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President meets CEO of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Posted by the Editor on October 29, 2010


News / 29 October 2010 | 17:53

President meets CEO of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

President meets CEO of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Christoph Riess, Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN), presidential press office reports.

Welcoming the guest in Ukraine, the President reiterated his earlier invitation to the WAN to hold the World Newspaper Congress in Kyiv in 2012. “It is important that it was held in Kyiv,” Viktor Yanukovych said. He reminded that in 2012 Ukraine will be hosting the finals of EURO 2012, therefore all the necessary hotel, transport and exhibition infrastructure will be ready.

“Conducting this very important forum in Kyiv will be the evidence that the state is attractive for free journalists and media,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych stressed the importance of development of the information market for Ukraine. “It is also the path of democracy and freedom development. For Ukraine, it is its establishment as a democratic state,” he said. The President said the Ukrainian side is interested in any investments in this direction.

From his part, the WAN CEO thanked the Ukrainian President for his invitation to hold the World Newspaper Congress in Kyiv.

He stressed that the Congress is a platform, where the media from around the whole world are represented. The Congress will gather nearly a thousand of participants from 80 countries, who are members of the Association. Christoph Riess also noted that the forum interesting in terms of its extremely wide coverage in the media worldwide, including the country that hosts it. He also noted that often leaders from different countries attend the opening of the Congress.

“This event provides a powerful impetus for development of the publishing sector,” Christoph Riess said.

The WAN CEO said that during two days of his stay in Ukraine, he has examined the existing infrastructure. “We have a very positive impression of what is possible today and what will be possible in a few years,” he said.

“We are also interested in merging in some way the Congress and EURO 2012 because it would give the opportunity of covering both the championship, and the Congress in the media,” Christoph Riess said.

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October 29 last day of local election campaigning

Posted by the Editor on October 29, 2010


News / 29 October 2010 | 14:42

October 29 last day of local election campaigning

October 29 last day of local election campaigning

Friday is the last day of campaigning in the Ukrainian local elections, according to the statement in the schedule of key organizational activities on preparation and holding of local elections, approved by the Central Election Commission, UKRINFORM reports.

Election campaigning ends at 24:00 last Friday before the election day. After that it is prohibited to distribute campaign materials, leaflets, advertisements of political parties or candidates.

Elections of local council deputies will be held on the mixed majority-proportional system (50% of the deputies will be elected on party tickets and 50% from majority districts). Election of village, township and city mayors will proceed under the system of relative majority (elected will be the candidate who received the most votes).

The electoral campaign started on September 11.

Voting will take place October 31 from 8:00 to 22:00. The results should be announced before November 5, inclusive.

According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, in all there will be about 15 thousand local polls in this country on Sunday.

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Azerbaijan to increase supplies of oil to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 29, 2010


News / 29 October 2010 | 12:50

Azerbaijan to increase supplies of oil to Ukraine

Azerbaijan to increase supplies of oil to Ukraine

Answering questions at a joint press conference with President Viktor Yanukovych, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stressed that Azerbaijan plans to increase the volume of oil supplies to Ukraine, presidential press office reported.

“We have already increased oil supplies to Ukraine. More than a million tons of Azerbaijani oil has been supplied to the Ukrainian market this year. This factor has played a major role in increasing the turnover compared to the last year. In the future we hope to increase the volume of supply, as we plan to increase production and extraction of the Azerbaijani oil,” President Aliyev said.

In the future, he said, there is a possibility to supply oil to Ukraine from the neighboring countries of Azerbaijan located on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea.

“This project will also facilitate better integration of the Black and Caspian Sea regions. By doing so we create another very reliable energy corridor that will link the Caspian Sea, which is rich in energy resources, to markets of Ukraine and Europe. It will be a large-scale energy cooperation that brings benefit to all,” the President of Azerbaijan said.

“I believe this cooperation in the oil transit should play a role of stimulus in the development of the whole complex of relations between our countries in the energy sector. And on the success of this cooperation to some extent will depend the projects related to other areas of energy block, which we have also discussed today,” President Aliyev said.

“I believe that year 2010 has become a turning point in this regard. We see it as a good beginning of long-term cooperation,” he said.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych stressed that all further steps of Ukraine will be aimed at filling the Odessa – Brody pipeline and run it in direct mode.

He said that the fact of increase in supplies of oil from Azerbaijan to Ukraine is very positive. “It is very important for Ukraine that we get oil to our refineries and make them work. Thus we get added value and jobs. It is crucial for Ukraine’s economy and has social value,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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President: We will intensify Ukrainian-Azerbaijani relations and fill them with specific content

Posted by the Editor on October 29, 2010


News / 29 October 2010 | 11:02

President: We will intensify Ukrainian-Azerbaijani relations and fill them with specific content

President: We will intensify Ukrainian-Azerbaijani relations and fill them with specific content

At a joint press conference with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President Viktor Yanukovych stressed that today’s second meeting of the Council of Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan had been preceded by great work, in particular on preparation of the meeting’s Minutes.

“The aim was one – to fill it with concrete content,” the President said, presidential press office reported.

“The tradition, established many years ago in our bilateral relations, continues. President Aliyev and I have known each other for a long time now. We agreed that we would greatly intensify the Ukrainian-Azerbaijani relations and fill them with content.

We have expanded the list of areas, we could cooperate beneficially in, and which meet our national interests. These are trade and economic cooperation, collaboration in international organizations. The range of our humanitarian ties, which have existed between the peoples of Ukraine and Azerbaijan for centuries, is very broad.

In our trade and economic relations I would single out development of our relations in the energy sector. We have agreed to establish a joint working group to elaborate a strategic agreement between our countries. In particular, it will provide for significant increase in supplies of energy resources from Azerbaijan to Ukraine.

We will elaborate arrangements as soon as this program starts working. I do not rule out that this cooperation will extend to third countries. Such, as Russia and countries of the Caspian basin.

Today, the issue of diversification of energy resources is on the agenda. We believe that Azerbaijan has great prospects of increasing oil and gas extraction. We wish our friends that they expanded that prospect as soon as possible.

Cooperation in the field of high technologies is another area on the agenda of our relations. We believe that its development is also very promising.

We can confidently say that in 2010 the turnover between our countries will grow not a few percent, but a few times. And this is the result of bilateral work. Our task is not to stop here, but to continue this mutually beneficial activity.

Among the trade partners of Azerbaijan, Ukraine now ranks second. We certainly want to improve this result.

So I am delighted to say that we believe in the future and will work for it, making every effort for that,” the President of Ukraine said.

From his part, the President of Azerbaijan expressed confidence that the current level of relations between our countries, and most importantly – the prospects of their development, will largely depend on how closely their leaders communicate. “I see that the prospects for expansion of full cooperation are very promising,” Ilham Aliyev said.

He praised the constructive process of negotiations today and detailed consideration of a wide range of questions in bilateral cooperation. “We have reaffirmed our sincere desire to expand political cooperation and consultations, provide each other with mutual support in international organizations, cooperate actively in regional affairs, especially in the matters of integration in the Caspian-Black Sea basin,” the President of Azerbaijan said.

Ilham Aliyev stressed that our countries are leading the work of strengthening and expansion of transport and energy corridors that connect the Black and Caspian seas. Thus, Ukraine and Azerbaijan are actively involved in the processes of regional integration and cooperation.

According to the President of Azerbaijan, the sides have discussed issues related to fuel and energy complex in detail, too. “I am extremely pleased that we already see concrete results here and hope to expand cooperation in this area,” he said.

He expressed confidence that broader regional cooperation in energy sector, diversification of transit routes of oil and gas, strengthening of energy security of producers and consumers would depend on effectiveness of cooperation between Ukraine and Azerbaijan.

“We are also very pleased with the increasing turnover between our countries,” the President of Azerbaijan said.

“We must maximize the potential of our economies and our companies to cooperate more actively and to fill our activities with specific content. There are all the preconditions for that,” Ilham Aliyev said.

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Tymoshenko: Ukrainian society needs to take greater advantage of the internet

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2010


News / 28 October 2010 | 17:56

Tymoshenko: Ukrainian society needs to take greater advantage of the internet

Tymoshenko: Ukrainian society needs to take greater advantage of the internet

Society should use the internet in forming multidimensional public opinion and building constructive dialogue with the government, says Yulia Tymoshenko.

“We need to take greater advantage of the opportunities the internet offers. We need to use our collective intelligence to create rules for our society. Today we’re seeing the start of this in Ukraine. Soon the internet will become the main source of information and medium for communication,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today while presenting the Ukraine of the Third Millennium Project.

“Based on data we have, 30% of people get their information from the internet. I believe this figure will grow exponentially.”

She also said that effective online communication requires intelligence, logic and transparency, citing the example of her personal website. “I have much experience working with my personal site and can tell you that if it weren’t for our strong security system, we would have had to close the site because of the malicious attacks on it.”

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European Commission reports progress in free trade talks with Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2010


News / 28 October 2010 | 16:24

European Commission reports progress in free trade talks with Ukraine

European Commission reports progress in free trade talks with Ukraine

The European Commission points to a significant progress in negotiations with Ukraine on the introduction of a comprehensive free trade area, European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht said at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Thursday, UKRINFORM reported.

Karel De Gucht stressed said they are very satisfied with this and want to complete them as soon as possible. The official added that before signing the agreement on a free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU it is necessary to hold another 3-4 rounds of talks. In his words, it does not mean that negotiations will be very long. “We have already accelerated them, and I think that at the summit on November 22 they will get a new impetus,” he underlined.

In turn, the Ukrainian prime minister said that talks on a free trade zone with the EU are moving rapidly. Nevertheless, he added, Ukraine has a number of observations regarding the position of the European Union on this issue. “I would like to draw your attention to a number of issues requiring debates. These questions are fundamental for us, and they must be solved,” Azarov stressed. According to him, first of all it is the refusal from export subsidies in bilateral trade and the mechanism for setting the input prices for agricultural products. “The establishment of such prices immediately makes our products uncompetitive,” the head of government underscored.

Moreover, in his opinion, it is necessary to consider the dynamics of tariff quotas and duties in the context of a gradual extension of quotas and reduction of the amount of fee.

Azarov also said Ukraine considers it necessary to refuse in free trade from instruments of trade protection.

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Russia, Ukraine sign agreement on nuclear fuel plant construction

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2010


News / 28 October 2010 | 14:36

Russia, Ukraine sign agreement on nuclear fuel plant construction

Russia, Ukraine sign agreement on nuclear fuel plant construction

Russian fuel company TVEL and Ukrainian state concern Nuclear Fuel on Wednesday signed an agreement in Kiev on the construction of a nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine.

The agreement was signed during a committee meeting on economic cooperation of the Russian-Ukrainian intergovernmental commission, RIA Novosti reported.

“This is very important for us because it is a great step to the closed nuclear fuel cycle in our country,” Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yuri Boyko said. “We have 15 nuclear reactors, and we should have our own nuclear fuel.”

Ukraine’s cabinet on September 22 approved TVEL as the winner of the tender to build a nuclear fuel plant in the country. The plant is to come online in 2014.

The deal would also help to determine the period during which Russia would supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine under the previously agreed contract.

The two neighbors signed a long-term deal to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine this summer. The agreement contained a clause which directly linked the contract period with the results of the nuclear fuel plant construction tender.

“After the Ukrainian government decided on September 22 that TVEL won the contract to build a nuclear fuel production plant, the term of validity of the nuclear fuel supply contract was extended to the whole period while Russian-made reactors are operational in Ukraine, with an option to be renewed,” said Alexander Lokshin, deputy head of Russia’s state-run nuclear power corporation Rosatom.

Earlier the head of the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, said the prospects of integrating the Russian and Ukrainian nuclear power industries are real.

Moscow and Kiev intend to establish a Russia-based joint venture on uranium enrichment, similar to the one established by Russia and Kazakhstan in Angarsk in East Siberia, Kiriyenko said.

A delegation of Russian ministers led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Ukraine on Wednesday to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues that included energy cooperation with Ukrainian top officials.

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Tymoshenko: Courts won’t help contest the results of unfair elections

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2010


News / 28 October 2010 | 12:49

Tymoshenko: Courts won't help contest the results of unfair elections

Tymoshenko: Courts won’t help contest the results of unfair elections

It won’t be possible to contest the results of the upcoming local elections in courts, believes Yulia Tymoshenko.

“Appealing to the courts is the same as appealing to the Presidential Administration, which doesn’t react at all to laws or the Constitution,” Yulia Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Zhytomyr, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

She underscored that following the judicial reforms introduced by Yanukovych’s government, the courts are fully controlled by the government. “These are no courts in our country, and we have to come to terms with this reality until we change it.”

She also said that people should let the government know if they don’t agree with its policies. “Mass rallies happen when people are ready and willing to fight for themselves. We won’t have to call a Maidan, the people will gather on their own, the way that small business owners have throughout the country.”

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