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President approves anti-corruption strategy until 2015

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 18:00

President approves anti-corruption strategy until 2015

President approves anti-corruption strategy until 2015

President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine has approved the National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2011-2015. The relevant decree was published on the head of state’s website.

“Corruption in Ukraine has obtained signs of a systemic phenomenon, which spreads out its negative impact on all spheres of public life, getting ever more deeply rooted in everyday life as the basic, quickest and most effective illegal way to address problems and achieve certain goals. The scope of corruption spread threatens the national security of Ukraine. This requires immediate adoption of a set of systemic and coherent measures that are comprehensive and based on the unified national anti-corruption strategy for 2011-2015,” the document reads, UKRINFORM reports.

The strategy aims to identify the causes and conditions that breed corruption, to find ways to minimize its effects, to determine the main directions of state policy on preventing and combating corruption, to increase citizens’ trust in the authorities, etc.

The strategy is based on the major international instruments for combating corruption, including the UN Convention against Corruption, recommendations of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) and other international institutions.

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Criminal charges against ex-Ukrainian president Kuchma may be dropped

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 17:30

Criminal charges against ex-Ukrainian president Kuchma may be dropped

Criminal charges against ex-Ukrainian president Kuchma may be dropped

Criminal charges that former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma ordered the murder of opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000 may be dropped, the Constitutional Court said on Friday.

In July the Ukrainian security service (SBU) asked the Constitutional Court to withdraw testimony from Mykola Melnychenko, a former security officer who claims to have secretly recorded conversations allegedly featuring Kuchma giving the order “to take care of” the journalist, since the evidence was gathered illegally.

“Only factual information that was received in compliance with Criminal Procedures law can be considered legitimate and used as evidence in a criminal case,” the Court said in a statement, RIA Novosti reported.

In March Ukraine’s state prosecutor opened a criminal case against Kuchma for his suspected role in the murder of Gongadze, whose headless body was found in a forest outside Kiev in September 2000.

Kuchma, who ruled Ukraine from 1994 to 2005, categorically denies involvement in the murder.
In June 2008, three former employees of the Interior Ministry’s criminal investigations department were found guilty of murdering Gongadze. The officers said they killed the journalist on orders from the former head of the ministry’s criminal investigations department, Lt. Gen. Oleksa Pukach.
Pukach evaded arrest and fled to Israel. He was arrested in summer 2009 in Kiev and is awaiting trial.

In September the state prosecutor accused Yuri Kravchenko, who was interior minister in 2000, of ordering the murder. According to official information, on March 4, 2005 Kravchenko committed suicide, having shot himself in the head.

Kuchma has been ordered not to leave Ukraine.

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Rehabilitation center for brown bears to be opened in Transcarpathian region

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 17:00

Rehabilitation center for brown bears to be opened in Transcarpathian region

Rehabilitation center for brown bears to be opened in Transcarpathian region

The construction of the only in Ukraine and biggest in Europe rehabilitation center for brown bears has started in Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, the press office of the regional administration reported.

The report says the center is located on the territory of Sinevirski national park.

According to the information of the press center, Ecology Minsitry of Ukraine has allocated about two million hryvnias for the construction of the rehabilitation center.

The works on construction of fences and road building have already started. The next stage is the arrangement of lairs and ponds.

The pres office specified that the center will take care of bears, suffered brutal treatment, as well as of confiscated animals.

The center will cover 12 hectares of the territory and will be able to receive a hundred bears minimum. The center is expected to start working on November of this year.

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Great Visa Wall of the European Union

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


Analytics / 21 October 2011 | 16:44

Great Visa Wall of the European Union

Great Visa Wall of the European Union

Rumors say that EU countries start mass denial of visas for Ukrainians.

Thus, one of ForUm’s interlocutors, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had a job invitation from Italy. His previous visa expired and he thought there would be no problems to issue a new one. “But I was advised not to apply for visa in the nearest future in order not to get a refusal. And I am not the only one in such situation,” he said.

At the same time, one of the companies-mediators, helping the citizens to collect documents and get visas, told ForUm it does not have any problems with Schengen visas yet.

One of the big tour operators in Kyiv, also wishing to remain unnamed, told ForUm that October 18 EU embassies in Ukraine warned tour operators on toughening the requirements for visa applicants, working in state structures, ministries, prosecutions, etc.

The embassies asked tour operators to offer the above mentioned categories of applicants other directions for traveling.

Having sent an official inquiry in the Foreign Ministry and waiting for an answer, ForUm decided to visit EU embassies in Kyiv and to question the people.

German consulate

Ivan Tolozenko, advisor of Emergency Minister:

“That’s true what they say. Our delegation has urgent visit to Germany, but the consulate has refused us visas, saying we are late to apply the documents. But in fact we applied back on October 15. Now we can lose a beneficial contract with a German firm. The only thing to do is to call the minister, but hey, have you even seen a minister coming for a visa personally?!
 
Raisa Nikolaenko, visa mediator:

“Nothing of the kind. They keep issuing visas as before, refusing only to unemployed or youth, or those who have suspicious documents. There are always reasons to refuse, and these reasons are grounded. I’ve been helping people to get visas for five years, I know.”

Oleksiy Yarmoliuk, an applicant:

“Five years ago I went to Germany on invitation. I got visa in three days back then. Now I’ve been waiting for one month already. They ask three times more documents.

Czech embassy:

Yaroslav Krinitsin, visa mediator:

“Two years ago I was sending people to Europe, and there was no such bureaucracy. But now you have to pass all circles of hell to get the visa. Europeans set the toughest requirements ever, while they enter Ukraine without any visas.

Olga Sokolova, an applicant:

It’s not the first time I am going tot Czech Republic. I brought the usual pack of documents, but this time the consulate asked for another pack, referring to some innovations. If you go on invitation to visit some relatives, they demand proves, including telephone calls, photos, letters. And they don’t care that it violates the right on private life.

Having listened to the emotions of people, ForUm addressed experts to hear their competent opinions.

Oleksandr Paliy said he knows about visa problems only from people’s words. “They say the percentage of refusal has increased, but final decision can be made after a thorough analysis of the statistics,” he said.

“May be it is connected with the expected second wave of the economic crisis, may be because of political factors,” he added.

Deputy head of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs Taras Chornovil told ForUm he also heard from people about EU visa difficulties.

According to him, because of political issues EU embassies are taking it out on ordinary people. “This is one of the cases of pseudo-principles of the European Union. I cannot state there is an official position, but I believe there were certain orders to complicate the process. This is all because of political problems,” Chornovil said.

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EU denies any accusations of complicating visa application procedure for Ukrainians

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 16:30

EU denies any accusations of complicating visa application procedure for Ukrainians

EU denies any accusations of complicating visa application procedure for Ukrainians

The representative office of the EU in Ukraine refutes information on toughening requirements for visa applicants among state officials.

“It has never occurred and does not occur now,” press office of the EU representative office informed, “Ukrainska pravda” reported.

In its turn, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine informed it does have any information on the increase of Schengen visa refusal for Ukrainians.

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Yanukovych voted the law on biometric passports

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 16:00

Yanukovych voted the law on biometric passports

Yanukovych voted the law on biometric passports

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has vetoed the law on biometric passports, adopted by the parliament September 23, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The President has returned the law with his comments for further consideration in the parliament.

According to the press office, Yanukovych has not signed the law, because “it bears risks of violation of Constitutional rights of citizens, human rights and basic principles of a democratic state.”

In President’s opinion, the given law “violates international engagements, taken by Ukraine on its path of introduction of European and international standards of human rights, as well as realization of the Action Plan on liberalization of visa regime between Ukraine and the EU.”

Yanukovych notes that the given law does not provide for citizens’ security and may lead to ungrounded increase of budget expenses.

“A number of innovations, provided by the law, do not correspond with modern needs, are ungrounded and unacceptable,” Yanukovych underliend.

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Official: Europe refuses Schengen visas to 70% of Ukrainians

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 15:30

Official: Europe refuses Schengen visas to 70% of Ukrainians

Official: Europe refuses Schengen visas to 70% of Ukrainians

European diplomats have decided to reduce by 70% issuing of Schengen visas to Ukrainians, former head of state committee on regulatory policy and business Oleksandra Kuzhel told Channel 5. 

“The economical balance of our meetings and documents with EU is good, but there is a signal, given by diplomats to reduce visa issuing by 70% for Ukrainians…. When we asked why they said if the country agrees to live on undemocratic principles, Europe is not interested in its citizens…,”Kuzhel said.

She also explained that European diplomats will never declare this information officially, but Ukrainian citizens will experience this decision in the nearest future.

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Kyiv restores water biological resources

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2011


News / 21 October 2011 | 15:00

Kyiv restores water biological resources

Kyiv restores water biological resources

100 thousand fish species have been left out into Kyiv reservoir. ForUm correspondent reports, the action on stocking with various fish species is a part of the large-scaled program on restoration of water biological resources.

“After the tragedy of 20120, when almost all population of fish died in the Kyiv reservoir, this action is the first step on restoration of bioresources,” Oleksandr Chistiakov, the head of fishermen association, declared.

He also noted that the nature needs about 20 years to restore the biological resource of the Kyiv reservoir, while with man interference the process will take 3-5 years, according to experts.
Chistiakov informed that by the end of the year the Kyiv reservoir would be filled with a million species of valuable kinds of fish.

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