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Ukrainian filmmakers preparing for prestigious film festival "Berlinale" contest

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2011


News / 24 January 2011 | 17:40

Ukrainian filmmakers preparing for prestigious film festival "Berlinale" contest

Ukrainian filmmakers preparing for prestigious film festival "Berlinale" contest

The contest will start on February 10. A feature film about the Chornobyl disaster of joint production of Ukraine, Russia and Germany will be among 16 films from around the world competing for the Golden Bear prize of the festival, National radio reported.

Known for its commitment to social issues “Berlinale” is not for the first time selects Ukrainian films for the competition program. Thus, for two previous years our country was represented by Myroslav Slaboshpytsky with his works. The competion’s highest award were won twice  by the Ukrainian film makers- under the Soviet times by   Kira Muratova for her “Asthenic syndrome” and in 2003  by Stepan Koval for animated film “Tram Route 9”.

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Crimea presents its tourist potential in Monte Carlo

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2011


News / 24 January 2011 | 16:18

Crimea presents its tourist potential in Monte Carlo

Crimea presents its tourist potential in Monte Carlo

Holding a stage of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in Crimea (southern Ukraine) will popularize and actively promote Crimean tourist products on the international market, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers Heorhiy Psariov said, while presenting Crimea’s tourist opportunities in Monte Carlo, UKRINFORM reported with reference to the Resort and Information Center of Crimea.

“The priority objective of Crimea is to become one of the leading international resorts. I believe that holding a stage of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge will be another important step in this direction,” he said.

While presenting in Monaco the tourist potential of the Crimean peninsula, Psariov said that Crimea was famous for its medical resources, unique deposits of curative mud and mineral waters, beaches, world-famous historical and archeological sites, nature reserves and natural monuments. According to him, there are all prerequisites for the development of cultural tourism in Crimea, because the peninsula is inhabited by representatives of over 100 nationalities and ethnic groups.

Among the promising areas, he also noted hiking, mountaineering, jeep safaris, ballooning, etc. The advantageous geographical location of Crimea can actively develop marine and auto tourism, he added.

For the first time, Prime Yalta Rally annually held on roads near Yalta, as well as on Mount Ai-Petri, has been included in the calendar of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).

In order to determine a country that will host an IRC stage, a special commission inspected roads in Turkey, Spain, Italy and Ukraine.

On December 5-7, 2010, the commission inspected roads near Yalta and concluded that the track is suitable for holding international races. The IRC stage in Crimea will start on June 2, 2011. The event will be broadcast by international sports channel Eurosport.

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Azarov: International financial help is not sufficient for elimination of Chernobyl aftermath

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2011


News / 24 January 2011 | 14:34

Azarov: International financial help is not sufficient for elimination of Chernobyl aftermath

Azarov: International financial help is not sufficient for elimination of Chernobyl aftermath

Financial resources given by international donor organizations to Ukraine are not sufficient for elimination of Chernobyl catastrophe aftermath, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov observed that at a session of Organizing committee for marking the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe.

‘Despite a difficult economic situation Ukraine has been financing its expenses for overcoming the effects of the accident for the last 20 years almost on its own. Of course, we are grateful to the international financial organizations that rendered a certain help, but it far from being equivalent to the scale of tasks we are facing to eliminate the aftermath of the catastrophe,’ accentuated Mykola Azarov, according to the Cabint’s press office.

He added that the Government was paying much attention to the social protection of the injured and to transforming the object “Shelter” into an ecologically safe system.

Besides the Prime Minister mentioned that an international conference with participation of donor-countries representatives would take place in April, where issues of elimination the effects of the catastrophe would be discussed.

‘We are planning to hold an international conference to which the representatives of the donor countries of the Chernobyl foundation will be invited. And, certainly, there should be a very good preparation work done in order not to turn that event into a demonstration of intentions. It is necessary to finish that international conference with serious decisions,’ summed up Mykola Azarov.

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Tymoshenko: We mustn’t give in to the government’s political technologies

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2011


News / 24 January 2011 | 12:52

Tymoshenko: We mustn't give in to the government's political technologies

Tymoshenko: We mustn’t give in to the government’s political technologies

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has warned that the pro-government party plans to use new political technologies in the next parliamentary elections and urged citizens not to succumb to their influence.

“As for the elections, we need to know that only by understanding their technologies and uniting can we win this battle for you and our future, and to preserve our independence,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in her speech on the occasion of the Unity Day celebration on St. Sophia Square in Kyiv, according to the official website.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes the government’s actions may force people to take to the streets long before the next elections. “I want from this day that you all become ambassadors of our great Ukrainian family, and bring to every city and region of our great nation words of confidence that all the problems brought upon us by this non-Ukrainian government are only temporary,” she stressed.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes there is nothing a strong person can’t accomplish, and recalled how entrepreneurs defended their right to run their business and forced the government to listen to them. “They achieved a victory because they went out together and then the president and prime minister came to them asking what they needed,” she added.

“I believe in Ukraine and that people like you won’t let our country be scattered in the wind and humiliated in the world,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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Government calls on investors to come to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2011


News / 24 January 2011 | 11:01

Government calls on investors to come to Ukraine

Government calls on investors to come to Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ministers has called on foreign investors to come to Ukraine more actively, because the government is creating all of the necessary conditions for doing business, Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Development and Trade Minister Andriy Kliuyev said in an interview to CNN.

“We want as much as possible investments to come to Ukraine,” he said. Kliuyev noted that the number of permits and licenses for business doing in Ukraine had been reduced by many times and that the government would move confidently by improving the investment climate. In particular, work is now underway on the introduction of a mechanism for the receipt by enterprises of all permits through a “single window,” UKRINFORM reported, with reference to the press service of the first deputy prime minister and economic development and trade minister.

According Kliuyev, the new tax code also encourages investors to open new businesses or expand the existing ones. “For example, we currently don’t tax the income, which investors invest in the development of their production and in the increase in its energy efficiency. In addition, we are reducing the VAT and income tax. A number of priority areas have been exempted from income tax for several years,” he said.

As an example of steps taken for the sake of investors, the official called the changes to the law about construction, which were adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in early 2011. “We have maximally reduced the number of all possible procedures for obtaining permits for construction and commissioning. Until recently, in order to build any facility, it was necessary to obtain 93 permits. Under the new law, the number of permits was reduced to 23,” Kliuyev said.

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