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Azarov: Ukraine to follow Estonia’s reform example

Posted by the Editor on October 5, 2010


News / 5 October 2010 | 16:25

Azarov: Ukraine to follow Estonia's reform example

Azarov: Ukraine to follow Estonia’s reform example

Ukraine will use the Estonian experience in implementing reforms, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said during a working lunch involving the Speaker of the Estonian Parliament, Ms. Ene Ergma, held as part the official visit of the Ukrainian Prime Minister to the Republic of Estonia, according to UKRINFORM.

Azarov stressed that Estonia has made a significant step into the ‘European family’ and for 20 years has carried out radical reforms in the country. “We want to repeat this way: you got rid of the chaos, reached stability. We are bitter of how much our country has lost over 20 years. Therefore, we are committed to reforms and will use the Estonian experience,” the Ukrainian premier emphasized. He added that Ukraine is particularly interested in studying Estonia’s experience in implementing e-government and tax reform. According to Azarov, to upgrade the Ukrainian economy we need 10 years to attract one USD 1 trillion.

The head of government noted that Ukraine is creating the most attractive investment climate in Europe, and invited the Estonian business to invest in our country. In particular, the promising sectors for cooperation, according to the prime minister, are energy, transport industry, high technology and information. Azarov voiced confidence that it is necessary to increase the volume of trade and economic cooperation between our countries. “The volume of our trade and economic cooperation makes nearly USD 0.5 billion. There are prospects that it was much more,” the prime minister underlined.

In turn, the speaker of the Estonian Parliament said that the visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister is taking place for the first time in 14 years. According Ene Ergma, Estonia is set to develop bilateral cooperation with Ukraine: “We have good relations, especially in the economy. We have something to develop”.

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President, Premier to improve structure of the Cabinet

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News / 5 October 2010 | 14:37

President, Premier to improve structure of the Cabinet

President, Premier to improve structure of the Cabinet

President Viktor Yanukovych held a meeting with Prime Minister Azarov to talk about improving the Cabinet of Ministers’ structure. At the beginning of the meeting the Head of state congratulated Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on signing of an agreement about Verkhovna Rada majority on October 4. “It actually proves that the government will keep on collaborating with parliament,” the Head of state said. The President promised to back this process in the future as well.

Viktor Yanukovych expressed confidence that effective cooperation between the Cabinet of Ministers and Verkhovna Rada is critical to timely approval of laws and helps direct a governmental policy to solving the issues set forth in its action program. “It is very important. I will always support this process. You can count on it,” V.Yanukovych said. 

By the end of the week the President expects the Prime Minister’s proposals on improving the Cabinet of Ministers’ structure under the current Constitution.

The Head of state stressed that these proposals should be prepared in the line with forthcoming administrative reform and cutback in deputy positions.

The President noted that the local governments will undergo changes owing to reduction in licensing system, which presently creates not only inflated staff, but also corruption.

“Business should be freed from excess pressure. This will only benefit the state. Fighting corruption first of all means keeping the public officer’s hands away from licensing. We with you know well how it hinders the country’s development,” V. Yanukovych said.

“I would like you to work with the regional state administrations and improve the axis of power. This axis should be in par with the structure of the executive power as a whole,” the Head of state marked. The President highlighted that the Cabinet of Ministers’ functions will change but they should not get weaker. “These functions should become more clear-cut. This is the chief goal,” V.Yanukovych underlined.

The President paid special attention to social aspects of the improvement of the axis of power. “As a result of reduction we will release funds. These funds will be appropriated only for social needs,” the President of Ukraine said. According to V.Yanukovych, the matter particularly concerns ensuring timely payment of salaries, maintaining projected tendency to the increase of salaries and pensions.      

On his part, the Prime Minister said: “The government’s goal is to implement the President’s Action Program.” M. Azarov underlined that the main thing for the Cabinet of Ministers is to improve the efficiency of its work for the benefit of the people. “We will do this job. On Monday we will submit for the President’s consideration our proposals on the changes to be carried out in the context of new realities,” the Prime Minister assured the Head of state.

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Speaker announces creation of majority of 227 MPs in parliament

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News / 5 October 2010 | 12:49

Speaker announces creation of majority of 227 MPs in parliament

Speaker announces creation of majority of 227 MPs in parliament

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has announced the creation of a majority at the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. He made a respective announcement while opening a parliament session on Tuesday, UKRINFORM reported.

“I notify the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the formation on October 4, 2010 of the Stability and Reform parliamentary majority at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the sixth convocation, which currently numbers 227 people’s deputies,” the speaker said.
The Party of Regions, Lytvyn Bloc and the Communist Party signed a political agreement on the establishment of a majority at the Verkhovna Rada.

The Speaker said that, according to the Constitutional Court ruling that abolished the political reform of 2004 and returned effect to the 1996 Constitution, the Verkhovna Rada now does not have a coalition-opposition political format.

“Signing of this agreement is vital because the coalition-opposition system has lost its legal meaning, and it is necessary to prevent a Brownian motion, because today there is no clear regulation of functioning of the factions,” Volodymyr Lytvyn said.

According to him, signing of this agreement reflects “the desire of factions to continue shouldering tough responsibility for organization of the Verkhovna Rada work, as well as for implementation of the decisions to be taken in conjunction with the Cabinet of Ministers.”

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Ukrainian opposition demands dismissal of entire Constitutional Court

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News / 5 October 2010 | 11:02

Ukrainian opposition demands dismissal of entire Constitutional Court

Ukrainian opposition demands dismissal of entire Constitutional Court

The Ukrainian opposition has demanded the dismissal of all judges in the country’s constitutional court, a spokesman for the opposition Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc told journalists on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.

Mykola Tomenko criticized a recent Ukrainian Constitutional Court ruling that the 2004 constitutional reform, which transferred a significant amount of power from the president to parliament, was adopted in a breach of the constitution.

“This Constitutional Court has got itself into a mess and all its members should be dismissed,” Tomenko said. “Let’s elect at least one Constitutional Court which defends the Constitution.”

A total of 252 Ukrainian lawmakers signed a petition to the court demanding the cancellation of the constitutional amendments, which came into effect in summer 2006, making the country a parliamentary-presidential republic.

The court said on October 1 that the bill passed on December 8, 2004, “does not correspond to the Ukrainian Constitution” because of “violations of constitutional procedures of its consideration and adoption.”

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