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Lukashenko: Ukraine to close its way to CU signing AA with EU

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News / 11 October 2013 | 16:55

Lukashenko: Ukraine to close its way to CU signing AA with EU

Lukashenko: Ukraine to close its way to CU signing AA with EU

Having signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, Ukraine will “close its way to the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Community,” President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko told Russian media at the press conference.
“Low tariff barriers when trading the EU with Ukraine will cause loss if we have open borders,” Lukashenko sounded a note of warning. “If you want to join us, you’ll have to comply with our agreement,” Lukashenko said, referring to the Ukrainian party.
At the same time, he noted that it is not necessary to blame Ukraine for the negotiations with the EU.
“Nazarbayev is in talks with the EU, Russia also holds talks on a free trade area. I tell them that Belarus has never held separate negotiations. Why do we blame Ukraine for holding some talks? Both Russia and Kazakhstan hold negotiations. Let Ukraine does,” Lukashenko said, responding to a question about the planned signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
According to Lukashenko, Belarus does not hold negotiations with the European Union, “because no one wants to talk with us.”

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Swiss model of social adaptation for disabled persons implemented in Ukraine

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News / 11 October 2013 | 16:44

Swiss model of social adaptation for disabled persons implemented in Ukraine

Swiss model of social adaptation for disabled persons implemented in Ukraine

As part of the agenda of the visit to Switzerland of Natalia Korolevskaya, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, the management of Social Security Fund for Disabled Persons (Ukraine) and Pigna Fund (Switzerland) agreed to sign a cooperation agreement in the field of social adaptation for people with special needs.
«We saw the Swiss government and business working with people with special needs. The efficient Swiss experience that will meet the Ukrainian needs and realities will be introduced in Ukraine,» Korolevskaya said.
During the signing of bilateral agreement, Swiss officials and management of Pigna Fund (Switzerland) highly appreciated the policy of Ukrainian government on integration of disabled persons into society (today, every other disabled person – over 750,000 people in total – is employed in Ukraine) and noted the shift of Ukrainian society from charity and pity to European approach – equal partnership and full participation of disabled people in social life.
Officials from Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine noted that social protection of people with special needs was relevant for any country and any government. To date, Switzerland is a model of state, where integration of disabled persons in social and economic relations is being successfully solved.
Ukraine’s government has taken a number of steps aimed to improve the quality of life for people with special needs. In particular, they approved the National program on exercising rights of disabled persons 2020.
Experts say that within the framework of national project to ensure the needs of disabled persons are met (on an equal basis with other citizens of Ukraine), the Cabinet has decided to allocate 14 billion UAH through 2020.

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Füle: Ukraine not meets all EU requirements yet

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News / 11 October 2013 | 16:30

Füle: Ukraine not meets all EU requirements yet

Füle: Ukraine not meets all EU requirements yet

Ukraine has made significant progress towards European integration, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle told a roundtable in Kyiv, ForUm correspondent reports.
“I want to point out a very significant progress on some of the EU requirements, but not all of them have been met. I hope that you will make every effort to quickly finish the tasks,” Füle said.
According to him, it is very important for Ukraine to primarily improve the electoral legislation. “Since there is no electoral code. You told us that it is impossible to do in the short term, but the commitment to continue moving in this direction is very important. You may to conclude a road map to convince us that the elections will be conducted in accordance with European standards,” the Commissioner said.
In addition, according to him, Ukraine needs to adopt legislation on the prosecutor’s office with the relevant recommendations of the Venice Commission.
The third task, according to Füle, is settlement of Tymoshenko’s case. “Cox-Kwasniewski mission report is very important for the EU member states, which will assess the progress made by Ukraine on this issue,” he said.

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Government fully funded modernization of OKHMATDET

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News / 11 October 2013 | 16:15

Government fully funded modernization of OKHMATDET

Government fully funded modernization of OKHMATDET

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has taken additional steps to finance the fail-safe construction of modern medical-diagnostic complex NDSB «Mother and child welfare service» (OKHMATDET). The appropriate resolution was made by government at the meeting on Oct. 9, 2013, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The implementation of adopted resolution during 2013 will ensure attraction (under state guarantees) of additional 644.3 million UAH to complete construction of the innovative medical-diagnostic complex that costs an estimated 1.784 billion UAH.
«Next year, the hospital will be fully operational. All works must be performed at high quality level. This task is set for us by President of Ukraine, and we must comply. This is a unique and very important project. This ultramodern hospital will render highly specialized medical aid to children from all regions of Ukraine,» Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, said.
Government analysts say that two commissioning stages have been planned in order to accelerate completion of the hospital. It will ensure commissioning by individual parts and will give medics time to master the latest technology.
The construction of medical-diagnostic complex OKHMATDET was started in December 2011. After being upgraded, the facility will be a unique center for severe child pathology. Construction of the facility’s exterior is currently being conducted. Interior work is planned for the winter months. The center has electricity and running water and is now staffed. Doctors and staff participate in seminars and workshops on medical equipment.

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Rybak urges deputies to prepare law on Tymoshenko’s treatment abroad

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News / 11 October 2013 | 16:03

Rybak urges deputies to prepare law on Tymoshenko's treatment abroad

Rybak urges deputies to prepare law on Tymoshenko’s treatment abroad

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak has called on the authorities and the opposition to prepare a bill that would allow convicted former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other prisoners to undergo medical treatment abroad, he said at a round table meeting on European integration in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday.
“The authorities and the opposition should be working, preparing the law. What can the Parliament of Ukraine do, how can we help in this situation, especially with regard to the treatment of prisoners, who cannot be treated here [in Ukraine]?” he asked.
Rybak said that a lot depended on the Parliament in this situation. “And we can address this matter,” the speaker said.

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“Euro-4” standards apply Ukrainian truckers in 2014

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News / 11 October 2013 | 15:51

“Euro-4” standards apply Ukrainian truckers in 2014

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry has agreed with road transport carriers to amend the Law «On Automobile Transport». The proposed changes will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, and, if approved, to the Verkhovna Rada for adoption. The Ministry expects that changes will come into effect starting in 2014, Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
New requirements for vehicles (passenger and freight) deal with the safety standards for vehicle production and safety, including compulsory systems of active and passive safety 
(speed limiters, meters, seat belts, satellite monitoring systems, etc).
Euro-4 environmental standards will apply to trucks starting Jan. 1, 2014, with Euro-5 from 2016 and Euro-8 from 2018.
The draft Law «On Automobile Transport « provides for the compulsory installation of 
tachographs, speed limiters and seatbelts 1-2 years after the law comes into force. Seat belts in buses will be mandatory a year after the law is enacted, and speed limiters must be installed with two years. These proposed changes have been submitted to the Ukrainian Association of Road Transport (ATRH).
«Our collaboration with the All-Ukrainian Association of Road Carriers has been productive. We have take into account comments and suggestions on the draft Law ‘On Automobile Transport” to create an effective instrument that will satisfy all market participants,’ Transportation Minister Volodymyr Kozak said.
The new road transport legislation will implemented in accordance with the requirements of the Directives and Regulations of the European Union and is aimed primarily at improving the safety and environmental standards and to qualitatively improve Ukraine’s road transportation sector.
Innovations include the application of the European tolerance practice for both passenger and freight haulers on the market. Carriers must meet the criteria of integrity (not subject to criminal and administrative liability), financial viability (should be fairly fixed assets, working capital and financial assets for the purchase of the vehicle) and professional competence (personnel must have special training and obtain a certificate of professional competence). Carriers will be required to use operating funds in order to comply with new provisions in law. They must have available office space for storing financial records of drivers’ work schedules.

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Füle: EU ready to support Ukraine after Vilnius summit

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News / 11 October 2013 | 15:35

Füle: EU ready to support Ukraine after Vilnius summit

Füle: EU ready to support Ukraine after Vilnius summit

The European Union is ready to support Ukraine after the summit in Vilnius, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle told a roundtable in Kyiv, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The EU is ready to support Ukraine by financial aid and institutional capacity,” he said.
According to Fule, the EU is ready to consider the issue on allocation of 186 million euro to Ukraine under the action plan for 2013. He said he would discuss this issue with Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov.
According to him, it will support the implementation of the Association Agreement, including a free trade area and the action plan on visa liberalization.
Fule said that the EU will also provide 610 million euro of financial assistance “after all the conditions are fulfilled.” 

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Yanukovych: Tymoshenko’s issue to be resolved soon

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News / 11 October 2013 | 15:19

Yanukovych: Tymoshenko's issue to be resolved soon

Yanukovych: Tymoshenko’s issue to be resolved soon

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said that Ukraine has been looking for the ways to settle the situation with convicted former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
“We still have a most sensitive issue – the Tymoshenko case. But the Cox-Kwasniewski mission is working, we are working together, looking for the ways, and I hope that we will soon finally decide on the way to solve this issue,” the President said at a meeting with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle in Kyiv on Friday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
In turn, Füle also noted the importance of addressing the problem of selective justice and expressed satisfaction with the fact that the position of the President and his personal decision about this issue completely coincided.

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