For-UA Ukraine English News

Alternative Review – Comments and discussion on For-Ua News (Ukraine English News)

Archive for March 18th, 2011

Azarov: Ukraine continuing to negotiate with EU on creation of free trade area

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2011


News / 18 March 2011 | 18:00

Azarov: Ukraine continuing to negotiate with EU on creation of free trade area

Azarov: Ukraine continuing to negotiate with EU on creation of free trade area

Ukraine is stubbornly continuing to hold talks with the European Union on the creation of a free trade area, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at a meeting with Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the Ukrainian government’s press service reported.

The premier said that Ukraine had raised the level of a working group that is conducting the negotiations and appointed First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade Andriy Kliuyev as its chairman.

Unfortunately, in his opinion, the talks have not yet led to a “breakthrough” and “we attribute this to the fact that the European Commission had not yet decided to change the parameters of the negotiations, and to some extent this prevents the movement towards the creation of a free trade area.”

He said that Ukraine was not losing optimism and hoped to resolve all the problems that impede this process, UKRINFORM reported.

Schulz, in turn, said that the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats was convinced that Ukraine should get access to the European markets and that the EU should have legal clarity regarding the work of investors in Ukraine.

He added that the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament would favor the creation of a free trade area and the introduction of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

ForUm

Posted in For-Ua News | Leave a Comment »

Olympic National Sports Complex for Euro-2012 has some problems – Yanukovych

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2011


News / 18 March 2011 | 16:17

Olympic National Sports Complex for Euro-2012 has some problems - Yanukovych

Olympic National Sports Complex for Euro-2012 has some problems – Yanukovych

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has visited the Olympic National Sports Complex to learn about the process of its reconstruction. 

In his comments to journalists after the visit, President Yanukovych noted that the date of completion and opening of the stadium will be known in the second half of May. 

“The problem with the complex is that we started its reconstruction too late,” Viktor Yanukovych said. Besides, he added, the uniqueness of cable structure to be installed by German contractors at the stadium may cause delays in the construction process. 

According to Viktor Yanukovych, the permission to erect the cable structure, which is one of a kind, has been received only today and the whole process may take about a month. 

“In other words, by the end of April we will know the approximate date of completion of the construction, and by the end of May we finally know the date of its opening,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

According to the President, there are two options. “The first option, we will be trying our best to realize, is opening the stadium on the Independence Day – on the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence,” he said. However, he added this depends on many factors, primarily the technological ones, such as installation of the roof. 

The second option, President Yanukovych said, is opening the stadium in autumn 2011 at latest. “In accordance with the protocol signed with the UEFA, we must hold two football games at the stadium in 2011. We must implement this protocol,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed. 

Separately, the Head of State brought up the issue of construction of a stadium in Lviv. He said he plans to visit the city soon. “We have a more predictable situation in Lviv. As experts say, the schedule that we have for Lviv will be met,” he said.

ForUm

Posted in For-Ua News | Leave a Comment »

President conducts phone talks with European Commission President

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2011


News / 18 March 2011 | 14:31

President conducts phone talks with European Commission President

President conducts phone talks with European Commission President

President Viktor Yanukovych has had a telephone conversation with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. During the conversation, Jose Manuel Barroso has confirmed his intention to visit Kyiv on April 18-19, 2011. 

Viktor Yanukovych and Jose Manuel Barroso have agreed to conduct a bilateral meeting on April 18 to discuss the EU-Ukraine relations. 

On April 19, Jose Manuel Barroso will attend the Summit on Safe and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy in Kyiv. 

During the talks, the European Commission President has confirmed that the EU would continue supporting the transformation of Chernobyl NPP into an ecologically safe system. 

During the meeting the sides have discussed bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, particularly the Association Agreement and Free Trade Zone negotiations. 

They have also discussed improvement of electoral legislation in Ukraine. 

Viktor Yanukovych noted that elaboration of the new Electoral Code involves civil society, political parties, and national and international experts in this area. 

“This process is open and transparent to the society,” he said. 

According to the President of Ukraine, the bill being prepared by a working group will be submitted for examination of the Venice Commission.

ForUm

Posted in For-Ua News | Leave a Comment »

President initiates creation of national eLibrary

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2011


News / 18 March 2011 | 12:49

President initiates creation of national eLibrary

President initiates creation of national eLibrary

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych suggests creating a digital library, containing a wealth of information about Ukraine, its history, culture, geography and present, he said at a meeting of the Public Humanitarian Council, held yesterday, presidential press office reported. 

“Let’s start the movement to create a cultural matrix, which would allow seeing and experiencing the real Ukraine – dreamed of and created not only by us, but by many generations of our predecessors. I am talking about creation of a full-scale digital library in Ukraine. 

Already today, I would like to give an instruction to make proposals on the development of this movement and creation of infrastructure to ensure creation of such a library,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that there are many electronic resources containing different information about Ukraine. But the problem is that this information is dispersed, unsystematic and often extremely hard to find. 

“So let’s create a resource, where all the most important things created in our land during centuries would be available. Let’s supplement that with everything that has been created by academic institutions and theaters, publishing houses and recording studios over the last 20 years. Let’s make everything being kept in reserve funds of the museums available to the people…” he said. 

According to the President, donors’ support, rational management of grants and capabilities of the existing public organizations, and most effective use of available public funds will ensure the project’s success. 

“I have no doubt that the process of sharing knowledge will be supported by numerous active people from small villages and towns. Many of them will consider contributing the history of their regions, towns and villages to the general historical and cultural map of Ukraine a matter of pride. In parallel, it will challenge academic institutions, writers, museums, each of us,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

In order to make the project more efficient, the President said, it should be developed as a public initiative, which is state-initiated only by its form, not the content.

“I know and believe that in the future the Internet and new technologies will not only give impetus to the development of book publishing, filmmaking, music, theater, museums, but also promote the development of civil society in general,” Viktor Yanukovych added.

ForUm

Posted in For-Ua News | Leave a Comment »

President: There is no place for skyscrapers in historical centers our cities

Posted by the Editor on March 18, 2011


News / 18 March 2011 | 11:01

President: There is no place for skyscrapers in historical centers our cities

President: There is no place for skyscrapers in historical centers our cities

Speaking at the Public Humanitarian Council meeting President Viktor Yanukovych drew attention of the local authorities to their personal responsibility for preservation of national heritage. According to him, illegal construction and reconstruction works, threatening Ukraine’s national heritage buildings and sites with destruction, must be stopped.

“I am not speaking about a moratorium or comprehensive ban on construction in the buffer zones. After all, restoration of monuments, and building tourist and museum infrastructure is very important. Instead, we must introduce regulations in urban planning involving public-private partnership similar to those in, say, Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, or other historic cities in Europe and the world. 

Not only the possibility of construction itself, is strictly regulated there, but also buildings’ size, height, and architecture. These rules must be mandatory for all. One thing is certain: there should be no place for skyscrapers in the historical centers of Kyiv, Lviv, Chernivtsi or other cities, where their construction destroys the historical environment,” he said.

“The public has been crying out about that for decades, numerous documents, issued at both local and state level, were dedicated to the problem. It is high time to get from words and documents down to business and create a robust system of public protection of not only St. Sophia Cathedral or historical centers of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Uzhgorod, but of all national heritage sites from any infringements on them or their historical environment,” summed up Viktor Yanukovych.

ForUm

Posted in For-Ua News | 1 Comment »