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Moratorium introduced for outdoor advertising

Posted by the Editor on January 10, 2012


News / 10 January 2012 | 18:16

Moratorium introduced for outdoor advertising

Moratorium introduced for outdoor advertising

The Kyiv City State Administration has set a moratorium on placement of outdoor advertising in the capital since January 1 and until August 1, 2012, due to the expected holding of the European Football Championship 2012 finals.

Consequently, the Kyiv City State Administration suspends receiving applications for giving permits to set outdoor advertising, except for such types of advertisement constructions: stands, three-dimensional advertising structures, which stand apart and advertisement panels, inscriptions on buildings, constructions.

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Tymoshenko’s husband granted asylum In Czech Republic

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News / 10 January 2012 | 17:33

Tymoshenko's husband granted asylum In Czech Republic

Tymoshenko’s husband granted asylum In Czech Republic

The husband of Ukraine’s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been granted political asylum in the Czech Republic, amid concerns by her supporters that family members may be targeted in a mounting pressure campaign.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Kubice told reporters on January 6 that the ministry had approved Oleksandr Tymoshenko’s application for asylum. Tymoshenko, 51, is currently in the Czech Republic and applied for asylum last year, according to Radio Liberty.

“Mr. Tymoshenko filed a request for political asylum with the Interior Ministry several months ago,” Kubice said. “A standard procedure was followed, and the result is that [the asylum] was granted today.”

In one of his first interviews since being granted asylum in the Czech Republic on January 6, Oleksandr Tymoshenko told RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service that the government of President Viktor Yanukovych “does not need Yulia Tymoshenko alive” and has called on world leaders to protect his wife from what he says are the government’s efforts to “destroy” her.

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Next week criminal responsibility for smuggling will be lifted

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News / 10 January 2012 | 17:01

Next week criminal responsibility for smuggling will be lifted

Next week criminal responsibility for smuggling will be lifted

On January 17, according to the law on decriminalization of economic crimes, the criminal responsibility for smuggling goods will be lifted. At the same time, the administrative responsibility, including financial sanctions, will be toughened.

In accordance with the new law, the fine for smuggling is 100% of the cost of the smuggled goods plus confiscation without alternative. For repeated violation the customs rules provide for fine at 200% of cost of the smuggled goods. The new law also provides for confiscation of a vehicle, used for smuggling. The final decision on further fate of confiscated goods and vehicles will be made by a court.

Importers, exporters, as well as transporters can be held responsible for violation of customs regulations. That’s why a transporter must check the exact number of pieces of freight, layout and numbers, outside condition of the load and its wrapping.

“The State customs service calls upon all international transporters to be attentive and not to let anybody to get them involved into illegal actions, which may bring them to financial sanctions. We understand that transporters should not become hostages of the situation. Transporters are not supposed to check whether the washing powder they are transporting contains drugs. If you cannot perform total and exact examination of the number of freight pieces, layout and numbers or outside condition of the load and its wrapping, you should mention it in the customs declaration. In such a way a transporter can caution against possible responsibility for violation of customs regulations,” head of the anti-smuggling department and corruption Oleksandr Popivniak told a press conference.

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Illegal underground oil pipe discovered in Luhansk region

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News / 10 January 2012 | 16:37

Illegal underground oil pipe discovered in Luhansk region

Illegal underground oil pipe discovered in Luhansk region

In Krasnodon district of Luhansk region officials of tax police has liquidated illegal 800-meter long underground oil pipe and storage with two tankers of 30 tons.

Press office of the State tax administration reported that the oil pipe was used for smuggling fuel and lubricant from Russia. According to an official of the anti-smuggling department Vyacheslav Merkushev, the illegal business was industry oriented.

“Several hundred meters far from the Russian-Ukrainian border, in Belenkoye village, the unknown set an illegal oil depot on the territory, rented for poultry plant. The depot was sued as storage for smuggled diesel fuel,” Merkushev informed.

In the course of the investigation the officials revealed specialized equipment, three pumps, two counters, a highwall-drilling machine and 53 tons of diesel fuel. The total cost of collected items makes more than 550 thousand hryvnias.

Tax service officials continue further investigation in order to reveal the names of the involved into smuggling deals.

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Ukraine may fail to ‘return’ funds invested in EURO 2012

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News / 10 January 2012 | 15:58

Ukraine may fail to 'return' funds invested in EURO 2012

Ukraine may fail to ‘return’ funds invested in EURO 2012

A major part of the USD 14.4 billion that will be spent on the holding of the finals of the EURO 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine has been invested by the state, rather than by businesses, as it was expected earlier. According to experts, it will be extremely difficult to cover such expenses, UKRINFORM reported, with reference to the Kommersant-Ukraine publication.

The amount of funds invested in UEFA EURO 2012 was huge – about UAH 115 billion according to the latest government estimates. Moreover, more than half of these funds – UAH 63 billion – has been allocated from state and local budgets.

This amount has been reviewed about 30 times over the last five years. Initially, most of the money – about UAH 20 billion – was to be allocated by private investors, and the state was to allocate only UAH 1.42 billion. But the crisis ruined these plans: the construction of 80% of buildings in the country stopped by the autumn of 2008. Therefore, investments were made from the state budget.

The largest amount of funds was spent on infrastructure facilities. By November 2011, Ukraine managed to complete the construction of four stadiums in EURO 2012 host cities. By March 2012, it is planned to finish work at Donetsk Airport and Terminal D at Boryspil Airport (Kyiv), whereas from May 2012, high-speed Hyundai trains will start running between the host cities. The construction of 34 hotels is now underway, and 271 hotels are being reconstructed.

The holding of the championship has become a real springboard for the hotel real estate market. According to UEFA rules, Ukraine should provide more than 18,000 rooms only for the accommodation of official groups of the championship.

In order to fulfill this demand and stimulate investors, in 2011, the Cabinet of Ministers introduced a partial compensation for loans borrowed for the construction of hotels.

First Deputy Chairman of Prominvestbank Vyacheslav Yutkin said that during the championship, hotels would raise prices by about 1.5 times, whereas in other countries that hosted European football championships, the cost of accommodation grew by 20-30%. However, taking into account the size of investments, their profit will be small.

“The final match will bring the highest income, when all of the hotels will be packed in full. The promotion of hotels and the status of facilities where fans and delegations will get accommodated are more important,” he said.

The championship’s sponsors also expect an increase in their awareness. According to forecasts by McDonalds, the official EURO 2012 sponsor, sales in the summer of 2012 will grow by 10% compared to previous years. Earlier, plans to enter the Ukrainian market were announced by Subway, KFC and Burger King.

The owners of restaurants and bars also expect an increase in revenues. In July 2012, they will collect three times more profit than in the same period last year, according to Yaroslav Hordiyenko, the owner of Ciro’s Pomodoro.

Nobody currently makes forecasts for the return of funds invested in EURO 2012, especially in the public sector. The Ukrainian authorities said immediately after winning the right to host EURO 2012 that the country’s revenues from hosting the tournament will exceed investments by three times. But now experts describe these forecasts as unrealistic.

According to the estimates of the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry, the holding of UEFA EURO 2012 will ensure an increase in real GDP of 0.8 percentage points next year, which corresponds to about UAH 10 billion.

It should be noted that over the past few years, major sporting events brought only losses to host countries. Thus, the last European Football Championship, which was held in the summer of 2008, brought Austria and Switzerland only EUR 470 million, with the investment of EUR 750 million, while South Africa’s losses for the World Cup in 2010 exceeded EUR 4 billion.

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Number of rabies cases growing in Zaporizhzhya region

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News / 10 January 2012 | 15:19

Number of rabies cases growing in Zaporizhzhya region

Number of rabies cases growing in Zaporizhzhya region

The number of cases of rabies disease has drastically increased in Zaporizhzhya region, regional sanitary and epidemiologic service reports.

“During October-December 2011 period the situation with rabies drastically worsened: 25 animals were diagnosed with the diseased in this period, while for the previous nine months the number of the diseased was 43,” the report says. 

According to the data of the regional sanitary and epidemiologic service, the number of people, suffered from bites, has also increased – more than 1 200 people were prescribed for vaccination.
According to the Zaporizhzhya sanitary and epidemiologic service, the situation with rabies cases has worsened due to lack of vaccines against the disease.

“Due to the fact that the Health Ministry has allocated only 53.5% of the required financing for vaccines, medical institutions of the region had to purchase vaccines with their own funds, which resulted into certain difficulties regarding rendering medical assistance to people, bitten by sick animals,” Zaporizhzhya sanitary and epidemiologic service admits.

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Party of Regions wants to adopt the law on land market this week

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News / 10 January 2012 | 14:40

Party of Regions wants to adopt the law on land market this week

Party of Regions wants to adopt the law on land market this week

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine may consider and adopt the Law on the land market by the end of this week despite certain activities of some MPs, who are trying to prevent it by all means, chairman of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Olexander Yefremov told conciliation board meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.

Yefremov also pointed out that after the norm on banning foreigners to buy Ukrainian land had been introduced the draft bill became suddenly unpopular among certain MPs. 

“Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems that after we had written off the rule permitting foreign citizens and companies to privatize land, it suddenly became out of favour for all,” the MP noted.

According to Olexander Yefremov, “individuals in the Parliament are trying to prevent the adoption of the Law on the land market, which during last six months has been worked out by all instances, has passed consultations in all public institutions and more than any other is ready for consideration at the session hall.” That’s the impression of independent experts, said the MP.

“Today the land market bill will be considered at the meeting of a relevant committee, and it has every chance to be adopted in the parliament,” Olexander Yefremov said adding “it would take some time to finalize the document and to agree on all points.”

“It would be good to adopt the Law during the current week, as it was planned for Thursday. But it can be possible only if MPs agree to work it out together and will stop vainly criticize it,” Yefremov summed up.

The law on land market was passed in its first reading on December 9, 2011.

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President allows restricting gas consumption to debtors

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News / 10 January 2012 | 14:02

President allows restricting gas consumption to debtors

President allows restricting gas consumption to debtors

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has approved amendments to the law on heat supply regarding the use of the technological minimum of natural gas, according to which it is permitted to restrict the minimum gas consumption to debtor companies.

The document envisages that the technological minimum of natural gas consumption is the minimum level of natural gas used by a facility in the field of heat supply, which provides the nominal operation of a company and prevents the appearance of manmade and natural emergency situations and is determined through methods approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, UKRINFORM reports.

In case of the non-payment or incomplete payment of the fee for the used gas and services on its transportation, a gas supply organization has the right to limit the consumption of gas by business entities in the field of heat supply, for which tariffs were set at an economically justified level, to the technological minimum of consumption.

At the same time, “one of the principles outlining state policy in the field of heat supply is a ban on the disconnection of heating facilities during the heating period from electricity, gas and water supply as socially and strategically important facilities.”

The adoption of this law has been initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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