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Azarov: 2011 will be a year of particular actions

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News / 14 January 2011 | 16:26

Azarov: 2011 will be a year of particular actions

Azarov: 2011 will be a year of particular actions

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov held a meeting with the Vice Prime Ministers on preparation of investment programs in 2011.

“2011 should become for us a year of absolutely particular actions. I would recall that in 2011 we must build roads for 18 billion UAH, put into operation three largest international airports,” Mykola Azarov emphasized.

However, the Head of the Government stressed, that attention should be paid not only to investment projects of national scope, but to the local ones as well.

“We must implement not only the large projects, but pay attention to infratructure of every village, every town. We should create jobs, build hospitals, repair kindergartens,” PM said.

He added that the Government, unfortunately, has limited financial resource, therefore all the efforts should be directed to allocated every cent possible to improve people’s lives.

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Tymoshenko: Ukraine’s slip in global rankings the result of new government’s incompetence

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News / 14 January 2011 | 14:39

Tymoshenko: Ukraine's slip in global rankings the result of new government's incompetence

Tymoshenko: Ukraine’s slip in global rankings the result of new government’s incompetence

Ukraine’s decline in international rankings of democracy and economic freedoms is the result of the new government’s incompetence, Yulia Tymoshenko has said.

“Today’s news is shocking for Ukraine. The Freedom House report and international assessment of the situation in Ukraine are tragic. The international community has excluded Ukraine from its list of free countries. This must be the subject of public discussions,” Yulia Tymoshenko said before going to the prosecutor’s office, according to the official website.

The former prime minister believes Ukraine’s rankings have dropped because of President Yanukovych’s failed policies. “This is a summary of the first year under the new president and new government and it means that all of us who wanted freedom, fairness, justice and rule of law can no longer expect this. The world has reached this conclusion, not the Ukrainian opposition,” she emphasized.

She pointed to Ukraine’s dramatic drop on the freedom of speech index as another negative result of the new government’s ineffective policies. “Ukraine dropped 42 positions [from 89th to 131st] on the freedom of speech index. It is now between Iraq and countries where freedom of speech isn’t even talked about – and I think this is very telling,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also believes that Ukraine’s decline in economic freedom will have a negative effect on foreign investment. “What is the rating of economic freedom? It is a country’s attractiveness for investment. Ukraine fell 12 places in one year, and is in last position among European countries. What this means is that after seeing how Yanukovych works, investors worldwide have essentially removed Ukraine from their investment plans,” she added.

“What all this says is that in a year Ukraine has been degraded so much that it has regressed 10 years and continues to do so. I am concerned by this and it is something we must pay attention to,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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Tymoshenko:Yanukovych’s policy will draw criticism from FATF

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News / 14 January 2011 | 12:51

Tymoshenko:Yanukovych's policy will draw criticism from FATF

Tymoshenko:Yanukovych’s policy will draw criticism from FATF

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko doesn’t rule out that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will respond negatively to the Yanukovych government’s cancellation of a series of anti-corruption laws that were developed while she was prime minister and adopted by the Verkhovna Rada.

“I think we’ll soon hear criticism from FATF following their analysis of the fact that three integral anti-corruption laws adopted by our government and scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2010 were repealed,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today before going to the prosecutor’s office.

The former prime minister believes these laws would have curbed corruption among civil servants in Ukraine. “These laws would have introduced accountability and oversight. Unfortunately, these laws were declared null and void and this is the reality of life today,” she added.

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Food basket of Ukrainians becomes healthier

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News / 14 January 2011 | 11:03

Food basket of Ukrainians becomes healthier

Food basket of Ukrainians becomes healthier

In 2010, total number of goods in the food basket of Ukrainians reduced, but it became healthier, producers and retailers say.

Thus, according to estimates of the Group of Fozzy companies, over the whole 2010, the majority of purchasers as usual continued to attentively follow food expenses. Total number of goods in the basket reduced, the people started to be careful in purchasing the products. “We have fixed a reduction in the volume of the one-time purchase with the simultaneous increase of the frequency of visits. This means that even consumers with low incomes prefer to purchase less number of goods now, but of higher quality. At the same time, the number of the money spent for food remained the same, or grew slightly,” Fozzy Group Vice President for marketing Mykhailo Dudnyk says, UKRINFORM reported.

Another moment, in 2010, the food basket of Ukrainians became healthier; the share of fast foods and prefabricated products has substantially reduced in it.

Producers who took up a trend of the “healthy way of life” (or pseudo-healthy) managed to benefit from it. Thus, as a regards relatively new categories for the Ukrainian market, a cold tea and the energetics, showed a growth over 2010 by 12.3 and 21% respectively. And it is at the time when they are not referred to products of prime necessity (as by the way to the healthy way of life). But juices suffered. “Last year, their consumption made up slightly over 13 liters, although in 2008, it was at the level of 17 liters a year,” Sandora Company Director for marketing Olena Stoyanova notes.

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