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First UEFA volunteer team has been formed

Posted by the Editor on November 14, 2011


News / 14 November 2011 | 18:00

First UEFA volunteer team has been formed

First UEFA volunteer team has been formed

The first UEFA volunteer team has already been formed out of the 270 best candidates, ForUm learnd from the press office of Ukraine-2012 information center. They will pass their baptism of fire in Kyiv on 2 December during the final draw of the European Football Championship.

The outfit for UEFA assistants is also ready: the uniform design has been made in light-blue and dark-blue colours. Each element of the uniform has a logo: the letter “V”. Championship assistants will have everything in their wardrobe: from T-shirts and shorts to warm jackets. They will try on the new attire quite soon.

Those volunteers who have successfully passed interviews will be included in the team due to be formed by the end of December 2011. Later on, the selected people will be sent in groups for training based on integration programmes. The European Football Association will spend 8 million euros on the selection and training of volunteers, which means that 1,400 euros have been allocated for every single volunteer. UEFA will invite the eight best tournament assistants from each host city for training at the headquarters of the European Football Association.

The beginning of selection was ceremoniously announced on 14 June 2011. Dozens of candidates managed to get registered during the first few hours after the start of the programme, and a Ukrainian was the first among them. This high interest accompanied the entire registration stage. The number of candidates increased every day, and the geography of the Euro-2012 UEFA volunteer programme became broader.

It was planned to complete recruitment in late September. However, having taking demand into account the Ukrainian and Polish local committees prolonged registration for two weeks: until 16 October. The result surpassed all expectations. The number of people wishing to become volunteers during Euro-2012 was almost 24,000, an absolute record in volunteers’ recruitment for a European tournament.

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Reconstruction of Boryspil’s Terminal ‘B’ completed

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News / 14 November 2011 | 17:30

Reconstruction of Boryspil's Terminal 'B' completed

Reconstruction of Boryspil’s Terminal ‘B’ completed

The reconstruction of Terminal ‘B’ at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport is completed, the Ministry of Infrastructure said in a statement Monday, according to UKRINFORM.

Now, the waiting area, which previously totaled 2,790 square meters, is expanded up to 5,670 square meters (4,590 sq. m. – for passengers on international flights, 1,080 sq. m. – for internal flights).

The interior is improved in the refreshed pathway, the waiting area has become more comfortable and spacious, the amount of waiting areas is increased, new canteens appeared. The infrastructure of the pathway meets all the requirements of servicing people with disabilities.

As reported, September 1 the airport’s Terminal ‘B’ opened the reception area, areas arrival and departure of passengers for domestic flights, which improved the quality of service for passengers who travel along Ukraine.

The current capacity of Terminal ‘B’ is 2,400 passenger/hour.

The launch of Terminal ‘D’, which will be a major facility of the main air gates of Ukraine, is scheduled for December 2011. The new terminal will be able to take 12 million passengers a year, twice as much the current passenger traffic at the airport.

According to the Boryspil airport’s press office, in January-September passenger traffic increased by 20.4% to 6.148 million people, compared with same period last year, including in September – by 17.1% to 857,000.

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Ukrainian authorities are called not to kill stray dogs

Posted by the Editor on November 14, 2011


News / 14 November 2011 | 17:00

Ukrainian authorities are called not to kill stray dogs

Ukrainian authorities are called not to kill stray dogs

November 14 Ecology Minister of Ukraine Mykola Zlochevski has met the delegation of British Naturewatch organization headed by its director John Ruane, ForUm learned from the press office of the ministry.

Treatment of stray animals was among the main subjects of discussion. “We are calling upon Ukrainian authorities to use international experience in solving the problem of stray dogs. They must not be slaughtered, as local authorities in Ukraine usually do,” John Ruane said.

Zlochevski informed that Ecology Ministry is preparing amendments to the legislation on treatment of stray animals and would be thankful to international community for consultations. “The responsibility of local authorities will be tougher. Now the Ministry is holding talks on construction of new modern shelters for stray dogs in regional centers of Ukraine. The pilot project will be realized in Kyiv before July 2012. I am calling upon local authorities to allocate land for shelters, and the ministry is ready to consider its participation in shelter construction,” the Minister said.

As a reminder, animal welfare groups accuse Ukrainian authorities of resorting to illegal, inhumane methods of stray dog culling that cause long, agonizing deaths. The activists claim that dogs are poisoned, injected with forbidden substances and subjected to severe pain as officials rush to clean city streets of stray animals in preparation for the Euro 2012 soccer championship next summer.

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Tax police plans to complete investigation into Tymoshenko’s UESU case by year end

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News / 14 November 2011 | 16:30

Tax police plans to complete investigation into Tymoshenko's UESU case by year end

Tax police plans to complete investigation into Tymoshenko’s UESU case by year end

Ukraine’s tax police expects to complete by the year end the investigation into a criminal case opened against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on the activities of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation, the first deputy chief of tax police and the chief of the main investigative department at the State Tax Service, Anatoliy Yakovynets, told a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

“I think that by the end of this month, or by the end of the next month, if the defense team and prosecutor’s office allow, we will complete the pre-trial investigation and send the case to court,” he said.

According to him, Tymoshenko was charged with crimes, registered in both Criminal Codes of 1960 and 2001.

Yakovynets explained that the article of the Criminal Code of 1960 concerns currency operations and provides for more lenient punishment than the same article of 2001. 

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Zaporizhzhya city council to estimate legality of new monument to Stalin

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News / 14 November 2011 | 16:00

Zaporizhzhya city council to estimate legality of new monument to Stalin

Zaporizhzhya city council to estimate legality of new monument to Stalin

Chairman of the Zaporizhzhya city council Oleksandr Syn charged the legal department of the council with holding an expertise on legality of new monument to Stalin, erected near the Communist party regional committee. 

“Till the end of the week the legal department will give its conclusions on legality of installation and on the fact whether this sculpture can be considered a monument at all,” Syn said, according to Ukrainian news.

At the same time Syn noted that previous monument to Stalin in Zaporizhzhya was recognized by the legal department of the council as illegal, but due to its destruction and restoration a new expertise will be called.

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Gazprom exaggerates poor technical condition of Ukrainian GTS, Mott MacDonald says

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News / 14 November 2011 | 15:30

Gazprom exaggerates poor technical condition of Ukrainian GTS, Mott MacDonald says

Gazprom exaggerates poor technical condition of Ukrainian GTS, Mott MacDonald says

According to calculations by Mott MacDonald experts, the reconstruction and modernization of the Ukrainian gas transport system will cost Ukraine at least USD 4.8 billion over seven years.

This is stipulated in a feasibility study for the modernization of the Southern and Northern gas transit corridors, which was prepared by Mott MacDonald at the request of Naftogaz of Ukraine, UKRINFORM reported, referring to the Mirror Weekly Ukraine newspaper.

The prioritization of modernization projects proposed in the feasibility study is based on relatively inexpensive repairs, which will help keep the Ukrainian gas transport system in good working condition up to its full modernization. To do so, Mott MacDonald proposed that at least USD 2.8 billion be invested in the next eight to ten years in mini projects in order to keep the system in working condition.

In its study, Mott MacDonald confirmed that the gas transport system, apart from design and construction inaccuracies, is mainly affected by the lack of proper funding for scheduled maintenance.

Experts said that the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorodgas pipeline (1,138-kilometer-long in Ukraine) was a priority for reconstruction and proposed a priority sequence of the reconstruction of such gas pipelines as Soyuz, Progress and Yelets-Kremenchuk-Ananyiv-Tiraspol-Izmail.

Mott MacDonald experts also proposed installing additional modern gas metering stations in Ukraine’s east in order to ensure the precise metering of gas. At the same time, the existing gas metering stations in the country’s west need to be modernized.

In addition, experts proposed using a modern SKADA system to integrate the systems of management and the metering of gas in order to reduce its losses in the system.

In general, Mott MacDonald described as high the level of competence of experts from Ukrtransgaz, a subsidiary of Naftogaz of Ukraine, the operator of the country’s gas transport system. The technical condition of Ukrainian gas pipelines, according to the study, is not as dire as evidenced by Russia’s Gazprom, the newspaper said.

As reported, Naftogaz of Ukraine is planning to invest USD 543 million in the modernization of the first stage of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline. It is planned that USD 308 million of this amount will be investment, and the rest – Ukraine’s own finances. Work on the modernization of the pipeline is to be conducted for three to five years, depending on concrete needs.

The Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry is planning to raise USD 6.5 billion to implement investment projects on the modernization of the Ukrainian gas transport system until 2018. In particular, it is planned to raise USD 1.3 billion to modernize and reconstruct the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline.

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Speaker ordered not to close traffic for high-ranked officials except for President

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News / 14 November 2011 | 15:00

Speaker ordered not to close traffic for high-ranked officials except for President

Speaker ordered not to close traffic for high-ranked officials except for President

Speaker of the parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn told a briefing he decreed not to close roads or suspend traffic for corteges of heads of parliament and government, ForUm correspondent reported.

“I ordered the Interior Minister not to close roads or regulate traffic for corteges of speaker or Prime Minister. I want to point out that this decree contradicts with the law on high ranked officials, which provides for corresponding regulation of traffic. But being a driver myself, I understand the question,” he said.

At the same time the speaker underlined that the decree does not concern the President of Ukraine. “Taking into account the fact that the head of state is elected by people, I believe he should move freely and safely wherever he needs to,” Lytyn said.

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Opposition warns it might leave the commission on development of election legislation

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News / 14 November 2011 | 14:30

Opposition warns it might leave the commission on development of election legislation

Opposition warns it might leave the commission on development of election legislation

Commenting on the draft bill on parliamentary elections, including the propositions of the opposition, speaker of the parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn pointed out the controversial proportion of deputies elected on majoritarian system and deputies elected on party lists.

In particular, he said 150 deputies to be elected on majoritarian system is not a sufficient number. “If only 150 deputies are elected n proportional system, these deputies won’t be able to work in big administrative regions, as even the smallest administrative region number more than five districts. How can a deputy work on such big territory? This question requires a compromise,” the speaker noted.

In addition, Lytyvn believes that passing barrier for parties and blocs must be different, in case the MPs decide to allow political blocs to take part in elections.

The speaker confirmed that the commission on development of election legislation decided to take the presidential draft bill as basis.

In his turn vice speaker Mykola Tomenko declared the opposition MPs may leave the commission if the majority ignores its propositions.

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