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Cabinet provides land for Bionic Hill infrastructure

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News / 13 January 2014 | 16:54

Cabinet provides land for Bionic Hill infrastructure

Cabinet provides land for Bionic Hill infrastructure

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 9, 2014, the Cabinet passed a resolution to change the purpose of communal land plots (total area 12.7 hectares) in permanent use of public utility “Svyatoshin Aesthetic Forest.” They will be reclassified from forestry stock to lands for industry, transport, communications, and energy – with further transfer for permanent use to municipal corporation “Kyivavtodor” for building of an access road and offsite utilities to innovation park Bionic Hill, a component of National Project Technopolis, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
This decision was made to ensure the necessary infrastructure and efficient logistics for construction of the first high-tech innovation park Bionic Hill in the country; active phase of construction began in the fall of 2013.
The Bionic Hill concept envisions establishment of innovation ecosystem “Live – Work – Study – Relax” and aims to build a unified platform for business development and comfortable environment for work and living of experts in the field of high end technology.
Priority areas of innovation park include information and communication technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, energy saving and efficiency. The project envisions office space for Ukrainian and international companies, research-development centers, and pure high-tech industry.
Stage 1 of the project will be launched in 2015. By that time, Technopark will be provided with research and business centers, housing for IT experts, a fitness center, and social infrastructure – cafes, pharmacies, shops. The project will be fully completed by 2020. The total cost of the project is about 1 billion USD.

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Ukraine urges foreign states to show restraint while assessing internal events

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News / 13 January 2014 | 16:48

Ukraine urges foreign states to show restraint while assessing internal events

Ukraine urges foreign states to show restraint while assessing internal events

Ukraine expects the foreign states and organizations to show restraint while assessing the events, associated with the issues of internal development.
This was discussed at the meeting of heads of Ukrainian public authorities with the heads of diplomatic missions of the EU, U.S. and Canada. The meeting participants discussed the events, which took place near Sviatoshynsky district court in Kyiv on January 10-11, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reports.
According to the report, the Ukrainian party at a meeting with the ambassadors was represented with foreign minister Leonid Kozhara, deputy interior minister Viktor Ratushniak, first deputy health minister Oleksandr Kachur, deputies Prosecutor General Viktor Voytsishen and Liliya Frolova, first deputy chief of the Security Service of Ukraine Volodymyr Totsky.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that the case of “Vasylkiv terrorists” has no relation to the mass events on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square in Kyiv, but could be used as an excuse for provocation.
“Representatives of some political forces tried to block the trial and incite those present to attack the judges in the performance of their duties. Some MPs, hiding behind their status, were engaged in violent confrontation with security forces, blocked the courthouse and the roadway around it,” the press service informs.
Ukraine expects that foreign states and organizations will refrain from supporting illegal actions, attempts to undermine national peace, and instead make a contribution to the stabilization of the situation in the country.
At the same time, the Government of Ukraine is ready to dialogue with international partners on these issues with the proviso that it will be held in a constructive spirit, in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect.

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Ukraine ranks 62nd in ICT rating

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News / 13 January 2014 | 16:30

Ukraine ranks 62nd in ICT rating

Ukraine ranks 62nd in ICT rating

Ukraine ranks 62 in the world rating of use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education. In fact, it has moved up 40 positions in this area over the past three years, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
“Five years ago Ukraine was on the presumption of the first hundred countries by use of ICT in education processes. Today, Ukraine holds 62nd position, having moved 40 positions up for the last three years. It is ICT technologies that must place the Ukrainian education on a new quality orbit,” Dmytro Tabachnik, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, said.
According to the Ministry of Education and Science, 2,700 school computer classes were equipped last year. The number of student was 32 per computer in early 2010, whereas it was 21 in late 2013.
The first phase of the “Open World” National Project was completed last August. At that time, 54 schools had access to the Internet, tablets, netbooks, digital laboratories for chemistry, biology and physics, interactive multimedia systems. Government analysts say that the ministry plans to complete the full computerization and provide Internet connection for Ukrainian schools by 2015.
The national project “Open World” is implemented by the State Agency for Investment and National Projects under the patronage of the president. The “Open World” is aimed to modernize the education system of Ukraine, educate highly advanced technical experts and enhance the country’s competitiveness. This project is particularly important for rural schools, where over 40% of students do not have a home computer.
“The level and quality of education, on par with European schools, will ensure highly trained graduates with a broad outlook. The only way to educate such a competitive graduate is to use modern information and communication technologies,” Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul said.

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Yefremov: Opposition’s demands aimed at state collapse

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News / 13 January 2014 | 16:15

Yefremov: Opposition's demands aimed at state collapse

Yefremov: Opposition’s demands aimed at state collapse

Leader of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov believes that the opposition’s demands, put forward during the conciliatory board of the Verkhovna Rada, are aimed at the collapse of the state. 
According to Yefremov, dismissal of interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko will lead to the collapse of the Interior Ministry system. “Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko insists on dismissal of interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and disbandment of the “Berkut” Special Forces. We cannot agree with his prerogative to destroy the system of internal bodies. Neutralizing all the law enforcement agencies is a crime against the state and the people,” Yefremov said in the Parliament, ForUm correspondent reports.
He also criticized the opposition’s demand to listen to the report of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka on why the Law “On elimination of negative impacts and prevention to prosecution and punishment of persons regarding the events that took place during the peaceful assembly” is not effective. 
“They want the Prosecutor General to report on the document, which they consciously voted for in the Parliament, without giving the Prosecutor a chance to work on the document. Our colleagues should learn to work in the Parliament or resign from their posts,” he said.

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State financial support to farmers proves effective

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News / 13 January 2014 | 16:00

State financial support to farmers proves effective

State financial support to farmers proves effective

The government actively supports the agricultural sector and the agrarians. Thus, special financial instruments have been introduced to provide rural areas with the required funds for the spring and autumn field work, and the harvest. For several years, farmers have received interest-free funds, through participation in the forward programs. In addition, the villagers are given the opportunity of using the mechanism of warehouse receipts, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
This is particularly important given the fact that about 25% of foreign exchange revenue to the state budget from exports are provided by the agricultural sector. At the same time Ukrainian food has become an integral component of global food security. And this is not only due to our country’s global leadership on the market of grain and oilseed. Recently, Ukraine has been actively increasing the export of finished agricultural products.
As noted by government analysts, at the president’s request, for several years the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food has been searching for the best ways of raising funds for farmers.
“Clearly, the loans offered by commercial banks are a burden for producers, and international grain traders are in no hurry to finance future harvest. And so the state assumes those functions. In particular, the mechanism of financing the agro-industrial complex in the high seasons – spring and fall field work, as well as the harvest, is still being developed,”Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Mykola Prysyazhnyuk said. 
Among the optimal financial instruments that are available for farmers, experts called primarily the forward purchases and warehouse receipts. According to the relevant ministry, about 1 million tons of grain for over 1 billion UAH are bought annually by the Agrarian Fund of forward mechanisms. The State Food and Grain Corporation, with loans and commitments to China, performs the forward procurements as well. In this case the agricultural producer gets about 2 billion UAH without interest.

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Prysiazhniuk: Budget revenues from agricultural sector grows up by 37% since 2010

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News / 13 January 2014 | 15:47

Prysiazhniuk: Budget revenues from agricultural sector grows up by 37% since 2010

Prysiazhniuk: Budget revenues from agricultural sector grows up by 37% since 2010

The budget inflow provided by domestic farmers in 2013 made up 47 billion hryvnia. Thus, revenues have grown by 37% since 2010. This figure has become one of the largest among all industries. In this regard, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food will insist on strengthening budgetary support for agribusiness while adopting the budget for 2014 in the Verkhovna Rada. 
“Last year, the agricultural sector remained the revenue generating sector of the domestic economy. Summarizing the results of the year 2013, we expect 47 billion hryvnia of revenues from agribusiness. It is worth noting that filling the budget revenues is growing steadily every year. In particular, since 2010, this figure has increased by 37%. This is a significant increase,” minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said.
He noted that the agricultural sector is one of the leaders in pumping up the budget among the domestic industries. Simultaneously, budget support for the industry is not sufficient.

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Church shouldn’t interfere in politics, Rybak says

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News / 13 January 2014 | 15:34

Church shouldn't interfere in politics, Rybak says

Church shouldn’t interfere in politics, Rybak says

Church should not interfere in political life of the country, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Rybak said, commenting on the letter of the Culture Ministry to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on the participation of its representatives in mass actions.
“I listened to the speech of the church representatives this Sunday on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square. They said that they came to pray, but I did not hear a prayer as such. I heard the calls. To my mind, the church should not be involved in politics and in power,” he told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.
Rybak noted that church representatives can pray on Maidan Nezalezhnosti. “In my opinion, the church may conduct prayers on Maidan, but they should not engage in politics,” he said.

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Plan for safe consumption and environmental labeling system development approved

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News / 13 January 2014 | 15:20

Plan for safe consumption and environmental labeling system development approved

Plan for safe consumption and environmental labeling system development approved

Ukraine’s Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has approved a Plan for safe consumption and environmental labeling system development. Information about healthy products will now become available to every Ukrainian, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Oleg Proskuryakov, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, approved the Plan for joint actions 2014 between the Ministry and scientific and public organizations. In accordance with international and European standards, the Ukrainian government will develop opportunities for enhancing environmentally safe consumption and eco-labeling in Ukraine. Application of the best European and international practices in compliance with the healthy society criteria will enable Ukraine to become a truly developed and prosperous country with a strong economy and a healthy nation.
The actions approved by the Ministry will help join resources in order to increase awareness and knowledge of institutions, organizations and consumers in the field of technical regulations for environmental protection, environmental management, cleaner production and eco-friendly consumption. In particular, it is planned to hold a series of information campaigns, seminars and trainings. Government experts say development of environmental standards will become the basis for improving the quality of food in the near future.
Ukrainians will be encouraged to switch to voluntary application of national and regional standards. The population will receive integrated controls of food safety based on the principle “from the Field to the Table” on the basis of international and European standards. In general, in the near future it will be possible to observe development of environmental certification and labeling of products, ensuring increased access of Ukrainian goods to foreign markets and improvement of consumer protection.

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