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President sets task to launch market of land already in 2012

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2011


News / 22 March 2011 | 16:59

President sets task to launch market of land already in 2012

President sets task to launch market of land already in 2012

Speaking at a meeting of the Governing Council of the Committee on Economic Reforms, President Viktor Yanukovych noted that the debate on necessity to lift the moratorium on agricultural land sale has been going on for more than a decade now, “but talking is all that it remained.” 

Instead, President Yanukovych said, black market and corruption have been flourishing with the land being simply stolen. 

According to him, everybody acknowledges that the main obstacle to introducing agricultural land market is lack of relevant legislation, particularly the Laws of Ukraine “On Land Market” and “On State Land Cadastre”. 

“Grievances about the existing legislation are often heard on the part of the Government, MPs and the public. The experts are voicing numerous comments, but nobody wants to sit down and write adequate laws,” he said. 

“We have a task – to launch the land market in 2012, and it must be executed. I would ask all those responsible for that – the Government, the Ministry of Agriculture – to remember your personal responsibility. The Laws “On Land Market” and “On State Land Cadastre” must be approved by the end of the first half of this year,” he said, presiential press office reports. 

Viktor Yanukovych also noted that these laws must not only define the conditions of land sale, but also prevent their inefficient use, degradation of soils, changing the purpose of land, land speculation, etc. 

“We introduce the market of land in order to encourage production, ensure equal access of domestic and foreign entities to it, and guarantee land having the most efficient owner, not speculation,” he said. 

In addition, Viktor Yanukovych has assigned the Government to create a system of effective state control over the use and protection of land. 

“Launching the market of land must not result in its uncontrolled depletion. Failure to comply with the requirement to preserve land fertility must be inevitably punished,” summed up the President of Ukraine.

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President urges modification of Energy Strategy of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2011


News / 22 March 2011 | 15:40

President urges modification of Energy Strategy of Ukraine

President urges modification of Energy Strategy of Ukraine

Energy Strategy of Ukraine must include measures to achieve reliable, effective and balanced supplies of natural gas and oil products to domestic consumers, as well as uninterrupted transit of oil and gas to the European Union, President Viktor Yanukovych said, speaking at a meeting of the Governing Council of the Committee on Economic Reforms. 

In order to achieve that, he said, it is necessary to raise funds on foreign and domestic markets for ensuring financial stability of Naftogaz Ukraine and realization of its investment projects, creating a transparent and efficient vertically integrated company on its basis. 

“If it we have to give up a part of the company, to sell a percentage of its shares on the international markets, it must be done; we cannot just keep talking without taking steps to revitalize the company. It is necessary to attract good investors,” he said, presidential press office cited the president as saying. 

“We must resolve the complex issues fixed in the Program of Economic Reforms. These are changing formation of hydrocarbons prices, stopping cross-subsidization, abandoning compulsory sale of domestically produced gas at regulated prices, providing protection of consumers’ right of free choice of a supplier, attracting private investors into the sector, ensuring the access to gas transportation and gas distribution networks, diversifying imports, etc.,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

He also said in the nearest future he would like to hear a plan of providing domestic refineries with the necessary amount of raw materials, particularly through the Odessa-Brody pipeline. 

In the same context, the President dwelled on such a significant public spending item, as communal services, which is one of the largest recipients of budget funds due to the tariff policy imperfections. For example, Viktor Yanukovych said, the Government sets reduced price of natural gas for communal heating and power enterprises, and is then forced to grant the appropriate subsidies to local governments and citizens. 

“Naftogaz Ukraine has become a major lender for housing sector, hence its financial misbalance,” he said. 

The President added that since 1999 the debt of communal heating and energy enterprises has amounted to 13.1 billion UAH, including 4.1 billion UAH increase this year. 

“It is necessary to bring utility tariffs in line with actual costs of utilities. But it should be done wisely, at the same time reducing the burden on the state in this area, and ensuring that our citizens feel this policy aims to improve their lives,” the President added. 

Any delay in solving this problem is very dangerous, Viktor Yanukovych said. “Albeit the significant delay, we want to create a new regulator, but it could end in progress in this area stopping. After all, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission will thus loose the authority to set tariffs. There is no mechanism of groundwork and staff transfer. Therefore, please, approach the problem carefully,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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Ukraine’s Yanukovych instructs urgent preparation of Tax Service and Customs Service reforming program

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2011


News / 22 March 2011 | 14:00

Ukraine's Yanukovych instructs urgent preparation of Tax Service and Customs Service reforming program

Ukraine’s Yanukovych instructs urgent preparation of Tax Service and Customs Service reforming program

Speaking at a meeting of the Governing Council of the Committee on Economic Reforms, President Viktor Yanukovych stressed that there are still problems in the relations between taxpayers and bodies of the Tax Office and the Customs Office. 

“This is a separate issue. I believe that we should approach this subject and see how can we harmonize these two fiscal agencies’ work. I would like you to work through this question jointly with chairmen of the Tax Office and Customs Office,” he said, addressing Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, presidential press office informed. 

He stressed he is not satisfied with these authorities’ performance of the task of filling the budget. While the Tax Office, at least on paper, has executed the plan of incomes to the budget by 104,2% (excluding the growth of delinquent VAT refunds), the Customs Office is about 600 million UAH behind the plan, he said. 

“The general balance is positive. But we must understand why it has happened and what do we do in the future to prevent it,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

At the same time, President Yanukovych noted, the performance of the Tax Office would have been different, if not for the continued accumulation of unreturned VAT, which, as of the beginning of March, amounted to 5 billion UAH, and not for the taxes levied 2 months in advance. 

“There are still such cases. This practice must be stopped,” he said. 

President Yanukovych also said that tax authorities turned out to be unprepared for the introduction of monthly income tax accounting by individuals. “The submission of these declarations has turned into a mess, and produced long cues at the tax offices, whose employees could not provide clear explanations on filling out the new forms to the businessmen. So the first thing I demand is changing priorities,” Viktor Yanukovych. 

The President instructed to prepare and approve in a month term a program of reforming the State Customs Service and the State Tax Service, and to provide training and necessary legislative changes to implement it. 

“I request the chairmen of these services, who are present at this meeting, to join their effort and offer a common and effective mechanism of responding to the challenge of filling state treasury, and ensuring cessation of the known shameful violations,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych also said that there has been buck passing in ministries with the approval of bills to simplify business making he had identified, such as on: 

simplifying the procedure of termination of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs and starting businesses; 

expanding the network of licensing centers by establishing ones in the regional administrations; 

abolishing the need for paper certificates from the National Register for obtaining permits and licenses. 

“I would like representatives of the Government and the Prime Minister present here to move on from talk to action. Perhaps, some officials still do not understand, what a historic moment for the country they have been entrusted their offices in, and what it demands of them,” he said.

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President demands urgent approval of new privatization program

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2011


News / 22 March 2011 | 12:20

President demands urgent approval of new privatization program

President demands urgent approval of new privatization program

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych demands immediate approval of a new state privatization program, he said speaking at today’s meeting of the Governing Council of the Committee on Economic Reforms, according to the presidential press office. 

According to him, “privatization, if organized properly, will not only provide resources for reforms, but additional tens of billions of Hryvnias of income for the state budget.” 

“This is a tool to enhance efficiency of enterprises, productivity growth and long-term resource base in the form of additional taxes,” he said. 

According to Viktor Yanukovych, there are currently hundreds of unprofitable enterprises owned by the state. 

“I demand this direction set as priority of the Government’s work. We need to get rid of this ballast,” he said, addressing the Prime Minister of Ukraine. 

Viktor Yanukovych also urged the officials “not to relax”, despite the fact that this year’s privatization plan is formally met due to the sale of Ukrtelecom. 

“I think that the tempo of reforms in privatization and state property management is unsatisfactory. The outdated legal framework of privatization has been failing for a long time to meet the needs of the present. That is why I insist on approving a new state privatization program and making the appropriate alterations to the law urgently,” he said. 

The President noted that the necessary bills have already been developed by the State Property Fund of Ukraine; they are well prepared, have a logical structure and meet challenges of the ownership reform. 

“I would like to underscore: only a limited list of companies should remain in the state ownership, which provide for it carrying out its core functions, and ensure national and economic security. All the rest must be prepared for selling,” he said.

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Yanukovych: Successful deregulation may yield additional 6 million UAH of revenue already next year

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2011


News / 22 March 2011 | 11:01

Yanukovych: Successful deregulation may yield additional 6 million UAH of revenue already next year

Yanukovych: Successful deregulation may yield additional 6 million UAH of revenue already next year

Social standards in our country should be increased and made backed up by adequate financial resources already this year, President Viktor Yanukovych has said speaking at the meeting of the Governing Council of the Committee on Economic Reforms, presidential press office reported. 

According to the President, primary task in this direction is speeding up deregulation, as it can dramatically revitalize the economy, increase investment and ensure GDP growth. 

Viktor Yanukovych said that if deregulation is conducted properly, we can expect such significant effects as additional GDP growth by 2% and budgetary revenue increase by at least 6 billion UAH already next year. 

“In 2010 we have done a lot in the area of deregulation. However, its success would have been more significant and convincing, if the reforms had been deeper, and their implementation faster,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“I must admit that in certain directions the movement has slowed down today. I mean the reform of permit system, technical regulation and simplification of business registration. We need to strengthen this direction, as investors expect us to. We had promised them that,” the President added. 

“We all understand that further development of the economy requires additional financial resources, but most importantly – common people must feel that the improvement of economic and financial situation is not limited to macroeconomic reports,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The issues to be considered at this meeting are urgent, Viktor Yanukovych said. “After all, expansion of the resource base of public finance, efficiency of their use, and search for additional reserves are in the core of the tasks we have set in the formation of our economy,” he said.

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