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Yanukovych, Azarov, Arbuzov discuss passing of regional budgets

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 17:00

Yanukovych, Azarov, Arbuzov discuss passing of regional budgets

Yanukovych, Azarov, Arbuzov discuss passing of regional budgets

Regional budgets for 2014 should be passed, taking into account economic characteristics of each region, President Viktor Yanukovych said at the meeting with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov.
According to the President, regional budgets should be aimed at socio-economic development and infrastructure development. “We all know these features – the structure of the economy and priorities in each region,” Yanukovych said.
The President stressed that Ukraine needs efficient economy. 
He noted that in the near future a meeting with a wide range of experts on this issue will be held. 

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Passenger traffic through Ukrainian airports grows

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 16:58

Passenger traffic through Ukrainian airports grows

Passenger traffic through Ukrainian airports grows

Passenger traffic through the Ukrainian airports was up by 15.2% in December 2013 compared with December 2012. General air passenger volume through Ukraine exceeded 7% last year, Oleksandr Vilkul Vice Prime Minister said, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Analysts explain that such performance is achieved due to new carriers and large-scale infrastructure projects on reconstruction of domestic airports. The Agreement on Common Aviation Space (“Open Sky”) signed by Ukraine and the EU was initialed in November, 2013. The government has succeeded in liberalizing the air service between Ukraine and countries like Georgia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates (the UAE), Spain.
Experts also note that U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Ukraine Category I according to IASA safety program last autumn. Now, Ukrainian airlines will be able to expand the geography and open the flights  to Canada, Australia and Japan. The Ukraine International Airlines plans to resume Kyiv – New York flights this spring.
The steps taken by the government allow to increase transit flights through Ukraine and contribute to the development of other sectors. The government keeps negotiating with the leaders of foreign countries for cooperation in this area.
Resumed direct long-haul flights from the Borispil International Airport (KBP, Kyiv) to India, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam are among the achievements of the past year, analysts point out.
Ukraine started 37 new international air routes, including 20 routes by domestic carriers and 17 by foreign companies, in 2013. New flights include Germany, Spain, Tunisia, Russia, Kazakhstan, the UAE, Italy, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Georgia etc.

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Korolevska instruct set up warming centers in regions

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 16:53

Korolevska instruct set up warming centers in regions

Korolevska instruct set up warming centers in regions

Social policy minister Natalia Korolevska instructed heads of regional social institutions to provide the required amount of warming centers in the regions due to deteriorating weather conditions, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Frosts have come to Ukraine. Such weather will last for almost two weeks, so we need to mobilize the work, take care of the required amount of warming centers,” she told a press conference.
Korolevska stressed that social workers should work intensively.
“No one should be left without attention. It is necessary to take pensioners, veterans, and low-income single people under special control,” she said.

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Expert: Laws of "January 16" are almost identical copy of European norms

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 16:45

Expert: Laws of "January 16" are almost identical copy of European norms

Expert: Laws of "January 16" are almost identical copy of European norms

The laws, adopted in Ukraine on January 16, including new norms of holding mass protests and rallies, have been patterned after European legislation, expert Vladyslav Starynets told a press conference, a ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“We head in the European direction, but the problem is that political strategists misuse the European practice. They give fragmented information and turn the events upside down,” the expert said. 

“I’ve participated in many rallies in Europe, but it has never occurred to anybody there to wear a mask or storm administrative building. The fact is that according to the legislation of France or Italy, for example, wearing a mask during a rally is a punishable offence, and offenders face up to 1.5 thousand euro of fine, while fines for holding rallies in unauthorized or forbidden place go off the scale,” Starynets pointed out.

According to him, if Ukraine agrees that Europe is its civilized choice, we must accept European laws as well, including those on principles of holding rallies.

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Barricades out of burnt busses erected in Hrushevsky Street

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 16:32

Barricades out of burnt busses erected in Hrushevsky Street

Barricades out of burnt busses erected in Hrushevsky Street

Protesters in Hrushevsky Street in Kyiv began to construct barricades out of burnt police buses, ForUm correspondent reports.
They rocked one of the buses and overturned it. Now activists are trying to move it with the help of ropes.
Another part of the protesters behind the barricades are trying to communicate with law enforcement officers. They respond to it positively.
The policemen were amused at a girl holding a poster:, reading “I will marry a “Berkut” officer, who will come over to people’s side”.
In addition, priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate stay behind the barricades. They serve prayer and sometines bless protesters and police officers.

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Ukroboronprom profits over 0.5 billion UAH in 2013

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 16:20

Ukroboronprom profits over 0.5 billion UAH in 2013

Ukroboronprom profits over 0.5 billion UAH in 2013

The unification of the state owned defense enterprises into a single concern was a successful decision made by the government, as shown by Ukroboronprom’s positive performance in 2013, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
In accordance with Ukrainian Accounting Standards, the Ukroboronprom’s participating companies (134 Ukrainian defense enterprises in total) received a net profit in the amount of 522 million UAH in 2013.
The annual growth of production at the enterprises was 22% YOY. On the whole, the production of the state concern amounted to 12.97 billion UAH in 2013. Sales grew by 17% (up to 14.95 billion UAH). It is noteworthy that even very unprofitable enterprises demonstrated growth.
Thus, during the year manufacturers of air defense systems, radar equipment, missiles and artillery, and communications were able to overcome the crisis and end the period with a total profit of 7.5 million UAH, as opposed to losses of 62 million UAH in the first half of 2012.
The total growth of the average salary at the concern enterprises was 10% (3,276 UAH). All outstanding salaries have been paid in full, and work efficiency increased by 31%.
Experts point out that this positive financial dynamics indicates that Ukroboronprom enterprises have a sufficient technical and scientific capacity to uphold the Ukraine’s high positions among the world’s leading arms exporters and to become a backbone of the Ukrainian economy. After all, the Ukrainian Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) is performing 60 modern hi-tech projects. It has a unique technology in the field of radar equipment, air defense, missile and artillery systems, and active armored protection. In addition, domestic MIC experts were able to create a system of precision destruction, which is unparalleled in other countries.

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Kyiv authorities call on citizens to form vigilante groups

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 16:12

Kyiv authorities call on citizens to form vigilante groups

Kyiv authorities call on citizens to form vigilante groups

Deputies of the Kyiv council call upon citizens to form vigilante groups to secure public order in the city streets.

According to deputy Alla Shlapak, extremism being observed in Kyiv streets is scary. “People have lost the feeling of safety. Fear is the only feeling that unites Kyiv residents now,” she said at a press conference, dedicate to the situation in Kyiv, a ForUm’s correspondent reports.

The official noted that in the so-called governmental quarter there are ten educational establishments with total of five thousand children studying there, but their security can be provided by teachers and parents only, as the law enforcement forces are heavily involved into conflict zones.

She has called on parents of school and kindergarten children to hold meetings and decide on security. “Parent can form vigilante groups to provide security to their children,” the deputy proposed.

In turn, deputy of the Kyiv council Yuri Dmytruk noted that a law of Ukraine authorizes citizens to form vigilante groups. According to him, such practice was used during Euro-2012, when citizens along with law enforcement officers were patrolling the streets, and this approach proved itself efficient.

“As of now there are 12 516 members of vigilante groups registered in Kyiv. They do not have special equipment and they are not paid any salary for their services,” he said and added that anyway vigilantes must have some identification badges, which can be issued at the expense of the city budget.

Deputies of the Kyiv council believe that regular people will trust vigilantes.

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Competition development program to be approved

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2014


News / 21 January 2014 | 15:57

Competition development program to be approved

Competition development program to be approved

Larisa Kolesnik, State Commissioner and Deputy Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine presented draft Law on ratification of the National Program for development of competition in 2014-2024 in the “Agenda” program on First Ukrainian radio channel. The key objective of the program is development of competition on the markets where it’s virtually non-existent. Draft program approved by experts on competition policy in the US, Europe and CIS countries, was discussed and approved at the local level, Larisa Kolesnik said, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The provisions of the National Program for development of competition in 2014-2024 are designed to work in three directions. The first direction is work on the markets with effective competition, e.g. trade in Ukraine. According to Larisa Kolesnik, the main efforts will be made in the second direction – to promote development of effective competition on the markets where it is absent or poorly represented. These are the markets for housing and communal services (HCS), electric power, oil refining, construction materials. This market in Ukraine accounts for about 46% of the sales of goods.
The program envisions expansion of competition on these markets, ensuring quality and price of services that suits the majority of citizens. According to experts, the program establishes a list of measures to improve efficiency of competition on these markets: reducing barriers to enter and exit the market, the development of infrastructure on these markets, etc.
The third area of the Program concerns markets where competition is impossible, such as, for example, natural monopolies. But achievement of a higher level of service and of a sufficient price change on such markets is possible, experts say. This requires some changes in the institutionalization of approaches to markets regulation. The example is the reform of the wholesale electricity market, which moved away from a model of the competitive market to the model of contractual relations.

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