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Naftogas gets partial guarantees from Gazprom on transit volumes

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News / 3 December 2010 | 16:13

Naftogas gets partial guarantees from Gazprom on transit volumes

Naftogas gets partial guarantees from Gazprom on transit volumes

NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine got partial guarantees from OJSC Gazprom on natural gas transit via Ukraine’s territory to the volume of no less than 112 million cu m per year over five years, Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko told during a working meeting in Sumy region.

“A document was signed according to which we got if not 100% guarantee, but more confident position for next five years,” he said, UKRINFORM reported.

At the same time, Boyko noted that Gazprom extended an advance payment to Naftogaz to the mount of USD 1.5 billion for transit services.

“The fixed figure on transit is 112 billion cu m annually. And if less gas is transported, the advance payment of USD 1.5 billion will be returned over a longer period than five years,” the minister added.

As it was reported, Naftogaz of Ukraine for a long time insisted on fixing in agreements with Gazprom the minimum gas transit volumes via Ukraine’s territory.

Earlier, Naftogaz of Ukraine forecasted that in 2011 gas transit volumes to Europe are expected at 94.2 billion cu m.

In 2009, Ukraine cut natural gas transit to the European countries by 20.4% or by 24.4 billion cu m against 2008 to 95.2 billion cu m.

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Tymoshenko: the authorities insulted democracy by dismantling the entrepreneurs’ tent city

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News / 3 December 2010 | 14:30

Tymoshenko: the authorities insulted democracy by dismantling the entrepreneurs' tent city

Tymoshenko: the authorities insulted democracy by dismantling the entrepreneurs’ tent city

Yulia Tymoshenko has said the forced dismantling of the tent city erected on Independence Square in Kyiv by entrepreneurs demonstrating against the tax code is a display of the current government’s blatant disregard for democratic governance.

“At 5 o’clock this morning the tent city that was the manifestation of civic freedom and resistance was taken down by law enforcement in a rude and cynical manner. This is an insult to civil society, an insult to democracy, and an insult to the people who spent days freezing on the Maidan and achieved their first victory, be it small, but a victory for all,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists today during a meeting of the BYuT-Batkivshchyna faction.

She said yesterday’s so-called celebrations of the Verkhovna Rada’s passage of the new tax code don’t reflect the general mood among entrepreneurs. “The fireworks that went off yesterday over the Maidan to supposedly mark the president’s good deed weren’t set off by the entrepreneurs; this wasn’t a sign of their joy because they are surrounded by terror and pressure. These fireworks were set off by the government in their own honor,” she added.

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President Yanukovych promised to improve standards of life for disabled

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News / 3 December 2010 | 12:49

President Yanukovych promised to improve standards of life for disabled

President Yanukovych promised to improve standards of life for disabled

In the nearest future Ukraine will speed up the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities rules in domestic legislation and will introduce European standards of life for people with disabilities, President Viktor Yanukovych said in a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons.

“I will personally supervise this important process, which will run simultaneously with providing proper living conditions and fulfillment of spiritual needs of all our fellow citizens.

I think that social rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, their maximum involvement in the multi-faceted life, is one of the national priorities,” he said.

Yanukovych noted that particular attention should be paid to people with disabilities every day, not once a year. “I as president have set the task of breaking the system of the state’s indifference towards the disabled,” he said.

The head of state also noted the work of public organizations and the associations of disabled persons and thanked everyone who helps people with disabilities.

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Parliament adopts new tax code with president’s proposals

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News / 3 December 2010 | 11:01

Parliament adopts new tax code with president's proposals

Parliament adopts new tax code with president’s proposals

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed Thursday a new wording of the tax code with the proposals of President Viktor Yanukovych taken into account. The document saw 268 votes in favor, UKRINFORM reported.

First deputy chief of the Presidential Administration Iryna Akimova, who presented the president’s suggestions, stressed that the head of state is convinced of the need for adoption of the tax code. “Without this document, the country can not continue to live and develop normally, and the outdated system of tax administration can not ensure the development and keep afloat the pressing economic and social programs,” she pointed out.

As UKRINFORM reported, on November 30 the president vetoed the tax code, as in his opinion, it was necessary to finalize those sections of the code, which relate to the protection of rights of producers and businesses.

A working group was tasked to urgently prepare changes to the tax code, adopted by parliament on November 18.

The supported proposals of the president say that the code as amended on November 18 contains “substantial risks that could result in the restriction of civil rights and violation of the fundamental guarantees of the rights and freedoms defined by the

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