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President holds meeting of Committee on Economic Reforms’ Governing Council

Posted by the Editor on May 12, 2011


News / 12 May 2011 | 17:59

President holds meeting of Committee on Economic Reforms' Governing Council

President holds meeting of Committee on Economic Reforms’ Governing Council

President Viktor Yanukovych chaired a meeting of the Governing Council of the Committee on Economic Reforms, presidential press office reported.

Opening the meeting, President Yanukovych stressed that today’s agenda includes reforming the areas, which are particularly sensitive to the millions of Ukrainian citizens: healthcare, education, and housing and communal services.

“These are the most vulnerable areas of life of our country that need our special attention and special preparation. It means that nothing must be done in a hurry here,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President added that the meeting will also hear a concept of the State Regional Development Fund, which will already next year start managing budget money intended for spending on the needs of the regions. “This is also an issue that we had previously discussed. We will create a mechanism that will work on the development of the regions of Ukraine,” he said.

“I would like to point out that the progress of reforms in healthcare, education or communal and housing services cannot satisfy us today. I refer to myself personally too, because I am directly responsible. But you, dear colleagues, as performers, have certainly not yet reached the optimum speed, which we had discussed,” he said, addressing the members of the Governing Council.

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Tymoshenko: Court proceedings turned into a farce

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News / 12 May 2011 | 16:18

Tymoshenko: Court proceedings turned into a farce

Tymoshenko: Court proceedings turned into a farce

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has referred to today’s trial in the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv as a farce.

“As we expected, the court turned into a face. This is a solid conclusion. The court, just like our Prosecutor General’s Office, is engaged in a farce and political repression because it is a department of the Presidential Administration,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists today after walking out of the courtroom.

Yulia Tymoshenko recalled that at the beginning of the trial the judge tried to avoid publicity by not allowing representatives of the media into the courtroom, and after the break began reading every page of the case materials.

“The judge literally began to read the entire case. As of today, it’s 1150 pages long. After two hours she read only 80 pages. It is impossible to sit in this room for hours listening to the case being reread, and in doing so the judge showed that this trial is absurd. Who knows how long it will take her to read 1150 pages aloud,” Yulia Tymoshenko said, explaining why she left the courtroom, Tymoshenko’s official website reports.

“This isn’t my first trial, and I know what is traditionally done: they announce the list of materials in the case, and if the parties want to hear a certain document, it is announced. But never is the entire case read page by page. They want to simply starve the media, deputies and public, and turn the proceedings into a farce,” she said.

Her defender, Serhiy Vlasenko, will be present at the proceedings. Yulia Tymoshenko said she plans to return to the courtroom for the second stage of the trial, when the parties will provide their explanations to the materials that were the basis for the criminal case opened against her.

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EBRD ready to invest USD1bn in Ukraine’s gas transit system

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News / 12 May 2011 | 14:32

EBRD ready to invest USD1bn in Ukraine's gas transit system

EBRD ready to invest USD1bn in Ukraine’s gas transit system

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to invest in the reconstruction of the Ukrainian gas transit system USD 1 billion, EBRD’s Director in Ukraine Andre Kuusvek said in an interview with the Day weekly digest, UKRINFORM reported.

According to Kuusvek, the EBRD will participate in the modernization of the gas transit system, and it can begin with the Pomary Urengoi-Uzhgorod, and then move on, because the project is medium-term.

“Nevertheless, we must not forget that the cost of the project of comprehensive modernization of the GTS has increased from USD 1.5-2 billion to USD 3-4 billion, and maybe, up to USD 5 billion. This is a very significant amount. For its part, the Bank for five years may invest USD 1 billion to modernize the Ukrainian gas transit system,” Kuusvek said.

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Tymoshenko: Lutsenko’s condition has deteriorated

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News / 12 May 2011 | 12:51

Tymoshenko: Lutsenko's condition has deteriorated

Tymoshenko: Lutsenko’s condition has deteriorated

Yulia Tymoshenko today visited the hospital to which former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko has been moved.

“There were so many security officers that it was impossible to pass, everything was blocked. I think they’re afraid of people seeing what condition Yuriy Lutsenko is in,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists, according to the official website.

Yulia Tymoshenko said she was unable to speak with Lutsenko, despite the promise of the chief doctor. “Unfortunately, the head physician isn’t responsible for security and permission to enter. He treats. The Ministry of Internal Affairs controls who may enter, based on instructions from the prosecutor’s office. But the fact that they’re not letting anyone see him, even his wife, is strange,” she added.

Yulia Tymoshenko, referring to information from Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Nina Karpachova, said that Yuriy Lutsenko’s health has deteriorated. “Statements by the Prosecutor General’s Office that Yuriy is ok, that his health is fine, are not true. If his condition has worsened and it’s visible to the naked eye, this means that nobody can predict what will happen to his life at any moment,” she said.

“I hope that common sense prevails and Yuriy is released from custody,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Parliament obliges public officers to declare expenses of over USD 18,000

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News / 12 May 2011 | 11:01

Parliament obliges public officers to declare expenses of over USD 18,000

Parliament obliges public officers to declare expenses of over USD 18,000

The Verkhovna Rada made a clarification to the law on the principles of preventing and combating corruption in Ukraine, concerning the declaration of expenses by public officials.

If during the reporting year public officials conducted expenses that exceed UAH 150,000 (USD 1 – UAH 7.97), they should be subject to mandatory monitoring, UKRINFORM  reports.

Moreover, in the income declaration civil servants should separately indicate property which is privately owned and leased property.

As reported, the Ukrainian parliament on April 7 passed in whole a bill submitted by the President on the principles of preventing and combating corruption in Ukraine.

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