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Tymoshenko: Azarov government’s work style is blatant fraud

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News / 11 February 2011 | 16:19

Tymoshenko: Azarov government's work style is blatant fraud

Tymoshenko: Azarov government’s work style is blatant fraud

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says the American company Vanco, which is to obtain rights to develop the Black Sea shelf, is only a screen because in reality the strategic oil and gas reserves are being given to President Viktor Yanukovych’s closest associates.

“It’s clear that this is a scam, but most importantly, the American company is acting only as a cover. They’re being given only a small interest in the company, and in reality the Black Sea shelf is being given to clans that surround Yanukovych,” Yulia Tymoshenko told reporters before her latest visit to the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to the official website.

The ex-premier believes that the Black Sea shelf’s strategic deposits will be given back to Ukraine only after the current government is removed in a constitutional manner. “I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to say hello to Yanukovych and tell him that it’s not that easy to steal the seas – he won’t succeed. The fact that at today’s government meeting they plan to give the Black Sea shelf to their clans is only a temporary measure. Once this government is removed, and I think this will happen pretty soon, and I would like to emphasize in a constitutional way, the Black Sea shelf will be returned to the state,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko said that the terms of the settlement agreement Azarov’s government plans to sign with Vanco are unfavorable for Ukraine. “This is merely a new colonial policy, which we are familiar with from the 19th century, being imposed on Ukraine today. This is a new colonial policy by the clans in relation to the Ukrainian state,” said the former prime minister.

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President conducts meeting of Kherson Regional Committee on Economic Reforms

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News / 11 February 2011 | 14:35

President conducts meeting of Kherson Regional Committee on Economic Reforms

President conducts meeting of Kherson Regional Committee on Economic Reforms

President Viktor Yanukovych held a meeting of the Kherson Regional Committee on Economic Reforms, presidential press office informed.

Speaking to the participants, the President of Ukraine expressed his belief that our country will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its independence with positive results. 

“New times have come. I have said this many times and I want to repeat it in Kherson – the 20th anniversary of independence Ukraine will celebrate in political stability and with economic growth,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

“The crisis showed that Ukraine had very weak economy and public administration, who were not able to timely respond to this difficult situation, and protect the country. Why did it happen? Because through all the years of independence the country has remained unreformed,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

That is why, he said, in 2010 the current government has introduced comprehensive reforms in all areas. “Last year we have started the reforms on many directions at once. We announced their beginning in May. Overall, 21 directions of reforms will be introduced this year,” he said. 

“We will be solving these issues systematically, in order to bring order in the country and turn Ukraine into a modern state, meeting the European and global standards. This is our goal,” he said. 

According to Viktor Yanukovych, the introduced reforms will promote transparency in the services market, bringing the economy out of shadows, deregulation, etc. “Certainly, it will be attractive for both investors and domestic business,” the President said. 

At the same time, he expressed the belief that local authorities must solve the issues, which can be addressed at the local level, and those requiring central government regulation (such as land reform) must be addressed at the state level through adoption of laws, regulations, etc.

One of the most important reforms the President called the judiciary reform. He expressed confidence that the government must ensure noninterference in the judicial proceedings and create conditions for the courts to be independent. 

Speaking about the financial state of the country, President Yanukovych said that the situation is difficult due to heavy burden on the budget. The spending on preparations for the finals of Euro 2012, he said, will be about 15 billion UAH this year. Last year, the figure was about 10 billion UAH. 

In addition, he said, every month we repay about 8 billion UAH of debt. 

In this context, Viktor Yanukovych stressed that the plan of reforms should be realistic. “When we talk about the investment resources of the state, we must clearly understand our real capabilities,” he said, adding that additional private investment resources are needed. 

“The state should be an effective manager and an effective owner. We must think hard to make the regions self-sufficient, so that they were developing in harmony with the whole country,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

Speaking about the development of Kherson region, the President said: “We must be very serious about all the areas of economic complex development. We have now laid new prospects for shipbuilding in the Tax Code. We should make full use out this possibility and consider shipbuilding as one of the priorities of the Kherson region economy.” 

Viktor Yanukovych also emphasized the importance of tourism development in the region, including the construction of recreational facilities. 

“We can really make Kherson region a prosperous land. We know how to do it,” he said. 

“2010 has convinced us that political stability and effective use of all available government resources can provide positive results. 2011 will not be easier. 2012 will be the year, when we begin to feel the changes. I believe that in the future they will be more tangible, more positive. And in order to achieve that, this year we must be patient, and most importantly – work hard,” he said. 

Summing up his speech, President Yanukovych re-emphasized the need to plan the development of Ukraine as a whole and Kherson region in particular, based on the real situation and opportunities, stressing the need for joint, coordinated action. 

In this context, Viktor Yanukovych instructed the leadership of the region to prepare a concrete program of regional development. According to the President, new mechanisms will be created, and existing ones will be actively involved, so that investments started to flow to Kherson region. 

“Regional Development Strategy should be a combination of all-national strategy and initiatives of regional policy,” the President summed up.

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Number of higher educational establishments should be cut – opinion

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News / 11 February 2011 | 12:50

Number of higher educational establishments should be cut - opinion

Number of higher educational establishments should be cut – opinion

The quality restriction for the number of higher educational establishments should be in Ukraine for the sake of quality of higher education and concentration of higher school resources is necessary, Vice President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences Volodymyr Luhovy told a round table on the theme: “Problems of Development of Legislation in the Sphere of Higher Education,” held on February 10, 2011.

“South Korea, which is approximately the same as Ukraine, has a restriction at 50 universities. In the civilized world, one university is per 0.5-1 million of population. Switzerland has 9 million of population and 12 universities, but seven out of them are included into 200 world’s best universities. Higher educational establishments of Ukraine should reach a critical mass of personnel, scientific, financial, technological and organizational potential,” the Vice President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences emphasized, UKRINFORM reported.

The scientist called on specialists and legislators to primarily direct efforts to reaching the world quality of education in Ukraine.

The number of higher educational establishments in Ukraine in 2010 reduced against 2009 by 1%, from 861 t잸54. Including, the number of higher educational establishments of the 1st and 2nd accreditation levels reduced by 1.2%, from 511 t잵05, and the number of higher educational establishments of the 3rd and 4th accreditation levels remained almost invariable, 249 in 2010 and 250 – in 2009.

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President: Ukraine will feel reforms’ results in 2012

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News / 11 February 2011 | 11:03

President: Ukraine will feel reforms' results in 2012

President: Ukraine will feel reforms’ results in 2012

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych believes that our country will feel results of the carried out reforms already in 2012, he said in Kherson, answering to questions of the media, presidential press office reports. 

“2012 will be the year, when we begin to actually feel results of the reforms launched in 2010. I hope that the crisis of 2008-2009 will not affect the state’s economy as hard, as they did last year,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych noted that year 2011 will be difficult for Ukraine. According to him, the state still has to repay 8 billion UAH of debt monthly, and additional 15 billion UAH are needed to support the development of infrastructure in preparation for Euro 2012. 

Speaking about the reforms in Ukraine, President Yanukovych said that he will do everything for them to continue. He expressed confidence that consistent, well thought-out reforms will work for the benefit of people and the country. In this context, Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine continues the fight against corruption, creating conditions to attract investment, deregulation of business, removing obstacles to doing business, making many processes more transparent, etc. 

When asked about the land reform in Ukraine, President Yanukovych stressed the importance of conducting it as soon as possible. “Corruption has made all possible peaks in the issue of land in almost all regions of Ukraine. It must be stopped. The reform must continue and eventually be completed,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President stressed that rules and laws must be established in the area, so that land owners used it effectively. Certainly, he said, among the important issues is the use of agricultural land. 

The land reform “is not only overdue, but is long overdue,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that the issue must go through public discussion. 

When asked about the development of shipbuilding industry in Ukraine, President Yanukovych stressed that this industry is very promising and can involve a large number of partners in cooperation. Viktor Yanukovych said that the recently passed Tax Code creates conditions for the development of the industry, bringing investment to it, and providing the appropriate motivations for its development. 

“I saw that today at the Palada State Plant in Kherson … This company has won a tender and received a contract, despite the competition with advanced world-class enterprises. I am pleased this Ukrainian plant has won “- Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“I believe that the shipbuilding industry will be developing successfully in country. It has huge potential for development,” he said. 

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