickly within the coming months,” stated Mr. Boyko.

“Ukraine’s accession is a major milestone in the Energy Community process. It is evident that the geographical reference to the Western Balkans in the Energy Community context is history. Today we witness the deepening of the EU energy policy and extension of its borders”, noted Minister Fatmir Besimi.

“I am impressed by the dynamics of the Energy Community process. Just five years ago nine Contracting Parties signed the Treaty establishing the Energy Community. In 2007 Romania and Bulgaria matured from a Contracting Party to a fully fledged EU member. Now in 2010 we are welcoming Moldova and Ukraine as new members of the Energy Community. Today’s signing ceremony adds force to the ultimate objective of creating a pan-European energy market on the ground of the EU principles and rules”, Mr. Barbaso added.

The Ministerial Council of the Energy Community approved the accession of Ukraine and Moldova in December 2009. The signature of the Accession Protocol was, however, made subject to the adoption of a gas law in compliance with EU relevant rules. Today’s signature follows the enactment of the new Ukrainian gas law and publication in July 2010. As a next step, the Ukrainian Parliament is now expected to ratify the Treaty establishing the Energy Community as soon as possible.

As a Party to the Treaty, Ukraine has a binding obligation to implement the core EU energy law and thereby put in place a sound and transparent market structure. The alignment with the EU legal framework will, additionally, result in improved investment climate and higher financial stability. With its legal obligation to increase usage of renewable energy and energy efficiency, Ukraine will also contribute to tackling of climate change.

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President calls on international community to give up nuclear weapons

Posted by the Editor on September 24, 2010


News / 24 September 2010 | 16:32

President calls on international community to give up nuclear weapons

President calls on international community to give up nuclear weapons

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych  has called on the international community to follow an example of Ukraine, which in 1994 was the first country to voluntarily give up the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal, and to fully abandon nuclear weapons.

“Now there is also an urgent need to take concrete steps to reduce the risks linked to the proliferation of nuclear materials and technology. We are calling on other member states of the United Nations to follow our example in global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” he said in New York at a general debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, UKRINFORM reported.

Yanukovych said that the experience of the last decade had shown “that nuclear weapons not always strengthen security.” “Countries that are acquiring nuclear weapons could fall under the influence of new risks and become more vulnerable,” he said, adding that “the best means of countering the proliferation of nuclear weapons is their gradual elimination.”

The Ukrainian president also welcomed the signing of a new START Treaty between the United States and Russia, as well as a further reduction in their national nuclear arsenals.

“Sixteen years have passed [after Ukraine decided to give up its nuclear arsenal], but Ukraine’s example currently remains relevant. At the Washington nuclear security summit in April this year, Ukraine made the next step, by declaring its decision to get rid of all stocks of highly enriched uranium,” he said.

However, he also noted that in connection with the said steps, Ukraine counted on the strict observance of commitments by international partners regarding the guarantees of its security. “First of all, I mean the Budapest Memorandum of 1994. Ukraine insists that security assurances for the states that abandoned their nuclear arsenals, as well as for the countries not included in any military alliances, should be reflected in a legally binding international document. This is the best guard against regional nuclear ambitions,” the Ukrainian president said.

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Azarov: Ukraine needs to restore irrigation farming

Posted by the Editor on September 24, 2010


News / 24 September 2010 | 14:39

Azarov: Ukraine needs to restore irrigation farming

Azarov: Ukraine needs to restore irrigation farming

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov considers Ukraine needs to restore irrigation farming. The Head of the Government said this at a meeting on socio-economic development of Odesa region, Cabinet’s press office reported.

Azarov raised the issue of food self-sufficiency of regions. On the way to the meeting, the Prime Minister of Ukraine made a unplanned stop at the supermarket, went to a grocery department, studied the prices and said that they absolutely do not meet the objective situation and the cost of basic food products: “We can not be satisfied with the current situation, when the harvest is sufficient for all parameters, but prices are rising. This is not normal, is not civilized business.

Why can potatoes grow in Egypt and in the Odessa region can not? Why have Odessa’s inhabitants to overpay for this product? What prevents you to restore irrigation farming and gather guaranteed agricultural crops that should be every day on the table of our citizens. Create a program, contact the Government and we will implement it”, emphasized Azarov.

Mykola Azarov ordered to prepare a five-year regional agricultural development program and stressed that it should, first of all, involve investment opportunities of the region, lending ability of local financial institutions and only then – state support. “We will use such an approach to every region”, the PM emphasised

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Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council members

Posted by the Editor on September 24, 2010


News / 24 September 2010 | 12:50

Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council members

Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council members

Answering questions of the US Atlantic Council members, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych noted that democracy excludes oppression of citizens on any grounds. Language feature here is no exception. “The society understands that. As to the question of coexistence of people, who speak Ukrainian and those, who speak Russian, first of all, they do not different from each other. Therefore, no matter which language do people speak, they all want to live normally. I think our country is not the only one, where such a question exists. It exists in many countries. But in the developed democracies, these issues have been resolved long ago.

There is the European Language Charter. Ukraine is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and observation of the Charter creates the conditions for coexistence of any peoples, who speak any language. In Ukraine, people speak not only Ukrainian and Russian. There are people who speak Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Jewish, etc.. There are about 120 nationalities living in Ukraine. Ukraine is a very international state, and today, the problem is to create equal conditions for all the people, who live here and have the Ukrainian citizenship.

Multiculturalism makes Ukraine even more interesting, and oppression of culture, one or another, in modern society is impossible. We recognize that and apply it in our public policy. In other words, implementation of the European Language Charter in Ukraine is on the agenda. We are doing just that.

Another very important aspect of public policy is state interference in church affairs or the matters of religion.

As I have said in my report, Ukraine, like any other state, has its features and it definitely takes some time for the people to find ways to coexist on one territory.

We have many places, where different people live, and we have no problems in these areas. And only when times of election come, politicians bring up these issues and foster this policy,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

When asked about the Orange Revolution, President of Ukraine, said: “When the Orange Revolution began, and I heard those pleas, which the leaders of the Orange Revolution addressed the people with, they were very familiar to me, and I liked them. During the political struggle of the 2004 election, I had no evil thoughts. I felt that it was a regular competition, the winners in which would assume responsibility for the country. Having dedicated much of my life to sports, I have got used to competing by the rules. But the means that were used against me were against the rules of the game. It certainly had a negative impact on me as a person and on the voters, who supported me. You probably all know, I will not be dwelling on that, how those elections have ended. Much more important was what the Orange Revolution leaders were saying and what did they do then. It could be a subject for separate major conference. But to be brief, I would say that there were more negative effects than positive ones.

During these five years, the Ukrainian nation has made its conclusions. And by our today’s actions we show an example of how things should have been done by the “orange team”.

As to positive things, they surely were made. And these positive things happened, above all, in the minds of people. People have started feeling more free; they have begun to freely express their views on how do they wish to live.

I recognize that democratic heritage of the Orange Revolution and believe it must be continued. But let us not speak about negative things. They have passed. We have already turned this page.”

When asked about the interaction of ministries and departments in Ukraine, the President said: “You know that much time of my life I have put in being manager of industrial enterprises. For nearly 20 years I had been working as a chairman of various enterprises.

It is very important today, that there were clear national regulators in the work of all ministries. Let us take, tax policy, social policy, and participation of business in social policy. The form of ownership has virtually no role today. We have become accustomed to the fact that most enterprises of different ownership forms and industries perform the same functions. I did emphasize that we pursue liberalization of tax policy, liberalization of the permit system. State management has many components. As to the domestic policy, we create and will continue to create all the conditions for business to develop. As to foreign policy, then surely we defend the interests of domestic producers, because we export about 60% of our products.

As you are aware, we use a well known model of development – the investment and innovation model. So, it is very important for us to intensify the processing of raw materials, which are available in Ukraine. In order to improve financial results, create more jobs, we must produce more products with increased added value.

In all these areas, the state policy will be aimed at addressing these issues. We have been creating a broad range of government agencies, dealing, for example, with investment, and working with investors.

I see many familiar faces at this meeting. These people have come to Ukraine to work. I am grateful to them. I know who had difficulties and which difficulties these were. But we always try to help and are gradually upgrading our state machinery so that it was conducive to development of investment, business and the state. “

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Head of State meets President of 65th UN General Assembly session

Posted by the Editor on September 24, 2010


News / 24 September 2010 | 11:02

Head of State meets President of 65th UN General Assembly session

Head of State meets President of 65th UN General Assembly session

In New York, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, presidential press office reported.

Speaking at the meeting, Viktor Yanukovych stressed the importance of revitalizing the UN General Assembly activities aimed aat countering challenges of the present.

From his part, Joseph Deiss said that he had listened to the speech of the President of Ukraine on the progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals carefully. He congratulated Ukraine on the successful realization of these objectives at this time.

Viktor Yanukovych and Joseph Deiss have discussed preparations for the international conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, being conducted in Ukraine. Viktor Yanukovych invited Joseph Deiss to take part in the conference. He also said that not all the problems associated with the Chernobyl disaster have yet been solved.

The President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly expressed confidence that the issue of overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident is important not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole region. “The Chernobyl disaster was a lesson that we are to fully comprehend,” he said.

Joseph Deiss stressed that the world appreciates active and consistent position of Ukraine in matters of nuclear safety.

Viktor Yanukovych and Joseph Deiss have also discussed the reforms, being conducted in Ukraine. “As a former government official, I see that you have a systematic approach to economic and social reforms,” Joseph Deiss said.

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