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Ukraine plans to create house of labour

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 15:28

Ukraine plans to create house of labour

Ukraine plans to create house of labour

Ukraine intends to unite the State Labour Inspectorate and the State Employment Service, social policy minister Natalia Korolevska told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.
The minister explained that the Ukrainian authorities want to improve the work of the Labour Inspectorate and Employment Services by combining these two departments. “We offered to unite them for the system to work in the format of “a house of labour”, she said.
According to Korolevska, strengthening of workers’ rights is a priority task set by the President of Ukraine.
She stressed that the Social Policy Ministry on behalf of first deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov has already prepared a draft decree of the President to unite the Labour Inspectorate and the Employment Service.
Korolevska noted that the document has been agreed with five relevant ministries and is now under consideration by the Justice Ministry.

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Ukrainian book distributors granted benefits

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 15:12

Ukrainian book distributors granted benefits

Ukrainian book distributors granted benefits

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on Oct. 17, 2013 approved the draft Law «On amending certain laws due to adoption of law of Ukraine ‘On administrative services.» The measure was developed by the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
If the bill is adopted by Verkhovna Rada, domestic publishers and distributors who prepare, issue and distribute products in the national language (Ukrainian) will have a preferential right to rent state and communal property without tendering.
Draft amendments to Law «On renting state and municipal property» lower the bar for book distribution companies, which can qualify to rent state and municipal property (without tendering). In the current revision of the law, they are required to distribute at least 50% of books in the national language in order to be entitled to benefits. This criterion could not be met by all booksellers.
Government analysts say amendments to the law suggest granting the right for rent of state and municipal property without tendering to book selling companies annually distributing over 1,000 copies of books in the national language. This will increase the number of book distribution companies, which can qualify for the right to rent the state and municipal property without tendering.
As of September 30, 2013, editions of books were up 38.3%, year-on-year. In the first nine months of 2013 (46.3 million books with 23.6 million in Ukrainian and 20.1 million in Russian.

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Unemployment rate reduces in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 14:58

Unemployment rate reduces in Ukraine

Unemployment rate reduces in Ukraine

The unemployment rate in our country is reducing, social policy minister Natalia Korolevska told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Today we see stability in the labor market, and we even have some positive dynamics,” she said.
According to the minister, the International Labor Organization conducted an assessment of the labor market state in Ukraine under its methodology, and for the first half of the year it fixed a reduction of the unemployment rate to 7.5%, while in Europe the figure was 11%.
Korolevska noted that the employment law is already in force in Ukraine. And for the first 9 months of 2013 the State Employment Service employed 113 thousand 200 unemployed people, which is almost twice more than last year.

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Cabinet approves agriculture development strategy till 2020

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 14:43

Cabinet approves agriculture development strategy till 2020

Cabinet approves agriculture development strategy till 2020

With the aim of determining future priorities for implementing the state’s agrarian policy, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the Agriculture Development Strategy 2020. The document outlines measures aimed to maximize the potential of agricultural sector, which, in turn, will give a powerful impetus to investment, technological and social growth in the country, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The agro-industrial complex is an important sector of Ukrainian economy. To date, it represents almost 1/3 of all fixed assets, employs a quarter of population, produces more than 20% of Gross Domestic Product, and accounts for 7% of retail turnover.
Government analysts say the Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) is the first comprehensive plan of its type in Ukrainian history. The document is based on provisions of Program of economic reform 2010-2014 «Prosperous Society, Competitive Economy, Efficient Reform».
ADS emphasizes food security, increasing investment attractiveness and the introducing innovative technology to improve quality and competitiveness.
The first set of objectives is creation of conditions for better investment, access to foreign markets, and bringing the level of domestic markets in line with European models. 
Adopting the Law «On safety and quality of food products» and introducing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system is a necessary first step. Another key issue of AIC development is ensuring the access of agrarians to cheap financing, leasing methods, and equipment. The strategy envisions launching the State Land Bank and increasing forward purchases.
The second set of objectives aims to create a comfortable investment climate and supportive socio-institutional environment in rural areas. It plans to facilitate cooperation between small and medium-sized producers in an increasingly organized agricultural market.
The third and most important factor in the Agriculture Development Strategy is development of efficient innovative structure of agro-industrial complex. For the agricultural sector this means upgrading technical infrastructure, introducing new technology at each management level and increasing labor productivity. (labor productivity in Ukraine is 4-5 times lower than in developed Western countries).

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Azarov: Ukraine ready make advances to Russia while revising gas contract

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 14:30

Azarov: Ukraine ready make advances to Russia while revising gas contract

Azarov: Ukraine ready make advances to Russia while revising gas contract

Ukraine is still very interested in revision of the extremely unprofitable gas contract with Russia, signed by Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009, and is ready to compromise with the Russian side.
“If the Russian leadership agrees to make us advances in the gas issue, we’ll also make some advances,” PM of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said on the air of the First National Channel in an interview with five television channels on Friday.
Azarov said that “we get gas at the highest price thanks to one well-known lady”. According to PM, at the meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, he repeatedly pointed out that the gas price under contract of 2009 is absurd: Ukraine buys German reverse gas by $100 cheaper than under the Russian contract.
“Sooner or later, Ukraine will be forced to abandon this super-expensive gas. You will lose the largest buyer of gas, and we’ll waste a resource,” Ukrainian Prime Minister presented his argument in talks with his Russian counterpart.
He recalled that since 2009, Ukraine has halved the purchase of Russian natural gas and now actively develops domestic production, organizes reverse gas purchases, and carries out a program of energy efficiency.
Azarov noted that the recent successful drilling at Yuzivske field showed that sooner or later the country will be able to produce 10-15 billion cubic meters of shale gas.
At the same time, he stressed that all these measures require significant resources. In particular, increase in production by 1 billion cubic meters requires about $ 1 billion.
However, PM added that in case of gas price cuts in future, for example, to $150 per thousand cubic meters, Ukraine may return to it as to a more advantageous fuel.

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Funds for paying child care allowances transferred in full

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News / 18 October 2013 | 14:10

Funds for paying child care allowances transferred in full

Funds for paying child care allowances transferred in full

Funds for payment of child care allowances have been allocated to the regions almost in full, social policy minister Natalia Korolevska told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports. 
According to her, means should still to be transferred only to Odesa region, and that will be done today.
“The State Treasury have already allocated 3 billion 55 million UAH to the regions. Odesa region will obtain 3.5 million UAH today,” the minister said.
In addition, she stressed that all applications for social payments and maternity leave, issued before October 1, are fully funded.

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Government creates national agency to supervise sports projects

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 13:57

Government creates national agency to supervise sports projects

Government creates national agency to supervise sports projects

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a draft presidential decree on establishment of the National Agency for Infrastructure Projects (NAIP), the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The new agency will implement the state policy to develop sports, touristic, transport, and social infrastructure. The document describes supported activities, such as for the Continental Basketball Championship in 2015 and qualification tournaments for Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2022.
NAIP will focus on stadiums and transport infrastructure. For the European Basketball Championship 2015, which will be attended by the 24 best teams of the continent, six new stadiums will be built in the cities of Odessa (7,500 seats during sporting events); Lviv, Dnepropetrovsk, and Kharkov – 6.000 seats each; Donetsk – 8.000-10.000 seats and Kyiv – 16.000 seats.
Private investors and the government will have to invest about 4.3 billion UAH in construction of quality, European-level sports arenas.
Experts say the main challenge facing the National agency is developing a structural program for the right to host the Winter Olympic Games 2022 in Ukraine by Nov. 2013 (the final date of formal application to host the XXIV Winter Olympic Games).
Experts say the main expenditure items for preparation to Olympics (if it takes place in Ukraine) will include construction and upgrade of infrastructure. It will be necessary to build even more than for Euro 2012-5 ice arenas (for figure skating, ice hockey, short track, and curling) and outdoor ice stadium, the Olympic village, media center, ski slopes and ski jumps. In fact, transport infrastructure of Carpathian region shall be significantly improved.
NOC analysts expert sporting events will gather up to 100,000 participants and guests and will attract over 500,000 tourists. Some 3 billion people across the world will watch the games on television.

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Stavytsky wants resume gas supplies from Turkmenistan

Posted by the Editor on October 18, 2013


News / 18 October 2013 | 13:44

Stavytsky wants resume gas supplies from Turkmenistan

Stavytsky wants resume gas supplies from Turkmenistan

Ukraine is interested in the resumption of gas supplies from Turkmenistan, energy and coal industry minister of Ukraine Eduard Stavytsky said at the meeting with the minister for oil industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan Muhammetnur Khalilov.
“In addition, we are interested in exploration and development of oil and gas fields and participation in the construction of the fuel and energy complex of Turkmenistan,” Stavytsky said.
At the end of the meeting, the parties confirmed their interest in the development of bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, and agreed to continue active cooperation.

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