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EBRD appoints new director for Ukraine

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News / 3 April 2013 | 16:57

EBRD appoints new director for Ukraine

EBRD appoints new director for Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has named Sevki Acuner as the Bank’s Director for Ukraine, the EBRD’s press service has told UKRINFORM.
According to the statement, Acuner, who previously held the position of EBRD Deputy Country Director for Turkey, is replacing Andre Kuusvek, who has been appointed Director of Local Currency and Capital Markets Development at the EBRD’s headquarters in London and who had been Director for Ukraine since 2008.
During his 17-year career at the EBRD, Acuner held senior management positions in the Credit Risk and Agribusiness departments before being appointed to Turkey in 2009. He will start his new assignment on June 1, 2013.

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Court upholds sentence to Lutsenko

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News / 3 April 2013 | 16:44

Court upholds sentence to Lutsenko

Court upholds sentence to Lutsenko

The Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases upheld the conviction of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv, confirmed by the Appeal Court to former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko – four years imprisonment for abuse of power.

Such a decision was announced by presiding judge Serhiy Slynko on Wednesday.

Thus, the court dismissed cassation appeal of Lutsenko. Since the duration of Lutsenko’s sentence is calculated from the moment of his detention (since the time, arrest is a preventive measure. – Ed.), based on the decision of the Higher Specialized Court, the ex-minister will be released at the end of December 2014.

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PM Azarov: Ukraine has a great deal to offer EU

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News / 3 April 2013 | 16:29

PM Azarov: Ukraine has a great deal to offer EU

PM Azarov: Ukraine has a great deal to offer EU

Ukraine is an important economic partner, and it has a great deal to offer the countries of the European Union, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said this at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, Ukrinform reports.
“We are convinced that Ukraine really is an important economic partner for Hungary. Like for other EU countries. We have a great deal to offer on an equal basis,” Mykola Azarov said, commenting on the results of his visit to the Republic of Hungary.
The head of government noted that he had very positive and promising talks with the President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Hungary.
“Notably, the positive was reinforced by the fact that on the day of the visit, the first gas from the European spot market to Ukraine ran through the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. It is no exaggeration to say that it is a very important event. The real breakthrough energy independence of Ukraine,” Azarov emphasized.
He also announced an agreement with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to develop a few more routes for transportation of hydrocarbons.
Moreover, the sides discussed the prospects of increasing electricity exports to Hungary, developing transit potential, upgrading border crossings and increasing their number, cross-border cooperation (especially in emergencies), tourism development, etc. “Our bilateral cooperation is growing,” he said.

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Vilkul to modernize civil defense system

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News / 3 April 2013 | 16:15

Vilkul to modernize civil defense system

Vilkul to modernize civil defense system

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov instructed vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul to analyze modernization of the civil defense and protection against emergencies.
The Prime Minister also noted that Vilkul should provide government with an analysis of the modernization of the system and to make a report on the matter. “This is a major strategic issue, on which the government is to take the necessary actions,” Azarov said during the Cabinet’s meeting.

The Prime Minister also instructed the head of the State Emergency Service Mykhailo Bolotskikh to work out modern regulations of actions under clearly defined levels of threat, to study the relevant practice of the developed countries, as well as to specify the competence and responsibility of authorities, organizations and businesses, and the procedure of informing citizens.

In turn, Vilkul said that in connection with the task of improving the effectiveness of response bodies, there will be changes in the emergency response plans and procedures of interaction between the bodies.

According to vice Prime Minister, special attention will be paid to improving the efficiency of public awareness and getting information from citizens.

 

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Ambassador: Countries of Central Asia face Syrian scenario

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News / 3 April 2013 | 16:00

Ambassador: Countries of Central Asia face Syrian scenario

Ambassador: Countries of Central Asia face Syrian scenario

The events taking place in Syrian are a part of the plan of the US and its allies to conquer big region, including Central Asia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Syrian Arab Republic in Ukraine Mr. Mohamed Said Akil told online conference at ForUm.

“The events happening in Syrian are the realization of the plan, approved by the West (US and its allies) to map new Middle East. And this plan is based on the theory of civilization wars. According to the plan, the Middle East should fall into pieces, small territories easy to control. The realization of the plan started with Iraq in 2003. Then there was the turn of Tunis, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon and finally Syria.

The countries fighting against us are the US and other NATO countries, including Turkey. Several Arab countries have also been involved in the plan. Those who carry out acts of terrorism are not the opposition, but terrorists being supported by these countries,” Mohamed Said Akil said.
 
According to the ambassador, Syrian opposition is ready to hold a dialogue with the authorities.
“National opposition in Syria stands against foreign interference and split of the country. A part of the opposition has already entered the government. This opposition wants to hold a dialogue with the authorities and to carry out a number of reforms necessary for further democratization of the country,” the diplomat said.
 
Mohamed Said Akil believes that nationwide dialogue will stop armed conflict in Syria. “Countries financing terrorists should stop doing it, and representatives of our people regardless of beliefs and ideologies should sit and talk. Only then we will be able to overcome the conflict.
 
Our authorities have been calling for negotiations since the first day of the conflict. Unfortunately, the so-called foreign opposition does not agree. Its only demand is overthrow of power and resignation of the President,” the politician summed up.

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Azarov dissatisfied with quality of administrative services provision in Ukraine

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News / 3 April 2013 | 15:48

Azarov dissatisfied with quality of administrative services provision in Ukraine

Azarov dissatisfied with quality of administrative services provision in Ukraine

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov demands to improve the quality of provision of administrative services in Ukraine.

“We need to quickly and accurately address the shortcomings in the process of reforming the system of providing administrative services. Cause of holdback is already defined – either heads inability to work or profound reluctance to implement reform,” the Prime Minister said at the Cabinet’s meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to Azarov, 110 administrative services centers throughout Ukraine fail to qualitatively serve all the citizens.

“Most regions have only a few centers in each, some regions lack such centers,” he stressed.

The Prime Minister said that the government should adopt a number of decisions aimed at improving the provision of administrative services, in particular, the bill on strengthening the accountability of officials of state and local authorities for violating the law in this field.

In addition, Azarov considers it appropriate to amend the Labour Code, which provides for dismissal of officials, if they repeatedly commit violations in the provision of administrative services within a year.

“The most active role in this matter should take the Economic Development and Trade Ministry and the State Service for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship. I insist on doing no exceptions for officials, no compromise on ensuring legitimate freedom of economic activity,” the Prime Minister concluded.

 

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Ukrainian military arts departments to train 10 thousand foreign officers

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News / 3 April 2013 | 15:34

Ukrainian military arts departments to train 10 thousand foreign officers

Ukrainian military arts departments to train 10 thousand foreign officers

Foreign students will be able to study at the military arts departments, defense minister Pavlo Lebedev told a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers, ForUm correspondent reports.
According to him, there is a mechanism for training reserve officers for foreign countries on the basis of the Ukrainian military arts departments and institutions.

The minister noted that today 10-15 thousand students from the former Soviet states study in Ukraine. If they get rank of reserve officer in Ukraine, “it will attract financial investment and keep instructional staff”.

To date, 25 thousand employees are involved in the military education system, of whom five thousand are cadets. “The others are instructional staff, and support – security, cleaning, repairing,” – he said.

According to Lebedev, the task of the Defense Ministry in 2013-2015 is to increase the enrollment of students in civil degrees up to 10 thousand Ukrainians, and up to 10 thousand foreigners.

 

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NBU: Ukrainians won’t notice cashless payment limit

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News / 3 April 2013 | 15:20

NBU: Ukrainians won't notice cashless payment limit

NBU: Ukrainians won’t notice cashless payment limit

Ordinary Ukrainians won’t notice introduction of cashless payment limit, deputy governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Vira Rychakovska said on air of Era-FM Radio Channel. 

“Transactions won’t be monitored. Performing calculations in cash or via bank transfer will be controlled only under the authority of all regulatory bodies,” she stressed.

According to her, discussing innovations, all the parties came to the conclusion that 150 thousand UAH is the optimal amount of non-cash transactions. “I want to reassure everyone that we debated much about the calculations amount. We believe that the sum will satisfy all the parties,” Rychakovska said.
“If the calculations will be made between natural person and legal entity, there are several options for easy payment. First, it is the payment order, if account is opened. Second, card payments are widespread. You will be able to make such calculations online. And the third thing, if you have cash, then you have to go to any branch of the bank, and deposit appropriate funds to the bank, which will be charged to the relevant organization,” Rychakovska summarized.

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