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Train tickets prices not to increase

Posted by the Editor on December 2, 2013


News / 2 December 2013 | 16:54

Train tickets prices not to increase

Train tickets prices not to increase

Tariffs for passenger and freight railroad transport will not go up in 2014. This was stated by Sergei Bolobolin, General Director of Ukrzaliznytsya (UZ) during the meeting with the Trade Union of Railroad Employees and Transport Construction Workers of Ukraine, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
“Meeting social obligations has been and is a priority for us. Thus, no indexation of tariffs is planned for next year. Next year we expect to increase the volume of freight traffic by at least 1%, and have increased revenues from that. All social obligations envisioned by Industry Agreement and collective agreements, as before, will be met in full”, Bolobolin said.
Analysts report that no indexation of tariffs for rail freight has occurred for three years: in 2009, 2010 and 2012. In 2013, the average indexation of tariffs for transportation of goods by rail within Ukraine was 4.6%, experts say. They also report that the increase of tariffs has brought the industry additional 650 million UAH, of which 80%, or 490 million UAH, were directed to social programs and pay raises. 

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OSCE concerned by violence against journalists in Ukraine

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News / 2 December 2013 | 16:40

OSCE concerned by violence against journalists in Ukraine

OSCE concerned by violence against journalists in Ukraine

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has said she is concerned by the amount of violence used against the media during the demonstrations in Kyiv, reads the report of Mijatovic, Interfax-Ukraine informed on Monday.
“I’m especially concerned that in most of the cases, the beatings were reportedly conducted by the law enforcement officers, who attacked journalists and disregarded their press identification,” she wrote in a letter to OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukrainian foreign minister Leonid Kozhara.
“Violence against journalists cannot be tolerated,” Mijatovic wrote.
She reiterated the call to the Ukrainian authorities to take urgent action to halt the violence against the media and to swiftly launch investigations into these attacks.
According to information available to the representative’s office, more than 40 journalists representing national and international media outlets, including Ukrainska Pravda, Channel 5, 1+1, Euronews, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, and the New York Times, were physically assaulted and severely injured while covering the public protests in Kyiv.

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Polish political expert: Ukraine can still sign Association Agreement with EU

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News / 2 December 2013 | 16:27

Polish political expert: Ukraine can still sign Association Agreement with EU

Polish political expert: Ukraine can still sign Association Agreement with EU

Desire of Ukrainians to move towards the European Union may influence the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU in the future, Polish political expert Andriy Sheptytsky said during an online marathon “What awaits Ukraine? Analysis of current events” in the online studio “Inpress-club”, ForUm correspondent reports.
“I think the signing of the Association is still possible. But it is necessary to take into account internal circumstances. 2014 is a year before the elections in Ukraine, which complicates a bit political process,” he said.
According to Sheptytsky, if Yanukovych remains President after the elections in 2015, the signing of the Association will depend solely on his position and the political atmosphere in the country.

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Inclusive education consistently introduced in Ukraine

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News / 2 December 2013 | 16:15

Inclusive education consistently introduced in Ukraine

Inclusive education consistently introduced in Ukraine

As part of social policy and the signed UN Convention on Rights of Disabled and Handicapped, the government has been consistently and systematically introducing the inclusive education in Ukraine, while taking the best European models of teaching the children with disabilities, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
Dnipropetrovsk region, which has 62 operating preschools and secondary schools, where 136 children with disabilities are being trained, has become a leader of inclusive education. Also, 624 educational institutions of the region were equipped with ramps for students with special needs.
Meanwhile, there is an ongoing innovative project “Regional e-school.” This is an online school for children with special needs who are homeschooled because of their disabilities.
It must be noted that introduction of inclusive education is a part of National Program for Implementation of Convention on Rights of Disabled and Handicapped 2020. Within this national project ensuring the realization of rights and meeting of needs for persons with disabilities – on equal basis with other citizens of Ukraine – the government will allocate over 14 billion UAH till 2020.
Experts note that, to date, the project involved 1,5000 of the best teachers in the region, who develop the training materials and render educational and psychological consulting. Website of the Internet school posted 518 lessons and training courses for free access.
Also, according to government experts, the only Ukrainian department of “correctional pedagogics” (training the high-quality teachers and psychologists in work with children having special needs) is based at Dnipropetrovsk Regional Institute of Postgraduate Education.

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Committee supports resolution of no-confidence in government

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News / 2 December 2013 | 16:02

Committee supports resolution of no-confidence in government

Committee supports resolution of no-confidence in government

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building and Local Self-Government recommended the Parliament to consider a draft resolution on resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.
In particular, eight deputies of the committee members supported the initiative to adopt a resolution on Cabinet’s resignation. 

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PR deputies will not vote for Cabinet’s resignation

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News / 2 December 2013 | 15:53

PR deputies will not vote for Cabinet's resignation

PR deputies will not vote for Cabinet’s resignation

The Party of Regions faction in Parliament will not vote for the government’s resignation, head of the Party of Regions Oleksandr Yefremov told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports. 
“We do not see any agreements today. And we will not respond to ultimatums,” he said.

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Military theoretical training in military schools to be enhanced

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News / 2 December 2013 | 15:40

Military theoretical training in military schools to be enhanced

Military theoretical training in military schools to be enhanced

Ministry of Defense is planning to launch military schools in the framework of reforming the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
The ministry plans to establish military schools that will educate around 2,000 cadets on the basis of 3 training centers in Poltava, Kirovohrad and Mykolaiv regions.
Ministry officials say military schools will specialise in high social orientation. Thus, almost half of the cadets will be socially disadvantaged: from large families, orphans or those deprived of parental care.
At the same time, the transition of military education to the higher level will be helped by NATO. The NATO experts will advise Ukrainian colleagues in the field of modern methods of military-theoretical training, which will be applied at new military schools.
In general, a comprehensive program of development and reform of AFU involves modernization of military education, which should be a key element of successful reform and creation of a professional army, government analysts say. After all, the modern Armed Forces of Ukraine may be created only based on quality education of officers to be.
Military schools are a key element in the training of military personnel of the Ukrainian army, as the fighting capacity of the army largely depends on the practical “baggage” of knowledge and skills brought to the army by recent graduates. New military schools should be the foundation for highly skilled professionals for the modern professional army.

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Draft law on Cabinet’s resignation registered in Parliament

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News / 2 December 2013 | 15:27

Draft law on Cabinet's resignation registered in Parliament

Draft law on Cabinet’s resignation registered in Parliament

Draft decree on resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has already been registered in the Parliament and now is in the relevant committee, MP David Zhvania, chairman of the Parliament’s committee on state building and local government said at the Parliament’s conciliation board meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The draft decree has been already registered in Parliament,” he said, and added that this draft will be considered today at 2:00 pm in the committee.
According to him, the authors of the draft resolution are leaders of the opposition factions Arseniy Yatseniuk, Oleh Tyahnybok and Vitali Klitschko.

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