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Ukrainian PM asks govt to study Gazprom’s Europe gas contracts

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News / 9 June 2011 | 16:16

Ukrainian PM asks govt to study Gazprom's Europe gas contracts

Ukrainian PM asks govt to study Gazprom’s Europe gas contracts

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov instructed the Energy Ministry on Thursday to study Gazprom’s gas supply contracts with Europe to prove that the existing gas deal with Russia is disadvantageous for the ex-Soviet republic.

“I am instructing the Energy and Coal Ministry, our negotiating team to carefully analyze Gazprom’s similar deals with other countries to prove that the contract terms for Ukraine are the worst and do not comply with market pricing,” Azarov told a government meeting, RIA Novosti reported.

Kiev’s trump card in gas deal revision talks with Russia is the force of argument, the premier said.

“The arguments should be forcible and indisputable,” Azarov said, adding that the issue of a fair gas price was the basis for the stable development of the Ukrainian economy.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed on Tuesday during talks with Azarov in Moscow that Russia’s price formula for gas is universal for all countries and Ukraine “is no exception.”

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Tymoshenko: EU won’t ignore the destruction of rights and freedoms in Ukraine

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News / 9 June 2011 | 14:50

Tymoshenko: EU won't ignore the destruction of rights and freedoms in Ukraine

Tymoshenko: EU won’t ignore the destruction of rights and freedoms in Ukraine

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko is confident the European Parliament’s resolution on Ukraine will provide a fair assessment of the suppression of democracy in the country.

“I want to thank the leaders of the European Union and members of the European Parliament that they, using procedures that allow them to examine issues on a priority basis, tomorrow will consider a special resolution on political repression in Ukraine. I saw drafts of these resolutions and believe that they accurately reflect that current situation in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists today before her hearing at the Kyiv Court of Appeals.

She also thanked the Monitoring Committee and the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that “after studying my case honestly wrote in their public report that there was no corruption in the cases I stand accused of.” “And these are conclusions by international organizations,” she stressed.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that countries that espouse democratic values won’t ignore the actions of the Ukrainian government against the opposition. “I think that countries of the EU and other democratic states won’t close their eyes to the processes of humiliation, liquidation, destruction of rights and freedoms that are taking place in Ukraine. They won’t turn a blind eye to the major corruption by the president and his entourage,” she said.

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President suggests publicizing high-profile corruption crimes’ list

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News / 9 June 2011 | 13:43

President suggests publicizing high-profile corruption crimes' list

President suggests publicizing high-profile corruption crimes’ list

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych suggests publicizing a list of high-profile corruption cases to inform the public about the progress of their investigation, he said at today’s meeting of the National Anti-Corruption Committee. 

“We will soon make such a list of high-profile cases, where large amounts of money stolen from the state are featured. It is necessary that the people knew about them. And then we must report to the public on their investigation and how do we return the taxpayers’ money,” he said. 

In his speech the President cited the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine data, according to which the state lost about 10 billion hryvnias on procurements last year. “New schemes are invented and pushed into the Law on Public Procurement, intended to make stealing public funds easier,” he said. 

He reminded that on May 24, the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) stated Ukraine’s low efficiency in terms of legislative support of the fight against corruption and its incompliance with the European standards of combating corruption. 

“The recommendations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have not been carried out for a long time too. This complicates the European prospects of Ukraine, including the introduction of visa-free travel, and attracting real foreign investments,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that Ukraine has always been, is and will be open to development and implementation of a real and effective anti-corruption policy. “We have enough powers to fight this disgraceful abnormality,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych drew attention to the need to significantly intensify National Anti-Corruption Committee’s work. “We must introduce regular per-direction monitoring of the public anti-corruption policy. The National Anti-Corruption Committee will hold thematic meetings monthly,” he said. 

The President requested the Secretariat to the Committee to prepare a plan of its meetings for the second half of the year within two weeks.

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President: Ukraine is improving its anti-corruption policy consistently

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News / 9 June 2011 | 12:42

President: Ukraine is improving its anti-corruption policy consistently

President: Ukraine is improving its anti-corruption policy consistently

Ukraine carries out consistent steps to improve the legislation and to effectively combat corruption, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s meeting of the National Anti-Corruption Committee. 

An important anti-corruption step he called the recent adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On the Access to Public Information. “I am certain that its consistent implementation will ensure transparent and responsible decision-making,” he said. 

In his opinion, one of the steps to implement the government anti-corruption policy effectively will also be the adoption of the new Law of Ukraine “On the Prosecutor’s Office” and “On the Police”. “The new Code of Criminal Procedure of Ukraine is almost ready now, which is being worked on by leading scientists in the country,” the President said. 

He also said a working group on the criminal legislation reform will be convened soon with its decisions later submitted to the Venice Commission for opinions on their compliance with the European principles and standards. 

The President said the improvement of the Criminal Code of Ukraine should not be overlooked too. “It is obvious that some economic crimes should be decriminalized by easing liability and introducing the possibility of punishments, not associated with imprisonment,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

President also said the Law of Ukraine “On the Principles of Prevention and Combating Corruption” requires the President, Government and Ministry of Justice to approve a number of regulations. “We need to approve them urgently,” he said.

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President: Corruption poses threat to national security

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News / 9 June 2011 | 11:03

President: Corruption poses threat to national security

President: Corruption poses threat to national security

President Viktor Yanukovych has conducted a meeting of the National Anti-Corruption Committee. 

Opening the meeting President stressed that there are lots of problems requiring political level solutions in the area of fighting corruption. 

“We all know that corruption in Ukraine has become a way of bureaucracy’s existence and is a cause of massive shadow economy. It threatens the security of our country,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that Ukrainian society is losing at least 20 billion hryvnias annually – the money being diverted from the budget or stolen through corruption schemes. 

“Due to corrupt deals in the area of public procurement, from 10 to 15% of the state budget ends up in the pockets of officials. It is from 4 to 7 billion dollars,” Yanukovych said. 

“Embezzlement of funds and the country’s strategic resources – land, minerals, has become a permanent subject of news in our country,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych expressed confidence that corruption hinders modernization and reforms. 

“Its spread has become systemic, and we have to decide how do we fight it,” he said. 

According to the President, among the results of corrupt schemes are lost investment and funds for modernization, broken roads, sky-high prices, poor quality of healthcare and education, outdated social infrastructure, etc. 

“Ukraine is paying high price for corruption. The burden of corruption very heavy for the whole state’s economy,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

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