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Government allocates UAH 800.000 to families of killed in Kharkiv Hartron fire

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News / 15 January 2014 | 17:01

Government allocates UAH 800.000 to families of killed in Kharkiv Hartron fire

Government allocates UAH 800.000 to families of killed in Kharkiv Hartron fire

Ukraine’s government has allocated UAH 800.000 to Kharkiv Regional State Administration from the state budget reserve fund to provide material assistance to the families of eight people killed in a fire at Kharkiv Hartron plant – UAH 100.000 each.
The government took such decision at its sitting on Wednesday, according to a post on its web site.
Kharkiv Regional State Administration must in a week-term approve the list of expenses meant to provide assistance to the families, allocate money, and by March 1, 2014 submit the report on the use of money, Interfax-Ukraine informed.
As reported, eight people were killed, seven injured in a fire that broke out in January at Kharkiv Jewelry Factory, which is located on the territory of Hartron plant in Kharkiv. Twenty-two people were rescued. The cause of the fire and the damage are being established.

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New grain transfer terminal will be built at Odesa port

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News / 15 January 2014 | 16:50

New grain transfer terminal will be built at Odesa port

New grain transfer terminal will be built at Odesa port

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will grant a loan of 60 million USD for construction and development of a new grain transfer terminal at Odessa Commercial Sea Port. The project will be performed by LLC Brooklyn-Kiev, one of the leading port’s stevedores. The new terminal will allow to handle around 4.5 million tons of grain annually, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Also, the project is supported by a major global commodity trader Louis Dreyfus Commodities. It intends to invest another 43.8 million USD in the project. The two companies are experienced in working with the Odessa port infrastructure. On Oct. 17, 2013 the trader and Brooklyn-Kiev signed an agreement on joint development of the grain terminal. In particular, they plan to build up the terminal capacity to 240,000 tons by August 2014.
It was previously reported that the State Enterprise Odessa Commercial Sea Port intended to invest 30 million USD of own funds in the project. 
Currently the terminal capacity is 70,000 tons.  It is planned to increase the terminal capacity to 33 storages with total capacity 241,000 in three phases. The terminal will allow to receive Panamax class ships carrying up to 60,000 tons of cargo. The terminal will be equipped with a berth 254 m length and 13.5 m deep.
According to experts, new investment shows that the policy of the government to implement the Strategy of sea ports development till 2038 shows a positive results. As expected, investment is coming, the modernization process goes on.

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Urban infrastructure for disabled to be improved

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News / 15 January 2014 | 16:33

Urban infrastructure for disabled to be improved

Urban infrastructure for disabled to be improved

Through the “National Program for implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2020”, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Utility Services proposed to supplement Article 27 of the Law of Ukraine “On basis of social protection of the disabled in Ukraine” with the appropriate provision on mandatory adaptation of the existing facilities for the needs of people with disabilities, and establish a strict liability of the owners, asset holders, tenants of such facilities for violation of those rules, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
This legislative initiative will apply the best practices of the EU and create an appropriate and effective mechanism to adapt the infrastructure facilities (shops, malls, pharmacies, public transport) for the needs of people with disabilities, the government experts note. For many of our fellow citizens a usual way down from the seventh floor to the courtyard, a hospital visit or a trip by public transport is already a challenge, which is not always possible to meet, as the facilities are not adapted for handicapped people.
Government experts say one of the major issues of social policy today is integration of people with disabilities in the full life of the country, and without an adequate urban infrastructure, which would take into account the needs of handicapped people, this cannot be achieved.
Creation of an urban infrastructure system for people with disabilities will help integrate the disabled into the full life of the society. It will create conditions for the effective participation of the disabled in the market and economic relations. And it will increase the number of working people with disabilities (today in Ukraine, one of two disabled works – over 750,000 people). Indeed, 80% of the disabled are the persons of employable age who can work and benefit the Ukrainian economy and society, if we create humane conditions of work for them, analysts say. In addition, it should be taken into account that according to the International Labor Organization, exclusion of the disabled people from the labor market costs 7% of gross domestic product in the countries’ economies.

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Experts: Ukraine’s economy can stabilize in few years

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News / 15 January 2014 | 16:14

Experts: Ukraine's economy can stabilize in few years

Experts: Ukraine’s economy can stabilize in few years

Ukraine’s economy can stabilize in 2-3 years, director of the Institute for Economic Research and Political Consulting Ihor Burakovsky told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
According to him, the main economic stabilization may occur in 2-3 years, and then it is necessary to carry out actively the institutional reform during 5-7 years. “For this purpose, the annual GDP growth rate should not be less than 5-7%. Then the country will change,” the expert said.
In turn, scientific consultant of the Razumkov Centre Volodymyr Sidenko reminded of the anti-crisis experience of Greece and Spain, which reached the primary economic stabilization for 1.5-2 years.

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Court bans rallies in Kyiv till March 8

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News / 15 January 2014 | 15:58

Court bans rallies in Kyiv till March 8

Court bans rallies in Kyiv till March 8

The Kyiv District Administrative Court banned protesters to hold rallies, use loudspeakers and set the stage in the capital during the period from January 8 till March 8, 2014.
Such court decision brought by a claim of the Kyiv City State Administration on January 6 was promulgated in the Single State Register of judgments.
According to the court decision, the ban applies to the UDAR parliamentary faction, Kyiv city organization of political parties “Batkivshchyna”, Ukrainian public organization “People’s solidarity for social protection and mutual aid”, as well as other organizations and associations, “which realize the right to peaceful assembly.”

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Farm machinery leasing simplified

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News / 15 January 2014 | 15:47

Farm machinery leasing simplified

Farm machinery leasing simplified

The Cabinet has announced plans to improve the terms of leasing for agricultural machinery via NAC Ukragroleasing in 2014. It was discussed during a progress meeting regarding development and implementation of investment projects aimed to develop agricultural machine building. During the meeting, progress of various tasks (envisioned in the State Program of Active Economic Development for 2013-2014) has been reviewed, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
“Ukraine has prospects of increasing the grain yield up to 80 million tons. However, a major upgrade is necessary to implement such significant potential. Especially, for small and medium-sized farmers. But this requires significant financial resources. So, last year, the government started the effort to facilitate participation of farmers in leasing programs for purchase of machinery. In particular, mechanism of financial leasing through NAC Ukragroleasing is being improved,” said Mykola Prisyazhnyuk, Ukraine’s Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food. 
The minister noted that intensive work is ongoing to facilitate the terms for leasing the agricultural machinery and equipment. Last year, Ukragroleasing supplied the farmers with machinery and equipment for nearly 87 million UAH, which is 20 million more than in 2012.
The minister said 14,000 machines were added to the fleet of agricultural machinery in Ukraine in 2013. In particular, nearly 4,000 tractors, over 1,000 grain combine harvesters, over 2,000 tilling and 1,400 seeding machines.
The government also intends to intensify the efforts to upgrade the agricultural fleet by accelerating serial production of domestic combine harvesters. During the meeting, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov gave several instructions on the issue.

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ECHR dismissed petition of EuroMaidan activists

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News / 15 January 2014 | 15:34

ECHR dismissed petition of EuroMaidan activists

ECHR dismissed petition of EuroMaidan activists

The European Court of Human Rights dismissed the petition of EuroMaidan activists, in which they asked to instruct the Ukrainian government to refrain from intervention in the protests, justice minister Olena Lukash told a briefing in the Cabinet of the Minister, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Few people know, but Europe has already responded to calls from Maidan representatives. December 23, 2013, the Justice Ministry received a letter from the ECHR on the case “Danevych and others vs. Ukraine”,” she said.
According to the minister, in the letter to the Government, it was reported that on 17 December 2013, the Chamber of the European Court denied the applicant’s request, in which they asked to instruct the government of Ukraine to refrain from intervention in the mass protests by blocking of protesters or forced disperse.
The minister noted that the ECHR decided that the applicants had not proved the presence of individual risk.

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Lukash offers to amend law on amnesty

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News / 15 January 2014 | 15:22

Lukash offers to amend law on amnesty

Lukash offers to amend law on amnesty

The law “On elimination of negative impacts and prevent the prosecution and punishment on the events that took place during the peaceful assembly” should be amended, justice minister Olena Lukash told a briefing at the Cabinet of Ministers, ForUm correspondent reports.
“The law of Ukraine “On elimination of negative impacts and prevent the prosecution and punishment on the events that took place during the peaceful assembly “, which is also called as the law on amnesty, is a political compromise and does not include any words about amnesty,” Lukash said.
She noted that this law actually introduces new legal institution for national legislation that is not provided by either the Constitution or the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Lukash said that given into account the fact that each article of this law fully or partially contradicts the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Law of Ukraine “On amnesty”, the implementation of this law in practice is problematic.
“If you want to know why it happened, you should ask the authors of this bill,” Lukash said.
According to her, in order to implement this law it is necessary to put the provisions into correspondence with other laws.

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