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PM Azarov: Ukraine reached compromise with IMF on most points

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News / 14 February 2011 | 16:15

PM Azarov: Ukraine reached compromise with IMF on most points

PM Azarov: Ukraine reached compromise with IMF on most points

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has met with representatives of a mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is ending its work in Ukraine.

During the talks, the sides discussed the provisions of a draft memorandum of economic and financial policies of the Ukrainian government, which is signed as part of the next revision of the program of cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF.

As UKRINFORM reported, with reference to the media liaisons office the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Azarov noted that the negotiations were being conducted in a spirit of mutual understanding, trust and constructive compromise. He said that the participants in the meeting had managed to reach a compromise on most points of the memorandum.

IMF Mission Chief for Ukraine Thanos Arvanitis, in turn, said he was satisfied with the dynamics of the negotiations. “We agreed on practically all the questions we had,” he said.

The IMF mission is expected to publish a conclusion on its visit to Ukraine in the coming days.

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"St. Kyiv Sophia" is transferred under the management of the Ministry of Culture

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News / 14 February 2011 | 14:29

"St. Kyiv Sophia" is transferred under the management of the Ministry of Culture

"St. Kyiv Sophia" is transferred under the management of the Ministry of Culture

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to transfer the complex of historical buildings “St. Kyiv Sophia”, a part of National Historical and Architectural Preserve “St. Lavra”, under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism management. Moreover, the Ministry of Finance was instructed to allocate the relevant budget appropriations for the maintenance and development of “St. Kyiv Sophia” to the Ministry of Culture.

Till today one of the greatest monuments of the days of Kievan Rus, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was subordinated to the Ministry of Regional Policy, Construction and Housing, Cabinet’s press office reported.

Transfer of “St. Sophia” under the management of the line ministry, which has the appropriate scientific and methodological basis, and is authorized to represent Ukraine in matters of historical and cultural heritage in international relations, should facilitate the development of the Preserve, the scientific and historical researches, and to strengthen practically the protected status of the invaluable legacy of princely times.

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Gryshchenko: Yanukovych’s team brings stability and modernization

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News / 14 February 2011 | 12:44

Gryshchenko: Yanukovych's team brings stability and modernization

Gryshchenko: Yanukovych’s team brings stability and modernization

Economic reforms, a professional army, adequate pensions, etc.-all these bombastic pledges went down the drain during the years of the orange rule. As a result, the revolution’s leaders were repudiated by Ukranian voters in the last presidential election, Foreign Affairs minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko says in his article to the Wall Street Journal.

According to him, the new reform-minded government is leading the successful modernization of Ukraine. And President Viktor Yanukovych’s first steps confirm both his good will and ability to change things for the better.

Gryshchenko believes, since it took office nearly one year ago, the Yanukovych administration has worked tirelessly to advance Ukraine’s democratic ambitions, improve the electoral process, expand the rule of law and begin major program of social and economic reform .

“After inheriting a virtually empty treasury, an unbalanced economy and a frustrated country with unbridled corruption, the Yanukovych administration has brought Ukraine stability as well as the kinds of necessary, and at times difficult, reforms that have been lauded by countless international observers, including the International Monetary Fund,” he writes.

According to Gryshchenko, for the first time in Ukraine’s history, influential public figures-from the opposition and the government as well-have to actually face investigation for committing corruption. There are over 360 ongoing criminal investigations on corruption charges against representatives of the current government, 166 of them at a senior level.

The minister noted that the bureaucracy is being cut by 30% to 50%. Up to 90% of state-issued licenses for various entrepreneurial activities have been lifted. Bridges and roads are being built. New subway stations are being unveiled. The GDP grew by 4.5%, with an equally good outlook for 2011.

“Proud as I am about Ukraine’s many accomplishments over the course of the past year, I welcome an honest debate with our friends in the United States about what could be done differently. The reason is quite simple: Both our governments share the view that, in parallel with the crackdown on corruption and effective economic reforms, there is another thing indispensable for Ukraine’s ultimate success-preserving democracy,” Gryshchenko concuded.

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Additional river fleet will be attracted to transport UEFA EURO 2012 guests

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News / 14 February 2011 | 11:02

Additional river fleet will be attracted to transport UEFA EURO 2012 guests

Additional river fleet will be attracted to transport UEFA EURO 2012 guests

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine expects to attract an additional river fleet to transport guests of the UEFA European Football Championship in 2012, the press-service of the ministry reported, according to UKRINFORM.

In particular, for the transportation of tourists along the Dnieper, additional passenger fleet of domestic and foreign carriers will be involved. Kyiv – Tarasova Hora (Kaniv) was identified as one of the priority routes, as well as restoration of passenger shipping by the Desna toward Chernihiv.

An appropriate decision was taken by the state service of sea and river transport.

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