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Stealing of Ukrainian GTS is now called ‘consortium’

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


Analytics / 4 October 2011 | 18:19

Stealing of Ukrainian GTS is now called 'consortium'

Stealing of Ukrainian GTS is now called ‘consortium’

The authorities promise to sign the agreement on formation of gas transportation consortium among Ukraine, Russia and EU in November.

At the same time, this consortium would make sense if ‘South steam’ really posed any threat to Ukraine. However, this project is at the stage of deadlock preceding collapse.

Firstly, the price for energy carriers is dropping. Under such conditions Russia won’t be able to shake out tens of milliards euro from investors.

Secondly, the EU has adopted the so-called Third energy package, according to which all gas suppliers have accesses to gas pipes on the territory of the EU. For example, Qatari gas easily gets into the Russian pipe. This situation is a nightmare of Gazprom. In addition, gas suppliers and gas transportation companies must be separated, which means Gazprom’s pipelines will never enter the EU.

Recently the European Commission representatives conducted searches in Berlin and Czech representative offices of Gazprom, as well as in offices of other gas companies in ten countries in order to prevent violation of antimonopoly law. Only this is enough for ‘South stream’ to remain on paper.

Besides, there is position of Turkey, which does not want to lose its key role in gas trade in that region. There is no point for Turkey to give permission for ‘South stream’ to pass through its territorial waters and it does not.

There are also competitive projects, and construction of ‘Transcaspian gas pipeline’ is one of them. “‘We would like to import gas from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan at first hand,” European commissioner on energy Gunther Ettinger declared.

And on top of that, ‘South stream’ project is disrupted by new technologies, including processing of shale gas and development of terminal net for Qatari or any other Middle East gas.

Hence, ‘South stream’ unlike the ‘North stream’ is nothing but a fiction and expensive one. But ‘North stream’, the first branch of which has been built, cannot take the main part of transit routs of Ukraine because it is directed to North European consumers.

So what do we have at the end? Formation of the consortium means sharing of income. If current milliard of income is divided by three, what will have Ukraine? – pennies. It would be more profitable to sow the soil, allotted for the gas pipes.

Another important question is who the participants of the consortium are. The European Union or private companies? If the latter, they will easily sell Ukraine ‘for a candy.’

At the same time, European Commission spokesperson Marlene Holzner said the Commission did not get any propositions regarding the three-sided consortium. “We did not see any details regarding the consortium, only some reports in the press,” she said. As they say, EU has been given away without its O.K.

What does Ukraine need from the consortium? Obligations from Russia not to build ‘South stream’? Let them be, anyway they will not finish it in this century. Money for modernization of the gas transportation system? It is doing just fine for now. And why don’t we take this money from the income of the very GTS? Why do we always need some ‘foreign uncle’, who first takes money from Ukraine and then gives little part for repair?

The problem is that such ‘uncles’ are very costly, as much as lack of brains.

The wisest decision for the authorities to make is not to hurry. Oil prices are dropping. IMF will not let us down. Technological progress is on our side – liquefied gas and shale have already led to gas price fall in US by 50% and in EU by10-20%.

Ukraine should speak less and act more. If the authorities speak about reduction of gas consumption, it must be reduced practically. If the matter concerns own gas extraction, the corresponding programs must be financed by the budget. And if they steal less, the country will live in clover.

Oleksandr Paliy

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Program ‘Affordable housing’ financed by 58.8 million UAH

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 17:35

Program 'Affordable housing' financed by 58.8 million UAH

Program ‘Affordable housing’ financed by 58.8 million UAH

Since the beginning of the year the program ‘Affordable housing’ has been financed by 58.8 million hryvnias, press office of the State fund on assistance to construction for young people reported.

In particular, 405 families have got 30% subsidy for housing construction. 23 houses of 210 ths cu m of total area for 2816 apartments have been put in operation in different regions.

The fund has granted 291 privileged loans amounting 95 million UAH at the expense of the state budget, local budgets and fund means.

The press office reminded that this year it is planned to allocate from the state budget 100 million UAH for the program ‘Affordable housing’ and another 60 million for privileged loans.

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Foreign Ministry: Libya vows to free detained Ukrainians after completion of investigation

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 17:04

Foreign Ministry: Libya vows to free detained Ukrainians after completion of investigation

Foreign Ministry: Libya vows to free detained Ukrainians after completion of investigation

The Ukrainian side has received assurances from the new Libyan government that 22 Ukrainians detained in this country will be released after the completion of an investigation into their involvement in military operations in Libya, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleksandr Dykusarov said at a briefing on Tuesday.

“It gives us some optimism that the case is advancing rather effectively,” he said, UKRINFORM reported.

Dykusarov said that the situation with the Ukrainians in Libya currently remained unchanged. “Our diplomats regularly visit the Ukrainians,” he said, adding that the Ukrainian side is constantly holding talks on the release of the Ukrainian citizens.

He also added that Ukraine expected the speedy formation of the Libyan government, which will certainly help accelerate the positive resolution of this issue.

As reported, in September 2011, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirmed reports about the detention of 23 Ukrainians in Libya, one of which has already been released. According to diplomats, these citizens are civil engineers who arrived in Libya under contracts signed with a private company.

Ukraine has demanded that the detained citizens be released from custody and brought to the Ukrainian Embassy in Tripoli.

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‘Olympic hope-2022’ program approved

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 16:32

'Olympic hope-2022' program approved

‘Olympic hope-2022’ program approved

The authorities have approved the state program ‘Olympic hope-2022’, Lviv region governor Mykhailo Tsymbaliuk told a briefing in Kyiv, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

The program provides for construction of corresponding facilities during 2011-2015 and for attraction of inverstors.

According to the governor, the project ‘Olympic hope-2022’ must become a strong impetus to development of sport and tourist infrastructure of Lviv region.

Thanks to the project it is also planned to improve investment attractiveness of the region and to attract as much as possible means for the region economy.

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President instructs AMCU to prepare long-term program of competition development in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 16:10

President instructs AMCU to prepare long-term program of competition development in Ukraine

President instructs AMCU to prepare long-term program of competition development in Ukraine

President Viktor Yanukovych has instructed AMCU to prepare the long-term program of competition development in Ukraine. It has been reported by the Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine Vasyl Tsushko after the meeting with the President, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

He also noted that the President had instructed AMCU to involve other government organs in the elaboration of that program.

“It will give a really significant boost for us – given the President’s program and the modernization program – to work out a program that will seriously influence market development in Ukraine,” the Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee noted.

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Azarov says ministers’ allowance reduced three times

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 15:50

Azarov says ministers' allowance reduced three times

Azarov says ministers’ allowance reduced three times

Draft state budget-2012 provides for reduction of Cabinet of Ministers’ allowance by three times, Ukraine’s PM said during the meeting with representatives of internet media, ForUm correspondent reports.

“The state budget provides for 250 million UAH for government’s allowance in 2012. Is it a lot or not so much? By the way it is three times less than in 2009. Besides, during the crisis of 2009 the personnel of the Cabinet numbered 1470 people, and now only 400,” Azarov specified and proposed to ask foreign diplomats about allowance of British government, for example.

“Is it 25 million euro? I don’t think so. Definitely more than 25 million,” the PM is convinced.

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Biometric passports are not obligatory

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 15:29

Biometric passports are not obligatory

Biometric passports are not obligatory

The law on biometric passports does not oblige to obtain this passport, Party of Regions faction leader Oleksandr Yefremov told a briefing, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

“As far as I know the law does not oblige the citizens to obtain these passports. If a person wants he can get the biometric passport. From now on it will make his travel to EU easier, as many countries of the world introduce the system of biometric passports,” he specified.

Yefremov also informed that from the New Year the procedure of obtaining biometric passports by newborns is also not obligatory.

Speaking about a company-producer of biometric passports, Yefremov said it would be a private enterprise, not the state.

“For today we have enterprise EDAPS, which prints passports, including biometric ones, for foreign countries. It is a private enterprise, which has adequate experience. The state does not have equipment to print this kind of passports, and I don’t think it is necessary to purchase it. As for monopoly in this sector, if someone consider it necessary to buy equipment and compete with this enterprise, well, it is the business right,” Yefremov believes.

The draft bill on biometric passports was delivered to the president for signing. Justice Ministry stands against the adoption of the draft bill, saying it violates human rights.

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NBU saved half a milliard USD due to new rules of currency exchange

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2011


News / 4 October 2011 | 15:00

NBU saved half a milliard USD due to new rules of currency exchange

NBU saved half a milliard USD due to new rules of currency exchange

Since the new rules of currency exchange were introduced the National Bank of Ukraine has saved USD 0.5 milliard from the national reserve, NBU head Srhiy Arbuzov declared.

“For these days we have save more than half a milliard of reserved dollars,” he said. According to Arbuzov, the currency saving is connected with the limited possibilities of its exchange for “shadow” sector of economy.

“Consumer demand is satisfied, and there are no lines in the currency exchange offices, while ‘shadow’ business can no longer use the exchange service as before,” NBU head said.

Arbuzov also informed that NBU is considering a possibility to enlarge the list of documents necessary for currency exchange. He specified that this concerns Ukraine’s residents only. “All we can do is to enlarge the list of documents, which can be presented for currency exchange procedure by residents. We are working on it,” he said.

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