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Yanukovych pushes for reforms to Ukraine’s state security system

Posted by the Editor on January 13, 2011


News / 13 January 2011 | 17:57

Yanukovych pushes for reforms to Ukraine's state security system

Yanukovych pushes for reforms to Ukraine’s state security system

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has plans to reform the country’s state security system, his press service announced on Thursday.

The Ukrainian president has already instructed officials to draw up a plan of necessary changes.

“This document should clearly outline the role and the place of the state security system in the national defense system,” Yanukovych’s press service quoted him as saying.

The Ukrainian president said the state security system must become more accountable and open to democratic control. The legal framework regulating the operations of the security system should also be improved, he said.

“We need a highly professional military formation with law enforcement responsibilities, the tasks and the practical activities of which meet today’s demands,” Yanukovych said.

Yanukovych has initiated a range of changes, including budget, legal and tax reforms since he narrowly won the presidential elections in early 2010.

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Yanukovych: Ukraine sees membership in Council of Europe as start of European integration

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News / 13 January 2011 | 16:19

Yanukovych: Ukraine sees membership in Council of Europe as start of European integration

Yanukovych: Ukraine sees membership in Council of Europe as start of European integration

Ukraine is considering membership of the Council of Europe as the beginning of the course toward European integration, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said during a meeting of the Commission on Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law on Thursday, according to UKRINFORM.

“The membership in this reputable organization we view only as the beginning of Ukraine’s course towards European integration, its long-term objective to become a member state of the European Union,” Yanukovych said.

According to the president, Ukraine realizes that both of these organizations [Council of Europe, European Union – ed.] were founded and are developing on the same values that are laid down in the Constitution of Ukraine.

However, the Ukrainian president criticized the pace of implementation of Ukraine’s commitments made to the Council of Europe in 1995. In particular, the new criminal procedure code has not been adopted yet, judicial law is not improved, prosecution authorities have not been adapted to European standards, constitutional reform has not been held in proper time. All this and many other challenges Ukraine will have to do, Yanukovych stressed.

He expressed confidence that the efforts of all members of the Commission on Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law will be used for constructive cooperation. “We have to fulfill a historical mission, fulfill Ukraine’s commitments to the Council of Europe finally,” he said.

As reported, the head of state has recently approved a plan to fulfill the commitments of Ukraine to the Council of Europe.

By his decree, he instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to coordinate the work of central executive authorities to implement the plan. The Ministry of Justice is ordered to provide the government with quarterly reports on implementation and inform the president about this.

The previous action plan to implement the duties and obligations of Ukraine, which derive from its membership in the Council of Europe, signed in January 2006, President Yanukovych declared null and void.

The so-called Monitoring Committee operates in Ukraine, which monitors the Ukraine’s compliance with obligations taken under its accession to the Council of Europe.

Earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the basis of a monitoring report expressed concern over the oppression of basic democratic freedoms, which the political forces, NGOs and representatives of Ukrainian media have recently complained about.

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Yanukovych outlines main tasks facing the government in the near future

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News / 13 January 2011 | 14:32

Yanukovych outlines main tasks facing the government in the near future

Yanukovych outlines main tasks facing the government in the near future

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Chairmen of Regional Administrations and candidates for the office of District Administration Chairmen. 

During the meeting, the President outlined the main tasks facing the government in the near future. Viktor Yanukovych stressed that all efforts should be aimed at modernizing the country and increasing its competitiveness. 

For this purpose, Viktor Yanukovych stressed, a series of important reforms have been started. “Successful regional development and sustainable social-economic development in general is in the core of these reforms,” he said. 

The President noted that the administrative reform has started. It is important to conduct a deep and systemic reform of local government, he said. 

Referring to the question of reducing the bureaucratic machinery, which was held in the framework of the administrative reform, Viktor Yanukovych noted that part of the saved costs must be aimed at improving the efficiency of civil servants. 

“I would like to tell you that if we are reducing the Government Staff by 50%, at least 50% of the saved money must be aimed at increasing wages. This means improving motivation, fighting corruption and involvement of high-level professionals,” he said. 

He stressed that public administration reform and next year’s budget policy are closely related. 

The President noted that the 2011 Budget had been formed based on the new Tax Code, the main task of which is to create conditions for sustainable growth and improvement of social standards. 

“This is the budget of reforms and development. It aims to improve all the areas of life of our country,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding social costs are the priority. 

“I demand strict provision of the planned increase in subsistence and minimum wages,” he said. 

The President also emphasized the importance of early transition to program-targeted approach in the use of public funds. 

“42 billion UAH will be allocated by this year’s budget for development of the regions and regional projects,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“I will demand closer coordination between central and local governments and higher responsibility of the officials,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych expressed confidence that 2011 will be a challenging year, but it will lay the foundation of the country’s development for many years to come. 

“I believe that our systematic approach to our work, our determination in many issues and certainty about what we are doing will yield positive result. And we will continue the development of our country, our regions. The country will become stronger and people will feel it. This means that we will be doing what the society expects us to today,” he said. 

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Men’s pension UAH 500 up against women’s

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News / 13 January 2011 | 12:48

Men's pension UAH 500 up against women's

Men’s pension UAH 500 up against women’s

The average pension of men in Ukraine makes up UAH 1,327, women – UAH 827 (USD 1/UAH 7.96), Vice Prime Minister and Social Policy Minister Serhiy Tihipko told a briefing on Thursday.

According to him, approximately 64% of pensioners today are women. “When we have a look at the average pension, the average pension for women is UAH 827 in Ukraine, whereas men – get UAH 1,327,” Serhiy Tihipko says, UKRINFORM reported.

The Minister also notes that the number of the working people constantly reduces in the country: “For today, we have 14.400 million working people.” At the same time, the number of pensioners remains stable in Ukraine, 13.7 million persons.

Serhiy Tihipko reminded that by results of 2010, the Pension Fund deficit will make up UAH 26.6 billion. If the pension reform is adopted, the Pension Fund deficit in 2011 will make up UAH 18 billion, if not, than approximately UAH 20 billion, he noted.

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President: Ukraine’s image does not have to suffer because of former government’s carelessness

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News / 13 January 2011 | 11:01

President: Ukraine's image does not have to suffer because of former government's carelessness

President: Ukraine’s image does not have to suffer because of former government’s carelessness

On the occasion of his forthcoming official visit to Japan, scheduled for January 17-21, 2011, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych gave an interview to representatives of leading Japanese media. 

When asked about the misuse of funds received under the Kyoto Protocol by the Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Viktor Yanukovych said: 

“Unfortunately, the previous government has indeed used a part of the received funds for other purposes. Therefore, the new government had a clear task: to return these funds. And despite the ongoing financial crisis, the current government took a tough decision to allocate money from the general fund of the State Budget of Ukraine at the expense of some sensitive items for returning the financial resources received from Japan. 

Until May 20, 2010 our government had done everything for the money to be transferred to the National Environmental Investment Agency. I would like to repeat that we have done that at the expense of other programs. But we had no other choice. 

Ukraine’s image does not have to suffer because of carelessness of the former officials, who managed these funds so irresponsibly,” presidential press office reported

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