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Yanukovych: Professional army starts to be formed in 2014

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News / 1 October 2013 | 17:24

Yanukovych: Professional army starts to be formed in 2014

Yanukovych: Professional army starts to be formed in 2014

Autumn conscription to military service in the Armed Forces Ukraine is the last one as starting from 2014 Ukrainian army will be formed on a contract basis, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said during conversation with reporters in the Lviv region, ForUm learned from the President’s press service.
“Year 2014 is actually the beginning of the new, modern Ukrainian army on a contract basis,” Yanukovych said.
According to him, today 60% of the armed forces military men are already contractors, and over time their number will increase.
However, the President noted that training of such personnel will take some time.
“An ordinary military conscript is not able to receive high-quality training in such a short period. We should realize that our soldiers in the armed forces are dealing with modern weapons, electronic equipment,” Yanukovych said.
In President’s opinion, the switch to the contract form of army is a requirement of modern times. “We have no other choice, but to do it, and we will.”
Yanukovych underlined that the military reform is aimed at the formation of professional army, meeting all modern requirements. 
“Our primary goal is to improve the level of our army and the Armed Forces, and the first and foremost goal of the reform is to form professional army, able to meet all modern challenges,” the President said.
“Everything we have seen today (military training exercises) is aimed at the improvement of the professional level of our soldiers and the Armed Forces. The militaries have to master modern equipment and strategies, which get upgraded regularly and demand continuous training,” he added.

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Interest rates for foreign currency deposits falling down in Ukraine

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News / 1 October 2013 | 17:20

Interest rates for foreign currency deposits falling down in Ukraine

Interest rates for foreign currency deposits falling down in Ukraine

The financial system of Ukraine keeps following the tendency of reducing the interest rates for deposits in foreign currency, deputy governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Oleksiy Tkachenko told a roundtable, ForUm’s correspondent reports.
“In Ukraine there is a tendency of reducing interest rates for foreign currency deposits, and NBU measures, taken as a part of the recovery plan, contribute to the preservation of this tendency.
Moreover, domestic banks do not have many clients depositing foreign currency,” he said. 
The official also reminded that Ukraine has introduced a ban on crediting individuals in foreign currency and set limits for foreign currency loans for legal entities.

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Certificates of Ukrainian labs to be immediately recognized in the EU

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News / 1 October 2013 | 17:14

Certificates of Ukrainian labs to be immediately recognized in the EU

Certificates of Ukrainian labs to be immediately recognized in the EU

After the signing of the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, protocols of Ukrainian laboratories will be immediately recognized in the EU countries, chairman of the national agency on accreditation of Ukraine Volodymyr Ruschak told journalists, ForUm’s correspondent reports.
“We have about 300 accredited labs of various areas of industries, including food industry, aerospace industry, etc. The labs have been approved by the National agency and work by the accreditation certificate. After the signing of the Association agreement, all labs accredited by the national agency and their test protocols and certificates will be immediately recognized in the EU countries, meaning no additional inspections will be required ,” he said.
In his opinion, after the signing of the agreement between Ukraine and the EU, shady production will cease to exist. 
“With the Association agreement the shady sector of production will lose its competitiveness, as only legal producers will be allowed on the market,” he said and specified that shady dealers will no longer be able to obtain accreditation certificates.

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Expert: Russia gas price for Ukraine is inaccurate

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News / 1 October 2013 | 17:05

Expert: Russia gas price for Ukraine is inaccurate

Expert: Russia gas price for Ukraine is inaccurate

Andras Deak, an expert of Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, believes that Ukraine’s economy cannot bear the load of high price for Russian gas.
“Gas price in Europe is very high, and such situation depresses everyone. As for Ukraine, I think you cannot survive long with such high level of gas import. Ukraine pays about 8% of its GDP for gas. Hungary consumes approximately the same amount of gas as Ukraine, but we pay only 3%,” the expert said. 
He also noted that the Russian gas price for countries of Eastern Europe is higher than for Western European states. 
“This is a macroeconomic problem and it must be solved. You should not expect a miraculous solution coming from outside. It is a matter of energy-efficiency, energy-saving and adequate consumption,” Andras Deak believes.

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National agency on Ukraine’s accreditation meets European standards

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News / 1 October 2013 | 16:56

National agency on Ukraine's accreditation meets European standards

National agency on Ukraine’s accreditation meets European standards

The national agency on accreditation of Ukraine is the most European structure among similar agencies of former USSR countries, “Twinning” project manager in Ukraine Volodymyr Yakubov told journalists, ForUm’s correspondent reports. 
“On the territory of the former USSR, the national body on Ukraine’s accreditation is the most advanced, developed and close to Europe,” he said. 
He also added that in Russia, for example, similar agency has been created only this year. “They envy Ukraine there. In June I visited Ufa meeting of the CIS Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification, and they told me in Russia it takes two years to obtain recognition in one sphere or four years – in the other. Ukraine already has such recognitions,” he underlined.

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Expert: Ukraine must diversify gas supplies as soon as possible

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News / 1 October 2013 | 16:48

Expert: Ukraine must diversify gas supplies as soon as possible

Expert: Ukraine must diversify gas supplies as soon as possible

Ukraine has no choice but diversify gas supplies as soon as possible, Pavol Salaj, an expert of the Institute of central policy of CEPI, told a press conference, ForUm’s correspondent reports. 
“Ukraine, as well as the countries of Visegrad 4, depends much on one gas supplier, but the situation on the European energy market changes very fast. In the near future it will be based more on economic factors rather than political ones. It is time for Ukraine to start thinking about diversification of gas supplies,” Salaj said. 
In his opinion Ukraine has three paths to follow. “The first one includes new gas pipelines, the second one concerns the use of shale gas and the third one is about revision of the regulatory structure,” he noted.

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Arbuzov: Social assistance to veterans won’t be reduced

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News / 1 October 2013 | 16:33

Arbuzov: Social assistance to veterans won't be reduced

Arbuzov: Social assistance to veterans won’t be reduced

The Government will work to improve the social well-being of veterans and does not intend to reduce their social assistance. This was stated by first vice Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov during the meeting with the leadership of Ukrainian public associations of veterans on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons and the Veteran Day, the press service of first vice Prime Minister reports.
“Our President Viktor Yanukovych insists that social assistance to veterans should not decrease either this or next year. Despite the fact that some countries are now reducing the payments, we will not do this,” he added.
According to the report, the meeting was attended by social policy minister of Ukraine Natalia Korolevska, as well as representatives of the Ukrainian associations of veterans.
During the meeting there were discussed issues of state financial support of veterans’ organizations, the problems of Ukrainian veterans’ housing, issues of social security and many others.
Arbuzov listened to all members of the public and assured that all the problems announced at the meeting will be addressed and resolved. The Social Policy Ministry was instructed to keep them under control.
According to the report, leaders of organizations thanked the Government and the President of Ukraine for the work to improve the social welfare of veterans.

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NBU: It is too early to abolish the currency deposit guarantee system

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News / 1 October 2013 | 16:25

NBU: It is too early to abolish the currency deposit guarantee system

NBU: It is too early to abolish the currency deposit guarantee system

It is too early to abolish the foreign currency deposit guarantee system for individuals in Ukraine, deputy governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Oleksiy Tkachenko told a roundtable, ForUm’s correspondent reports.
“Together with the Deposit insurance fund we have analyzed the situation and found out that EU directives permit the deposit guarantee system to function for national currency only. For this we have regular disputes on the issue,” he noted.
However, according to Tkachenko, considering the fact that dollarization of deposits in Ukraine remains high and makes 45% and that historically people prefer to deposit money in foreign currency, it is too early to abolish the guarantee system, at least for individuals.

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