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Tombinsky wants to meet with leaders of parliamentary factions

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News / 3 July 2013 | 17:04

Tombinsky wants to meet with leaders of parliamentary factions

Tombinsky wants to meet with leaders of parliamentary factions

Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinsky expressed his desire to meet with leaders of parliamentary factions in Ukraine this week.

Tombinsky plans to ask the Ukrainian politicians to hasten with the adoption of a number of bills.

“Parliament should pass a law on discrimination, laws, which provide for the establishment of administrative agencies to fight corruption and protection of personal data,” he told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

The diplomat also plans to discuss with the leaders of the factions the action plan on the liberalization of the visa regime between Ukraine and the EU.
In turn, present at the press conference Ambassador of Lithuania in Ukraine Petras Vaytekunas added that he sees several obstacles, having overcome which Ukraine will sign the Association Agreement with the EU.
“It is very important for the Parliament to pass amendments to the law on justice. Judicial reform is a must, Ukraine needs to show that this branch of the government is not being controlled,” he said.

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Expert: Introduction of European standards to result in domestic goods price rise

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News / 3 July 2013 | 16:58

Expert: Introduction of European standards to result in domestic goods price rise

Expert: Introduction of European standards to result in domestic goods price rise

Introduction in Ukraine of high quality standards for products within the framework of signing of the Association with the European Union could lead to higher prices for them.

This was stated by research director of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting Veronika Movchan during the public debate devoted to discussion of the economic consequences of the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The introduction of high quality standards in production will improve the quality of the goods and, consequently, will lead to increase in value in the short term,” she said.
 
According to Movchan, the better protection of intellectual property, also provided for by the Agreement, will also lead to increase in cost of goods, which have an intellectual component.
 
“Stopping the use of unlicensed equipment, as well as disappearance of the goods, imported without a license, will lead to higher prices for goods that are protected by that law,” the expert accentuated.
Movchan noted that abolition of EU subsidies on agricultural products may result in rise in price for these products. Also, she said, it’s no sense expect lower prices for imported cars as a result of the signing of the Association. Their price may be reduced only after 10-15 years after the signing of the Agreement.

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President pleased with gas cooperation with Poland, Slovakia

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News / 3 July 2013 | 16:46

President pleased with gas cooperation with Poland, Slovakia

President pleased with gas cooperation with Poland, Slovakia

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych thanked President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski and President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gasparovic for their support in issues on energy security, the President said during a joint press conference after a meeting of the presidents of the Visegrad Group and Ukraine in town of Wisla, the press service of the President reports.
“We are pleased with this cooperation,” Yanukovych said, commenting on energy security issues that were discussed during the meeting.
“Diversification of gas supplies, which will be in Ukraine, will generally promote the economies of our countries,” the President said.

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Tombinsky urges deputies to use effectively their working time

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News / 3 July 2013 | 16:33

Tombinsky urges deputies to use effectively their working time

Tombinsky urges deputies to use effectively their working time

The European Union has asked Ukraine to hasten the adoption of laws necessary to enter the second phase of the action plan on visa liberalization with the EU, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinsky told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
He reminded that according to the EU conditions, the laws should be taken before the Vilnius summit in November.
Tombinsky is worried whether Ukraine has enough time to take all the necessary documents.
“Ukraine may failure to pass bills, so the Parliament must use effectively its time to work on the European legislation,” he said.

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Brazil to open consulates in Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk

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News / 3 July 2013 | 16:19

Brazil to open consulates in Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk

Brazil to open consulates in Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk

Brazil plans to open honorary consulates in several cities of Ukraine, Brazilian foreign minister Antonio Patriota said after the meeting with foreign minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara.

“I would like once again to come to Kyiv, and see Ukraine as the whole. I am particularly interested in Odesa, where we’re going to open the honorary consulate. Moreover, we’re going to open the honorary consulates in other cities of Ukraine such as Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk,” Patriot said, recalling that the Brazilian consulate has been already successfully working in Lviv.

He also stressed that Brazil considers Ukraine a very important partner in trade and industry and expressed satisfaction with the lifting of the ban on Brazilian pork exports to Ukraine.

“Our trade is growing quite well, and we look forward to its expansion. We will work to diversify our trade ties,” he stressed.

In addition, the foreign minister thanked Ukraine for the support, provided to Brazil while electing the Brazilian candidate for the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization.

“We are also working with Ukraine through mutual support of candidates for the various positions, including the question of the posts in the UN Security Council,” he added.

In conclusion, the diplomat said that Brazil is watching with interest over the process that occurs in the negotiations between Ukraine and the European Union, between our state and Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

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Lithuanian Ambassador sure Association with Ukraine to be signed

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News / 3 July 2013 | 16:05

Lithuanian Ambassador sure Association with Ukraine to be signed

Lithuanian Ambassador sure Association with Ukraine to be signed

The Embassy of Lithuania is sure that Ukraine will sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekūnas told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
In particular, the diplomat stressed that Ukraine still has a lot to do to fulfill the conditions of the European Union and to make changes in the law before the signing of the Agreement.
In this context, he said that the EU is ready to help Ukraine in its aspirations.
Vaitiekūnas believes that Ukraine’s European integration will become a good example for Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

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Ukravtodor reforming to be completed by year-end

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News / 3 July 2013 | 15:50

Ukravtodor reforming to be completed by year-end

Ukravtodor reforming to be completed by year-end

Reforming of the State Agency of Motor Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) is planned to be completed by the end of 2013, infrastructure minister Volodymyr Kozak told a briefing at the Cabinet of Ministers, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The Ukravtodor reforming can be made only after the adoption of laws. The laws were approved by the Cabinet and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada. We expect that the transfer of roads under these laws to local authorities will be completed by the end of this year. Starting from January 1, we will start working under new conditions,” he said.

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Yanukovych: Ukraine set to fulfill all EU requirements

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News / 3 July 2013 | 15:37

Yanukovych: Ukraine set to fulfill all EU requirements

Yanukovych: Ukraine set to fulfill all EU requirements

Ukraine is set to fulfill all commitments under the Action Plan for signing the Association Agreement during the Vilnius summit of “Eastern Partnership” in November of this year, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said, the President’s press service informs.

“We look forward to the upcoming summit to be held in November this year. We intend to fulfill all the requirements, put forward to Ukraine” Yanukovych told a joint press conference after the meeting of the presidents of the Visegrad Group and Ukraine in town of Wisla.

The President expressed confidence that the vast majority of the European integration laws will be adopted this plenary week.
“We fully understand that that agenda, approved by Ukraine and the European Commission, should be done before November. The vast majority of laws will be passed this week,” he said.

However, he noted that some laws are in need of expert assessment, including those of the Venice Commission. In particular, according to Yanukovych, it concerns the law on the prosecutor’s office. These laws may be adopted at the beginning of the next session of Parliament in September.

The President also noted the importance for Ukraine of support of the “Visegrad Four” in the implementation of the European aspirations.
In turn, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski said that during the summit Yanukovych told about the implementation of Ukraine’s commitments in the context of the Association Agreement with the EU.

Polish President also informed that the presidents touched upon the issue of the ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. “On behalf of all the presidents of the Visegrad Group, I am pleased to say that Mr. Yanukovych is looking for ways to solve this problem according to Ukrainian legislation, or by amending the legislation,” Komorowski said.

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