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Tax Code adoption halves number of potential entrepreneurs

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News / 8 February 2011 | 16:17

Tax Code adoption halves number of potential entrepreneurs

Tax Code adoption halves number of potential entrepreneurs

Following the adoption of the new Tax Code, the number of those wishing to register as physical persons – subjects of entrepreneurial activity declined by 50-60%. This was reported by a senior lawyer of MTS-Consulting, Oleksandr Minin.

The number of applicants for registration of their businesses has also decreased in recent time. “This drop, of course, is not as noticeable as it is among individuals, but also significant,” Minin said. The expert attributed the situation to the fact that a newly established legal entity cannot become a VAT payer before gaining 2,330 thousand UAH (1 USD – 7.94 UAH).

“So many of our clients, hearing the news, postpone the decision to register a company,” the lawyer said. But the number of those who decided to liquidate their businesses or their entrepreneurial status has increased over the past month. A company that helps liquidate businesses says the flow of its customers has grown by 20%.

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Ukraine will not transfer to insurance medicine

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News / 8 February 2011 | 14:38

Ukraine will not transfer to insurance medicine

Ukraine will not transfer to insurance medicine

In the nearest years, Ukraine will improve the health care budgetary system and there will be no transfer to insurance medicine, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Iryna Akimova said in an interview to Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper, National radio reported.

“If the system itself works ineffectively, is it possible to allocate additional money to it and expect improvement of a result?… Therefore, it is necessary first to analyze a network of the budgetary establishments, to reform them, to give them an impetus to work better, and then to extend additional financial reserves to them,” she noted.

“Where money for medical insurance can be taken from? The answer is obvious – it is an additional social payment from the employer, which is above its possibility today. Hence, we went along the way of reformation the existing health care system, its preparation in order to introduce medical insurance in the future. And still we are moving toward mandatory medical insurance, but this movement is gradual and phased,” Akimova said.

She underscored that in the reform, an accent will be made on the primary health care level. “A family doctor will have an impetus to be engaged in prevention of diseases. Because, the less a patient is sick, the more funds will be saved that are allocated to the doctor for treatment of patients,” Akimova said.

She also noted that “by the number of beds Ukraine takes the lead over the European countries by 1.5-2 fold: in the EU countries – 55 beds per 10,000 of population, whereas in Ukraine – 91; in the EU countries a patient spends nine days before treatment in a hospital, and in Ukraine – 13.” “The number of health care establishments is also twofold larger against the EU (0.6 and 0.3/10,000 of population respectively).

At the same time, by the death rate from cardio-vascular diseases, children’s and preterm deaths, we unfortunately take the lead over Europe twofold,” she said. “Often a thesis sounds: too little money is spent for health care with us, about 4% of GDP, whereas in other countries – 7%,” Akimova notes. “Therefore, money is less against the EU, the number of medical establishments is larger and results are worse.

Hence a conclusion is the following: a network of medical establishments should be changed with taking into consideration the needs of every region.” Earlier, Akimova said that since 2011, in three regions of Ukraine (Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk) a two-year experiment will start on realization of the health care system reform. By the end of 2012, results will be summed up, effective ways for spread of that experiment to entire Ukraine will be determined and since 2013, this system will be gradually spread to other regions.

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Experts: Ukraine’s peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast a factor in preventing armed conflict

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News / 8 February 2011 | 12:53

Experts: Ukraine's peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast a factor in preventing armed conflict

Experts: Ukraine’s peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast a factor in preventing armed conflict

The sending of Ukrainian peacekeepers to Ivory Coast is a factor in preventing the escalation of a political conflict in this African country into an armed confrontation, according to Yuri Donskoy, a representative of the Soldiers of Peace International Association in Eastern Europe and a member of the public council under the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

He said that the approval by the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian president’s decision on the participation of the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent in providing operational support for the UN mission in Ivory Coast fully met the international commitments of Ukraine as a member of the United Nations.

“Ukraine is fulfilling a peacekeeping mission in neighboring Liberia and, according to a UN Security Council resolution, provided two helicopters to carry out the UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire,” Donskoy said, UKRINFORM reported.

“In order to ensure the safety of this group, as well as to perform various other tasks of the mission, in particular, the transportation of the mission’s personnel, support for humanitarian convoys and medical evacuations, Ukraine allocates three more Mi-24 helicopters with crews, staff officers, and communications officers,” he added.

This is a preventive measure, according to the expert, and the conflicting parties should understand that the peacekeepers are protected and can use weapons in response.

A participant in peacekeeping operations, Oleksandr Dudka, said at a press conference that Ukraine’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations was being properly funded by this organization, in particular, the Ukrainian Helicopter Detachment in Liberia earned USD 119 million in 2004-2010.

Donskoy, in turn, said that Ukraine’s peacekeeping activities could be further transformed in the protection of Ukraine’s economic interests, in particular, in the context of food security.

He also spoke in favor of establishing a special advisory group on peacekeeping activities under the Ukrainian president, because Ukraine has nearly 20 years of experience as a country participating in UN peacekeeping operations.

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President meets OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

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News / 8 February 2011 | 11:09

President meets OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

President meets OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis. 

At the meeting sides have discussed bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Lithuania, as well as the questions related to Lithuania’s chairmanship in the OSCE. Viktor Yanukovych expressed the belief that Lithuania’s position to preserve the continuity of the OSCE chairmanship is very constructive. 

“Ukraine will chair the OSCE in 2013 and we will surely continue this principle,” the President of Ukraine said. “Enhancing cooperation connected to Lithuania’s chairmanship in the OSCE on all complex issues on the agenda is a priority for us,” he added. 

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that he will personally supervise Ukraine’s preparations for the OSCE chairmanship. He said he will soon sign the appropriate decrees. 

“We are preparing for 2013, and Lithuania’s experience has a special value for us,” he said. 

“We believe that all the OSCE Participating States should be safe, regardless of their affiliation to different political-military alliances,” he said. This is especially important for Ukraine as a non-aligned state, which had voluntarily renounced its nuclear weapons. 

Speaking about the unresolved conflicts that exist in the area of activity of the OSCE, President Yanukovych stressed that they should be settled by peaceful means. “We believe that these conflicts should be solved exclusively by peaceful means, based on the principles and norms of international law,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“Ukraine advocates the soonest resumption of comprehensive negotiations on the Transdniestrian conflict. We support all the efforts of our partners,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President stressed that Ukraine appreciates the priority of the Lithuanian chairmanship in the OSCE to resolve the conflict, and will strongly contribute to its realization.

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