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IAEA environmental management standards introduced at Rivne nuclear plant

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2011


News / 30 March 2011 | 12:41

IAEA environmental management standards introduced at Rivne nuclear plant

IAEA environmental management standards introduced at Rivne nuclear plant

Contents of major radionuclides (cesium and cobalt) in the water that is thrown into the river Styr after use at the Rivne nuclear power plant range between 0.278-0.018 percent of the standards established by the regulations of radiation safety in Ukraine (NRSU-97). These figures, confirming safe operation, have been obtained by specialists of the automated radiation control system, which is involved in the effort to protect the environment.

As UKRINFORM reported, through the creation of this structure, which has fixed and mobile positions in the thirty-kilometer surveillance zone, environment monitoring by all the IAEA-defined parameters is conducted there.

Specialists using modern computerized equipment are measuring doses of aerosol emissions, controlling aquifers (through artesian wells), exploring plant production and milk, etc.

Earth samples have also been taken to show that in some places there is a slight increase in Cesium-137, but it is of Chernobyl origin, which is indicated by its man-made nature.

The automated radiation control system covers an area of three thousand square kilometers with a population of 130,000 in 90 settlements of Rivne and Volyn regions.

With the commissioning of the station, it became possible, inter alia, to ‘weigh’ the volumes of long-lived isotope tritium. Until recently, such a laboratory procedure was performed only at nuclear power plants of Canada, although the system of fixing this element is established at all nuclear power plants around the world. It is important for safe operation, because, as experts say, the value of tritium presence is one of the most fundamental in assessing the interaction of the nuclear power plant with the environment. Introduction of the element catching methods came as a response to the IAEA recommendations on the evaluation and registration of actual emissions, which are normalized by the Ministry of Health.

Another important component is a weather complex, which serves for the remote sensing of the atmosphere at an altitude of three kilometers, and determines the speed, direction of horizontal and vertical wind, atmospheric stability category, and air temperature.

The concept of effective environmental management implemented at Rivne was approved after an audit by an independent expert organization, TUV NORD (Germany), which issued a relevant certificate.

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Ukraine, Brunei abolish visas

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2011


News / 30 March 2011 | 11:01

Ukraine, Brunei abolish visas

Ukraine, Brunei abolish visas

In the framework of the state visit of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in Brunei Darussalam, Ukraine and Brunei have signed bilateral agreements, presidential press office reported. 

In the presence of the President of Ukraine and the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on cooperation in the area of defense.

The document lays foundations of Ukrainian-Bruneian military-defense cooperation in such areas as joint military exercises, personnel exchanges, reforming of the military, intellectual property protection, creation of a permanent joint committee of the two states, etc.

There was also signed the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on mutual abolition of visas for citizens who use passports to travel abroad (in the form of exchange of notes). 

The Agreement foresees the right of citizens of Ukraine and Brunei to 30-day visa-free stay at the two countries’ territories.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah have signed a joint statement. 

The document emphasizes that Ukraine and Brunei Darussalam have laid the foundations for development and deepening of friendly relations, and underscores a number of promising areas of cooperation.

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EBRD ready to give EUR 120mn for Chornobyl

Posted by the Editor on March 29, 2011


News / 29 March 2011 | 18:01

EBRD ready to give EUR 120mn for Chornobyl

EBRD ready to give EUR 120mn for Chornobyl

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to give Ukraine 120 million euros for Chornobyl-related projects, EBRD Vice President for Risk and Resources Horst Reichenbach told the press, UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, in general, the Bank plans to allocate 25% of the funds, which will be collected by other donors. “The bank plans to supplement the amount of funds that will be collected by donors. For example, donors will reach 480 million euros, the bank is ready to give 120 million euros,” the vice-president emphasized.

Reichenbach added that “the bank is willing to grant 120 million euros in any case”. “If the donors exceed the amount and collect more, the bank is ready to exceed its plans,” he continued.

The EBRD official added that the final size of the fee the Bank will approve at the 2011 EBRD Annual Meeting in May in Astana, Kazakhstan.

He recalled that the lack of funds to implement projects at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is estimated at 740 million euros.

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Tymoshenko: To legalize salaries extra taxes on payroll need to be removed

Posted by the Editor on March 29, 2011


News / 29 March 2011 | 16:20

Tymoshenko: To legalize salaries extra taxes on payroll need to be removed

Tymoshenko: To legalize salaries extra taxes on payroll need to be removed

The leader of the Batkivshchyna party, former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko has said that only balanced and real tax reform will reduce the level of the shadow economy.

“To legalize salaries so that they’re not paid under the table, only one thing must be done – remove unnecessary taxes payroll and then no special laws will have to be adopted,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in her speech at the Ukrainian Summit 2011 “Can real reform be delivered?”, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

The former prime minister called Mykola Azarov’s government initiative on the development and adoption of the law on legalization of wages surreal.

In her opinion, only by reducing the tax burden on payroll taxes will the number of employees paid illegally be reduced. “Then it automatically comes out of the shadow into the light, and people themselves will be interested in paying wages openly and not in envelopes,” Yulia Tymoshenko added.

As reported, Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Tigipko said the government plans to unveil a bill on legalizing wages that will boost revenue inflows to the pension fund.

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President’s Administration says foreigners should have right to privatize farmland

Posted by the Editor on March 29, 2011


News / 29 March 2011 | 14:35

President's Administration says foreigners should have right to privatize farmland

President’s Administration says foreigners should have right to privatize farmland

First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Iryna Akimova said that foreign nationals should be eligible for the privatization of agricultural land in Ukraine. She stated this during the Ukrainian Forum, organized by Economist Conferences (The Economist Group).

“From January 1, 2012, the market of agricultural land should be open, and it should be open not only to citizens of Ukraine, but also to foreigners who want to work in this sphere,” she said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to Akimova, the necessary legislation for land reform must be adopted in the 1st half of 2011, so that the land market start effectively functioning since 2012.

As reported, the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land in Ukraine has been acting since 2001. President Yanukovych insists that legal market of agricultural land open in 2012.

Previously, deputy head of the State Agency for Land Resources, Mykola Kaliuzhny said the provision on the possibility of buying agricultural land by legal entities was excluded from the draft law on land market. “We have suggested that only Ukrainian citizens could buy land and acquire ownership of it,” Kaliuzhny said.

In all, Ukraine has more than 60 million hectares of land, including 41.8 million hectares of arable land, of which 33 million hectares are plowed.

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Tymoshenko: EU Association Agreement will cut off Ukraine’s path to authoritarianism

Posted by the Editor on March 29, 2011


News / 29 March 2011 | 12:55

Tymoshenko: EU Association Agreement will cut off Ukraine's path to authoritarianism

Tymoshenko: EU Association Agreement will cut off Ukraine’s path to authoritarianism

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko expects Ukraine and the European Union to sign an Association Agreement by the end of 2011.

“We’re joining this process so that by the end of this year an agreement on political association and free trade is signed. This will cut off the path to an authoritative past and offer us a path of completely different quality. But we can see that the team in power is slowing down or even obstructing this movement and so we want to join this process, do all these things that need to be done and take them under the control of the opposition,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on ICTV, according to the official website.

Yulia Tymoshenko recalled that according to analysis by independent experts, only 4 of the 70 points of the EU Association Agenda have been fully implemented and another 7 partially implemented. “Our government signed the Association Agenda and we began to implement it step by step. We transferred responsibility to the current government to bring this to a close by the end of the year. The schedule sets a deadline year end. This simply needs to be done and the first stage completed,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also believes that European integration wasn’t a goal of governments in previous years. “At a time when it was necessary to prepare the country for integration with the European space and European community, they were busy dividing property. We missed the first wave of EU expansion back when President Kuchma was in power,” she said.

“No president of Ukraine has ever wanted to do this completely because over the 20 years of Ukrainian independence a system of criminal clans was being built. This isn’t democracy – it’s several families controlling everything in the absence of democratic institutions. We need to start at some point. I was certain that we would start this immediately after the presidential elections in 2005. I believed in this, but, unfortunately, our clans adopt our presidents in a matter of minutes,” she added.

As reported, on March 24, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Füle, after a meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko said that the process of shaping reforms for Ukraine’s rapprochement with the EU needs the engagement of the opposition.

“As leader of the opposition, Mrs Tymoshenko stressed she would play a constructive role in this regard in particular on the election code, which we discussed at length. Inclusiveness and maximum transparency in the reforms of the constitution, the election code and the judiciary are essential,” Stefan Füle said.

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President: We are interested in Singapore’s experience of reforms

Posted by the Editor on March 29, 2011


News / 29 March 2011 | 11:01

President: We are interested in Singapore's experience of reforms

President: We are interested in Singapore’s experience of reforms

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has held talks with President of the Republic of Singapore Sellapan Ramanathan. During the talks sides have discussed inter alia Singapore’s experience of reform and mutual investments. 

During the meeting the Ukrainian Head of State said: “Your rapid progress has shown the world how to build a new economy having virtually no resources. Therefore, our country is very interested in the experience of reforms, which Singapore conducts, and the successful path that you have walked already. 

Viktor Yanukovych said Ukraine has returned to pragmatic policy, noting that we seek to establish normal and mutually beneficial relations with all countries. 

“Business environment in Singapore favors business development and we would like to borrow a little of this atmosphere for Ukraine,” he said. 

Nowadays, he said, Ukraine is following a new road of development; there is political stability in the country, which enables reforms. 

For his part, President of Singapore Sellapan Ramanathan said: “I hope your visit will initiate a new period of development of relations between Ukraine and Singapore. He wished the President of Ukraine success in implementing reforms, and expressed hope for the success of a business forum to be held tomorrow, and that Singaporean companies will help Ukraine in the implementation of national projects. 

Viktor Yanukovych has also invited the President of Singapore to visit Ukraine.

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President: Ukraine will study Singapore’s experience of affordable housing construction

Posted by the Editor on March 28, 2011


News / 28 March 2011 | 17:43

President: Ukraine will study Singapore's experience of affordable housing construction

President: Ukraine will study Singapore’s experience of affordable housing construction

In Singapore, President Viktor Yanukovych visited the Toa Payoh Town public housing estate. 

The President has talked to the Housing and Development Board leadership, watched a video presentation about the Board’s work and toured some display apartments of the district. 

In an interview to Ukrainian journalists President Yanukovych underscored the importance of studying the Singaporean experience of building affordable public housing. He noted that positive result of this program in Singapore was made possible by the fruitful cooperation between the Government and the Housing and Development Board, as well as thanks to the strict observation of legislation. 

“Ukraine has big problems with housing provision, especially for the socially unprotected citizens. So we hope that our experts examine the experience of Singapore in this area in and the possibility of its implementation in Ukraine in detail,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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