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Ukraine to produce energy from sun and wind

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2012


News / 26 January 2012 | 17:30

Ukraine to produce energy from sun and wind

Ukraine to produce energy from sun and wind

Ukraine intends to get 600 mW of energy from renewable sources, chairman of the state agency on energy saving Mykola Pashkevych told a roundtable, ForUm correspondent reports.

In particular, 300 mW will be got from sun power and 300 mW from wind power.

Speaking about energy, realized by “green tariff”, Pashkevych informed that 240 mW of energy was produced in 2010, 330 mW in2011 and that it is planned to produce more than 1000 mW in 2012. The matter concerns production of energy at small water power plants, solar and wind power plants, according to the official.

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President: Ukraine is in active dialogue with Azerbaijan on implementing joint energy projects

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2012


News / 26 January 2012 | 17:00

President: Ukraine is in active dialogue with Azerbaijan on implementing joint energy projects

President: Ukraine is in active dialogue with Azerbaijan on implementing joint energy projects

Ukraine is in an active dialogue with Azerbaijan on implementing joint projects in energy sector, President Viktor Yanukovych told Ukrainian journalists in Davos after meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“We had another round of negotiations. Now, we are preparing two protocols for signature. There are technical issues that need to be examined by experts. Of course, Ukraine will continue cooperation with Azerbaijan to transport and buy Caspian gas, and could participate in the construction of gas transportation systems with the involvement of our capabilities,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

Currently, the President said, there are trilateral talks going on between Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Turkey to implement joint energy projects. “There are prospects in this area,” he said, adding that the parties have almost reached the confirmation of their interest in implementing such projects.

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EU intends to sign Association agreement with Ukraine in two years

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2012


News / 26 January 2012 | 16:30

EU intends to sign Association agreement with Ukraine in two years

EU intends to sign Association agreement with Ukraine in two years

Association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union may be adopted in two years, head of the policy department of EU representative office in Ukraine Hannes Schreiber told ForUm in the course of Euro-Atlantic forum “Ukraine and the EU on the eve of new Association agreement.”

According to the official, this is a standard term, registered in cases of similar agreements with other countries. At the same time Schreiber noted that complete implementation of the agreement at all levels and with all details takes longer period: minimum 10 years. “European practice shows that similar agreements can be implemented not in full for years due to drastic changes in countries of consideration. National legislation of such countries, including Ukraine, must adapt not only to current European norms, but to the future ones as well,” the official said.

As a reminder, on December 19, 2011 during Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv the sides failed to initial the Association agreement. President Viktor Yanukovych believes the agreement will be signed this year.

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Ukraine hopes for free trade area with Canada in 2012

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News / 26 January 2012 | 16:00

Ukraine hopes for free trade area with Canada in 2012

Ukraine hopes for free trade area with Canada in 2012

Ukraine hopes to sign an agreement on a free trade area with Canada in 2012, Deputy Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said a meeting of the Press Club, according to UKRINFORM.

“We hope this year to achieve decisive progress (in signing the agreement),” he said, stressing the success of the last round of negotiations with Canada on this issue.

Furthermore, Klimkin voiced hopes for a speedy completion of the process to establish a free trade area with Turkey and Israel.

A reminder that President Viktor Yanukovych had instructed the government to take additional steps to conclude a free trade area agreement with Canada yet in December 2010. At that time, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Ihor Ostash had predicted the signing of the agreement in 2011.

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EU may allocate additional 170 million euro for Ukraine

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News / 26 January 2012 | 15:30

EU may allocate additional 170 million euro for Ukraine

EU may allocate additional 170 million euro for Ukraine

Any European country, including Ukraine, can count on EU membership, chairman of EC representative office in Ukraine Jose Manuel Pintu Teishera told ForUm in an interview in the course of the Euro-Atlantic forum “Ukraine and the EU on the eve of new Association agreement.”

According to Teishera, the determining criterion is fulfillment of basic norms on democracy level and freedoms. “In particular for Ukraine the matter concerns the reform of state administration. And for this purpose EU allocates 980 million euro for the period of 2007-2013 years,” the official added.

In addition, according to Teishera, additional 170 million euro may be allocated in case of positive development of the situation on reformation of state purchases.

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PACE confirms credentials of Ukrainian delegation

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2012


News / 26 January 2012 | 15:00

PACE confirms credentials of Ukrainian delegation

PACE confirms credentials of Ukrainian delegation

MP of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Ivan Popescu stated that the opposition’s attempts to discredit the credentials of Ukrainian delegation to the PACE failed.

Popescu informed that today, January 26, Parliamentary Assembly has confirmed the credentials of the Ukrainian delegation, ForUm learned from the press office of the Party of Regions.

“PACE Procedural Committee has read a letter regarding the situation on Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly. And the decision has been made – to reaffirm the credentials of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE,” Ivan Popescu said.

In his turn, MP of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Oleksiy Plotnikov informed that the Monitoring Committee considered all the amendments to PACE resolution on Ukraine, introduced by the majority and presented by ruling party representative Yulia Lyovochkina.

“I am happy to say that all amendments have been approved by the Monitoring Committee, and I hope they will be adopted at tonight’s plenary session of PACE,” the MP said.

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Tymoshenko’s defense submitted cassation appeal against "gas sentence"

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News / 26 January 2012 | 14:40

Tymoshenko's defense submitted cassation appeal against "gas sentence"

Tymoshenko’s defense submitted cassation appeal against "gas sentence"

Defense team of Yulia Tymoshenko has submitted a cassation appeal against the decision of Pechersk District Court of Kyiv, according to which Tymoshenko was convicted and sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.

“This morning Tymoshenko’s defense submitted a cassation appeal to Higher specialized court of Ukraine on criminal and civil cases,” Tymoshenko’s lawyer Oleksandr Plahotnyuk told UNIAN.

As a reminder, Pechersk District Court of Kyiv convicted and sentenced Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office. Court of Appeals upheld the sentence.

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France’s Ambassador for Human Rights doubts Ukraine-EU association deal

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2012


News / 26 January 2012 | 14:15

France's Ambassador for Human Rights doubts Ukraine-EU association deal

France’s Ambassador for Human Rights doubts Ukraine-EU association deal

The human rights situation in Ukraine calls into question the initialling and ratification by European parliaments of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, France’s Ambassador for Human Rights Francois Zimeray, who last week visited Ukraine, told reporters in Paris, UKRINFORM reported.

“No one can imagine that the prepared Association Agreement will be initialled, signed and ratified by the European Parliament if the current situation [with human rights- ed.] will continue,” he said.

At the same time Zimeray ruled out the possibility of sanctions against Ukraine in case of worsening human rights situation. “The words “sanctions” are absent in my dictionary,” the diplomat noted.

He added that “he is doing everything possible to protect human rights, and this is the highest interest of Ukraine”.

According to Zimeray, abroad the interest to Ukraine is focused in three important respects: respect for human rights, the conclusion of the Association Agreement and the organization of EURO 2012. “The last two issues are beyond my competence, the decision on them – in the plane of the EU and its officials,” he emphasized.

During a press conference held with former Prime Minister’s daughter, Yevheniya Tymoshenko, Ambassador Zimeray also expressed concern that he was not allowed to attend the leader of the opposition party Batkivshchyna in the colony, Yulia Tymoshenko.

“I am concerned that I was not allowed to visit Tymoshenko and other prisoners. The visit was announced as a visit to attract the attention of foreign doctors and study the possibility of their visiting prisoners in Ukraine,” he said.

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