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Dnipropetrovsk introduces European standards of independent heating

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News / 15 October 2013 | 17:00

Dnipropetrovsk introduces European standards of independent heating

Dnipropetrovsk introduces European standards of independent heating

Volnogirsk on Oct. 15 approved a new heating system that will allow to maximize heating efficiency for houses, social facilities and to cut gas costs by 10% as part of a program for modernizing the heating system of Dnipropetrovsk region. The modernization of the heat supply system in Volnogirsk provides for decommissioning of powerful, unprofitable boilers and heating mains which are located far away from consumers, and construction of modern modular boilers with an automated control system, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reads.
The reconstruction program for thermal facilities has already built nine modular boilers in town that will supply heat to all social and cultural facilities and office buildings. Installation of individual heating systems is also being completed in homes, which are installed under a simplified approach – all necessary paperwork was approved centrally with the residents consent and without any cost or time.
The cost of installation of individual heating has also been partially compensated. In particular, the dual-circuit once-through boilers with closed combustion chamber were installed in homes. It is envisioned to equip with independent heating more than 9,000 apartments in Volnogirsk.
Experts say the advantages of an autonomous heating system are clear: people can independently adjust temperature in their apartments and control climate in their homes the way they want. This will allow the owners of apartments to significantly save on utility bills during the heating season, because this system eliminates heat loss during transmission from the large boiler facility to the apartment building.
Government analysts say the process of decentralization of heat supply that hit several European countries (Italy, Germany), each year becomes more tangible in Ukraine. 
Volnogirsk became the flagship of modernization of thermal facilities in the Dnipropetrovsk region and a pilot city, where they began to implement a program of modernization of municipal heating supply system, based on the principles of the European experience of autonomous heating (heat loss associated with central heating in Ukraine reaches 30%, while a similar figure in the West is 2%).

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Yanukovych invites Estonian president to visit Ukraine

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News / 15 October 2013 | 16:55

Yanukovych invites Estonian president to visit Ukraine

Yanukovych invites Estonian president to visit Ukraine

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych invited President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves to visit Ukraine.
“I hope to welcome soon the head of the Estonian state in Ukraine. I am confident that his visit will allow reaching new practical results in various areas of our cooperation,” Yanukovych said, the President’s press service reports.
According to him, Ukraine is interested in further development of political dialogue with the Republic of Estonia. The President noted that in recent years the Ukrainian- Estonian interstate contacts have significantly intensified.
Yanukovych thanked his counterpart for supporting Ukraine’s European aspirations.
According to him, such assistance of Estonian partners is very important for the Ukrainian side, especially in the context of completion of the preparation for the Vilnius summit of “Eastern Partnership”, at which the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is expected to be signed.
Estonian president, in turn, said that Ukraine is the part of Europe: “History and culture of Ukraine is part of Europe. Ukraine is the part of Europe”.

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More than million Ukrainians registered with psychiatric institutions

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News / 15 October 2013 | 16:48

More than million Ukrainians registered with psychiatric institutions

More than million Ukrainians registered with psychiatric institutions

1 million 200 thousand (2.5% ) citizens of Ukraine are registered with psychiatric institutions, chief non-staff psychiatrist of the Health Ministry of Ukraine Iryna Pinchuk told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports. 
“Out of 1 million 200 thousand registered, 18-20% of Ukrainians suffer from severe mental illness and may pose a threat to the community, 10% suffer from mental retardation, and 70-75% have psychosis, neurosis, asthenia,” she said.
Psychiatrist added that every third Ukrainian needs psychiatric help throughout his life.

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Medvedev, Azarov to seek ways to intensify bilateral trade

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News / 15 October 2013 | 16:31

Medvedev, Azarov to seek ways to intensify bilateral trade

Medvedev, Azarov to seek ways to intensify bilateral trade

The road map on settlement the issues of investment and financial cooperation will be signed within the meetings of the Committee on Economic Cooperation of the Ukrainian- Russian Interstate Commission. This was stated by Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Ukrainian Cabinet press service informs.
“Over the last two years, our trade turnover fell by almost a quarter. Ukraine’s share in foreign trade turnover decreased by 1 %. This is not a good trend. It is therefore necessary to analyze the situation and consider methods to promote bilateral trade. Today we sign a road map to settle the issues of investment and financial cooperation,” Medvedev said.
Azarov added that during today’s meeting with his Russian counterpart, there were discussed large-scale projects of bilateral cooperation.
“We have discussed a number of issues and find constructive solutions. We need to use our meetings for staging large-scale problems, we can solve together,” he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that cooperation between Ukraine and the Russian Federation is extremely constructive in the high-tech industries such as aviation and space, in which our countries have the best technologies in the world.

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Ukraine introduces "mobile parking"

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News / 15 October 2013 | 16:19

Ukraine introduces "mobile parking"

Ukraine introduces "mobile parking"

Ukraine’s Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services has developed changes to parking rules for vehicles and submitted them for approval by government executive bodies. The novelties will enable payment for parking through a mobile phone. This will make parking more European-like and convenient for drivers, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reads.
Experts say a mobile phone parking payment system was introduced in Kyiv in 2008, and other Ukrainian cities joined in later. But, because of lack of efficient controls over non-payers and insufficient local budgets to equip parking areas with expensive (up to 40,000 UAH) parking turnstiles, cars are still chaotically parked around on sidewalks, lawns or roads. 
This causes inconvenience for other road users whereas municipal budgets receive no parking money.
New parking rules approved by the Cabinet of Ministers by Decree #1342 dated 12 March, 2009 became effective since January 2012. Items 14 and 16 envision that paid parking lots should be equipped with parking meters for making payments.
The government has instructed local administrations to arrange parking meters for parking lots and prohibited to charge in case of their unavailability. The system of fines for parking outside of parking areas is also introduced. However, there is no mechanism in the legislation to enforce these regulations.
Thus, the Cabinet has submitted a draft Law ŤOn amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning parking and responsibility for parking violationsť.
If the bill is approved, the fine for not paying parking fees will vary from 136 to 204 UAH. Parking in places designated for disabled individuals will be penalized from 255 to 306 hryvnia. Experts also point that a fine in the amount of 204 to 510 UAH will have to be paid for violating location/function requirements. Improperly equipped paid parking areas will be more expensive for violators, from 510 to 1700 UAH.

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NBU: Ukraine has resources to lend to economy

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News / 15 October 2013 | 16:13

NBU: Ukraine has resources to lend to economy

NBU: Ukraine has resources to lend to economy

Ukrainian banking system is liquid and the country has the resources for lending to the economy, first deputy governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Borys Prykhodko said during a public discussion “Foreign Currency Resources: how to make them work for the economy?”, ForUm correspondent reports.
“People show increasing confidence in the national currency and banking system,” he said.
According to Prykhodko, for 10 months of 2013 deposits growth made up 60 billion UAH, of which 55 billion were in national currency and 5 billion – in foreign currency. The growth of deposits in the national currency made up 16 %.
In addition, the first deputy governor of the National Bank of Ukraine noted that there is a tendency of increase in amount of deposits for a period of 6 months or more.
He also said that since the beginning of the year, rates for three-month deposits decreased by 4.77 %, for six-month – by 2.9 %, long-term – by 1.92 %. “The banking system is sufficiently liquid, there are resources for lending to the economy,” he said.

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GPtSU recommends Tymoshenko undergo treatment in Ukraine

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News / 15 October 2013 | 16:00

GPtSU recommends Tymoshenko undergo treatment in Ukraine

GPtSU recommends Tymoshenko undergo treatment in Ukraine

For ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko it would be better to undergo treatment in Ukrainian hospitals, head of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine (GPtSU) Oleksandr Lisitskov told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports. 
According to him, Ukraine has enough professionals, who can successfully treat various diseases. 
Lisitskov stressed that the convicts are given free medical care.
He added that health condition of Tymoshenko is good and stable.
 “It is impossible to send her abroad for treatment without appropriate legislative act,” Lisitskov concluded.

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Yanukovych: Ukraine will soon feel the advantages of working with the EU

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News / 15 October 2013 | 15:47

Yanukovych: Ukraine will soon feel the advantages of working with the EU

Yanukovych: Ukraine will soon feel the advantages of working with the EU

Ukraine will feel practical advantages of cooperation with the European Union soon after the signing of the free trade area agreement, which is an integral part of the Association agreement, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said during a meeting with media in Tallinn, presidential press office reports. 
“In particular, we expect the introduction of profound and integral free trade area, which will enable both Ukrainians and Europeans to feel practical advantages of cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union under new format,” he noted.
The President underlined that signing of the Association agreement meets the interests of both parties. “I am convinced that signing of the Agreement meet our common interests regarding further modernization of Ukraine in terms of European values and standards,” he said.
Yanukovych also underlined that signing of the Association agreement at the “Eastern partnership” summit is the primary task of Ukraine and that Ukraine intends to implement some of its provisions right after the signing. 
In turn, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves noted that the free trade area agreement with the EU would enable Ukraine to access a huge and stable market with 500 million of consumers. “The agreement comes in time when the EU economy starts recovering, thus the EU is a very important trade partner for Ukraine already now,” Ilves said.
“Broad consensus among parties and politicians of Ukraine regarding European integration support your expectations and proves to Europe that Ukrainian choice of future has been well thought out and is the best for the country and its people,” he added.

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