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Police not violate order when cracking down rally in Kyiv

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News / 19 July 2013 | 16:37

Police not violate order when cracking down rally in Kyiv

Police not violate order when cracking down rally in Kyiv

Chief of the Interior Ministry department in Kyiv Valery Koriak said that last night, cracking down the rally participants’ in the Independence Square in Kyiv, the “Berkut” special forces officers did not beat anyone, and no order was given to use force against journalists, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Officers of Berkut fulfilled all the requirements of the orders and instructions. There were no violations by the police. There were no orders to use force against members of the media. Nobody beat anyone. We are ready to confirm it with our videos. Information that someone beat journalists is an attempt to artificially create social tension, nothing more,” Koriak assured.
“I have a request to all journalists. You see how the police work. Police are allowed to use force and special means, allowed by law, to secure order and prevent violations. In this case, the non-lethal weapons were not used. I request reporters not to be in the epicenter. Inevitably, someone will push, come on foot. We should not interfere with job of each other. Please go near, shoot, no one touches you,” he said.

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Popov, opposition not agree to hold session

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News / 19 July 2013 | 16:16

Popov, opposition not agree to hold session

Popov, opposition not agree to hold session

Negotiations of head of the Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov with opposition deputies “did not result in mutual understanding,” he said after a meeting with the opposition MPs, who were elected in constituencies of Kyiv. Unfortunately, the policy makes it impossible to provide the Kyiv residents with normal social guarantees,” the KCSA head stressed. 
Popov also noted that he would definitely inform the Kyiv City Council deputies about the essence of the negotiations with MPs.
In addition, Popov plans to propose that trade unions hold public hearings so that the people of Kyiv could get objective information about the current situation.

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Ukrainians start flying more often

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News / 19 July 2013 | 15:50

Ukrainians start flying more often

Ukrainians start flying more often

In 2012 – the first half of 2013, the overall indicators of work of the aviation industry in Ukraine showed a positive trend, as the number of passengers and international and regular flights increased, as well as passenger flows, chairman of the State Aviation Administration Anatoly Kolesnyk stated, the press service of the Infrastructure Ministry reported
“There is a positive trend in the development of the industry. The large-scale work on preparation and holding of the Euro-2012 football championship played the important role,” he said.
Thus, for the first half of 2013, the passenger flows increased by 3.6% compared to the same period of the last year and reached 6306.7 thousand passengers.
According to him, the Ukrainian air transport transported 8.1 million passengers in 2012, which is by 8% more than in 2011. The passenger flows through the airports of Ukraine increased by 13.2% in 2012 compared with 2011 and amounted to 14.1 million people.

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WB praises results of project implementation in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on July 19, 2013


News / 19 July 2013 | 15:25

WB praises results of project implementation in Ukraine

WB praises results of project implementation in Ukraine

In fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) Ukraine managed to achieve positive results in cooperation with the World Bank. The country intensified the implementation of investment projects, implemented with the assistance of the Bank. As a result, the volume of investment funds, used for these projects out of the total project portfolio, reached a record high during all the years of cooperation with the World Bank. This was discussed at a joint meeting to review the project portfolio of the World Bank in Ukraine.
“In recent years, we have been able to lay the foundation for the improvement of the portfolio of the World Bank in Ukraine, to form the structure of the portfolio in accordance with the needs of the Ukrainian side. This is allowed in fiscal year 2013 to reach a record for all the years of cooperation with the Bank percent of funds. Thus, this year Ukraine took 6th place in terms of disbursement among 22 countries in Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine also ranked 5th in the region in terms of a portfolio that consists of 10 projects totaling $ 2 billion 42 million U.S. dollars,” economic development and trade minister of Ukraine Ihor Prasolov, who participated in the meeting, said.
World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Qimiao Fan noted apparent successes of Ukraine in revitalization of the work.
He added that if the positive trend continues in future, the World Bank does not rule out the possibility to increase the annual amount of resources to Ukraine from $ 500 million to $ 1 billion.

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Tefft: We see future of Ukraine in Europe

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News / 19 July 2013 | 15:11

Tefft: We see future of Ukraine in Europe

Tefft: We see future of Ukraine in Europe

United States Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft, who is completing a mission in Ukraine, said that the choice of the European Union has greater prospects for Ukraine, than the choice of the Eurasian Community, however good neighborhood with Russia is also important. 
“In your country, in fact, there is a big discussion about this, which we are following. However, the President chose what I consider good policy, Ukraine should be part of Europe and at the same time trying to maintain good relations with Russia. The United States is not against it. We see the future of Ukraine in Europe, but we understand that Russia is an important neighbor, given the history, traditions and economic ties, and you have to work with it. However, when it comes to choosing a particular union and when it comes to customs and other economic issues, in my opinion, the European Union opens greater prospects,” he said in interview.
He also noted the importance of the reforms, which Ukraine is working on with the aim of signing the Association Agreement with the EU.
John Tefft expressed the hope that the agreement with the EU will be signed. “Then in November we will be able all congratulate each other and be proud of what has been done, not only of the fact of signing the agreement, but of the fact that Ukraine is moving in the direction we all want: a democratic state with a market economy, governed by the rule of law”.

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European foreign ministers to discuss Vilnius summit

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News / 19 July 2013 | 14:40

European foreign ministers to discuss Vilnius summit

European foreign ministers to discuss Vilnius summit

On Monday, July 22, the foreign ministers of the European Union and the foreign ministers of countries of “Eastern Partnership” will discuss preparations for the summit of “Eastern Partnership”, which will take place on November 28-29 in Vilnius, European External Action Service reports.
Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers Meeting will be held on July 22 at 5 pm. It will continue in the format of dinner in the European External Action Service. The discussion will focus on the expected outcomes of the summit of “Eastern Partnership” in Vilnius in November. 
On the eve of the ministerial meeting, on the morning of Monday, foreign ministers of member countries in the format of the Union for Foreign Affairs will discuss the latest developments in the countries of “Eastern Partnership” and will provide ongoing assessment of the readiness of each of the Eastern partners for the summit in November.
In turn, the working papers of the European External Action Service once again remind that the negotiations on the Association Agreement, including creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area between the EU and Ukraine are completed and the agreement can be signed at the summit of “Eastern Partnership” in November.

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Arbuzov: Cabinet intends to improve investment attractiveness of Ukraine

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News / 19 July 2013 | 14:18

Arbuzov: Cabinet intends to improve investment attractiveness of Ukraine

Arbuzov: Cabinet intends to improve investment attractiveness of Ukraine

During a meeting with members of the European Business Association, first vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov noted that the government is making all efforts to improve the business environment in the country, the press service of the first vice Premier reports.
“We uniquely intend to strengthen the index of investment attractiveness of Ukraine and will adopt all necessary laws this autumn. We will follow a clear and transparent way, as the government is interested in this,” Arbuzov said.
He was supported by economic development and trade minister Ihor Prasolov, agricultural policy and food minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk and deputy income and fees minister Viktor Levytsky, who also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the representatives of the European Business Association touched on the issue on laws of promissory notes and transfer pricing, which were recently adopted by the Parliament. Arbuzov assured them that the law on transfer pricing will have a positive impact on the economy, despite the fact that the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada took this document very cautiously.
In turn, executive director of the European Business Association Anna Derevyanko expressed thanks to the first vice Prime Minister for the fact that he works with business representatives openly and transparently. “Dialogue with the government is very important for us,” she said.

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Preparations for heating season ahead of schedule

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News / 19 July 2013 | 13:49

Preparations for heating season ahead of schedule

Preparations for heating season ahead of schedule

Preparation of housing and public utilities of Ukraine for the heating season 2013-2014 is ahead of schedule, 55% of the plan is already done, regional development, construction, housing and communal services minister Hennady Temnyk said during the all-Ukrainian conference call in Kyiv.
However, according to the minister, some regions lag behind the targets. In particular, Volyn and Chernivtsi regions have not provided the plan for the preparation of water pumping stations. Vinnytsia region and Kyiv are slow to prepare specialized equipment for winter.
Temnyk also thanked Crimea, Donetsk and Kyiv regions, which have managed, compared with the previous reporting period, to intensify the preparations.

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