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PR: Venice Commision recommendations are not dogma

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News / 7 November 2011 | 18:15

PR: Venice Commision recommendations are not dogma

PR: Venice Commision recommendations are not dogma

Party of Regions faction member, deputy head of the parliamentary committee on Justice Valeriy Bondyk said that both the opposition and the government are interested in open and fair parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

“Both the majority and the opposition are interested in holding democratic elections. It’s time to stop making Europe laugh. Here come the recommendations of the Venice Commission, which have been always taken into account. They were taken into account in 2004, and in the law on presidential election they were registered as a separate segment, special one,” the politician said during Internet conference, held by “GolosUA.”

The politician welcomed the establishment of parliamentary commission on elaboration of a new draft electoral law, headed by an opposition MP.

Commenting on possible reaction of the Venice Commission on a new draft bill, MP pointed out that “recommendations, I reiterate, were taken into account, but again, no recommendation is a dogma.”

“We have our own practice, we have our own national legislation, and with all due respect to the Venice Commission its role and its right are reduced to, so to say, deliberative body. Since we have already declared our movement to Europe, we respect all recommendations, but adopt own legislation that meets the needs and aspirations of our voters,” Valeriy Bondyk said.

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Staff rotation: Yanukovych appoints new Crimean PM and Interior Minister

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News / 7 November 2011 | 17:50

Staff rotation: Yanukovych appoints new Crimean PM and Interior Minister

Staff rotation: Yanukovych appoints new Crimean PM and Interior Minister

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has agreed the appointment of Interior Minister Anatoly Mohyliov on the post of Prime Minister of Crimea Republic, previously dismissing him from the post of Minister for Internal Affainrs, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

As a reminder, former Crimean PM Vasyl Dzharty died of serious disease on August 17, 2011. He headed the Crimean parliament from March 2010 till August 2011.

With another decree the President dismissed Vitaly Zakharchenko from the post of the head of the Tax state service and appointed him the Interior Minister of Ukraine.

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PR points out Ukraine’s achievements during presidency in Committee of Ministers

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News / 7 November 2011 | 17:10

PR points out Ukraine's achievements during presidency in Committee of Ministers

PR points out Ukraine’s achievements during presidency in Committee of Ministers

MP of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction, European Integration Committee member Volodymyr Vecherko said the Presidency in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was an important historical experience for Ukraine. He said it on Monday, November 7, summing up the Presidency of our country in the Committee of Ministers.

According to politician, during its presidency Ukraine confirmed its commitment to the CE aims. “Of particular importance is the fact that the Presidency of Ukraine took place in the time of reform of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and our country joined this process,” Volodymyr Vecherko stressed. “It is also important that Ukraine is to pass the Presidency to Britain, the country, which legal traditions are the model for most countries in the world,” he added, ForUm learned in the press office of the Party of Regions.

Speaking about the concrete results of our country’s Presidency in the CoE Committee of Ministers, parliamentarian said that Ukraine focused priority attention to strengthening and developing local and regional democracy. “With the potential of the Council of Europe as the organization that establishes European standards in all areas, we directed efforts to deepen cooperation between Member States of the Council of Europe in improving the local government functioning,” Volodymyr Vecherko informed.

“There were a number of important events, in particular, International Municipal Hearings on the European Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance, international seminar on the introduction of standards of public ethics at local and regional levels, the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe meeting and others,” MP summed up.

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Supreme justice council to investigate into activity of some Supreme Court judges

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News / 7 November 2011 | 16:40

Supreme justice council to investigate into activity of some Supreme Court judges

Supreme justice council to investigate into activity of some Supreme Court judges

Supreme justice council will estimate the actions of judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, who groundlessly lightened punishments to criminals, sentenced for life, member of the justice council Mykhailo Gavryliuk told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

He informed that the council received materials from several MPs with a request to investigate and dismiss some judges of the Supreme Court.

Gavryliuk explained that in 2009-2010 the mentioned judges groundlessly changed the punishment for criminals, sentenced for life, replacing it with 15 years of imprisonment. 

He noted that the matter concerns 15 criminal cases against people, conducted grave crimes.
“Despite the fact that Appeal Courts and Supreme Court confirmed the punishment back then, the cases were revised later by some judges,” the official underlined.

According to Gavryliuk, some judges have already resigned.

Gavryliuk also refuted information on that the investigation by the Supreme justice council is pressure on the Supreme Court. As a reminder, Supreme justice council has authority to recommend the parliament or president on dismissal of judges.

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PR deputy: 50% quota for Ukrainian music was smothering radio stations

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News / 7 November 2011 | 15:56

PR deputy: 50% quota for Ukrainian music was smothering radio stations

PR deputy: 50% quota for Ukrainian music was smothering radio stations

Party of Regions MP Olena Bondarenko, author of the amendments to the law “On Television and Radio broadcasting”, providing for the reduction of the quota of Ukrainian audio-visual production from 50% to 25%, says 50% quota was a draconian measure’ for both radio stations and listeners.

“Those who name 25% quota a discrimination norm don’t know anything about 50% quota. 50% quota for Ukrainian music was a draconian measure, which was smothering radio. Ukrainian radio stations did have a possibility to form a play list in accordance with listeners’ taste. Radio stations could not even fill this quota – 20-25% of Ukrainian musicians maximum,” she said.

Bondarenko also noted that 25% quota was a compromise.

“When we were working out this draft bill we wanted full liberalization for radio space, which means zero quota. Then we realized there would be harsh resistance from Ukrainian musicians. We decided to reach a compromise and to set 25% quota for Ukranian music in order to help both radio stations and local musicians. This quota is totally European. There are countries in Europe with 10%, 25% and 20% quotas. Our quota was the toughest. As far as I know France had the maximum high quota – 40%,” she added.

“Radio stations, broadcasting jazz, rock and classics, simply disappeared. Others, broadcasting pop music and chanson, are very much alike. Unfortunately, there is not much of Ukrainian product on the market, and of course it cannot be put in line with the volumes of world music fund. It appeared that radio stations were forced to broadcast the same songs over and over again,” Bondarenko summed up.

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Government forming state export credit agency

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News / 7 November 2011 | 15:15

Government forming state export credit agency

Government forming state export credit agency

The bill on state financial support of export activities reads that the state represented by the Cabinet shall create a public financial institution, Export Credit Agency (ECA), in the form of a public joint stock company for the purpose of insurance of Ukrainian exporters against commercial and noncommercial risks.

ECA will also guarantee the fulfillment of Ukrainian exporters’ obligations during their participation in international tenders, and provide guarantees to banks on export credits, UKRINFORM reports.

The list of banks, with which the agency cooperates, shall be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers, which approves the ECA charter.

According to the explanatory note, the creation of this agency will boost the export of domestic goods, as well as help attract additional investment in the companies.

To ensure state control over the agency’s activities, it is planned to set up a supervisory board on the state support of export activities.

As reported, in January-August, imports exceeded exports by $8.105 billion.

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Zaporizhzhya communists reconstructed monument to Stalin, destroyed by a blast

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News / 7 November 2011 | 14:47

Zaporizhzhya communists reconstructed monument to Stalin, destroyed by a blast

Zaporizhzhya communists reconstructed monument to Stalin, destroyed by a blast

Zaporizhzhya regional committee of the Communist party of Ukraine has opened after reconstruction the monument to Iosif Stalin. The monument is now protected by glass booth, and the building of the regional committee is fenced.  

The monument to Stalin was put near the entrance to the building, and on the other side of the entrance communists put a monument to Zoe Kosmodemianska.

The opening ceremony numbered 1.5 thousand of communist supporters, who were shown 45-minute film on Kosmodemianska.

As a reminder, the monument to Stalin was erected May 5, 2010 on the territory of Zaporizhzhya regional committee of the Communist party of Ukraine.

December 28, 2010 the bust of Stalin was decapitated and December 31 the whole monument was blown up.

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Ukraine is third must-visit country according to Lonely Planet

Posted by the Editor on November 7, 2011


News / 7 November 2011 | 13:47

Ukraine is third must-visit country according to Lonely Planet

Ukraine is third must-visit country according to Lonely Planet

Ukraine has been given third place in the list of the TOP 10 most attractive tourist destinations in the world for 2012, according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 ranking, ForUm learned from the Lonely Planet’s official website.

Saying they don’t know much about our country, Lonely planet describes Ukraine as “the great unknown of Europe”.

In the view of hosting the upcoming 2012 UEFA European Football Championship the edition says “it’s through the power of soccer that Ukraine is poised to showcase its charms to unprecedented numbers of visitors.”

“So Lviv becomes the jumping-off point for Carpathian exploration, while Kyiv, which stages the final, will become base for forays to the Black Sea coast and, yep, the grim tourist attraction that is Chernobyl,” reads the review.

Apart from Ukraine, according to the British experts from Lonely Planet, tourists in 2012 should also visit Uganda, Myanmar (Burma), Jordan, Denmark, Bhutan, Cuba, New Caledonia, Taiwan, Switzerland.

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