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President: Ukraine would like to host 2022 Winter Olympics

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News / 8 July 2011 | 17:53

President: Ukraine would like to host 2022 Winter Olympics

President: Ukraine would like to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Ukraine has begun preparing its sports infrastructure for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in the Carpathians, President Viktor Yanukovych has said at today’s press conference for central, regional and international media. “This is our initiative, we have already conducted an enormous work the International Olympic Committee,” he said. 

In this context, the President also expressed confidence that Ukraine is preparing for Euro 2012 adequately. “I have no doubt that 100% of the infrastructure needed for EURO 2012 will be built,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President said that while there are some delays in the construction of roads and hotels, the situation would surely be corrected. “We will be improving the situation and catch up with the schedule,” the President of Ukraine said. 

Also, he said, Ukraine has every chance to qualify for hosting the 2015 European Basketball Championship. “There is every likelihood that we will succeed in that,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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President: There must be neither friends nor foes in fighting corruption

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News / 8 July 2011 | 16:35

President: There must be neither friends nor foes in fighting corruption

President: There must be neither friends nor foes in fighting corruption

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych pledges to make every effort to ensure the carrying out of the anti-corruption law in Ukraine, he said at today’s press conference for central, regional and international media. “I will do everything for the law to work. There should be neither friends nor foes. The approach must be equal to all,” he said. Viktor Yanukovych mentioned the new law on combating corruption has been active since July 1. 

Viktor Yanukovych has said the question of overcoming the problem of corruption in Ukraine is closely related to the reform of regulatory policy. He noted that the licensing system is reduced by about 90%. “This is a very radical approach. It is aimed at “separating” an official, an entrepreneur, and a citizen,” Viktor Yanukovych said, “The state loses, does not receive to the budget about 20 billion hryvnias due to corruption… We need to bring the economy, wages out of the shadows.” 

“Corruption is a disease of not only officials, but of the whole society,” he said. Therefore, Viktor Yanukovych believes, fighting corruption should be “the cause of the whole country.”

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President’s opening remarks at press conference for national and foreign media

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Analytics / 8 July 2011 | 15:23

President's opening remarks at press conference for national and foreign media

President’s opening remarks at press conference for national and foreign media

Good day to you, dear colleagues. 

I address you in such a way because we are doing the same work with you for our country. You are covering what the government is doing and how the state is living. And every citizen in his place has the ability, first of all, to feel what is going on in the state, and secondly, of course, to draw conclusions. 

The situation our country is currently in, in my opinion, was entirely predictable a year ago. And everything that has happened in our country this and last year was a coordinated government action, society’s great desire to change life for the better. How it turns out we will be discussing with you today. 

2010 was a crucial, starting year for our state, because the new team has come, taking responsibility for the situation in the country. It pledged to change the situation in the economy, to offer and implement measures to improve the economic situation and prevent the economy from continuing to fall further, as it fell in 2009. 

Second. Of course, it was necessary to prevent the reduction of social benefits at all costs. At least to pay pensions, social assistance, wages in 100%. Or even better – given the inflation, to increase them so that they at least met the inflation rate. I believe that we succeeded in that. I had already said earlier this year: we managed to stop the fall of the economy and begin growth. Last year showed that the economy grew 4.2%, wages last year rose slightly more than 10%, but not as much as we would like them to, and how it should have been done. 

As for the reforms, this is the process our country’s future is impossible without. That is, without reforms the country could no longer live in this state. And it cannot. This is the path that requires the government making decisive steps into the future. 

From the experience of reforms in any country of the world we know that the beginning of any reform is always painful. Because it means changes. And no matter how well these reforms are thought out, they often produce unexpected results. Therefore, they should be carried out, above all, very professionally, each step should be thought out, global experience of the countries that have already walked this way should be used. Secondly, of course, it is necessary to always keep a finger on the pulse – how does the society perceive them, how does the public respond to them, which in many cases expresses the views of our citizens. 

These were merely the first steps we made in 2010; we have started reforms in seven areas. I repeat that – have started. 2011 will see the continuation of the initiated reforms and starting of new ones. It is impossible to carry out reforms one by one – they can only be introduced systematically, which means – in a complex. That is, the life of our country is harmonically tied to different areas of its activity, different economies – I mean those in industries. I would also like to remind that each region’s economy structure is very different, but people everywhere are the same, that is, in no case must we distinguish between the people of different professions, or their area of residence. We must carry out reforms in such a way that, firstly, they were not impeding but complementing each other, and secondly, we were introducing them quickly to get the final result. Therefore, I pity some cases, where we have losses. I pity the people first of all. There are inconveniences. But without that, if we do not do it, there will be no future for us, nor our children, nor our country as a whole. We all understand it well. Therefore this path is inevitable. 

The demands I presently put before the officials of all levels are the same – we must be working effectively, continuously, thinking around the clock, cogitating our every step. Clearly, this is a large system, a mechanism that must work synchronously. It is very important. 

What problems are there? Of course, anything new requires some knowledge and confidence in what you are doing. Training such a huge number of officials quickly, and making them act synchronously and efficiently is a very difficult but extremely important task, I think. Simply passing laws and then waiting for them to start working is not enough. We must organize their implementation, create mechanisms that would drive these reforms. And that is most important. So the process involves now not only those, who carry out these reforms, but the majority of the working-age society. And those people, who are not working (I mean the pensioners) must not be made hostage to poor or ill-considered actions of the authorities. I understand that well too. And when I meet people in different places, I very often say that. 

Firstly, that they believed that the reforms are aimed at improving the lives of especially those, who have already done their share for us, our generation. These are pensioners. And, of course, all the reforms we carry out will give a positive result for the economy, and the quality of life. Not as quickly, as we would like them to, but over time we will be feeling that the country has begun this movement of modernization, which will only strengthen our state and improve the lives of our people. 

So I would like us to discuss these issues today. Of course, very important issue is building a fair state. That means the system of law enforcement and judiciary also needs reform. And we have started them. We are currently studying most of these reforms aimed at improving the protection of human rights together with European organizations. With the Council of Europe, for example. We also invite reputable organizations of the world, in the U.S. to cooperation and partnership. 

I would say this is a very exciting issue that will interest you all – the question of freedom of speech. I had many meetings with journalists, who have convinced me that we must have a coordinating authority, advisory council that would respond to all these questions arising in the media and in the society associated with the freedom of speech. And we have established such a council. I have instructed Daryna Chepak to work on this matter; the council includes the officials capable of addressing questions that arise. Undoubtedly, having such information, I will always respond to any situations that occur in our country. The information from this council and from you. 

We have started last year laying the foundation for building a strong state, improving the lives of people. This year, we will continue this work. Currently, as never before during 20 years of independence, the government is working in partnership, consistently and responsibly. There are mistakes, errors – no one is immune to them. And I have never denied that. I have always agreed, when there were criticism or comments. They should be responded in a timely manner, if there are mistakes they should be promptly corrected and never repeated. 

So I invite you to this dialogue. Please, I am ready to hear your questions.

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Trial postponed till July 11 after defense lawyer hospitalized

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News / 8 July 2011 | 15:23

Trial postponed till July 11 after defense lawyer hospitalized

Trial postponed till July 11 after defense lawyer hospitalized

Judge Rodion Kireyev has called a recess in the trial until July 11, following the hospitalization of Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer Mykola Tytarenko.

Tymoshenko’s lawyer Mykola Tytarenko had earlier this morning asked the judge to postpone the proceedings until July 11, claiming he was suffering from health problems.

“The conditions that have been created in the court amount to torture, because the hearings last from morning till night. You didn’t give us the opportunity to review the case file. It’s 5,000 pages long. He has slept 2-3 hours each of past three nights. He faces a dilemma – either provide quality defense or lose consciousness directly in the courtroom. You have deliberately created such conditions,” Yulia Tymoshenko told the judge.

State prosecutors asked the court not to grant the motion, since in their opinion, “the lawyer’s appearance doesn’t indicate a poor state of health.” Nevertheless, the judge was forced to announce a break and call a doctor for Mykola Tytarenko.

Immediately after an examination, Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer was taken by ambulance to the Kyiv Oblast Hospital with a preliminary diagnosis of “acute heart failure.” A medical certificate was given to the secretary of the Pechersk District Court.

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President: Ukraine and Russia are "fated" to be partners

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News / 8 July 2011 | 14:41

President: Ukraine and Russia are "fated" to be partners

President: Ukraine and Russia are "fated" to be partners

“We are moving towards rapprochement with Russia because we are ‘fated’ to be partners,” President Viktor Yanukovych said at his today’s press conference for central, regional and international media. “Prospects of cooperation with Russia are enormous,” he said, noting the growth of trade turnover between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. “Last year we reached the trade turnover of nearly $42 billion… This year we will have the turnover of $50 billion,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

He noted that one of the priorities of cooperation with Russia is energy sector. “There are prospects of cooperation with Russia in the oil industry. It is also interesting for us. We must have stable oil flow for the Ukrainian system to work… We need to attract investment to the development of our oil fields,” Viktor Yanukovych added. 

In addition, the President of Ukraine emphasized the importance of cooperation with Russia in machinery, aircraft and shipbuilding. “Ukraine is interested in keeping our plants running at full capacity, and only then starting to produce our own crafts,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed. He said Ukraine’s shipbuilding companies have already received orders for building merchant ships. 

At the same time, the Head of State assured that in its relations with Russia Ukraine will always protect its national interests.

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Tymoshenko: We will fight for the repeal of the criminal pension law

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News / 8 July 2011 | 12:56

Tymoshenko: We will fight for the repeal of the criminal pension law

Tymoshenko: We will fight for the repeal of the criminal pension law

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said that representatives of her political force will lodge an appeal with the Constitutional Court, challenging the constitutionality of the government’s pension reform law.

“Our political force, our faction will ask the Constitutional court to repeal the illegally adopted law on pension reform. This doesn’t mean that we naively claim that the Constitutional Court, which today is a department of the presidential administration, will issue a just ruling. Unfortunately, justice doesn’t exist any longer in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists today, according to her official website.

According to the law on pension reform adopted last night by the Verkhovna Rada in the second reading, the retirement age for women will increase to 60. Years of work experience will increase to 30 for women and 35 for men. The retirement age for male civil servants increases to 63. Pensions for people who have become disabled and unable to work are capped at 7640 hryvnnias. The law also reduces from 90% to 80% the salary levels used to calculate pensions for civil servants.

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Ukraine to get EBRD loan for road repairs

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News / 8 July 2011 | 11:02

Ukraine to get EBRD loan for road repairs

Ukraine to get EBRD loan for road repairs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide Ukraine with a loan of 450 million euros to repair six entrances to the city of Kyiv.

As UKRINFORM reported, the President signed into law the bill on ratification of the credit agreement (improvement of transport and operational status of roads on the approaches to the city of Kyiv (Pan-European corridors) between Ukraine and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill on June 15. While introducing the document in parliament, the head of the State Roads Agency, Volodymyr Demishkan, explained that the loan will be taken for a total of 450 million euros, with an interest rate in euro Libor+1, maturity of 15 years and a grace period of four years. He noted that the total payment on the loan will be lower than inflation.

Demishkan also said that it is planned to improve 400 km of roads on six entrances to Kyiv, from Zhytomyr, Odesa, Kovel, Chernihiv, Obukhiv and Ovruch. The work will begin in July, and the contractors will be determined by public tenders under control of the EBRD.

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