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Parliament to consider president’s veto of Tax Code next week, says opposition

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News / 1 December 2010 | 17:53

Parliament to consider president's veto of Tax Code next week, says opposition

Parliament to consider president’s veto of Tax Code next week, says opposition

The opposition believes that the parliament will not consider the president’s veto of the Tax Code this week and continue its work next week on the discussion of the code.

“I think that the veto will not be discussed. You’ll see – neither on Thursday nor on Friday. This is linked to the fact that there is no an agreed position even in the cabinet, presidential administration and the profile parliamentary committee. It is impossible to start discussing proposals that don’t exist,” the deputy leader of the BYT-Batkivschyna faction, Serhiy Sobolev, told journalists on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

He said that the issue would be postponed for the next week, which was likely to be a plenary week.

“We understand that all terms for the adoption of the budget have been frustrated, and next week we’ll see an answer to a question of what the president intended when he vetoed the law,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych declared that Ukraine’s state budget for 2011 would be formed basing on the new Tax Code.

This would ensure the implementation of reforms in the public sector, the Ukrainian president told EBRD President Thomas Mirow during their meeting in Astana on Wednesday.

“The Tax Code is currently considered by the Verkhovna Rada, but I hope that it will be laid in the foundation for the state budget for 2011. Which would mean that reforms in the public sector will be based on new legislative principles,” Yanukovych said.

The Ukrainian president recalled his initiatives of economic reforms in the country. He stressed that they were fully complying with the schedule of the program of economic reform for 2010-2014. “So far we are proceeding on schedule,” he said.

According to Yanukovych, the reforms plan covers such priority areas as regulatory policy, tax and budgetary reform.

The Ukrainian president assured the EBRD head that the country’s economy was stabilizing.

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President of Ukraine meets EBRD President

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News / 1 December 2010 | 15:14

President of Ukraine meets EBRD President

President of Ukraine meets EBRD President

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met in Astana with EBRD President Thomas Mirow.

At the beginning of the meeting President Yanukovych said that Ukraine’s economy today is in the process of stabilization. “I have initiated the program of reforms for 2010-2014, approved the schedule and we adhere to it,” he said, presidential press office reported.

Viktor Yanukovych said that the plan provides for priority areas, such as regulatory policy, tax and budgetary reform, etc.

The President also noted that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is currently working on the Tax Code. “Hopefully, it will become the foundation for the 2011 budget,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

President Yanukovych said it is important that the next year’s budget was formed based on the new legislation and worked to ensure the implementation of reforms in the budgetary area.

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Tymoshenko: Next Maidan can become fatal for Yanukovych

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News / 1 December 2010 | 13:42

Tymoshenko: Next Maidan can become fatal for Yanukovych

Tymoshenko: Next Maidan can become fatal for Yanukovych

Yulia Tymoshenko congratulated small business and the Ukrainian people on vetoing the tax code and said that her political force has its own draft code, which according to Tymoshenko, preserves the simplified tax system for small enterprises and should be adopted immediately.

“The struggle for the veto of the tax code was a positive lesson for the young Ukrainian democracy and showed that the country has a civil society capable of defending its interests.

Our political force stood on the side of the entrepreneurs during the protests. In recent weeks we gained valuable experience in constructive collaboration between the opposition and civil society. If we can continue to coordinate our efforts in a similar fashion, in the future we’ll again be able to force the government to listen to the people,” she said.

Once again Tymoshenko criticised the current government stating it has no positive plans for the country and its people. According to the politician, only the influence of a strong civil society “can help to achieve our goals.”

“For the second time in the last six years the people have risen against Yanukovych, and for the second time they have been victorious in defending their rights with the help of the Maidan.

Yanukovych, who supported this code from the beginning, who approved every comma at all stages of its development, was scared by the mass protests and vetoed the legislation, making its “junior co-authors” – Azarov and Tihipko – the endmen. Only a weak person can blame his subordinates for his own mistakes out of fear.

Yanukovych fears the Maidan like fire. The Maidan has already defeated him twice. But in addition to the tax code, the government has written a number of other laws that are no less odious. And if they again fail to listen to public opinion and the opposition, there will be a third Maidan – one that may prove fatal for Yanukovych,” Tymoshenko said in her speech.

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President Yanukovych: Ukraine could become a unifying force in OSCE

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News / 1 December 2010 | 12:01

President Yanukovych: Ukraine could become a unifying force in OSCE

President Yanukovych: Ukraine could become a unifying force in OSCE

Ukraine could be a unifying force in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said at an OSCE summit in Astana, UKRINFORM reported.

Yanukovych said that the recent decision on Ukraine’s chairmanship of the OSCE in 2013 was “a significant stimulus for self-improvement, the continuation of systemic reform and the development of a rich democratic society.”

“I am confident that Ukraine is able to unite and be a unifying force in the OSCE. Due to our non-aligned status, we will be an ‘honest broker’ and will make every effort to strengthen the effectiveness of the organization in the interests of all of its members,” the president said.

According to Yanukovych, unresolved conflicts currently pose the most serious challenge for the OSCE and the greatest threat to regional security and stability. “We stand for the search of mutually acceptable solutions to current conflicts in the region of the organization on the basis of the norms and principles of international law, in particular, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states,” he said.

The president noted that Ukraine supported the strengthening and more effective application of the OSCE’s mechanisms in the early warning and prevention of conflicts.

In his opinion, the European space needs effective international controls over the implementation of agreements already reached in the security sphere. “We need clear agreements, first and foremost, on confidence-building measures between all countries in Europe, regardless of their accession to military unions,” he said.

Yanukovych said that Ukraine supported the strengthening of the OSCE’s role in assessing and countering transnational threats and challenges, in particular, those related to international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal drug trade and cyber crime.

“Amid the global financial crisis, the OSCE can offer useful opportunities to maintain a political dialogue between states with a view to providing timely and adequate response to economic challenges,” the president said.

Yanukovych drew attention to the fact that the real energy security and stability should be based on the common interests of all participants in the energy chain. “Ukraine has contributed and will contribute to seeking the OSCE’s place and role in this dialogue,” Yanukovych said.

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President takes part in opening of Astana OSCE Summit

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News / 1 December 2010 | 11:00

President takes part in opening of Astana OSCE Summit

President takes part in opening of Astana OSCE Summit

President Viktor Yanukovych took part in the opening the Astana Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Summit.

Participants of the Summit are Heads of States and Governments of 56 OSCE members, 12 Partners for Co-operation, and representatives of other international and regional organizations.

After the opening ceremony, the first session of the OSCE Summit has begun, at which the President of Ukraine is scheduled to deliver a speech.

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