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Tymoshenko: law on juries must be adopted

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2011


News / 31 May 2011 | 18:00

Tymoshenko: law on juries must be adopted

Tymoshenko: law on juries must be adopted

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes juries can ensure fair justice, and is therefore insisting on the need for a law on juries to be adopted in Ukraine.

“We want to oppose political repression and controlled courts by involving the public in administering justice through jury trials,” Yulia Tymoshenko wrote on Twitter today, commenting on the draft law “On jury trial in Ukraine” initiated by people’s deputies Serhiy Vlasenko (BYuT-Batkivshchyna) and Hennadiy Moskal (Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense).

The bill was registered in the Verkhovna Rada and defines the legal basis for organizing juries, the status of a jury member, procedures for selection and dismissal, guarantees of their independence and immunity, and other issued related to the work of juries.

The draft law provides that criminal cases tried by juries be held in the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for civil and criminal cases and appeals courts of oblasts, the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol, and the Appeals Court of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

I jury member must be a citizen of Ukraine, at least 35 years of age, that has resided on the territory of Ukraine for the past five years, is fluent in the state language, has a job or regular income, except citizens of Ukraine convicted of intentionally committing a crime, recognized by the court as partially sane or insane, suffering from chronic mental or other illnesses, or representatives of the government, officials of legal entities under public law, or civil servants.

As reported, on May 21, Yulia Tymoshenko said that she plans to fight for her right to a jury trial. “Our constitution provides for trial by jury and I will appeal to the judicial system for a jury trial,” she said.

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Parliament supports pension reform deferral

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2011


News / 31 May 2011 | 16:15

Parliament supports pension reform deferral

Parliament supports pension reform deferral

The Verkhovna Rada has supported the recall of the government bill on pension reform in Ukraine, which provided for gradually raising the retirement age for women from 55 to 60 years, annually increasing it by 6 months, UKRINFORM reported.

As reported, the Cabinet deferred pension reform, because the government wants to get public support. Such a statement was made by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at the Congress of Trade Unions on March 23.

On March 18, President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine quashed consideration in parliament of the bill on pension reform, submitted by the Cabinet on December 20, 2010.

To get the next tranche of the IMF loan, Ukraine should have adopted a law on implementation of pension reform before the end of March 2011.

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President: Trade turnover between Ukraine and Greece is growing

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2011


News / 31 May 2011 | 14:33

President: Trade turnover between Ukraine and Greece is growing

President: Trade turnover between Ukraine and Greece is growing

There is a tendency of trade turnover between Ukraine and Greece growing, President Viktor Yanukovych said at his today’s meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic Dimitris Droutsas. 

According to him, in the first quarter of 2011 the trade turnover has grown more than 90% compared to the same period in 2010. 

“It is my pleasure to say that Greece remains for us a leading trade partner,” he said, pointing to the gradual recovery in trade turnover between our countries after its decline due to the global financial crisis. 

Ukraine and Greece have considerable potential for further development of their cooperation, the President said. “This potential stimulates us to increase attention and enhance our relations. Therefore, we believe that cooperation between our countries is very promising,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“The relations and ties between our countries are particularly close thanks to our history and culture,” Dimitris Droutsas said. 

He drew particular attention to the fact that Ukraine is home to a large Greek diaspora. According to the Minister, that is a very important factor that can “create a bridge to help strengthen and deepen the relations between our countries even more.”

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President: Celebration of 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence must be held decently

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2011


News / 31 May 2011 | 12:49

President: Celebration of 20th anniversary of Ukraine's independence must be held decently

President: Celebration of 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence must be held decently

Celebratiopn of the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence must be held at a decent level, President Viktor Yanukovych said during a meeting of the Preparation and Celebration of Ukraine’s Independence 20th Anniversary Coordinative Council. 

“We must celebrate the 20th anniversary of independence decently. And the measures we are to hold must be held at the highest level,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of a number of other important events related to the country gaining independence, such as flying the national flag in Kyiv (July 24, 1991) and other settlements of Ukraine, the Ukrainian referendum (December 1, 1991), the adoption of the Act of Independence of Ukraine (August 24, 1991). 

“Everything achieved during these 20 years of independence were the events of establishment of the Ukrainian state in the modern world … These dates, of course, are extremely important,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“Preparing for this celebration is extremely important,” the President said, adding that executive authorities are those primarily responsible for the worthy celebration of important dates. In the remaining time ministries, local authorities have to do lots of work, Viktor Yanukovych said. 

Undoubtedly, the President said, government’s daily work should be aimed at creating an appropriate social climate in all directions. “In this regard, other important events, such as the 15th anniversary of the Constitution or the anniversary of the Declaration on State Sovereignty, must be held under the sign of the 20th anniversary of independence,” he added. 

President Yanukovych also said the celebration of the 20th anniversary of independence is an important component of the image of Ukraine so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has special responsibilities in this regard. 

“The celebration in the capital should be held with the participation of foreign guests and our fellow citizens – representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora. We absolutely must work this question out,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed. 

“We must do everything for further modernization of our country improved people’s life and made our country stronger. The task we have set ourselves -making it to the list of twenty most developed countries in the nearest 10 years -lies in the plane of our shared responsibility,” he said.

Yanukovych has also instructed the Government to cut the planned costs of the Independence Day military parade. He also gave an instruction to involve 20-year-olds in the celebration, as they are Ukraine’s Independence peers. 

“I am convinced that cutting the costs will be a right decision,” he added, addressing Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at a meeting of the Preparation and Celebration of Ukraine’s Independence 20th Anniversary Coordinative Council.

In addition, the President instructed the Government to arrange the holiday so that it was suitable for all Ukrainians, regardless of age. “Maybe we should make these events more modern?” he added addressing the meeting participants, “with the participation of young people, who will celebrate their 20th birthday this year.” 

The meeting participants will be reporting on the measures taken at the beginning of July, when the next meeting of the Coordinating Council is scheduled.

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President: Authorities must adjust utility tariff policy

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2011


News / 31 May 2011 | 11:01

President: Authorities must adjust utility tariff policy

President: Authorities must adjust utility tariff policy

President Viktor Yanukovych believes the government should make every effort to adjust the tariff policy in the field of housing and communal services, he said during a meeting of the Preparation and Celebration of Ukraine’s Independence 20th Anniversary Coordinative Council. 

“We need to make significant steps for people at least to have hope that we will settle this issue,” he said, referring to the Government meeting on housing scheduled for June 1. 

“The tariff policy will be all-national – not of backwoods, where the question is approached as one can or likes, but really statehood. And the government will make significant steps here,” Viktor Yanukovych said, presidential press office reported. 

The President has once again urged the authorities to approach the issue with understanding and responsibility.

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Lytvyn: MPs must provide information about their incomes to all interested

Posted by the Editor on May 30, 2011


News / 30 May 2011 | 16:52

Lytvyn: MPs must provide information about their incomes to all interested

Lytvyn: MPs must provide information about their incomes to all interested

MPs must provide information on their incomes to those who are interested, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn said Monday answering journalists’ question when all MPs will be able to publish their income statements, UKRINFORM reported.

“In order that MPs do not shift this function to the office of the Verkhovna Rada, they can provide such information (information about incomes) to those who are interested. In other cases, we must ask the deputy if it is ok if we fulfill the law on combating corruption, which I hope will come into force upon signature by the President of Ukraine,” Lytvyn explained.

He pointed out that if the deputy or any other public official has revenues in excess of wages, he/she must file a declaration of residence to the tax office and, accordingly, one can also ask the tax office about the incomes of one or another MP or public servant.

The parliament chairman expressed hope that in the near future the Verkhovna Rada will decide how to make public the declarations of people’s deputies.

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U.S Navy ship to visit Odesa

Posted by the Editor on May 30, 2011


News / 30 May 2011 | 14:33

U.S Navy ship to visit Odesa

U.S Navy ship to visit Odesa

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted permission to the U.S. Navy ship Grasp (USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) to enter the territorial waters of Ukraine and call in the Odesa Commercial Sea Port on June 6-18 to participate in Sea the Breeze 2011 international naval exercises.

The decision was taken by the Government on May 25 in accordance with a written appeal of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, the commander of the Ukraine Navy on 22 April about the possibility of an informal visit of the said vessel to the port of Odesa.

In accordance with information provided by the U.S. Embassy, USNS Grasp deadweight is 3,335 tons, length – 78 meters, width – 15.5 meters, depth – 5.2 meters. On board the ship there are no nuclear weapons, attack submarines and naval aircraft aviation. Personnel on board – 11 officers and 51 crewmen.

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Tymoshenko demands personal reply from prosecutor general

Posted by the Editor on May 30, 2011


News / 30 May 2011 | 12:50

Tymoshenko demands personal reply from prosecutor general

Tymoshenko demands personal reply from prosecutor general

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has issued an open letter to Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka, Tymoshenko’s official website informed.

“This is the third time that I am asking you to cancel the resolution on opening the politically motivated criminal cases against me and series of illegal actions by investigators and prosecutors in these three cases. Given that my previous complaints, which were addressed to you personally, weren’t answered by you within the required deadline, I am forced to make my third appeal public,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in an open letter.

“I am well aware, based on your own words, that Yanukovych’s instructions carry more legal weight for you than the Ukrainian Constitution and laws. Your cronyism with Yanukovych is also not a secret. People like Yanukovych come and go, but the law and responsibility for breaking it remains,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko reminded the prosecutor general that today is the deadline by which he must legally respond to her complaint, which was registered on Thursday, May 26.

“I know that you understand the political nature of the cases brought against me and, therefore, don’t want to leave your autograph. However, silence doesn’t free you of the responsibility for the abuses related to this case and illegality of these charges. Therefore, I once again ask you to respond immediately to my complaint,” she stressed.

Yulia Tymoshenko underscored that the job of the prosecutor’s office is to monitor compliance with the constitution and laws and that by not responding to her complaint, the prosecutor general is himself breaking the law and must be held accountable.

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