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Ukraine’s speaker proposes to create Chernobyl Code

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News / 1 November 2011 | 17:49

Ukraine's speaker proposes to create Chernobyl Code

Ukraine’s speaker proposes to create Chernobyl Code

Speaker of the parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn stands for formation of an interdepartmental state commission, engaged into Chernobyl issues.

The speaker met with representatives of public Chernobyl organizations, arrived in Kyiv from different regions of Ukraine, and discussed the situation on the draft bill on social benefits for Chernobyl disaster liquidators and Afghan soldiers.

According to Lytvyn, it is necessary to analyze the applicable laws on social security of liquidators, survivors, and residents of the polluted territories. He added that other problems connected with the Chernobyl issue, including delimitation of territories and validity of privilege, require extra consideration.

Lytvyn assured the Chernobyl disaster survivors that the bill would not be considered until the government and representatives of public Chernobyl organizations reached a compromise on key points. “The negotiations shall be transparent and involve the people representing interests of disaster survivors,” he said. Lytvyn also promised to inform the President of Ukraine and the government members about their stand at the extended sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Wednesday.

“Having analyzed the current legislation, probably we should work out a Chernobyl Code,” Lytvyn suggested.

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Yefremov: New electoral law will correspond to the voters’ interests

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News / 1 November 2011 | 17:15

Yefremov: New electoral law will correspond to the voters' interests

Yefremov: New electoral law will correspond to the voters’ interests

MP of Ukraine, Chairman of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Olexander Yefremov told a briefing that the new law on parliamentary elections, which is currently under development, will be consistent with the interests of voters.

Answering the specifying question whether the law would be legitimate without consulting the opposition, Olexander Yefremov said: “Actually, all laws in the session hall are adopted by the majority. Therefore, if there is a sufficient number of votes to adopt this or that law, the adopted document will be considered legitimate.”

“As for taking into account an opinion of some individual members of the parliament, of course, it is impossible to take into account all the proposals, because they can be diametrically opposite,” the MP said, ForUm learned from the press office of the Party of Regions.

“I have no doubt that the majority will decide on this law, and it will be adopted. And, moreover, it will reflect the views of our voters,” Chairman of the Party of Regions faction stressed.

“Moreover, polls say that people would prefer to vote for MPs directly, rather than for lists or for persons, proposed by a leader of this or that political force,” Olexander Yefremov summed up.

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Every forth Ukrainian lives in a zone of possible chemical contamination

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News / 1 November 2011 | 16:37

Every forth Ukrainian lives in a zone of possible chemical contamination

Every forth Ukrainian lives in a zone of possible chemical contamination

12 million Ukrainians live in zones of possible chemical contamination and potentially dangerous objects, Emergency Ministry official Mikhailo Baitala told a briefing.

“There are 1211 functioning objects in Ukraine, which keep or use more than 805 thousand tons of dangerous chemicals, including 6 thousand tons of chlorine, 176 thousand tons of ammonia and more than 623 thousand tons of other dangerous chemicals,” Baitala said. 

He noted that only in Kyiv almost 2/3 of the territory falls under the risk of contamination due to possible emergency situations on chemical objects.

The official informed that Ukraine numbers more than 24 thousand of potentially dangerous objects, 6.5 thousand of which are of high danger. 41% of the total number is fire hazardous objects, 37% is explosion hazardous, 7.9% – chemically hazardous, 2.1% – radiation hazardous, 1.85% – hydrodynamic hazardous and 1.8% – biologically hazardous objects.

According to Baitala, the most number of dangerous objects is located on the territory of Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Lviv regions.

At the same time he noted that the State inspection on technogenic safety constantly holds planned and emergency security control on the given objects.

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Party of Regions does no understand why protesters were holding action today

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News / 1 November 2011 | 15:59

Party of Regions does no understand why protesters were holding action today

Party of Regions does no understand why protesters were holding action today

Leader of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov declared that the parliament does not have intention to cancel social benefits for Afghan soldiers and Chernobyl disaster liquidators, ForUm learned in the party press office.

“I can hardly understand what demands were set today by the protesters, because all questions were discussed last week. Moreover, last week the working group agreed with the leaders of these organizations upon all problem issues,” the politician informed.

Yefremov specified that the draft bill on social benefits had not been submitted for consideration yet. “That’s why setting up the demands, which were agreed upon long ago, does not make any sense,” the MP noted.

He once again underlined that the draft budget for 2012 and the draft bill on social benefits provide for social payments not lower than this year. “There will be no cancellations,” the politician stressed.

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Chernobyl liquidators to hold protest action near Cabinet of Ministers

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News / 1 November 2011 | 15:40

Chernobyl liquidators to hold protest action near Cabinet of Ministers

Chernobyl liquidators to hold protest action near Cabinet of Ministers

Representatives of Chernobyl organizations, who are holding a protest action near the Ukrainian parliament, promise to hold similar action tomorrow in front of the Cabinet of Ministers.

According to UNIAN, organizers of the action declared their intention during todays meeting.

Today’s protest is close to an end. For the moment a bit more than a hundred people remain near the parliament.

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Foreign Ministry brings Ukrainians home

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News / 1 November 2011 | 15:15

Foreign Ministry brings Ukrainians home

Foreign Ministry brings Ukrainians home

A Ukrainian woman with two children was brought back to Ukraine from a Syria city, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

“Last week some mass media distributed an address of a Ukrainian woman, who was calling for help. We charged our consulate in Syria to find out whether the woman wants to come back,” he said. 

According to him, the consulate contacted eight Ukrainians, who wanted to come back to Ukraine. “As a result of negotiations, only the woman with two children confirmed her intention to come home, and October 30 she was sent home,” Dykusarov informed.

Anti-governmental protests have been held in Syria since March. The opposition demands the dismissal of the President Bashar Assad.

FM spokesman also informed that three Ukrainians, crew members from the ‘Cape Bird’ ship captured by pirates, have come back to Ukraine.

October 8 Nigerian pirates captured the ‘Cape Bird’ ship with Ukrainians onboard. October 14 the ship was released, and October 24 Ukrainians left the ship to come back to Ukraine. “Ukrainian citizens were supposed to come back October 24, but were detained in the airport of Ghana. October 28 they were provided with necessary help and delivered to Ukraine,” Dykusarov said.

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Ukraine wants to join European nuclear projects by end of year

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News / 1 November 2011 | 14:46

Ukraine wants to join European nuclear projects by end of year

Ukraine wants to join European nuclear projects by end of year

Ukraine expects by the end of this year to sign an agreement to provide associate membership in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

According to the State Agency for Science, Innovation and Informatization of Ukraine, on October 20, the Ukrainian government approved an order to sign an agreement between CERN and the Cabinet of Ministers on granting Ukraine an associate membership and authorized Volodymyr Semynozhenko, the Chairman of the Agency, to sign the document, UKRINFORM reported.

“The obtaining by Ukraine of a status of the state – an associate member of CERN will create the legal framework for the maximum participation of the Ukrainian scientific institutions in the programs led by CERN, will promote the comprehensive development of Grid technologies in Ukraine and improve the training of young scientists in the field of theoretical and applied physics,” the official said.

In March 2011 in Geneva the Cabinet of Ministers and CERN signed a declaration, which gave go ahead to a joint working group on scientific and technical cooperation and signed a joint statement of intent regarding a possible Ukrainian bid to acquire a status of the state – an associate member of CERN.

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Party of Regions: We agree to review the draft law on decriminalization, but refuse to lift liability for misuse of public funds

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News / 1 November 2011 | 14:25

Party of Regions: We agree to review the draft law on decriminalization, but refuse to lift liability for misuse of public funds

Party of Regions: We agree to review the draft law on decriminalization, but refuse to lift liability for misuse of public funds

MP of Ukraine, Chairman of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Olexander Yefremov hasn’t excluded that on Friday, November 4, the Verkhovna Rada will first consider the draft bill on decriminalization of economic.

“We do not object to consider the draft bill on decriminalization of the economic crimes on Friday,” Olexander Yefremov told a briefing.

He also reminded that the law was submitted by the President of Ukraine and suggests decriminalization of economic crimes in the sphere of business. The politician added that the opposition insists on the inclusion of the Art. 365 regarding liability of high officials. “Such a step would remove responsibility from high officials who misuse public funds,” the MP noted.

“Our group still holds the view that we should not support this decision,” Olexander Yefremov said. At the same time he noted that the Party of Regions faction is ready to consider proposals in the context of liberalization of the legislation.

“If there are other proposals, which meet the United Nations requirements and do not limit the responsibility of high-ranked officials for abuse of funds, I do not exclude that we will support it. But if they again propose to lift the responsibility, then the support is out of the question,” Yefremov stressed.

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