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FM confirms information about murder of Ukrainian in Zambia

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News / 13 May 2013 | 17:10

FM confirms information about murder of Ukrainian in Zambia

FM confirms information about murder of Ukrainian in Zambia

A criminal case has been opened on the murder of Ukrainian citizen Serhiy Movchan in Solwezi (Zambia) on May 7, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.
According to preliminary reports obtained from Solwezi police, Movchan was killed during a robbery.
 
On May 10, the body of the deceased man was taken to Lusaka (Zambia) for forensic examination.
“The results of an examination on May 11 showed that gunshot wounds were the cause of death,” reads the statement, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to preliminary information, the repatriation of the body of the deceased to Ukraine will be carried out by the Zambian Health Ministry, as it was the dead man’s employer.

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Ukraine will be built up with children’s and sports grounds

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News / 13 May 2013 | 17:04

Ukraine will be built up with children's and sports grounds

Ukraine will be built up with children’s and sports grounds

About 8.5 thousand children’s and sports grounds are planned to be set in Ukraine within two years, regional development, construction and housing minister Hennady Temnyk told a conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
“According to the state program on enhancing economic development for 2013-2014, local authorities plan to equip building surrounding areas with children (6200) and sport (2200) grounds,” Temnyk said.
The local authorities also commit to asphalt, plant trees on local areas and install energy-efficient street lighting there.

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Ukraine, Hungary agree on reverse gas supplies

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News / 13 May 2013 | 16:54

Ukraine, Hungary agree on reverse gas supplies

Ukraine, Hungary agree on reverse gas supplies

Ukraine and Hungary are considering issue of reverse gas supplies, energy and coal industry minister of Ukraine Eduard Stavytsky told a news conference after talks in Brussels on the development of the gas market of Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The Hungarian issue is still under development and concern supplies by various companies. I want to emphasize that any company, which meets the standards of our legislation, has the opportunity to conclude a contract with the “Ukrtransgaz” company and pump reverse gas supplies from Europe into our gas storage facilities,” he said.

He also reminded that since May 15, the test mode of reverse gas supplies with Slovakia will be launched. The minister added that Ukraine is already receiving gas from Poland.

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Ukraine to import 30-32.5 bcm of gas in 2013

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News / 13 May 2013 | 16:41

Ukraine to import 30-32.5 bcm of gas in 2013

Ukraine to import 30-32.5 bcm of gas in 2013

In 2013, Ukraine plans to import 30-32.5 billion cubic meters of gas, energy and coal industry minister of Ukraine Eduard Stavytsky told a news conference after talks in Brussels on the development of the gas market of Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.
The minister noted that these figures are laid in the balance of the gas to be passed with the financial plan of “Naftogaz of Ukraine”. Stavytsky stressed that this document will be approved next week.

According to him, the issue was discussed today by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. “All the relevant central authorities got the last order of the Prime Minister to complete all the procedures within seven days to approve a final decision on the financial plan. I think the decision will be made next week,” he said.

“The gas consumption will be reduced due to energy efficiency. It will be about 8-8.5 billion cubic meters of gas for the chemical industry, and from 22-24 billion cubic meters of gas for other industries,” the minister stressed.

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Ukraine expects to get loan for GTS modernization in September

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News / 13 May 2013 | 16:38

Ukraine expects to get loan for GTS modernization in September

Ukraine expects to get loan for GTS modernization in September

In September this year, Ukraine expects to receive funds from the European Investment Bank and the EBRD for the modernization of the GTS, energy and coal industry minister of Ukraine Eduard Stavytsky told a news conference after talks in Brussels on the development of the gas market of Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.
“As a result of the round table, it was decided on accelerating disbursements in the amount of $ 308 million to modernize the Ukrainian gas transportation system,” he said.
According to the minister, the technical side of this issue is already worked out and a credit line may be opened in September this year.

“Priority project for funding is the first phase of the project “Modernization and reconstruction of the main gas pipeline “Urengoy – Pomary – Uzhgorod”, the value of which, according to preliminary estimates, will amount to 519 million dollars, including the expense of the EBRD and the EIB on a par (308 million). The rest is at own expense of “Naftogaz of Ukraine”. Other stages of financing of projects are planned to be performed with the involvement of IBRD lending,” he said.

As for the amount of interest on the loan, Stavytsky stressed that he still has no right to voice it until an agreement is signed. “However, interest is at the level of those in the EU,” the minister assured.

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EU Council approves amended visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine

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News / 13 May 2013 | 16:24

EU Council approves amended visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine

EU Council approves amended visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine

The Council of the European Union has approved the amended EU-Ukraine visa facilitation agreement, Ukraine’s commissioner on foreign policy and integration processes and representative to the EU, Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, has said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Just a few minutes ago I received positive news from Brussels. The Council of the European Union has approved the ratification of the amended visa facilitation agreement,” Yeliseyev said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.
Yeliseyev said that Ukraine was working to speed up the implementation of relevant domestic procedures.
“I hope that this amended agreement on the simplified procedure for issuing visas will come into force on July 1 of this year,” he said.
In this case, Ukrainian will be able to make use of this document during the summer holidays, he added.
Yeliseyev promised that they would ensure that consular institutions of the European Union in Kyiv fully comply with standards of this important agreement.
“We will not stop there. Our priority is a visa-free regime, and we will be working on this,” he stressed.
As reported, on April 18, the European Parliament gave the green light to the entry into force of an agreement on amendments to the visa facilitation agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
The agreement is expected to come into force on July 1, 2013.
According to the document, the simplified procedure for issuing visas applies to drivers engaged in international cargo and passenger transportation, journalists and technical staff accompanying them, participants of official exchange programs organized by the local authorities, close relatives, spouses, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren that are visiting Ukrainian citizens living in the EU member states, or EU citizens, as well as citizens that travel to the EU for medical treatment.
A simplified procedure is also introduced for members of public organizations participating in seminars and conferences, participants of international exhibitions, conference, and symposiums, members of religious communities, and participants of official EU programs for cross-border cooperation.
The document stipulates that diplomatic missions and consulates of the EU issue five-year multiple entry to the following categories of people: members of central and local government, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, prosecutors and their deputies, permanent members of official delegations, one of the spouses and children aged under 21 of those who have a valid residence permit in one of the member states, or EU citizens, and businessmen and representatives of business entities who regularly visit EU member states.
European diplomatic missions and consulates also issue one-year multiple entry visas to such categories of people: drivers engaged in international transportation, crewmembers of international trains, refrigerator trains and locomotives, people engaged in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, participants in international sports events and accompanying persons, participants in official exchange programs organized by municipalities, representatives of non-governmental organizations who regularly travel to EU member states, and participants of the EU official programs on border cooperation.
Such visas are issued to these categories of people provided that during the previous year they obtained at least one Schengen visa and used it in line with the laws on entry and staying in the EU.

 

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German RWE interested in Ukrainian gas storage facilities

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News / 13 May 2013 | 16:08

German RWE interested in Ukrainian gas storage facilities

German RWE interested in Ukrainian gas storage facilities

European companies are interested in using Ukrainian gas storage facilities, energy and coal industry minister of Ukraine Eduard Stavytsky told a news conference after talks in Brussels on the development of the gas market of Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The German company RWE is interested, first of all. However, not only this company has expressed a desire to keep natural gas in our storage facilities. Other gas traders also attended the talks in Brussels – the leading companies not only in Europe but throughout the world,” he said.

However, according to the minister, these companies have not submitted a formal application for the use of domestic gas storages. “At the moment these issues are resolved. The applications are being considered,” Stavytsky added.

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Yeliseyev gets new post

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News / 13 May 2013 | 15:51

Yeliseyev gets new post

Yeliseyev gets new post

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has appointed Kostiantyn Yeliseyev as Ukraine’s commissioner for foreign policy and integration processes and his advisor.
Respective decrees were posted on the web site of the head of state on Monday.
The President instructed Yeliseyev to submit draft provisions on Ukraine’s commissioner for foreign policy and integration processes.
Yeliseyev also serves as Ukraine’s permanent representative to the European Union.

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