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Cabinet postpones pension reform

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2011


News / 24 March 2011 | 17:55

Cabinet postpones pension reform

Cabinet postpones pension reform

The Cabinet of Ministers has postponed pension reform, because the government wants to get public support, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Thursday in Kyiv at the Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine, according to UKRINFORM.

The prime minister explained that government proposals “are connected with the IMF”, the dependence on the IMF was higher in 2010, given the huge deficit of the Pension Fund, for example, last March, its revenues amounted to UAH 6 billion, debts – UAH 8 billion (USD 1 – UAH 7.95).

“Today the situation has changed, we can afford to negotiate with the IMF, and even refuse from a loan, although for Ukraine it will be very disadvantageous,” Azarov emphasized.

As UKRINFORM reported, on December 20, 2010 the Cabinet of Ministers introduced a bill to parliament on measures to carry out pension reform in Ukraine.

The most painful points of the pension reform proposed by the government are: increasing the retirement age of women from 55 to 60 years, increasing the retirement age of male civil servants from 60 to 62 years, increasing the period of insurance, limiting the size of maximum pension to 10 minimal, introduction of a three-tier pension system, and an increase from 5 to 15 years in the minimum length of service for pension entitlements.

On March 19, President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine cancelled immediate consideration of the pension reform bill in parliament. He stressed that “the bill is not ready for voting.”

The head of state stressed that, before considering the bill on pension reform in parliament, it is necessary to conduct explanatory work among citizens.

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Tymoshenko: My goal is to put Ukraine back on a path to the EU

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2011


News / 24 March 2011 | 16:14

Tymoshenko: My goal is to put Ukraine back on a path to the EU

Tymoshenko: My goal is to put Ukraine back on a path to the EU

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said the main goal of her meetings with European politicians is to draw their attention to the need to stop the Ukrainian government from moving Ukraine away Europe.

“Today I am meeting with European leaders in order to return our country to a path towards the European Union. It seems that a year ago Ukraine got a train traveling in the opposite direction from Europe,” Yulia Tymoshenko said after meeting with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule today in Brussels, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

Yulia Tymoshenko stresed that in Ukraine and abroad it is becoming clear that Viktor Yanukovych’s government in only imitating political reforms.

Stefan Fule thanked Yulia Tymoshenko for strengthening democracy and her desire to bring Ukraine closer to the EU. “We highly appreciate your efforts in this direction,” he said.

Yulia Tymoshenko is in Brussels attending the summit of the European People’s Party. She is scheduled to deliver a speech today on the situation in Ukraine and its impact on relations with the EU.

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Ex-President Kuchma to challenge decision to initiate criminal proceedings against him

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2011


News / 24 March 2011 | 14:34

Ex-President Kuchma to challenge decision to initiate criminal proceedings against him

Ex-President Kuchma to challenge decision to initiate criminal proceedings against him

Second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma (1994-2004) has said he will challenge a resolution by the Prosecutor General’s Office to open a criminal case against him. He announced this on Thursday before another round of questioning at the main investigation department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, UKRINFORM reported.

Kuchma said that during investigative actions at the Prosecutor General’s Office on Wednesday, he had denied all accusations. “I do not agree with all points of the resolution,” he said.

Kuchma also said that he planned to have a face-to-face meeting with former Interior Ministry General Oleksiy Pukach, who is accused of killing journalist Georgy Gongadze.

As reported, on March 22, Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said that a criminal case had been opened against Kuchma on suspicion of involvement in illegal activities and the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, as well as illegal actions with respect to journalist Oleksiy Podolsky.

On March 23, an investigator questioned Kuchma at the Prosecutor General’s Office and imposed travel restrictions on him. During the investigation, Kuchma refused to meet with his former bodyguard Mykola Melnychenko, the author of the tapes allegedly made in the office of the former president.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is simulating Ukraine’s European choice

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2011


News / 24 March 2011 | 12:50

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is simulating Ukraine's European choice

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is simulating Ukraine’s European choice

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says the Ukrainian government is not implementing the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda.

“Meeting with EU Commissioner Fule is over. Only 7 of the 70 points of the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda have been fulfilled. Yanukovych is simulating a European choice,” Yulia Tymoshenko wrote on Twitter after today’s meeting in Brussels, Belgium with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule.

Yulia Tymoshenko traveled to Brussels (March 23-25) to attend the summit of the European People’s Party. She is planned to deliver a speech today about the situation in Ukraine and its impact on relations with the European Union.

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Tymoshenko: My goal is to return Ukraine to a European perspective

Posted by the Editor on March 24, 2011


News / 24 March 2011 | 11:01

Tymoshenko: My goal is to return Ukraine to a European perspective

Tymoshenko: My goal is to return Ukraine to a European perspective

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko will discuss the situation in Ukraine and ways to preserve the country’s European perspective during her upcoming meetings at the European People’s Party Summit in Brussels.

“I think it’s very important for leaders of the European Union to understand how difficult the situation is in Ukraine and that it is better not to wait until the current president starts shooting at peaceful demonstrators, because today, unfortunately, people in Ukraine have been driven to despair,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists yesterday before leaving for Brussels.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that protecting Ukraine’s European perspective is an issue not only for the opposition, but also civil society. “This is a matter for all citizens of Ukraine and that is why I’d like to bring together politicians, civil society, citizens of Ukraine and our trusted friends in the European Union to help preserve Ukraine’s European perspective,” she said.

“A year ago during the presidential elections, Ukraine, unfortunately, got on the wrong train heading in the opposite direction from true democratic European values. My goal is to stop this training from moving in the reverse direction. I think there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that an authoritarian regime is being built rapidly in Ukraine. My goal during this trip is to do everything I can to stop this process and return Ukraine to a European perspective,” she added.

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