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Ministry of Health of Ukraine will expand ambulance fleet

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 16:37

Ministry of Health of Ukraine will expand ambulance fleet

Ministry of Health of Ukraine will expand ambulance fleet

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine will drastically expand its fleet of ambulances in early 2014. This was announced by Mykhailo Strelnikov, Head of Department of Medical Emergencies and Disaster Medicine of the Ministry of Health, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
Strelnikov has said that 1,423 different class ambulances have been purchased to date,  which will be handed over to the department early next year. The ambulances will be evenly distributed across all regions of Ukraine. They are 148 ‘reanimobiles,’ 1,068 emergency vehicles Type B, 207 emergency vehicles Type A.
“We expect the most massive upgrade of ambulance fleet since independence. So, to avoid imbalance in distribution, each region will get a different number of new vehicles. For example, Donetsk region will receive 138 vehicles, Kiev – 97, Kharkiv region – 95, Dnepropetrovsk – 101, Lviv – 85 vehicles. Also, Transcarpathian region will receive 31 ambulances, Volyn – 33, Sumy and Chernivtsi – 34, the city of Sevastopol – 2. Thus, all regions will be uniformly provided with quality ambulances that will help ensure the social standard of ambulance response – 10 minutes in the city and 20 in rural areas,” said Strelnikov.
Experts say the total number of new ambulances will be doubled. Experts estimate that Ukraine needs another 3,138 ambulances in order to meet the ambulance coverage standard – one ambulance for 10,000 persons. Experts say that two more procurements like this will help reach the objective.
Health Ministry experts note that the new ambulances are fully consistent with international standards and equipped with the latest high-tech medical equipment. Also, which is especially relevant for remote regions, new ambulances are adapted for driving on difficult roads and in all weather conditions.

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Permitting procedure for international haulage will be automated

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 16:14

Permitting procedure for international haulage will be automated

Permitting procedure for international haulage will be automated

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Association of International Road Carriers of Ukraine (AIRCU) signed the Action Plan to improve the efficiency of road transport in the field of international trucking in 2014, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
“We managed to do a lot through joint efforts this year. We have achieved an increase in the quota of permits of individual countries and changed the permit issue and registration procedure. There were some issues that we closed. Now the Ministry and AIRCU have identified the objectives that will help make 2014 even a greater success for international carrier,” said Volodymyr Kozak, Minister of Infrastructure.
The Ministry and AIRCU agreed to improve one-time and multi-permit issue procedures of the European Conference of the Ministers of Transport (ECMT) for international trucking in 2014. Thus, the distribution of permits required for road transportation in accordance with the ECMT will be automated in 2014.
The appropriate software has been already developed for that, experts explain. The system will ensure transparency of the ECMT permit issuance procedure. Applications from the carriers to obtain those permits for 2014 were received by the Commission for 20 working days, starting from Nov. 1. At the moment, there are 628 applications from the Ukrainian haulers to compete in distribution of ECMT permits. After the automated distribution, the results will be announced on the official website of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Also, the Ministry of Infrastructure plans to continue talks about a permit-free system for international trucking.

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Ukrainians buy more cars

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 15:48

Ukrainians buy more cars

Ukrainians buy more cars

For 11 months of 2013, Ukraine has imported more cars than in the entire 2012. Introduction of the disposal duty did not significantly affect the growth of imports. This is proven by statistics from the Ministry of Revenue and Duties. According to the ministry, from September to November 2013, Ukraine has imported 48,000 cars for a total of 662.2 million USD, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
Experts say there was a dip in supply during September. This was due to low demand because of excessive imports, they say. 
However, in October, the situation stabilized. According to Ministry of Revenue and Duties, Ukraine imported almost 14,000 vehicles for 242.2 million USD in October 2013. And in November, this amount reached 27,000 for 284 million USD.
While maintaining a positive dynamics, the December imports will exceed the figures for December 2012, analysts predict.
Experts remind that for 11 months of 2013, the imports of cars in Ukraine have already exceeded the same of the whole year 2012. From January to November 2013, Ukraine imported 289,300 cars for a total value of 3.4 billion USD against 205,000 vehicles for 3.247 billion USD in the year 2012.
According to the latest data, the new passenger vehicles are in higher demand. For 11 months in 2013, 160,000 new vehicles have been imported to Ukraine, for 2.7 billion USD.
Ukraine has also imported 11,100 new trucks for 208 million USD, which, however, was offset by the supply of used cars. From January to October 2013, 114,000 second hand trucks for 448.3 million USD hit Ukrainian roads.

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President calls for immediate adoption of state budget

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 15:32

President calls for immediate adoption of state budget

President calls for immediate adoption of state budget

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has held a meeting with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Rybak on the adoption of the state budget 2014 and the fulfillment of all social obligations in the framework of the budget for 2013, the press service of the President reports.
The Head of State has emphasized the importance of immediate adoption of the state budget 2014. “There has been no such situation before. The budget is ready, the state is waiting for the funding and we do not have this document,” the President said at the beginning of the meeting.
According to the President, they could continue the parliamentary session for another week. “We have always done so, by the way. We have adopted the budget in the last week of the year,” he noted.
In the course of the meeting, the President has stressed the importance of fulfilling all social obligations in the framework of the budget for 2013. Viktor Yanukovych drew attention of Mykola Azarov to the necessity of implementing all social payments by the end of the year. “I mean salaries, pensions and everything that concerns social protection. We must finish everything during this week; we shouldn’t postpone it till December 30 and 31,” the Head of State said.
In his turn, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov informed that the government was planning to fulfill all the tasks related to the budget for 2013 by December 30.  

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Ukrainian and Romanian companies to build ferry across Danube River

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 15:14

Ukrainian and Romanian companies to build ferry across Danube River

Ukrainian and Romanian companies to build ferry across Danube River

Ukraine’s Orlivka Ferry Complex LLC and Romania’s MBS-invest with support of English and Cypriot investors plan to launch ferry across the Danube River between Orlivka (Reni distinct of Odesa region) and Isaccea (Romania).
Director General of Orlivka Ferry Complex, MP of Odesa Regional Council Yuriy Dymchohlo said during public discussions on the detailed plan of the project in Reni district said that the construction would start in spring 2014, and at present documents for land are being drawn up and blueprints works are underway. It will take around one year to build the ferry complex, Interfax-Ukraine informed.
“Odesa Regional Administration and Reni District Administration are helping us today. If we successfully realize the project on the Orlivka-Isaccea ferry, the construction of the Odesa-Reni highway will be easier for the state to start. We’re waiting for a cabinet resolution on the opening of the international checkpoint near the future ferry complex,” Dymchohlo said.
The total investment in the project is not disclosed. Dymchohlo said that Ukraine plans to invest EUR 5 million, and Romania – EUR 20 million. It is planned to create a free economic zone with warehouses and infrastructure apart from the ferry complex.
It is planned that the ferry capacity will be 170,000 passenger cars and trucks a year.
The project on the construction of the ferry across the Danube River has been discussed since 1998. The principal agreement on the construction of the ferry between Romania and Ukraine was reached in 2006.

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Nearly 6 million Ukrainians visited wholesale markets of agricultural products

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 14:58

Nearly 6 million Ukrainians visited wholesale markets of agricultural products

Nearly 6 million Ukrainians visited wholesale markets of agricultural products

The government continues to implement the “State target program on creation of wholesale markets of agricultural products” (WMAP). Such markets are popular both among the population and among the producers of agricultural products. Thus, the markets Stolychnyi in Kyiv, Shuvar in Lviv, and Hospoda” in Donetsk have attracted more than 5.5 million Ukrainians for 3 years of operation. And almost 40,000 citizens managed to visit new market Azov, opened in Mariupol in 2013. Over 353,000 producers have sold their products there. They have sold 1.7 million tons of agricultural products, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
According to agrarian experts, such figures once again confirm the effectiveness of these facilities and the need to develop WMAP network throughout Ukraine. “For the third year there are wholesale markets of agricultural products in Ukraine, supported by the state. As of today, four markets have already started their work. And in total 12 entities have got WMAP status. And it is envisioned that in the long term WMAP network will cover the entire territory of Ukraine,” Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, said.
It is worth mentioning that in June 2009 the Cabinet approved the “State Target Program on creation of wholesale markets for agricultural products”. The program included creation of a network of 25 wholesale markets of agricultural products across Ukraine. The declared cost of the program is 4 billion UAH, of which 1.2 billion UAH is planned to be appropriated from the State Budget.
Under the program in Ukraine in 2009 Lviv market Shuva was reorganized to receive the status of the wholesale market of agricultural products, in 2011 two wholesale markets of agricultural products were created, Stolychnyi in Kyiv and Hospoda” in Donetsk. In 2012, construction of five more agricultural markets was completed: in Odessa, Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Kharkiv and Chernihiv. At the end of 2013, the first phase of the new wholesale market of agricultural products Azov opened in Mariupol. 27 million UAH was allocated for its construction from the state budget. Upon completion, the market area will total 10 hectares.

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Ukraine’s "Parajanov" drops out of Oscar race

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 14:36

Ukraine's "Parajanov" drops out of Oscar race

Ukraine’s "Parajanov" drops out of Oscar race

American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the long list of bidders in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”. Nine movies will compete for Oscar prize, however, Ukrainian “Parajanov” and Russian “Stalingrad” dropped out of the competition.
Shortlist of nominees will be named on January 16, and the announcement of the winner and the 86th award ceremony “Oscar” will be held on January 2, 2014.

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Lavrov: Eurasian integration structures open to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on December 23, 2013


News / 23 December 2013 | 14:18

Lavrov: Eurasian integration structures open to Ukraine

Lavrov: Eurasian integration structures open to Ukraine

Russia would like to see Ukraine the participant in Eurasian integration processes, foreign minister of the Russian federation Sergei Lavrov stated.
“Eurasian integration structures are open to other partners in the CIS. Of course, we are interested to see Ukraine the participant in these processes, providing it is the choice of the Ukrainian people. Results of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission meeting on December 17 made clear demonstration of the mutual disposition to work constructively,” Lavrov said.
“A major contribution to the strengthening of regional and international stability became integration efforts of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan within the framework of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space,” the minister added.

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