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President: Ukraine open to fruitful cooperation with World Bank

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News / 17 June 2011 | 16:18

President: Ukraine open to fruitful cooperation with World Bank

President: Ukraine open to fruitful cooperation with World Bank

Ukraine highly appreciates financial assistance of the World Bank, which has been supporting our country and providing significant resources to promote Ukrainian reforms for nineteen years now, President Viktor Yanukovych said at his meeting with World Bank’s Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Region Philippe Le Houerou. 

“We are always open to fruitful cooperation with the World Bank. We are grateful for the support you provide to us,” he said. 

The President stressed that Ukraine and the World Bank are now implementing 11 projects totaling $1.37 billion. He added that system loans are the most flexible and effective instruments of direct support of the state budget, economic reforms, and positive dynamics of economic growth in Ukraine. 

Viktor Yanukovych noted that Second Public Finance Modernization Project is being prepared now worth about $360 million and aimed at strengthening public financial management in Ukraine. There is also preparation of the Fourth Development Policy Project worth $ 500 million going on.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych’s pension "reform" violates the constitution

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News / 17 June 2011 | 14:33

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych's pension "reform" violates the constitution

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych’s pension "reform" violates the constitution

President Viktor Yanukovych’s so-called pension reform violates the Constitution of Ukraine, Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said.

“This so-called pension reform, I’ll call it the pension law, violates a key article of the Constitution of Ukraine – article 22, which says that nobody has the right to adopt laws that diminish existing rights and freedoms, social security and property,” Yulia Tymoshenko said at a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada.

The ex-premier believes the pension laws submitted to parliament by Mykola Azarov’s government have nothing to do with reform. “The president of the county, Viktor Yanukovych, is mistakenly calling this legislation pension reform. But this isn’t pension reform – it’s the same chaotic, ill-considered actions as the so-called judicial reform and other non-reforms,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko recalled that 18 months ago, then presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych made many promises to voters, which have remained merely rhetoric. “During his presidential campaign, Yanukovych rather clearly promised a number of increases: pensions, salaries, investment, welfare, GDP. But of all the declared increases, he only succeeded in increasing the retirement age, prices for all consumer goods, utilities rates, corruption, hypocrisy and cynicism,” she said.

“Once this pension reform is adopted, pensioners will have two meals – on Monday and Friday. And the rest of the time they will think of Yanukovych and his program,” she added.

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Government’s pension reform bill passed in first reading

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News / 17 June 2011 | 12:41

Government's pension reform bill passed in first reading

Government’s pension reform bill passed in first reading

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted in first reading the government’s draft law on measures to ensure the legislative support for reform of the pension system. This bill was supported by 245 people’s deputies, who ignored the opinion of the parliamentary committee on pensioners, veterans and disabled, which proposed sending the bill for revision.

The bill introduces a funded system of compulsory pensionable service, and the maximum pension is set at 10 living wages, UKRINFORM reported.

It also provides for a gradual increase in retirement age for women from 55 to 60 years starting February 1, 2011, and for male civil servants to 62 years from 2013.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko, who presented the pension bill predicts adoption of the government’s bill in parliament during the next plenary week, July 5-8. He stated this at a press briefing after the adoption of the bill on first reading.

“At the last plenary week of this session, that is from 4 to 8 July, I think we should pass the law as a whole,” the vice-prime minister predicted.

Tihipko promised that next week the government with the parliamentary committee on pensioners, veterans and disabled will consider the proposals and amendments to be made by people’s deputies for second reading of the bill on pension reform.

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President: The Parliament should adopt new Criminal Procedure Code this year

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News / 17 June 2011 | 11:00

President: The Parliament should adopt new Criminal Procedure Code this year

President: The Parliament should adopt new Criminal Procedure Code this year

President Viktor Yanukovych is satisfied with a new draft Criminal Procedure Code prepared by the Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform. “It is necessary to complete the work as soon as possible. I believe that the draft Code should be considered and approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2011. I am convinced that the adoption of a new Criminal Procedure Code is crucial for establishing the rule of law in Ukraine and is one of the basic guarantees of human rights in our country,” Viktor Yanukovych said, opening today’s meeting of the Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform. 

According to the President, the draft Code introduces a qualitatively new system of legal protection of a person, society and the state from criminal offenses and allows quick, complete and impartial investigation of criminal cases. 

Particularly, the draft Code significantly expands the rights of lawyers, who are enabled to gather and present evidence in court on part with prosecutors. “We will change the practice of Ukrainian courts demonstrating commitment to only one side of the process – the Persecution,” he said.

Another positive innovation introduced by the draft Code according to President Yanukovych is banning the court from considering evidence the information obtained by investigators through violence against or intimidation of suspects. “In the practice of the European Court of Human Rights protection of secrecy of communication and privacy holds important place. With respect to these standards the draft Code clearly lists cases in which law enforcement authorities are allowed to carry out covert investigations,” Viktor Yanukovych said. Moreover, he added, covert investigations are allowed only in case of grave or especially grave crimes, and only pursuant to the appropriate court order.

According to President Yanukovych, the draft Code also prevents excessive application of detention measures. “The draft Code dedicates much attention to guaranteeing the right to a fair, independent and impartial trial,” he said. In addition, a person accused of committing a felony is being entitled by the draft Code to a jury trial. 

Viktor Yanukovych also said that the draft Code makes possible an agreement between prosecutor and suspect, or between victim and suspect, thus allowing to substantially reduce the term of criminal offenses investigation. 

He reminded that in the process of drafting the Code, proposals of international and domestic experts, scholars and NGOs were taken into account. The President also proposed to show the draft Code to Europe’s leading experts and take their comments into account in further work on it. 

Viktor Yanukovych also considers necessary submitting the draft Criminal Procedure Code for an expert opinion of the Council of Europe Venice Commission.

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