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Ukrainian cities join Covenant of Mayors

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2014


News / 24 January 2014 | 16:58

Ukrainian cities join Covenant of Mayors

Ukrainian cities join Covenant of Mayors

Under the Covenant of Mayors founded by European Union, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, and Housing-Communal Services of Ukraine signed the Cooperation Covenant with Directorate General of European Commission for Energy. The Ministry of Regional Development was a national project coordinator, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
“The implementation of the EU project Covenant of Mayors in Ukraine will enhance the regional opportunities on introduction of the best practices of the energy-saving technology and getting the technical assistance,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Vilkul. 
The Covenant of Mayors was established by the European Union in 2008. It addresses the energy challenges of the European communities and climate issues of the mankind. To date, the Covenant involves over 4,000 local and regional authorities. They committed to improve the energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources in their areas.
Following these commitments, the signatories of the Covenant intend to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions to atmosphere in their territory (by 2020, by at least 20%), thus improving the environment and quality of life. This is stated in the program.

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Yanukovych meets with Fule

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News / 24 January 2014 | 16:43

Yanukovych meets with Fule

Yanukovych meets with Fule

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych held a meeting with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, the press service of the Head of State reports.
Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Kliuyev, Advisor to the President of Ukraine – Head of the Presidential Administration Main Office for International Affairs Andriy Honcharuk, Advisor to the President of Ukraine – Commissioner of Ukraine for Foreign Policy and Integration Processes Kostyantyn Yeliseyev and Director of the EEAS Department for Relations with Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia Gunnar Wiegand also took part in the meeting.

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Ukraine adopts a new railway standard

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2014


News / 24 January 2014 | 16:31

Ukraine adopts a new railway standard

Ukraine adopts a new railway standard

Domestic manufacturers of railway equipment now have an opportunity to manufacture the products in accordance with the new international standard. The Ministry of Infrastructure recommends Ukrainian enterprises producing railway transport to master the IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard, the ministry reported at the seminar-conference with representatives of domestic transport machine building enterprises and the head of the IRIS group Bernard Kaufman, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The ministry proposes that manufacturing plants to consider adopting a new standard to enhance the competitiveness of domestic products on the EU and CU markets. Volodymyr Kornienko, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, said at the meeting that manufacturers decide on whether to participate in the IRIS certification voluntarily.
“The Ministry of Infrastructure is interested in making sure that our Ukrainian factories meet modern international standards. This will improve their products, enhance their competitiveness. Being the central body of executive power in the transport sector, the ministry interested in supplying the Ukrainian Railways with high quality railway products. It is the aim of introducing IRIS. However, it is up to manufacturers to decide,” Kornienko said.
The concept of the new standard that determines the basic requirements for manufacturers, concentrates the improvement of all the logistics process, from production to supply. Ukraine will need 1,5-2 years to complete the IRIS certification process.
Experts say certification centers of the ministry will support introduction of the new standard. The Dnipropetrovsk railway certification center is the most competent body today which is why it will take care of consulting Ukrainian manufacturers who will make a decision to get the IRIS certificate.

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Political expert: Return to Constitution of 2004 can become a compromise

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2014


News / 24 January 2014 | 16:26

Political expert: Return to Constitution of 2004 can become a compromise

Political expert: Return to Constitution of 2004 can become a compromise

A return to the Constitution of 2004 can become a compromise between the government and the opposition, political analyst Vadym Karasev expressed this opinion during a press conference today, ForUm correspondent reports.
According to him, at this moment a return to the Constitution of 2004 may be more effective condition for politicians than the issue on early presidential elections.
At the same time, according to Karasev, abolition of the laws of January 16 has to become a precondition for the agreement between the government and the opposition.

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Volyn governor writes resignation letter

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News / 24 January 2014 | 16:15

Volyn governor writes resignation letter

Volyn governor writes resignation letter

Governor of the Volyn region Borys Klymchuk wrote a resignation letter, his assistant Valentyna Chernysh confirmed this information, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Yes, he wrote a resignation letter and told people about its content,” she said. 
According to Chernysh, Klymchuk’s statement has been already submitted to the Presidential Administration. 

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Financing of health care in 2014 is highest since independence

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News / 24 January 2014 | 16:05

Financing of health care in 2014 is highest since independence

Financing of health care in 2014 is highest since independence

The consolidated budget envisages 60.9 billion UAH to be spent on health care in 2014, which is up 6.3%, or 3.6 billion UAH year-on-year, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Ukraine’s health care will get about 4.9% of GDP (4.5% in 2012) in 2014. Moreover, 85% of the budget will include payments to medical personnel, whereas 15% will be used to purchase medications, to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure.
Experts say the 4.9% GDP funding level is the highest for the health care in Ukraine since independence. It should be noted that the World Health Organization recommends that countries allocate at least 5% of GDP to health care.
The budget for 2014 provides 150 million UAH as bonuses for the amount and quality of work for health care personnel and 140 million UAH for an investment project to supply health care facilities with modern high-tech medical equipment.
The 2014 budget also includes 625 million UAH to continue the upgrade of the fleet of ambulances (the most large-scale upgrade since independence). More ambulances and higher quality of service have been provided due to the Law of Ukraine “On emergency medical care” that came into effect in 2013. The law establishes a social standard for arrival of an ambulance to a patient – 10 minutes in the city and 20 minutes in rural areas.
Once the new ambulances are delivered to the regions, the overall level of equipping with modern cars in Ukraine will double on average and reach 60%. The standard that the Ministry of Health seeks is one ambulance per 10,000 inhabitants. For this, Ukraine needs to have 4,561 ambulances, government experts say.

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Ukraine hopes to find common ground with Russia on gas debt

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2014


News / 24 January 2014 | 15:52

Ukraine hopes to find common ground with Russia on gas debt

Ukraine hopes to find common ground with Russia on gas debt

Ukraine hopes to find a common ground with Russia on gas debt for 2013 in amount of 2.7 billion USD, which Gazprom demands to pay until January 25, deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boyko told reporters. 
“We are considering various options. There is an understanding that within the strategic partnership with Russia we will find a variant, mutually acceptable for both parties,” he said.

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Ukraine’s Higher Administrative Court refuses to recognize vote in parliament on January 16 illegal

Posted by the Editor on January 24, 2014


News / 24 January 2014 | 15:40

Ukraine's Higher Administrative Court refuses to recognize vote in parliament on January 16 illegal

Ukraine’s Higher Administrative Court refuses to recognize vote in parliament on January 16 illegal

On January 23, Ukraine’s Higher Administrative Court rejected a plaintiff’s request to open a lawsuit on declaring unlawful the vote in the Verkhovna Rada on January 16, the court’s press service reported.
The court ruled “to reject the plaintiff’s request to open proceedings in the administrative case on his lawsuit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on declaring action and inaction as unlawful.” 
Furthermore, the court decided to leave the appeal against the Verkhovna Rada without further consideration.

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