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Regional Development Ministry not to raise utility tariffs

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News / 18 July 2013 | 16:44

Regional Development Ministry not to raise utility tariffs

Regional Development Ministry not to raise utility tariffs

The Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services Ministry of Ukraine has no plans to raise tariffs for the population, minister Hennady Temnyk said during the meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Our policy lies not in raising tariffs, but in reducing costs and in a more rational use of the resources, which we actually collect to provide services,” Temnyk said.
According to him, 0.75 kWh of energy is consumed in Ukraine to heat one cubic meter of water, and abroad the figure is about 0.4 kW.
“The main challenge we set before the cities, and the policy of the Ministry is to raise funds and to upgrade the system. At the expense of savings we will be able to pay the loan and continue modernization of the sector,” he concluded.

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Minister promises to punish activists of storming Sviatoshynsky district police department in Kyiv

Posted by the Editor on July 18, 2013


News / 18 July 2013 | 16:19

Minister promises to punish activists of storming Sviatoshynsky district police department in Kyiv

Minister promises to punish activists of storming Sviatoshynsky district police department in Kyiv

Organizers of storming Sviatoshynsky district police department in Kyiv will be punished, interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.
“A group of activists actually provoked the assault. We said that we wouldn’t hold liable people, who knock down that fence. However, all provocateurs, of course, will be brought to justice,” he said.
According to the minister, in the course of these events, law enforcement officers were injured and are still being treated in hospital. 

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Lithuanian ambassador: No Plan B for Association with Ukraine

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News / 18 July 2013 | 16:00

Lithuanian ambassador: No Plan B for Association with Ukraine

Lithuanian ambassador: No Plan B for Association with Ukraine

The EU has no other “Plan B”, which could be implemented in respect of Ukraine in case of failure – not signing the association agreement this fall in Vilnius, Ambassador of Lithuania in Ukraine Petras Vaitiekūnas said in interview.
According to him, Ukraine should get down to reforms, which are needed for the signing of the Agreement. “Their implementation shouldn’t be delayed until the last moment. Time passes, it is crucial. The EU has no other “Plan B”, which could be implemented in respect of Ukraine in case of failure. There is no alternative option. It’s time for Ukraine to show not will to address and find solutions, but the solutions themselves, and only then will open the way forward,” he said.
He noted that Lithuania supports Ukraine and works with the EU. “We are strengthening Ukraine’s circle of friends, who understand the importance of signing of the Association Agreement with the EU in Vilnius in October. We also work within the EU, so it is clear for everybody that this is not just a question of Ukraine’s development, but also of the success of the EU with its eastern partners,” the ambassador said.
The ambassador of Lithuania said that he optimistically assesses Ukraine’s chances to overcome the “last obstacles, which separate it from the association with the EU.”
“They include reforms, envisaged in the agenda of the EU- Ukraine Association, covering the reform of the judicial system, including prosecutors, a reliable electoral legislation and issues relating to the electoral justice,” he recalled.
“A lot depends on Ukraine itself, on its citizens … How much people are willing to finally stop on the European choice and not to look for other options of integration, or even a third way between the competing systems – the European Union and the Eurasian Union,” he said, adding that the EU was surprised that Ukraine had signed a memorandum with the countries of the Customs Union.
“We would like our relations with Ukraine to be more cooperative, based on trustworthy cooperation. If the country wants to do something like that, it needs to consult, inform each other and to discuss with its partners in the EU and Brussels in advance of such a step,” he noted. He added that the simultaneous signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union and participation in the Customs Union, “in my opinion, exclude one another”.
The Ambassador stressed that Ukraine should determine its choice. Moreover, he believes that the European option, among other things, will make relations between Ukraine and Russia more stable.

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Zakharchenko writes vacation report but continues working

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News / 18 July 2013 | 15:40

Zakharchenko writes vacation report but continues working

Zakharchenko writes vacation report but continues working

Interior minister of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko wrote a report about leaving for vacation, but asked the President to continue his work during this period, he told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
“I would like to explain the situation. Vacation of an interior minister involves the passage of a certain procedure, which includes a report on vacation that has to be agreed with the Cabinet of Ministers and the Presidential Administration, and then there is a corresponding decree about vacation,” he said.
The minister said that his vacation was agreed and was scheduled to start on July 15. “I was at work on July 15. The next day I left for Crimea to report to the President on situation in the country. I asked him to work during this period. I was at work today too,” the minister concluded.

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Zakharchenko explains why he doesn’t come out to protesters

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News / 18 July 2013 | 15:22

Zakharchenko explains why he doesn't come out to protesters

Zakharchenko explains why he doesn’t come out to protesters

Interior minister of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko did not come out to the demonstrators, as had information that political activists came as well. 
“I wanted to come out to the demonstrators, to meet, but I received the information, after which I decided only to meet with residents of village of Vradiyivka,” he said.
The minister noted that during the meeting, which was attended by three residents of Vradiyivka, they, in particular, set out vision of situation.
“They asked me to do everything for the people, who emotionally spoke and act against the police officers, to avoid being brought to justice. I gave a promise to them. As a minister, I will do everything to ensure these people are not brought to justice,” Zakharchenko said.
 

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Poland not to expand consular network in Ukraine

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News / 18 July 2013 | 14:58

Poland not to expand consular network in Ukraine

Poland not to expand consular network in Ukraine

The Republic of Poland opened the consulate general in Donetsk last week and delayed development of the network in Ukraine.
This was announced by Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine Henryk Litwin at the meeting with the first deputy chairman of the Donetsk Regional State Administration Serhiy Derhunov.
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador informed that the opened consulate general in Donetsk is the 8th in Ukraine.
He noted that Poland decided to suspend the further expansion of the consular network in Ukraine.
“We do not have the capacity to continue this work. We suspend the growth of the network,” he said.
The consulate general in Donetsk will serve Donetsk, Zaporozhia and Luhansk regions.

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Social Policy Ministry to make "black list" of children’s health institutions and camps

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News / 18 July 2013 | 14:41

Social Policy Ministry to make "black list" of children's health institutions and camps

Social Policy Ministry to make "black list" of children’s health institutions and camps

The Social Policy Ministry will make a “black list” of children’s health institutions, social policy minister of Ukraine Natalia Korolevska said, answering the question of ForUm correspondent about the situation in the children’s camp “Orion” in Zaporizhzhya region.
In particular, she stressed that, despite the fact that the improvement of children’s health in Ukraine runs according to schedule, many problems have recently arisen. “We planned to improve the health of three million children. As of today, more than two million children already visited the health institutions,” she said.
“As for the Orion children’s camp, this institution won the tender and received a government order, continuing to sell tours under the commercial price. When we found out the conditions under which children rest, we resettled them to camps of better conditions,” Korolevska noted.
Moreover, she specified that “at the end of the summer season, we will analyze the course of health improvement of children and make a “black list” of children’s health institutions and camps that will not receive any government orders or permits for a private practice next year,” the minister said.

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22 billion state aid paid to Ukrainians for half-year

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News / 18 July 2013 | 14:25

22 billion state aid paid to Ukrainians for half-year

22 billion state aid paid to Ukrainians for half-year

In first half of 2013, Ukrainians were paid state aid of 21 billion 900 million hryvnia, social policy minister Natalia Korolevska told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.
The official said that after 6 months of 2013, the Ministry paid state aid by 21.5% more than over the same period last year.
“The total amount of payments is 21 billion 900 million hryvnia,” Korolevska explained.
The minister noted that the insurance payments from industrial accidents and occupational diseases have grown.
“The monthly insurance premiums have grown by 14.9% more than last year, that is by 180 hryvnia,” the minister added.
Moreover, Korolevska clarified that extra payments to disabled veterans pensions and salaries of public sector employees were increased as well.
“The total resources, spent for 6 months on pensions, amounted to 124 billion hryvnia, which is 12 billion more than in 2012,” the official summarized.

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