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President warns politicians agaisnt populism saying improving living standards is important priority

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News / 6 April 2012 | 17:30

President warns politicians agaisnt populism saying improving living standards is important priority

President warns politicians agaisnt populism saying improving living standards is important priority

Improving citizens’ living standards, their welfare, and social protection is an important priority of the government, President Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting with candidates for district state administrations chairmen, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The President expressed certainty that reforms in various areas of life of the state that are surely to continue in 2013 would contribute to the success of this work.

Also, the President emphasized that any steps in the framework of reforms program should be based on well-weighed decisions of the government. “I warn you against populism or an excessive wish to show that you are the first,” he said, reminding that in pursuit to implement certain state programs the overzealous officials have been unreasonably closing schools, hospitals, etc. “They were approaching the issue unwisely. I warn you against it,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President emphasized the importance of district state administration chairmen always being attentive, responsible, and careful in performing their duties, because they represent the government on the ground. “Your duty is to work with common people and make sure that they feel that the government cares for their problems and solves them on the ground. Much depends on you,” he said.

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Children with special needs to visit ordinary schools

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News / 6 April 2012 | 17:00

Children with special needs to visit ordinary schools

Children with special needs to visit ordinary schools

Children with special physical needs will study in ordinary schools together with other children, education minister Dmytro Tabachnyk said in an interview, press office of the Ministry reports.

The minister noted that Soviet education system was conservative on this issue, while the progressive position is to socialize such children to the maximum, to let them study and work in ordinary schools, but with certain corrections and under supervision of psychologists. “We have about 120 thousand children with special needs and they must be integrated into school groups,” Tabachnyk said.

In 2011 the legislation settled the issue on inclusive education and worked out a concept and requirements for educational establishments. The government also considered the issue of conflicting attitude of parents of other children and their possible resistance to the fact that children with Down syndrome may study with their children.
 
“This is a complicated social and psychological problem, and sometimes I come across with such incomprehension. I always try to explain that the school must teach to show humanism and sympathy to those who are weaker,” Tabachnyk said.

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Lutsenko has been sent to a hospital for examination

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News / 6 April 2012 | 16:30

Lutsenko has been sent to a hospital for examination

Lutsenko has been sent to a hospital for examination

Today, April 6 Yuri Lutsenko has been taken from Kyiv detention facility and brought to Kyiv city hospital of emergency medical assistance for examination, press office of the State Penitentiary Service reports.

The decision was made by the results of Lutsenko’s examination in prison by medical group of Health Ministry and State Penitentiary Service and by the request of the detainee.

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Azarov wants to liquidate unemployment compensations

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News / 6 April 2012 | 16:00

Azarov wants to liquidate unemployment compensations

Azarov wants to liquidate unemployment compensations

Unemployment compensation in Ukraine must be replaced with free of charge occupational retraining, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said during the consultations with public organizations and experts in the sphere of population employment.

According to the official, within the new policy of employment “citizens should be given not unemployment compensation, but a free studying of a new profession.”

“Employers of Ukraine must be encouraged to create new job places and to pay legal salaries. Working in open should become more advantageous than working in a shadow,” he added.

Earlier vice PM Serhiy Tihipko declared that the Cabinet was planning to change the system of unemployment compensation.

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Azarov: Family must earn UAH 6 thousand to get "affordable housing"

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News / 6 April 2012 | 15:30

Azarov: Family must earn UAH 6 thousand to get "affordable housing"

Azarov: Family must earn UAH 6 thousand to get "affordable housing"

To buy an apartment within the program “Affordable housing”, joint income of a family must be 5-6 thousand hryvnias per month, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said during the consultations with public organizations and experts in the sphere of population employment.

“Under the program families are given long-term credits with low interest rate. A family must earn about 5-6 thousand per month to be able to pay off two thousand for housing,” the official explained.

According to Azarov, there are enough professions in Ukraine, which allow earning this kind of money. “If a young man wants to start a family he must choose. We have enough work of this kind, including for working professions,” the PM said.

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PM Azarov: Low level of employment in Ukraine suppresses economic growth

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News / 6 April 2012 | 15:00

PM Azarov: Low level of employment in Ukraine suppresses economic growth

PM Azarov: Low level of employment in Ukraine suppresses economic growth

Speaking at a meeting with public organizations and experts on population employment Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov informed he had charged vice PM Serhiy Tihipko with developing a draft bill on employment and with holding public discussions on this document, ForUm correspondent reports.

“I have charged Tihipko with developing a draft bill on population employment and with holding public discussions on this project. Only after we reach public consensus this draft bill will be submitted to the government and later delivered to the parliament,” Azarov said.

Azarov said that for the moment the low level of employment in Ukraine suppresses economic growth. According to the PM, for the years of crisis Ukraine has lost two million job places, and in addition, the number of active population able to work has come up to the number of pensioners in the country.

“This does not allow us to solve questions of social provision for those in need. We have to not just create job places, but to create job places with added value, like hi tech jobs,” the Premier stressed.
Azarov noted that for today Ukraine has eight million people of active working age, but still suffers from the lack of labour force.

“We suffer deficit in the construction sector, which is actively developing now. We feel deficit in the machine construction sector. Ukraine has a misbalance between the education and real demands of the economy. Of course these problems did not appear yesterday, but have been accumulating for years. Hence the measures we should take will not show effect in one day,” Azarov summed up.

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Another former Ukrainian minister jailed

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News / 6 April 2012 | 14:30

Another former Ukrainian minister jailed

Another former Ukrainian minister jailed

A former Ukrainian environment minister has been sentenced to three years in jail, RFE/RL reports.

Heorhiy Filipchuk was found guilty on April 6 of abuse of power when signing an agreement while in office regarding an international firm involved in exploiting Ukraine’s Black Sea resources.

Filipchuk pleaded not guilty.

“The court found Filipchuk guilty under Part 3, Article 365 of the Criminal Code, sentencing him to three years in prison and changing the measure of restraint for him from a travel ban to detention. He was taken into custody in the courtroom and sent to a detention center,” the ex-minister’s lawyer, todl the press.

His lawyer also told journalists that his client was just following instructions from then-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko is currently serving a seven-year jail term for abuse of office — a charge she denies.

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Agrarian ministry supports introduction of 1% duty for land use

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News / 6 April 2012 | 14:00

Agrarian ministry supports introduction of 1% duty for land use

Agrarian ministry supports introduction of 1% duty for land use

The Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine supports the proposed introduction of a duty for the use of farm lands to the amount of 1% of its normative money value.

Director for economic development and agrarian market of the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry Serhiy Kvasha has said about this at the third forum “Agro 2012: Evolution of Agrarian Markets,” which completed in Kyiv, UKRINFORM reports.

“We support this proposal (head of the VR branch Committee Hryhory Kaletnyk), since we believe that in case of absence of solidarity and responsibility of business for those conditions, in which it works, it will be unfair, because business uses roads and the infrastructure, which had been constructed over previous years,” the ministry representative has said.

According to him, there are examples, when companies really participate in development of the village social infrastructure. However, it is not typical as a whole. So, adoption of the aforementioned norm is strategically important for development of village territories and communities, Kvasha believes.

“Without doubt, the best way would be doing this at the expense of the state budget. But difficult financial state and absence of the necessary lobbying on the part of the society and producers do not create such possibilities for the use of state funds,” the department head summed up.

To remind, draft law No. 10051 “On Making Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine on Duties for the Use of Farm Lands,” has been registered in the Parliament February 15. Its author, head of the VR Committee on the agrarian policy and land relations Hryhoriy Kaletnyk proposes to expand incomes of local budgets at the expense of introduction of a duty for the use of farm land plots to the amount of 1% of the land normative money value.

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