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Moscow not responds to Brussels’ invitation to discuss Ukrainian GTS

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News / 2 May 2013 | 14:00

Moscow not responds to Brussels' invitation to discuss Ukrainian GTS

Moscow not responds to Brussels’ invitation to discuss Ukrainian GTS

Neither the “Gazprom” gas company, nor the Russian representatives sent an official notification to Brussels for participation in the roundtable, scheduled for May 3 in Brussels, on development of the gas market of Ukraine.
“Gazprom” and the Russian authorities have been invited to this event. However, we have not yet seen any official response from “Gazprom,” European Commissioner for Energy Mr. Günther Oettinger said in interview.
Speaking directly about the scheduled event, the European Commissioner said that among the participants there are several major European gas companies, “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, the international financial institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and private financial institutions.
“The purpose of the roundtable is to jointly consider the possible development and potential of the Ukrainian gas market, and the measures to be done to improve the Ukrainian gas supply security,” Mr. Oettinger noted.

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Iran has world third largest oil reserves

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News / 2 May 2013 | 13:53

 Iran has world third largest oil reserves

Iran has world third largest oil reserves

Based on the results of recent geological prospecting work, oil reserves in Iran reached 159 billion barrels, which is the third largest reserve in the world after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, director of exploration department of the National Iranian Oil Company Hormoz Kalavand told economic conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
According to the expert, approximately $ 450 million have been allocated in 2013 for oil exploration. It is planned to drill the wells of a total depth of 23 km to explore about 400 million barrels of oil and 125 billion m3 of natural gas.
Kalavand specified that 6 land drilling rigs are used for exploration, mainly concentrated in the border areas. At the end of May, it is planned to install the offshore platform in the Arabian Gulf.
Head of the Iranian Oil, Gas,& Petrochemical Products Exporters Association Hassan Hosroudzherdi added that in view of ongoing projects, earnings of petrochemical industry in 5 years may overshadow traditional earnings of this industry. “These two industries complement each other. We pay much attention to the implementation of petrochemical projects and the construction of new refineries. If it is decided to abandon the export of raw materials, the flow of foreign funds into the state treasury may be secured by the export of petrochemical products at the level of income from the export of crude oil,” the expert noted.
Hosroudzherdi added that the private sector produced the largest share in the petrochemical industry. In addition, the development program of Iran tasks tocome out on top in the region in the production of petrochemical products, it is also planned to increase the requirements for its quality.

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Hryshchenko: Special 301 Report not reflects real situation in Ukraine

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News / 2 May 2013 | 13:30

Hryshchenko: Special 301 Report not reflects real situation in Ukraine

Hryshchenko: Special 301 Report not reflects real situation in Ukraine

Identifying Ukraine as one of the major violators of intellectual property rights in the world in the Special 301 Report does not reflect the real state of affairs in this area and does not take into account the efforts of the Ukrainian government to improve the legal framework and law enforcement practice in issues of intellectual property. This is stated in the commentary of vice Prime Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko in connection with the decision of the U.S. Trade Representative on the protection of intellectual property rights in Ukraine.
“Effective protection of intellectual property in Ukraine is becoming an increasingly important factor in ensuring a favorable environment for the development of the country’s innovation economy and development of the domestic information technology industry,” the press service of the official informs.
Vice Prime Minister noted that in these conditions Ukraine with regret studies the decision of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Hryshchenko said that significant results have been achieved in the protection of intellectual property rights since the beginning of the year.

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Japanese minister to visit Chernobyl

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News / 2 May 2013 | 13:04

Japanese minister to visit Chernobyl

Japanese minister to visit Chernobyl

Japanese minister in charge of comprehensive policy coordination for revival from the nuclear accident at Fukushima Takumi Nemoto on Friday will visit the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and share experiences with Ukrainian specialists on eliminating accidents at NPPs.
“The minister will visit Ukraine on May 3 – 5. In Ukraine, he intends to visit the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone and to consult with the ministers of the Government of Ukraine and the experts,” press service of the relevant Japanese Ministry informs.
The Japanese government notes that the accidents at Chernobyl NPP and the Japanese nuclear power plant “Fukushima-1” have lot in common, but also many differences, and it intends to thoroughly study the experience of the 27-year-old tragedy to use it to restore Fukushima.

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Iran develops oil export

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News / 2 May 2013 | 12:33

Iran develops oil export

Iran develops oil export

In 2013, Iran’s oil exports are to be brought up to $ 59 billion from last year’s $ 42 billion, deputy head of the Trade Promotion Organization for Commercial Aids Kyumars Kermanshahi told economic conference, ForUm correspondent reports. At the same time, imports should remain at the level of 2012 – about $ 53 billion.
“In the past year, which was declared as the year of domestic production support, imports ensured the operation of the domestic enterprises, which manufactured export-oriented products. In 2013, this policy will be continued,” the official said.
According to him, oil exports last year gave about 70% of foreign exchange, spent on imports. “We have every reason to hope that in 2013, oil exports will exceed imports, and our trade balance thus will become positive,” the expert stressed.
Head of the Trade Promotion Organization Hamid Safdel added that in the current year it is planned to expand commodity exchange with the countries of the region on a barter basis and focus on Russian, Chinese and Indian markets. According to the economist, the efforts of the Organization are directed at reducing commodity exports and increase in supply of finished products. In addition, it is expected to add new goods to the export basket.

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Yefremov: Tymoshenko’s case harms mostly Party of Regions

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News / 2 May 2013 | 12:15

Yefremov: Tymoshenko's case harms mostly Party of Regions

Yefremov: Tymoshenko’s case harms mostly Party of Regions

The situation with ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko mostly harms the Party of Regions, the leader of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov said.
“As a politician, I think that the current situation mostly harms our political force – the Party of Regions,” he said in interview with Channel 5, adding that sociologists confirm this guess.
However, Yefremov did not predict the possibility of pardon of Tymoshenko, as pre-trial investigation on suspicion of ex-premier in the murder of MP Yevhen Shcherban in 1996 and the trial in the UESU case are going on”.
“As for pardon, specialists should deal with this issue. I cannot give any suggestions of ongoing litigation,” he added.

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Ukraine heads list of countries using piracy software

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News / 2 May 2013 | 12:00

Ukraine heads list of countries using piracy software

Ukraine heads list of countries using piracy software

As a result of the 2013 Special 301 Review, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) designates Ukraine as a priority foreign country (PFC). This designation is the culmination of several years of growing concern over widespread IP theft, including the growing entrenchment of IPR infringement that is facilitated by government actors. 
During intensive bilateral engagement, Ukraine has made a series of commitments to make specific improvements in the areas of government use of pirated software, nontransparent administration of royalty collecting societies, and online piracy. Notably, Ukraine and the United States agreed to an IPR Action Plan in 2010, which Ukraine publicized in 2011. 
Implementation of this plan was the subject of intensive bilateral engagement in 2012, including through the Trade and Investment Council meeting. Unfortunately, the situation has continued to deteriorate on each of the issues identified below. Recent efforts on the side of the Government of Ukraine have not gone far enough to demonstrate a commitment to resolving long-standing problems.
The United States has repeatedly conveyed its concern about software piracy in Ukraine. The Government of Ukraine acknowledges that a significant percentage of the software used by the government itself is unlicensed. The most recent industry data identify Ukraine as having a higher software piracy rate than almost all other countries on the Priority Watch List. Ukraine has acknowledged the need for the government to use legal software, and has issued repeated official documents calling for such legalization as far back as 2002, and most recently, in April 2013.

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Flood in Chernihiv region: people boat

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News / 2 May 2013 | 11:38

Flood in Chernihiv region: people boat

Flood in Chernihiv region: people boat

As a result of rising Dnipro River waters, 30 streets and alleys of the town of Radul, in Chernihiv region were flooded.  People move in the town by boats, the Emergency Service department in Chernihiv region informs.
A mobile fire-rescue post functions to provide fire and technological security during the passage of flood. 
 
Since April 30, duty of an armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle and a boat is organized in the town for transportation of patients, the transportation of drinking water, food, medicine, aid in the livelihood of the village. In addition, local residents organized boat crossing to the deepest parts of the streets.
The lifeguards have already assisted 235 residents in transfers.
The situation is under the control of the Emergency Service department in Chernihiv region.

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