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Tihipko hopes to sign FTA agreement with Turkey by year’s end

Posted by the Editor on September 28, 2012


News / 28 September 2012 | 14:49

Tihipko hopes to sign FTA agreement with Turkey by year's end

Tihipko hopes to sign FTA agreement with Turkey by year’s end

FTA agreement with Turkey could be signed by the end of this year, vice Prime Minister, social policy minister Serhiy Tihipko told a briefing in Kharkiv on Friday, September 28, speaking about the possibility of expanding markets and volumes of production of Ukrainian high-tech enterprises.
“We are preparing for the free trade area with Turkey. I think that by the end of the year it (the FTA agreement – Ed.) will be signed,” Tihipko said.

He stressed that the establishment of a free trade area will allow Ukrainian companies to find new markets for their products.
“We have a very clear program. We should expand the market – hence the ratification of a free trade with the CIS countries. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including free trade area, is also prepared,” Tihipko said.
He also stressed that the Parliament passed the law on industrial parks to stimulate the production of high-tech products.

 

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Yanukovych to revive depressed areas

Posted by the Editor on September 28, 2012


News / 28 September 2012 | 14:23

Yanukovych to revive depressed areas

Yanukovych to revive depressed areas

The authorities will pay attention to the problem of revival of so-called depressed areas and cities, President Viktor Yanukovych said at the ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, ForUm learned from the President’s press service.
Among the relevant measures he mentioned changing the mode of local budgets financing – a shift from general subsidies to the system of providing targeted assistance and increase the volume of targeted subsidies.
“Having taken the new version of the Budget Code two years ago, we began to strengthen the financial base of cities. We continue this trend in the budget process of the current year,” Yanukovych said.
The President noted that at the macro-regional level the public funds will be directed at the construction and reconstruction of the most important regional objects. “They will increase the investment attractiveness of the region to promote greater employment and a better quality of life of citizens,”  he said.

 

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Karavan’s shooter wanted in three countries

Posted by the Editor on September 28, 2012


News / 28 September 2012 | 13:55

Karavan's shooter wanted in three countries

Karavan’s shooter wanted in three countries

The leads to search a man, who shot three guards in the Karavan shopping mall in Kyiv, were sent to all departments of internal affairs of Ukraine, as well as law-enforcement authorities of Belarus and Russia, Kyiv Interior Ministry department press service informs.

In addition, Kyiv police urged not to make guesses about where a suspect might be and assured that law enforcement officers do their best to establish his whereabouts.
“All possible versions are being studied, but it is prematurely to say that the basic version is that he fled to Russia,” police officers informed.

 

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State Statistics Service: Nominal incomes of Ukrainians increased by 15%

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News / 28 September 2012 | 13:34

State Statistics Service: Nominal incomes of Ukrainians increased by 15%

State Statistics Service: Nominal incomes of Ukrainians increased by 15%

During April-June of this year, nominal incomes grew by 15.2% up to 345.492 billion UAH, the State Statistics Service reported.

Available income per one person in the second quarter totaled 5.749 thousand UAH, which is by 742.5 UAH more than during the same period in 2011.

In particular, during April-June of 2012, incomes in the form of wages amounted to 144.831 billion UAH, profit and mixed income – 44.688 billion UAH and incomes from property – 17.24 billion UAH.

The share of social assistance and other state payments in the revenue structure for the second quarter numbered 40.2% up to 138.733 billion UAH.

Savings of the population in the second quarter totaled 24.457 billion UAH.

Expenses for the second quarter of 2012 grew by 16.3% up to 345.492 billion UAH, including 289.711 billion UAH for the purchase of goods and services.

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Yanukovych to return some local taxes and fees

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News / 28 September 2012 | 13:16

Yanukovych to return some local taxes and fees

Yanukovych to return some local taxes and fees

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych considers appropriate to consider the possibility of a return of some local taxes and fees in the course of the local government reform.
“The real resource for regional investment development in 2013 should amount to about 16 billion UAH, which is 20% more than in 2012. The local budget should be filled by the maximum possible amount of resources. Everyone should pay local taxes. The budgetary system of Ukraine will be decentralized to expand the material base of municipalities,” Yanukovych said.
According to him, first of all, amounts of tax revenue inflowing to the city budget are to be increased. In addition, a more transparent formula for the calculation of intergovernmental grants, subsidies from the state budget should be worked out on the basis of objective needs of the local authorities: “This will reduce the risk of corruption in the implementation of inter-budget relations”.
In addition, according to the President, the government plans to improve the regulatory framework to attract extrabudgetary funds to local governments, particularly from new borrowings and the use of public property.

 

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Yanukovych: Urban development costs 16 billion

Posted by the Editor on September 28, 2012


News / 28 September 2012 | 13:02

Yanukovych: Urban development costs 16 billion

Yanukovych: Urban development costs 16 billion

The investment development of regions will cost 16 billion UAH in 2013, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said at the Association of Cities congress.

“The real resource for regional investment development in 2013 should amount to about 16 billion UAH, which is by 20% more than in 2012. The local budget should include the maximum possible amount of resources. Everyone must pay taxes to local budget,” Yanukovych said.

According to him, first of all, amounts of tax revenues will be increased, and a more transparent formula for the calculation of intergovernmental grants and subsidies will be developed on the basis of objective needs of the local authorities: “This will reduce the risk of corruption during the implementation of intergovernmental relations.”

In addition, according to the President, the government plans to improve the regulatory framework to attract extrabudgetary funds by local government bodies.

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90% of local budgets subsidized, Yanukovych states

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News / 28 September 2012 | 12:41

90% of local budgets subsidized, Yanukovych states

90% of local budgets subsidized, Yanukovych states

President Viktor Yanukovych states that 90% of local budgets are subsidized.

“Today, about 90% of local budgets are subsidized, and the majority of them are more than 70% subsidized,” the President said at the Association of Cities congress.
In this regard, he noted that the government will phase out the practice of public subsidies for local budgets, putting emphasis on providing targeted assistance.
Moreover, Yanukovych said that there is a need for effective incentives to enhance business in small towns.
He also mentioned the possibility of the return of certain taxes and fees, the proceeds of which will go to local governments, as there is now a situation when the company is located in the village, but taxes in its budget are not paid.
He also said that due to property taxation to the budgets of settlements in 2013 will give additional 2-2.5 billion UAH.
The President said that the real resource for investment development areas in 2013 will be about 16 billion UAH, which is 20% more than in 2012.

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Next meeting of CIS Heads of Government held in Minsk

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News / 28 September 2012 | 12:19

Next meeting of CIS Heads of Government held in Minsk

Next meeting of CIS Heads of Government held in Minsk

The next meeting of the CIS Heads of Government will be held on May 31 in Minsk, Azarov told a briefing after the Council of the CIS Heads of Government meeting, the Cabinet’s press service informs.

He expressed the hope that a number of agreements to enhance cooperation with the CIS will be prepared for the next meeting.

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