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By the yearend President to estimate work of negligent ministers

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News / 4 November 2011 | 17:01

By the yearend President to estimate work of negligent ministers

By the yearend President to estimate work of negligent ministers

At the end of December the work of ministers, criticized by the president, will be estimated and corresponding decision will be made, president’s representative in the parliament Yuri Myroshnychneko told ForUm.

“President voiced the problems, set the time to solve these problems and gave a chance to the ministers to correct their mistakes. At the end of December, after 20th I think, the President will estimate the results of their work,” the official said.

He did not rule out that in case of failure a tough reaction could be expected from the President regarding negligent ministers.

As reported, the President expressed his discontent regarding the work of Health Minister Oleksandr Onishchenko and Minister for housing and communal services Anatoly Blyzniuk. Premier Azarov in his turn criticized the work of Defense Minister Mykhailo Yezhel, Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk and a number of governors.

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Ukraine to agree with IMF after gas talks with Russia – Azarov

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News / 4 November 2011 | 16:30

Ukraine to agree with IMF after gas talks with Russia - Azarov

Ukraine to agree with IMF after gas talks with Russia – Azarov

Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed to adjust their cooperation program for 2012, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told the press in Belgrade Friday, as part of his working visit to Serbia.

“Leadership of the International Monetary Fund approaches with understanding to solving the problems that Ukraine is facing. And we have agreed that after the completion of negotiations with Russia on gas price and other issues, we will work closely with an IMF mission to update the program of cooperation in 2012,” Azarov underscored, UKRINFORM reported.

The prime minister said that the decision was taken after negotiations of Minister of Finance Fedir Yaroshenko, Deputy Premier/Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko with IMF officials in Washington.

The Cabinet’s press office informed that the prime minister held several meetings with a mission of the International Monetary Fund during its stay in Ukraine.

It is also noted that, during the IMF’s mission work in Kyiv, meetings with the heads of ministries and departments took place on a daily basis. The mission was intensively assessing Ukraine’s implementation of the cooperation program.

Premier Azarov considers the work of the IMF Mission on the evaluation and review of the program of cooperation, as well as consultations, which took place in Kyiv and Washington, as extremely constructive and positive.

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Volumes of agrarian production growing in Ukraine

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News / 4 November 2011 | 15:55

Volumes of agrarian production growing in Ukraine

Volumes of agrarian production growing in Ukraine

This year Ukraine has harvested record-breaking 55 million tons of crops, deputy minister for agrarian policy Mykola Bezugly told the board of Economy Ministry, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Wheat harvest makes 22.2 million tons, including 17 million tons of milling wheat. Domestic market requires only 5 million tons, and the rest will be exported,” the oficial said.

At the same time Bezugly pointed out complicated situation in cattle breeding.

“Cattle livestock is reducing. 78% of milk and beef is produced by private enterprises, which in their turn reduce the production under current economic conditions. We set a task to change the balance and to motivate merchant farming enterprises to produce at least half of milk and beef production by 2015. The problem is that a cow is ready for milking after 4-5 years only. Hence, the results can be expected after 2015. It is impossible to obtain positive results earlier due to gradual livestock reduction for the last 20 years. We can refill the livestock by tens of thousands annually, but we still need another hundreds of thousands,” the deputy minister said.

According to the official, another problem is slow payback in milk cattle breeding, which is 8-12 years. “Investors prefer to invest in pig breeding and poultry,” he added.

“On the whole, food processing industry is way behind the production rate of agricultural complex,” Bezugly summed up.

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Cabinet promises new gas price lower than current one

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News / 4 November 2011 | 15:00

Cabinet promises new gas price lower than current one

Cabinet promises new gas price lower than current one

Ukraine expects a significant reduction in price for the Russian as a result of talks with Russia, expected to end this November, First Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Kliuyev said during the Hour of questions to the government, ForUm correspondent reports.

“We are holding the talks and preparing new gas contract. I cannot tell you the exact gas price now, but I assure you that it will be much lower than the current one,” he said.

According to Kliuyev, given the $100 discount granted to Ukraine in 2010, the current price of Russian gas on the border with Ukraine is $414 per 1,000 cubic meters.

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PACE co-rapporteurs not allowed to meet Tymoshenko in jail

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News / 4 November 2011 | 14:10

PACE co-rapporteurs not allowed to meet Tymoshenko in jail

PACE co-rapporteurs not allowed to meet Tymoshenko in jail

Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court Judge Rodion Kireyev has now allowed co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee to meet with former Prime Minister and Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been in Lukyanivka prison since August 5.

PACE Monitoring Committee co-rapporteur Mailis Reps announced this at a press conference at UKRINFORM on Friday.

“We asked for a meeting with Ms. Tymoshenko, but our request was rejected by the judge, who said that we do not have sufficient grounds for such a meeting,” Reps said.

“However, we will ask for this [meeting with Tymoshenko] during our subsequent visits to Ukraine, and I hope that we will be able to meet her,” she said.

Reps noted that during their visit to Kyiv, the co-rapporteurs had met with the lawyers defending Tymoshenko, former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former Acting Defense Minister Valeriy Ivashchenko, who “talked in detail about the situation in all cases.”

Another co-rapporteur for Ukraine, Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin, recalled that Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg had also not been allowed to have a meeting with Tymoshenko.

“We believe that these are the symptomatic signs of certain processes in the system of human rights protection in Ukraine,” she said.

As reported, on October 11, Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court found former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko guilty of abuse of office in signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009 and sentenced her to seven years in prison, with no right to hold public office for three years.

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Majority and opposition agreed on Tymoshenko’s article

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News / 4 November 2011 | 13:46

Majority and opposition agreed on Tymoshenko's article

Majority and opposition agreed on Tymoshenko’s article

Speaker of the parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn held a meeting of leaders of parliamentary factions, during which the deputies managed to come to an agreement on decriminalization of the article according to which ByuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko was convicted.

The MPs agreed to postpone the draft bill on decriminalization of the economic crimes till the next plenary session, BYuT faction leader Ivan Kyrylenko told journalists after the meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.

BYuT faction unblocked the rostrum and the speaker submitted the decision for voting. 339 deputies supported the decision to postpone the consideration of the given draft bill.

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PR: Tymoshenko’s detention is advantageous for BYuT

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News / 4 November 2011 | 13:19

PR: Tymoshenko's detention is advantageous for BYuT

PR: Tymoshenko’s detention is advantageous for BYuT

Party of Regions deputy Yaroslav Sukhoi believes that for the current leadership of BYuT the staying of Yulia Tymoshenko in the pre-trial detention facility is advantageous. He told ForUm in a comment on today’s blocking of the parliament by BYuT faction.

“Today I finally realized that the staying of Yulia Tymoshenko in the pre-trial detention facility is advantageous for the current leadership of BYuT. This is mean. While they are here being smart and pretending to be great politicians, the women lives in terrible conditions,”

Sukhoi says that if BYuT members really fought for their leader’s freedom, they would act in different way.

“If they wanted it to be finished they would follow a different path. Tymoshenko on her side would admit and her mistakes and show repentance, and deputies would not behave like this. We are about to consider decriminalization of all these troubles, and they have blocked the rostrum. Is it normal?” the deputy said.

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Minister: Ukraine may withdraw its consent on Russia’s membership in WTO

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News / 4 November 2011 | 12:50

Minister: Ukraine may withdraw its consent on Russia's membership in WTO

Minister: Ukraine may withdraw its consent on Russia’s membership in WTO

Vice PM and Minister for economy Andriy Kliuyev declares Ukraine may withdraw its consent issued in 2008 on Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization in order to use this withdrawal as an argument in gas talks with Russia, ForUm correspondent reports.

“As for WTO, in 2008 PM Yulia Tymoshenko signed a letter of consent on Russia’s membership in WTO. We are studying this question and we may use it as leverage in the gas talks with Russia,” he said during the Hour of questions to the government.

As reported, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev declared Russia expects to successfully finish the talks on WTO membership by the yearend.

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