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President expects Parliament to consider draft Criminal Procedure Code at new session beginning

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2012


News / 24 January 2012 | 18:02

President expects Parliament to consider draft Criminal Procedure Code at new session beginning

President expects Parliament to consider draft Criminal Procedure Code at new session beginning

President Viktor Yanukovych expects the Parliament to consider the draft Criminal Procedure Code at the beginning of the session, he said in an exclusive interview for the joint project of The New York Times News Service & Syndicate and Segodnya Multimedia – “Ukraine and the World in 2012. Global Agenda,” ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“This will provide a positive impetus to the development of the country, because the document introduces competition between the prosecution and the defense. There will be balance, and, of course, such principles as the rule of law,presumption of innocence and protection of human rights will win,” Viktor Yanukovych.

According to the President, the new Criminal Procedure Code is one of the steps towards creating an effective system of government, balance of powers, democracy and human rights, strengthening the rule of law. Constitutional reform, he said, will be another step to serve that cause.

Viktor Yanukovych noted the importance of creating a Constitutional Assembly to develop proposals on amending the Basic Law. “The Constitutional Assembly will make these suggestions and create the environment for discussing the constitutional reform to consolidate the society along the way,” he said. The President added that as soon as he gets all the appropriate expert opinions, he intends to sign a decree to approve the working plan and the Concept of the Constitutional Assembly.

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President: Ukraine-EU relations are developing constructively

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News / 24 January 2012 | 17:37

President: Ukraine-EU relations are developing constructively

President: Ukraine-EU relations are developing constructively

Ukraine-EU relations are developing constructively, President Viktor Yanukovych said in an exclusive interview for the joint project of The New York Times News Service & Syndicate and Segodnya Multimedia – “Ukraine and the World in 2012. Global Agenda,” ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“For the first time in the history of relations with the EU and the European Commission we have made this work synchronous, common. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso have announced that the negotiations on the Association Agreement and Free Trade Agreement are complete,” he said.

According to Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine has also completed another stage of preparation for the transition “to wholly new visa relations with the EU” and moving towards the introduction of visa-free travel.

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Tax authorities vow to settle VAT refunds to foreign investors

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2012


News / 24 January 2012 | 17:07

Tax authorities vow to settle VAT refunds to foreign investors

Tax authorities vow to settle VAT refunds to foreign investors

The State Tax Service of Ukraine (STSU) will settle all disputed issues on VAT refunds to foreign investors during 2012, STSU Chairman Oleksandr Klymenko said during a meeting with companies – members of the European Business Association (EBA), UKRINFORM reports.

“We do not abandon our obligations. We will settle the debt to foreign investors to the maximum. But the nature of the tax loan should completely exclude a “schematic” loan. Amounts to be provided for reimbursement must be clean in terms of legislation and the risk of tax evasion,” Klymenko underscored.

“Overall, 2012 will be devoted to productive work with foreign investors. I do not mean the fiscal support, but the level of service and responsiveness to the problems of taxpayers,” the official emphasized.

Overall, according to tax authorities, over the past year taxpayers were refunded almost UAH 43 billion in value added tax (VAT). This is twice as much the figure in 2010. Then the taxpayers received a budget compensation of UAH 24 billion (USD 1 – UAH 7.99).

To prevent businessmen from working with dubious counterparties, the STSU chief recalled, the tax authorities offer a new “horizontal monitoring” service. This, in essence, is a free audit that businesses will get to identify “dangerous” business partners.

Earlier, the State Tax Service had announced the reduction in VAT refunds debt from UAH 11.1 billion to UAH 4.6 billion in 2011.

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Yanukovych: I stand for strengthening local governments

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News / 24 January 2012 | 16:42

Yanukovych: I stand for strengthening local governments

Yanukovych: I stand for strengthening local governments

Expanding the powers of regional governments will put the beginning of local government reform and decentralization of power, President Viktor Yanukovych in an exclusive interview for the joint project of The New York Times News Service & Syndicate and Segodnya Multimedia – “Ukraine and the World in 2012. Global Agenda,” ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The President reminded that in 2012, the emphasis of reforms would shift from the center to the regions. “Effective economy, improving people’s lives, building a strong state is our goals. We can achieve them only through the modernization of the country … Surely, this year will allow to see the results of reforms and significantly expand the powers regional governments,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

“I stand for strengthening local governments,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding, however, that it is a long process, which cannot complete in a year or two. “Decentralization of power will improve the quality of life, so we have to go on with this long and difficult work,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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President: We aim to at least maintain economic growth momentum in 2012

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News / 24 January 2012 | 16:27

President: We aim to at least maintain economic growth momentum in 2012

President: We aim to at least maintain economic growth momentum in 2012

In 2012, the society will feel the real positive results of reforms implemented in the state, President Viktor Yanukovych said in an exclusive interview for the joint project of The New York Times News Service & Syndicate and Segodnya Multimedia – “Ukraine and the World in 2012. Global Agenda,” ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“2012 will be the year that will show the results of our work and allow us to optimize the reforms we have started,” he said.

The President noted that the implementation of several pilot projects provided a positive experience of reforms, showing also that large-scale transformation require well-trained staff. Besides, the President said, the government was facing the resistance of bureaucrats and populist politicians to modernization processes.

“One of the features of Ukrainian politics is populism, and sometimes, unfortunately, even opportunism. Political populism often harms the state and the people, who are simply being deceived by some politicians cynically manipulating public opinion,” said Viktor Yanukovych. However, he said, the Ukrainian nation has repeatedly proven its wisdom and understanding of the situation. “It will take some time, and people will understand, who was right,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

“We set the task for 2012 to at least maintain the momentum of economic growth,” President Yanukovych said, also drawing attention to the fact that the government of Ukraine continues its efforts to make Ukraine’s foreign policy more economically oriented. “Currently, our diplomacy aims to protect Ukrainian national interests,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that the conditions for attracting investments are also being created in Ukraine.

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Prosecution: There are suspiciously too many dead bodies around "Gongadze case"

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2012


News / 24 January 2012 | 16:00

Prosecution: There are suspiciously too many dead bodies around "Gongadze case"

Prosecution: There are suspiciously too many dead bodies around "Gongadze case"

First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin notes that there are suspiciously too many dead bodies around “Gongadze case”, he said in an interview with “Independent news bureau.”

“Everybody died from natural causes, but under strange circumstances. Someone got mortally poisoned; someone died from a fatal disease, even the man who found Gongadze’s body in Tarashcha forest also died. Only Pukach is still alive. But now the court decreed that the case was instituted illegally. That’s it! Hopefully nobody else will die,” Kuzmin said.

As a reminder, journalist Georgiy Gongadze was murdered in autumn 2000.

On March 15, 2008 the Court of Appeals convicted three former officials of Interior Ministry intelligence department – Valery Kostenko, Mykola Protasov and Oleksandr Popovych, and sentenced then to 12-13 years of prison.

Another accused, Pukach, was wanted from 2005. On July 21, 2009 Pukach was detained in Zhytomyr region.

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Emergency Situations Ministry ask Ukrainians to help with snow removal

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2012


News / 24 January 2012 | 15:30

Emergency Situations Ministry ask Ukrainians to help with snow removal

Emergency Situations Ministry ask Ukrainians to help with snow removal

Ukrainians must help communal services to remove snow, head of the rescue department of the Emergency Situations Ministry Hryhoriy Marchenko declared.

“For tree days we have a monthly norm of snow, and it is impossible to remove it all within three days,” Marchenko said and added that 560 machinery units and 100 manual items for snow removal are working in Kyiv alone.

“Emergency Situations Ministry has 120 machinery units, but snow removal is not our main task. We have all our departments helping communal services. Every one of us must do something to help remove all this snow,” Marchenko addressed Ukrainians.

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Two thousand apartments to be built for the military this year

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2012


News / 24 January 2012 | 15:04

Two thousand apartments to be built for the military this year

Two thousand apartments to be built for the military this year

In 2012 two thousand apartments will be built for the military, director of finance department of Defense Ministry of Ukraine General Lieutenant Ivan Marko told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

“Expenses for housing construction for the military have been increased. The government has provided 500 million hryvnias, which will allow building more than two thousand apartments,” he said.

According to the General Lieutenant, the government has also increased financing of medical assistance for the military and has increased twofold the financing of ammunition utilization. “For today we have a big number of ammunition, which term of storage has been expired. The government has allocated certain resource to get rid of dangerous armament,” he said.

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