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Rybak finds it necessary to create new jobs

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2013


News / 31 May 2013 | 15:09

Rybak finds it necessary to create new jobs

Rybak finds it necessary to create new jobs

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak finds it necessary to create new jobs and maintaine existing ones, he said, talking to journalists during a working visit to Chernihiv on Friday, the press service of the Parliament reports.
After seeing the production capacity of the local car plant, the head of Parliament noted that it is necessary to draw attention to the fact that “the state budget includes issues regarding support for such enterprises.”
According to him, the plant, which manufactures buses, has great potential, as more than 200 companies from all regions of Ukraine are involved in its work. Accordingly, it creates jobs, Rybak stressed.

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Uzbekistan joins CIS FTA

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2013


News / 31 May 2013 | 14:47

Uzbekistan joins CIS FTA

Uzbekistan joins CIS FTA

The CIS Heads of Government Council approved the protocol on accession of Uzbekistan to the Free Trade Area (FTA) of the Commonwealth, head of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev said at the Council’s meeting in extended format, ForUm correspondent reports from Minsk.

The official said that Uzbekistan will become the 9th party to the agreement.
The head of the Executive Committee specified that Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have also expressed a desire to further study the issue of accession to the treaty.

“If they join, the contract will cover all of the CIS in its current composition. That would be logical, since the FTA will provide the necessary conditions for the full and effective development of trade in the Commonwealth and create favorable conditions for the further deepening of integration on the basis of the WTO rules,” Lebedev said.

He added that at the suggestion of Russia, the next meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council will be held in the Russian Federation on November 20, 2013.

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Ukraine to continue cooperation with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2013


News / 31 May 2013 | 14:30

Ukraine to continue cooperation with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Ukraine to continue cooperation with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Foreign minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara met with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, who is paying a working visit to Ukraine due to participation in the international round table, the Foreign Ministry press service informs.

The two parties discussed a wide range of issues of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Ukraine and in the global context. Ukrainian party stressed the importance of the mandate of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights for the whole of Europe and noted personal activity of Muižnieks in this post. Evidence of this is the wide geography of visits of the Commissioner, who just in a year has visited nearly two dozen countries – members of the Council of Europe.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed Ukraine’s readiness for further cooperate with the Commissioner for Human Rights, in implementing its mandate.

As the current chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Kozhara acquainted Muižnieks with the priorities of the Ukrainian presidency, especially in the humanitarian dimension. The minister drew attention of the interlocutor to the International High-Level Conference on fight against human trafficking to be held in Kyiv on June 10-11, which will be attended by experts of the Council of Europe.

Kozhara expressed hope for fruitful cooperation in the field of human rights, both within the framework of Ukraine’s participation in the Council of Europe and between the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

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Ukraine invited as observer to Eurasian Economic Community

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2013


News / 31 May 2013 | 14:14

Ukraine invited as observer to Eurasian Economic Community

Ukraine invited as observer to Eurasian Economic Community

Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan will be invited as observers to the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC), President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said at the Council of CIS Heads of Government, ForUm correspondent reports from Minsk, Belarus.
According to the politician, “there was some confusion, and I want to explain that Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan are invited to become observers in the EEC, which will be formed in 2015.”
The President of Belarus also noted that the delegations of Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan will be invited to all meetings that will take place in the framework of the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Community.
He also added that if Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan want to become members of the Common Economic Space and then the Eurasian Economic Community, then they will have to pass the way of signing of joint documents, agreements and arrangements.

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Quarter of EIT applicants makes second attempt

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News / 31 May 2013 | 13:55

Quarter of EIT applicants makes second attempt

Quarter of EIT applicants makes second attempt

A quarter of applicants for passing external independent testing is school graduates of previous years, director of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment Iryna Zaitseva told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

“25% of the registered are graduates of previous years, but those are not always the ones, who want to improve the result. We have a stable contingent of coaches, who register and pass EIT each year,” she noted.

According to Zaitseva, students of the first and the second years of study are also among applicants. The reasons are different – someone wants to test his knowledge, someone is disappointed in the chosen profession,” Zaitseva stressed.

She added that the state should provide the possibility to pass EIT at public expense only once. “You know about the problems of under-funding. Perhaps it would become a source of additional funding.
 
Zaitseva added that 10% of those passing retest fail cope with the EIT tasks and do not get the minimum 124 points.

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CU to sign memorandums with Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan

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News / 31 May 2013 | 13:36

CU to sign memorandums with Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan

CU to sign memorandums with Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan

Memorandums on cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) of the Customs Union with Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan are expected to be signed during the Council of CIS Heads of Government, head of the CIS Executive Committee Serhiy Lebedev told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports from Minsk, Belarus.
According to the official, agreement to sign memorandums was reached on May 29 at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Astana. “The heads of CU states supported the intention of Kyrgyzstan to join the EEC and Ukraine’s intention to obtain an observer status,” Lebedev said.
He specified that after the signing of memorandums the Eurasian Economic Commission will start preparing changes to its legal framework that in the future will create conditions for the granting of observer status to Ukraine in the Customs Union.

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Russia asks EU to let Ukraine make its own choice

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2013


News / 31 May 2013 | 13:16

Russia asks EU to let Ukraine make its own choice

Russia asks EU to let Ukraine make its own choice

Moscow urges EU not to engage in “tug of war”, and allow Ukraine to choose either to join the European Union or the Customs Union, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov stated.

“Various EU representatives make rather harsh assessments, up to poorly veiled threats that the entry into the Customs Union will mean the loss of Ukraine’s sovereignty. We do not think so. Moreover, we consider it wrong to engage in a tug of war and put Kyiv in front of some dilemmas,” he said during the Moscow – Brussels video conference.

“It’s up to Ukrainians, their leadership, the Parliament and public opinion to decide. Maybe they should compare proposals of each party,” Chizhov noted.

According to him, the EU offers the Association Agreement, putting forward a mass of conditions, including with respect to its signing. “If we talk about the future, let’s call a spade a spade, no one offers Ukraine full membership in the European Union, and I’m sure that will not offer in the near future. Meanwhile the Customs Union offers Ukraine’s full membership with all the rights and obligations,” he added.

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Rybak urges not to be afraid of Customs Union

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2013


News / 31 May 2013 | 12:55

Rybak urges not to be afraid of Customs Union

Rybak urges not to be afraid of Customs Union

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Rybak has said he sees no contradiction between Ukraine’s participation in the Customs Union and cooperation with the European Union.
“They tell us where we are going: some say that we should go to the Customs Union and others say that we should go to the European Union. We must conduct a policy so that we can have contracts with the Customs Union and with the states that are around us, so that we can supply our products there,” Rybak told reporters in Chernihiv on Friday, Interfax reports.
“We don’t have to be afraid of the Customs Union. We have to sign about 120 agreements in order to be a full member of the Customs Union,” he said.
He said that President Viktor Yanukovych thinks that Ukraine should become an observer in the Customs Union in order to see what agreements advantageous to Ukraine could be signed.
“We need the European Union. I think that the association agreement will be signed in November,” Rybak said.
At the same time, he noted that it would take ten more years for Ukraine to become a full member of the EU.
He said that the living standards in Ukraine currently do not reflect the improvement of people’s lives and therefore Ukraine needs new standards in education, medicine, social support, and job creation.
“We have to be friends with everyone and look for what is advantageous to Ukraine,” Rybak said.

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