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Palriament holding hearings on reformation of law enforcement organs

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News / 5 October 2011 | 18:01

Palriament holding hearings on reformation of law enforcement organs

Palriament holding hearings on reformation of law enforcement organs

The parliament of Ukraine is holding hearings on “Reformation of Interior Ministry organs and introduction of European standards” with participation of Interior Minister Anatoly Mohyliov, ForUm correspondent reports.

Opening the hearings the speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn declared that the reformation process is an urgent issue but it does not need any politicization. According to the speaker, it is necessary to bring back people’s trust in law enforcement bodies. He also reminded that the ministry had been deprived of such income item as obligatory motor vehicle inspection. “This gap must be refilled with something,” Lytvyn said.

In his turn, the Interior Minister Anatoly Mohyliov focused on improving the image of police forces, saying the public polls prove low level of trust in the law enforcement officials. He also described a new threat in the form of ‘modern criminal’. “It is an educated person, equipped with modern technologies and speaking foreign languages,” Mohyiov said.

The Minister complained that law enforcement bodies are not well equipped, and that not enough attention is paid to education and financial and housing provision of police officers. “Events in Odessa (arrest operation of suspect contract killers – ed.) revealed all problems of the police – lack of people and ammunition,” Mohyliov said.

Summing up the Interior Minister underlined that the system is in bad condition and needs reformation. “We have studied the reformation experience of many European countries. Experience of Poland suits us the most,” he said.

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EU Great Britain financed construction of nuclear waste storage in Chernobyl

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News / 5 October 2011 | 17:29

EU Great Britain financed construction of nuclear waste storage in Chernobyl

EU Great Britain financed construction of nuclear waste storage in Chernobyl

British ambassador to Ukraine Leigh Turner believes that the construction of the storage facility for waste ionizing radiation sources in Ukraine will help to lower the risk of terrorist threat in the world.

At the opening ceremony of the construction of the nuclear waste storage Turner noted that it is very important for his country to take part in this project. According to him, its realization will help to collect nuclear waste from all over Ukraine, which can cut the possibility of using the waste by terrorists, ForUm correspondent reports.

“The most part of works has been financed by the government of the Great Britain,” the ambassador informed, specifying that the Great Britain allocated 8 million pounds and the EU gave 2 million euros.

Turner also underlined that the construction of the storage will provide the highest level of security for the inside nuclear waste.

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Construction of nuclear waste storage started in Chernobyl zone

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News / 5 October 2011 | 16:57

Construction of nuclear waste storage started in Chernobyl zone

Construction of nuclear waste storage started in Chernobyl zone

The construction of the Centralized nuclear waste storage has started in the Chernobyl zone, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

The opening ceremony was attended by the head of the state agency on alienation zone managing Volodymyr Kholosha and British ambassador Leigh Turner.

According to Kholosha, the nuclear waste from all over Ukraine will be stored in there for 50 years. “With the assistance of the Great Britain and the European Commission we have made planning of the storage and collected means for its construction. All nuclear waste, which is now kept in special plants or enterprises, will be transferred to the new storage and locked there for 50 years minimum,” he said.

Kholosha told that the storage can receive up to 21 thousand of ionizing radiation sources annually, and 400 thousand of nuclear waste units will be buried there during 10-12 years.

Khorosha pointed out that the storage facilities will keep only Ukrainian nuclear waste, as the legislation forbids keeping nuclear waste from other states.

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Mejlis leaders: Ukrainian authorities neglect Crimean Tatars rights

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News / 5 October 2011 | 16:35

Mejlis leaders: Ukrainian authorities neglect Crimean Tatars rights

Mejlis leaders: Ukrainian authorities neglect Crimean Tatars rights

The President of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, member of the Crimean parliament Refat Chubarov said that the Ukrainian authorities neglect the rights of Crimean Tatars. He said this during a meeting with heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Ukraine on Wednesday.

According to Chubarov, “in current situation the further delay in restoring the rights of the Crimean Tatar people can have disastrous consequences that may result in loss for humanity of one of the most original and ancient European peoples”, UKRINFORM reports .

“Currently the Crimea is experiencing a decline in representation of our people in local government, educational and cultural programs are not funded properly. Proportion of the population of Crimean Tatars in the Crimea is about 13%, and in power – no more than 4-5%, and the situation is only getting worse with this,” he said.

The chief of Mejlis, Verkhovna Rada deputy, Mustafa Jemilev, noted that “the Ukrainian government is now completely kept away from solving these problems”. In particular, according to Jemilev, it is about enacting appropriate laws regarding the rights of Crimean Tatars, solving problems related to the housing, social protection, religion and land issues. In addition, he mentioned the problem of discrimination against Crimean Tatars and the deprivation of the right to educate children in their native language.

The Crimean Tatar leaders appealed to foreign diplomats, representatives of international organizations with the proposal to convene an international forum on restoring the rights of Crimean Tatars as soon as possible under the auspices of the OSCE or the Council of Europe.

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Ukraine to provide pumping of 20 million tons of Azerbaijanian oil

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News / 5 October 2011 | 16:03

Ukraine to provide pumping of 20 million tons of Azerbaijanian oil

Ukraine to provide pumping of 20 million tons of Azerbaijanian oil

Ukraine is ready to provide pumping of 16-20 million tons of Azerbaijanian oil through the territory, including transit 12-17 million tons, deputy Energy Minister Serhiy Chekh told the press.

According to him, such volumes were registered in the cooperation agreement on oil transportation via Ukraine between the governments of Ukraine and Azerbaijan. The agreement has been submitted for ratification to the parliament.

Chekh specified that the agreement provides for transportation of three million tons of oil within domestic routs, five million in the Eastern direction (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic) and up to 8-12 million tons to Belarus.

“Within the framework of the agreement our Azerbaijanian partners can negotiate on commercial supplies; one part we will buy for our plants and another part will be sent in transit,” the deputy minister said.

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EU believes Ukraine following wrong path

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News / 5 October 2011 | 15:32

EU believes Ukraine following wrong path

EU believes Ukraine following wrong path

The FTA agreement with the EU will be ready for signing before December, former head of presidential administration Oleh Rybachuk told a roundtable “Ukraine-EU: waht’s next?”

“The main obstacle for Ukraine’s rapprochement with the European Union is that the EU MPs believe the current authorities of Ukraine are leading the country in the opposite from Europe direction,” he said. Rybachuk pointed out that at the Warsaw summit “Eastern partnership” EU representatives were united in this opinion.

“In their opinion, it is inadmissible to use the Criminal Code for political decisions,” the expert summed up.

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Tihipko: Government has no intention to raise gas tariffs for getting IMF credit

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News / 5 October 2011 | 15:05

Tihipko: Government has no intention to raise gas tariffs for getting IMF credit

Tihipko: Government has no intention to raise gas tariffs for getting IMF credit

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine considers a variant for fulfillment of the International Monetary Fund requirements for getting credit resources, which may exclude rising of gas tariffs for households and communal heat-generating enterprises, Vice Premier and Social Policy Minister Serhiy Tihipko told a briefing.

“Still, the government is fixed on the second position. We do not want to raise tariffs, we want to cut the gas price and to actually achieve the same effect by this decision,” he said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to Tihipko, this is the government’s position. “Negotiations are aimed just at this,” he said.

At the same time, the Vice Premier noted that still the IMF position on gas tariffs is rather tough. The official also informed that at the end of October the IMF Mission will come to Ukraine.

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President: Ukraine and Austria stand for active development of their relations

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News / 5 October 2011 | 14:45

President: Ukraine and Austria stand for active development of their relations

President: Ukraine and Austria stand for active development of their relations

The visit of the President of National Council of Austria is an evidence of desire for the further active development of Ukrainian-Austrian relations.  It has been reported by President Viktor Yanukovych at the meeting with President of National Council of Austria Barbara Prammer.

“I hope that your visit will open new areas of interaction between legislative bodies of Ukraine and Austria and provide interesting experience of legislative activities of National Council of Austria for us,” Viktor Yanukovych said, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The President emphasized traditionally friendly and constructive character of Ukrainian-Austrian relations and rather active dialogue between the two states at a high level.

According to the President, Ukrainian side is expecting Federal Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann with an official visit to Kiev.

The President of National Council of Austria has expressed her gratitude to Viktor Yanukovych for the opportunity to meet with him during her first visit to Ukraine. Barbara Prammer has highly appreciated the preparation of Ukrainian and Austrian ambassadors for the organization of her visit to Ukraine and added that she had already held a couple of productive meetings.

The President of National Council of Austria has emphasized intensive contacts between Ukraine and Austria in trade and economic sphere first of all. She added that Austria was closely following events in Ukraine and its development.

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