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FAO regional office may open in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2012


News / 23 January 2012 | 18:02

FAO regional office may open in Ukraine

FAO regional office may open in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Mykola Prysiazhniuk, while staying in Berlin to attend the International Green Week 2012, has met Jose Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The sides discussed cooperation and joint action to combat hunger and poverty and ensure food safety and quality worldwide, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food said in a statement, according to UKRINFORM.

“During the meeting with the FAO Director General, we have reached understanding. Ukraine supports all initiatives of this Organization to fight hunger, and will actively participate in the activities of the FAO. In particular, we will participate in a Budapest meeting , which will consider the strategy of the future of the FAO, and then in April in a meeting of the FAO in Azerbaijan,” Prysiazhniuk underscored.

According to him, Ukraine is interested in expanding cooperation with the FAO. “That is why we strive to join the decision-making process and ensure proper representation of Ukraine in the FAO Secretariat. It is about increasing the number of its members up to 6 people. The opening of the FAO regional office in Ukraine will be also discussed,” the minister informed.

He also noted that the Secretary-General promised to support the development and financing of measures to prevent spreading of African swine fever in the territory of Ukraine, because Ukraine is a natural barrier between Russia and the EU.

In addition, Jose Graziano da Silva promised to consider granting Ukraine the opportunity to be party to the execution of contracts for the provision of food in countries in need, Prysiazhniuk added.

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PR leader: Opposition is the worst enemy of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2012


News / 23 January 2012 | 17:32

PR leader: Opposition is the worst enemy of Ukraine

PR leader: Opposition is the worst enemy of Ukraine

“I think that the next step of Andriy Kozhemiakin and Mykola Martynenko will be the appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to deprive Ukraine of membership in the Assembly,” commented MP, Chairman of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Olexander Yefremov on the appeal of opposition to the PACE to discredit the Ukrainian delegation, ForUm learned from the press office of the Party of Regions.

“Even mortal enemies did not cause such harm and hatred to Ukraine as opposition causes now,” Olexander Yefremov noted.

The MP quoted one of the works of Taras Shevchenko on this situation: “Not those enemies but the good people – will rob, regretting, crying, and condemn …”

“The Party of Regions believes that the opposition causes great harm to Ukraine,” the MP added.

According to Ukrainian mass media, on January 8 PACE President Mevlüt Cavusoglu received a letter signed by BYuT faction chairman Andriy Kozhemiakin and Our Ukraine faction head Mykola Martynenko, in which they asked PACE President to consider revocation of the Ukrainian delegation’s authority to represent Ukraine in PACE.

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State prosecution accused journalists of closing the case against Kuchma

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2012


News / 23 January 2012 | 17:01

State prosecution accused journalists of closing the case against Kuchma

State prosecution accused journalists of closing the case against Kuchma

First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin believes that journalists are to blame for closing the criminal case against ex-president Leonid Kuchma regarding his involvement into murder of journalists Georgy Gongadze.

“I want to ask certain journalists, who always criticize everything: are you happy now? It was you, who assisted this [closing the case] with your criticizing articles,” he said in an interview with “NBN”.

“Recall what journalists were writing before: Kuchma is so-and-so, responsible for the death of the man; the situation in Ukraine is bad; the case against Kuchma is still not instituted, everybody is afraid… Remember? I remember too. Recall what happened after. I instituted a criminal case against Kuchma, and here came scandals, warnings, threats. What were journalists writing? Right! This is a self-promotion, he is doing this on purpose not to be expelled from the prosecution, he is working for some politicians who want to take TV channels from Kuchma and Pinchuk…Was there at least one journalist who wrote something appropriate, like finally a case against Kuchma has been instituted, finally an investigation will be held, let’s support the prosecution? Nobody,” Kuzmin complained.

“It turns out that no case is bad, but an instituted case is worse. And then the trouble began…They (prosecutors – ed.) called this one, but not that one. They announced ‘abuse of power’, but not ‘murder contract’ or ‘complicity’. They are doing this to help out Kuchma. After the prosecution had finished the investigation it started to study the materials. And again journalists…These don’t study, those study too slowly; Kuzmin must be fired, he investigated the case in a wrong way, he interrogated wrong witnesses…Everything is wrong…But what is wrong with you? What, all cooks and homeworkers are professional lawyers and investigators to tell us how to do our job? Without proper knowledge and education they tell us how to work and speak to mass media what went wrong,” Kuzmin boiled over.

The official also commented on some accusations, published by mass media, on that he instituted the case against Kuchma knowing it would be closed and in order to ‘clean’ the former president. He called such accusations the height of cynicism.

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Monument to Shukhevych to be erected in Ternopil

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News / 23 January 2012 | 16:30

Monument to Shukhevych to be erected in Ternopil

Monument to Shukhevych to be erected in Ternopil

Ternopil city mayor Serhiy Nadal informed that a monument to Roman Shukhevych, head of the Ukrainian rebellion army, will be erected in the city, hence meeting the request of representatives of the Ukrainian Nationalists Congress.

“We stand for erection of such monument. We have formed a steering committee, which will determine a place for the monument. It must be a public and crowded place, worthy of such prominent historical figure as Hero of Ukraine Roman Shukhevych. Then the place must be approved by the city architecture board,” Nadal said.

The mayor also informed that the city budget will not allocate money for the monument. “I believe that this year we should not spend our budget means on monuments. Monuments should be erected at the expenses of donors and members of public organizations,” he said.

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Party of Regions MP suggests exempting private institutes from taxes

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News / 23 January 2012 | 16:00

Party of Regions MP suggests exempting private institutes from taxes

Party of Regions MP suggests exempting private institutes from taxes

MP from the Party of Regions, President’s representative in the parliament Yuri Myroshnychenko submitted a draft bill, which provides for exempting private institutes from income and land taxes.

According to the current legislation, only private kindergartens and schools, as well as state education institutions are exempted from these taxes. In his explanatory note Myroshnychenko noted that according to the Constitution all property holders are equal before the law.

“Such selective approach regarding tax exemption for education institutions is a violation of basic norms of activity of various forms of ownership,” he added.

Myroshnychenko believes that adoption of this law will eliminate discrimination against education institutions.

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PACE does not support deprivation of plenary powers of Ukrainian delegation and will consider Ukraine’s issue on Thursday

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2012


News / 23 January 2012 | 15:30

PACE does not support deprivation of plenary powers of Ukrainian delegation and will consider Ukraine's issue on Thursday

PACE does not support deprivation of plenary powers of Ukrainian delegation and will consider Ukraine’s issue on Thursday

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will consider the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine on Thursday, January 26. This issue was approved for Thursday’s agenda, according to Chairman of the Ukrainian Delegation to PACE, MP Ivan Popescu.

“The agenda of the Assembly has been approved. The issue on Ukraine remains for Thursday, the last paragraph,” he said, according to UKRINFORM.

Popescu also said that the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected people’s deputies (Party of Regions) Yulia Liovochkina member of the Monitoring Committee of the Assembly.

“It’s absolutely democratic approach, the vote is secret, but then voting results are made public,” he said.

Thus, from now the PACE Monitoring Committee, which deals with the fulfillment of obligations of the Council of Europe member states to the organization, is composed of two Ukrainians. From the majority – Yulia Liovochkina and from the opposition – Olha Herasymiuk (Our Ukraine).

In addition, newly elected president of the PACE Jean-Claude Mignon did not support the proposition by European People’s party to deprive the Ukrainian delegation of plenary powers. “To deprive the plenary powers is the last weapon, when all the roads are passed,” he told a press conference in Strasburg.

As a reminder, the European People’s party proposed to deprive the Ukrainian delegation of plenary powers because three members of the delegation, submitted as representatives of the opposition, in fact are representatives of the ruling party. The proposition was not supported by PACE.

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President: Ukraine started implementing large-scale infrastructure projects

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2012


News / 23 January 2012 | 14:58

President: Ukraine started implementing large-scale infrastructure projects

President: Ukraine started implementing large-scale infrastructure projects

Ukraine has begun implementing large-scale infrastructure projects, one of which is the construction of an LNG terminal on the Black Sea, President Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting in the National Arts Palace Ukraine on the occasion of Unity and Liberty Day, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“We started building wind and solar power plants, high-speed railways, an LNG terminal will be built on the Black Sea,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

“These are the projects that will allow Ukraine to earn and save money for decades to come,” he said.

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Expert: Ukrainian fields are in a deplorable state

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2012


News / 23 January 2012 | 14:30

Expert: Ukrainian fields are in a deplorable state

Expert: Ukrainian fields are in a deplorable state

Annual losses from the erosion process on Ukrainian fields are 10 billion dollars, agrarian expert Oleksandr Zubenko told a roundtable in Kyiv, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to Zubenko, annual losses of humus and nutrients measure millions of tons. “Unfortunately, the problem of Ukrainian soil fertility waste has become global for the last 20 years. Land resources are in a deplorable state,” Zubenko said. “This year we have to work out a system program to counteract these processes,” he added.

In his turn, official of the crop science department of the National Academy of Agrarian Science of Ukraine Oleksandr Ivashenko declared that the government must put into practice the laws on soil security. “Fields of Ukraine make 24.6% of the black soil area of the world. We need the laws, which would oblige farmers to restore damage, caused to the soil. We also need state control over the quality of meliorative works, and we need to work out methods on renovation of fertility power of the soil,” he said.

Ivashenko’s point of view was supported by high-ranked official of the Sokolovski Institute of soil science and agrochemistry Mykola Myroshnychenko. He told that Ukraine has all necessary laws to protect the soil, but they are not applicable. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a proper order of economic promotion of fertility power increase by farmers. What we need is to hold examination of the soil when the lease term is expired. If the index of fertility is reduced the farmer will have to repair the damage,” the expert said.

In his turn, official of the farming department Serhiy Bulygin voiced approximate market cost of humus – 200 dollars per a ton. “If we measure humus cost by economic showings, it will increase up to 600 dollars per a ton. One millimeter layer of soil on one hectare is one ton. Knowing that in case of fertility reduction he has to pay, a farmer would farm the land in a proper and better way,” Bulygin summed up.

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