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New Tax Code reduced a number of levies

Posted by the Editor on December 1, 2011


News / 1 December 2011 | 17:40

New Tax Code reduced a number of levies

New Tax Code reduced a number of levies

In the new Tax Code of Ukraine the number of state taxes has been reduced by 11 and the number of local charges – by 9, the head of the State Tax Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Klymenko told the II Ukrainian tax forum, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to him, the new Tax Code also provides for gradual reduction of main state taxes – income tax and VAT.

Klymenko informed small business that the new document announces tax vacations, namely zero income tax, for enterprises with turnover up to three million hryvnias.

In addition, Klymenko noted that the new Tax Code has systemized tax remissions. “Frankly speaking, before the adoption of the Tax Code tax benefits depended on lobbyist’ activity of certain groups, which might or might not obtain some privileges. Now the tax remissions are used to stimulate development of strategic sectors, mostly ecological technologies and domestic producers,” he said.

The official informed that significant tax exemption has also been given to agrarian sector, aviation and shipbuilding.

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President paid tribute to Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem

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News / 1 December 2011 | 17:11

President paid tribute to Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem

President paid tribute to Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem

In Jerusalem, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych visited the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority Yad Vashem.

The President paid tribute to Holocaust victims by laying flowers at the monument to those lost in the tragedy. He visited the Hall of Remembrance and the Hall of Names and the Children’s Memorial, and left a not in the Honorary Guests Book.

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Prosecution stands against Tymoshenko’s release from custody

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News / 1 December 2011 | 16:39

Prosecution stands against Tymoshenko's release from custody

Prosecution stands against Tymoshenko’s release from custody

Tymoshenko’s defense team asks the Kyiv Court of Appeals to consider its motion to change the measure of restraint for the ex-premier.

“I ask the court to consider the appeal to change the measure of restraint for Yulia Tymoshenko to one that doesn’t include incarceration given that there are no grounds to keep her in custody, based on the grounds she was imprisoned by the Pechersk District Court. She can’t influence witnesses, can’t influence evidence because it has all been collected. There are no evidences that she is not fulfilling the court’s decisions. Taking into account Yulia Tymoshenko’s health, I ask the court to grant this motion,” Tymoshenko’s defense attorney Mykola Siryi said during today’s hearing.

Tymoshenko’s defense has also entered a motion to question witnesses that were denied to present evidence in court by the court of first instance.

“I ask to call all witnesses identified in the motion because not all were questioned by the court even though some of them were questioned during the pre-trial investigation. These are people that can provide information that directly relates to the case,” said defense attorney Yuriy Sukhov.

Among other motions Tymoshenko’s defense has appealed to reinstate lawyers Mykola Titareno and Serhiy Vlasenko, earlier suspended from the case.

In response to the motions of the defense team, representatives of the prosecution have declared they don’t see any reasons for Tymoshenko’s release from custody, as well as conducting addition court investigations.

“There are not enough grounds to change the measure of restrain and to release Yulia Tymoshenko from custody,” prosecutor Mikitenko told the session.

According to him, there are also no grounds to reinstate dismissed lawyers Titareno and Vlasenko, as well as to hold additional investigation by the court of appeal. The prosecutor underlined the Kyiv Pechersk Court had already made full, unbiased and thorough pretrial investigation.

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President: Ukraine developing pragmatic relations with other states

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News / 1 December 2011 | 16:15

President: Ukraine developing pragmatic relations with other states

President: Ukraine developing pragmatic relations with other states

In developing its relations with other states Ukraine would always follow the principle of national pragmatism, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting with President of Israel Shimon Peres.

“We will be developing our relations with other countries only in a pragmatic, practical plane. We will not be making friendships ‘against anyone’,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

Now, the President said, our country is actively pursuing the course of European integration. Ukraine, he said, is the bridge between Russia and Europe. Viktor Yanukovych also stressed that our country will remain a reliable party to the transit of energy resources.

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Ukrainians now can travel to Poland with ‘shopping visas’

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News / 1 December 2011 | 15:50

Ukrainians now can travel to Poland with 'shopping visas'

Ukrainians now can travel to Poland with ‘shopping visas’

Consulate General of Poland in Lviv (western Ukraine) now issues Schengen visas for shop-tours.

The first ‘shopping visa’ will be issued for a period of seven days, the second for up to a year. This visa, costing 35 euros, is available exclusively to the residents of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions (west of the country), UKRINFORM reports.

In addition, to obtain such a visa, it is not necessary to submit income certificates, officially certified invitations from legal entities or natural persons, or to confirm a hotel reservation.

According to the new rules, to get a second ‘shopping visa’, the petitioner must provide a registered sale receipt confirming that during his first visit to Poland, he really bought something. The amount of goods purchased is not limited.

Consul General of Poland in Lviv Jaroslaw Drozd said: “We want the experiment to be successful and help people, to become one of the elements of the revitalization and liberalization of visa traffic.”

He also said that the consulate’s visa centers, which are already functioning in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, will also open in Lutsk in December and in Ternopil in January. In addition, according to the consul, within preparations for UEFA EURO 2012, there will be intensive modernization of the existing border crossings to increase their capacity.

For 11 months of this year, the Consulate General of Poland in Lviv had time to give more than 250,000 visas. About half of them are Schengen visas, half – national.

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Ukraine, Israel sign bilateral documents

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News / 1 December 2011 | 15:34

Ukraine, Israel sign bilateral documents

Ukraine, Israel sign bilateral documents

In the presence of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and President of Israel Shimon Peres, the delegations of both countries signed a number of bilateral Ukrainian-Israeli documents, including:

    * Plan of Cooperation in Healthcare and Medicine between the Ministries of Healthcare of Ukraine and Israel for 2011-2015;

    * Memorandum of Cooperation between the State Road Service of Ukraine and the National Roads Company of Israel;

    * Memorandum of Understanding between the State Agency for Investment and National Projects’ Management of Ukraine and the Investment Promotion Center of Israel.

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EP urges more active work on visa-free regime with Ukraine

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News / 1 December 2011 | 15:06

EP urges more active work on visa-free regime with Ukraine

EP urges more active work on visa-free regime with Ukraine

The European Parliament stands for active work towards the establishment of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

In its motion for resolution the EP recommends “to work actively towards the establishment of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU rather than maintaining a long-term perspective, provided that Ukraine fulfils the necessary technical criteria set out in the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation.”

The EP also proposes to establish the intermediate objective of abolishing existing visa fees and to introduce appropriate measures during the European Football Championship with a view to using this special occasion as a trial period for a visa-free regime.

Recognizing Ukraine as a key partner in the management of migration flows and borders, the EP also recommends to strengthen Ukraine’s potential and to envisage further joint action in the fight against organised crime.

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Israel sees Yanukovych as a creator of new Ukraine

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News / 1 December 2011 | 14:40

Israel sees Yanukovych as a creator of new Ukraine

Israel sees Yanukovych as a creator of new Ukraine

Israeli President Shimon Peres has said that his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych is a head of state, who creates a new future for Ukraine.

“Since this is a historic visit, we welcome you as a person who creates a new future for a new Ukraine, as a president elected by the people, the one, who is trying to build bridges between East and West,” the Israeli president said receiving his Ukrainian counterpart in Jerusalem on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Peres said that Israel views Yanukovych as the president who does not build the wall, but builds the connection between the Eastern and Western Europe.

Yanukovych is on a state visit to Israel from November 30 to December 1.

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