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Government proposes limiting maximum pension to 10 subsistence minimums

Posted by the Editor on June 2, 2011


News / 2 June 2011 | 16:10

Government proposes limiting maximum pension to 10 subsistence minimums

Government proposes limiting maximum pension to 10 subsistence minimums

The Government, having finalized the bill on pension reform, proposes limiting the maximum pension to 10 subsistence minimums instead of the current 12. This was announced at a press briefing by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko.

In his opinion, the restriction must relate to the already fixed pensions. The Constitutional Court will decide how legitimate such a step is, Tihipko said. He reminded that the maximum pension limit is practiced by most EU countries.

In particular, he cited the example of Austria, where this ratio is maximum 5. “There (in Astra – ed.), the minimum pension may not differ from the maximum more than 5 times. We are suggesting 10,” the government member said.

As reported, by January 1, the cost of living in Ukraine amounted to UAH 941, and from December 1 it will be UAH 1,004 (1 USD – 7.97 UAH).

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Tymoshenko: Azarov’s people must be held accountable for illegal vaccines

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News / 2 June 2011 | 14:21

Tymoshenko: Azarov's people must be held accountable for illegal vaccines

Tymoshenko: Azarov’s people must be held accountable for illegal vaccines

Batkivshchyna Party leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said she was not involved in the illegal purchase of vaccines to fight the flu epidemic in 2009.

“I want to remind you that I worked in a coalition government and that the minister of health was appointed under Yushchenko’s quota: Mr. Mytnyk was responsible for procuring medicine and everything else for the ministry of health, and he was appointed by Yushchenko as Azarov’s person in our government. And you know that after Yanukovych became president, Mr. Mytnyk, who was responsible for making these purchases at the proposal of Azarov, was appointed minister of health,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists today.

Yulia Tymoshenko pointed out that during the flu epidemic the decision to allocate funds to battle the epidemic was made by the Verkhovna Rada. “When there was an epidemic in Ukraine, money was allocated as a whole to fight the epidemic. It was allocated by the Verkhovna Rada and the Verkhovna Rada voted on this,” she said.

The ex-premier recalled that she personally, in fulfilling her official duties, supervised the implementation of comprehensive measure to battle the flu epidemic in 2009. “I want to once again prove to you how the Prosecutor General’s Office is manipulating messages. They’re saying the vaccine Tamiflu. Vaccines and Tamiflu are two different things. Tamiflu is pills, and a vaccine is a vaccine. And when they say ‘vaccine Tamiflu’ they’re creating black propaganda, black PR, and it’s parasitic. I was talking about comprehensive measures to fight the epidemic, which was important back then for us based on the requirements of the World Health Organization and Ukraine, as a member of this organization, was required to take certain protocol actions when there is an epidemic,” she said.

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Tymoshenko to submit second request to travel to Brussels

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News / 2 June 2011 | 12:48

Tymoshenko to submit second request to travel to Brussels

Tymoshenko to submit second request to travel to Brussels

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has denied Yulia Tymoshenko’s request to make a working visit to Brussels to participate in the European People’s Party Summit on June 23, the former prime minister announced today.

“Today the investigator told me that I have not been given permission to go to Brussels. In other words, three days have passed, but they didn’t give me permission,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today after leaving the PGO, her official website reported.

Yulia Tymoshenko said she plans to submit a second request for permission to travel to Belgium. “I think in a couple days we will file a second request, we will resubmit all the documents so that they review them again within three days, and think about how much more they can spoil Ukraine’s image, how much further they can humiliate their own image as that of the government of Ukraine. And that’s why we will repeat our request to go to Brussels,” she added.

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Amount of donor assistance for Chornobyl projects may rise to EUR 700 m

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News / 2 June 2011 | 11:01

Amount of donor assistance for Chornobyl projects may rise to EUR 700 m

Amount of donor assistance for Chornobyl projects may rise to EUR 700 m

Ukraine is continuing to take efforts to find the financial resources required to implement Chornobyl projects in full, according to Andriy Honcharuk, an adviser to the Ukrainian president and the head of the main department of international relations at the Presidential Administration, UKRINFORM reported.

He said that in the short term, the volume of the collected funds would grow to EUR 700 million. In this regard, Honcharuk said he hoped that some international partners of Ukraine, in particular, European institutions, would increase their respective contributions.

He recalled that after the conference on raising funds for this purpose in Kyiv on April 19, a number of countries had expressed their desire to join the additional funding of Chornobyl projects. These, in particular, are Saudi Arabia and Canada (the sum of contributions – EUR 14 million and EUR 21 million respectively). In addition, Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers Silvio Berlusconi said during a summit of the Group of Eight in Deauville on May 26-27 that his country had decided to allocate EUR 26 million for the Chornobyl Shelter Fund.

Thus, Honcharuk said, the total amount of contributions declared by the international community to finance the Chornobyl projects has currently reached EUR 610 million.

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