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Budget to fully fund sports in 2014

Posted by the Editor on January 28, 2014


News / 28 January 2014 | 16:58

Budget to fully fund sports in 2014

Budget to fully fund sports in 2014

According to the approved State budget 2014, the funding of physical culture and sports will significantly increase in Ukraine. Thus, the spending for this area in 2014 will amount to 4.2 billion UAH, which is by 25.2% (0.8 billion UAH) more year-on-year, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Experts say part of the allocated funds, namely 680.2 million UAH, will be used for the development of physical culture and sports in general.
Much of the money is budgeted for the preparation and participation of national teams in competitions at various levels. Thus, for the preparation and participation of teams in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia, in the II Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014, as well as in winter Deaflympics 2015, 83.1 million UAH is budgeted. It’s also worth noting that the State reserved 232.3 million UAH for development of sports and rehabilitation for disabled.
Experts say in 2014 Ukraine will hold the final tournament of the European Basketball Championship 2015. For proper preparation and holding of such a significant sporting event, 401.2 million UAH is budgeted for 2014.
Experts note that the sports events of international level are an important aspect of promoting a positive image of Ukraine. Thus, in August 2013, Ukraine already successfully held the junior European Basketball Championship (U- 16). The next important step will be to hold European Basketball Championship in 2015.

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Number of Ukrainians earning less than living wage decreases three-fold

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News / 28 January 2014 | 16:45

Number of Ukrainians earning less than living wage decreases three-fold

Number of Ukrainians earning less than living wage decreases three-fold

In 2013, the number of Ukrainians earning less than a living wage decreased, first deputy head of the State Statistics Service Vadym Pishcheiko said during a briefing “Socioeconomic situation in Ukraine on the results of 2013,” ForUm correspondent reports.
The press service of the State Statistics Service noted that the average monthly nominal salary of a regular employee for 2013 was 3265 UAH, which is 2.7 times higher than the minimum wage. Compared with 2012, wages increased by 7.9%.
In addition, the Service reported that the available income that can be used to buy goods and services in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 increased by 1.6 % and amounted to 303.6 billion UAH. Real available income in the third quarter of 2013 increased by 1.9 % compared to the corresponding period in 2012.

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Arrears of wages decreased last year in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 28, 2014


News / 28 January 2014 | 16:36

Arrears of wages decreased last year in Ukraine

Arrears of wages decreased last year in Ukraine

Arrears of wages significantly decreased in Ukraine in 2013, first deputy chairman of the State Statistics Service Vadym Pyshcheiko told the briefing “Social and economic state of Ukraine following 2013”, a ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“The arrears of wages keep decreasing, and it is a good factor. Though the amount of arrears remains big, a reducing trend is observed,” Pyshcheiko said.

According to him, the biggest negative factor is that more than 50% of arrears accrue to economically active enterprises, behindhand with salaries to personnel.

According to the press office of the State Statistics Service, the total amount of arrears of wages made 808.2 million hryvnias as of January 1, 2014, which is 9.6% less that at the beginning of 2013.

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State Statistics Service: Ukraine’s pension reform was inevitable step

Posted by the Editor on January 28, 2014


News / 28 January 2014 | 16:24

State Statistics Service: Ukraine's pension reform was inevitable step

State Statistics Service: Ukraine’s pension reform was inevitable step

Pension reform in Ukraine was an inevitable step, first deputy head of the State Statistics Service Vadym Pishcheiko said during a briefing “Socioeconomic situation in Ukraine on the results of 2013,” ForUm correspondent reports.
He noted that salaries account for only 40% in the structure of incomes of population. The remaining 60% comes from pensions, scholarships, social assistance, etc.
“In fact, we are a nation of dependents. 60% are spent on us. This is a huge burden on the budget. This actually forms the deficit. We can not serve our own needs. Pension reform was inevitable because Ukraine cannot today afford itself large army of pensioners, which has developed as a result of certain demographic circumstances,” Pishcheiko said.

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Cash bonuses for militaries to be increased

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News / 28 January 2014 | 16:12

Cash bonuses for militaries to be increased

Cash bonuses for militaries to be increased

The monthly cash bonuses for the military staff will be increased in 2014. The announcement was made by Defense Minister Pavel Lebedev,  who noted that improving social standards in the Armed Forces of Ukraine is a priority of the Defense Ministry. According to him, from Jan. 1, 2014 cash bonuses have been increased by 20%. He also assured the military that payments will be made on time and in full, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
This increase initiated by the defense ministry, was approved by the Cabinet on March 13, 2013. The cash payments to the Ukrainian military,  will increase quarterly from April 1, 2013. According to the MOD, by  July 1, 2014, the military pay will be doubled from  April 1, 2013. Thus, in the summer, the monthly bonus to a serviceman will be equal to his monthly salary.
According to defense ministry, the following military staff categories are eligible for bonuses: they are military staff, except soldiers and sailors of draft service, holding positions in the Navy, the Marine Protection of the State Border Service, military units, departments, agencies, institutions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
These include: land aviation specialists ensuring safety of aircraft and helicopters, officers of the Air Forces and Ground Forces, military pilots, employees of special units of the Armed Forces, Interior Ministry troops, border guards.
According to the authors, improving social standards of servicemen, including increasing bonuses, is the opportunity to raise the prestige of military service. For this purpose, the Ministry of Defense together with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Social Policy are implementing a number of social programs to enhance the prestige of military service.

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President accepts resignation of PM, Cabinet

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News / 28 January 2014 | 16:01

President accepts resignation of PM, Cabinet

President accepts resignation of PM, Cabinet

Ukrainian President accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and resignation of the entire Cabinet of Ministers.
 
The relevant Decree 52/ 2014 has been posted on the website of the President.
“Guided by the Article 115 of the Constitution of Ukraine and in accordance with paragraph 9 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine, I order: 1. To accept resignation of Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, which entails the resignation of the entire Cabinet. 2 . To accept resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. 3. To instruct the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to continue to fulfill its mandate until the new composition of the Cabinet is formed. 4. This Decree shall enter into force on the day of its publication,” the document says.

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Ukraine’s population decreases by 113 thousand in 2013

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News / 28 January 2014 | 15:57

Ukraine's population decreases by 113 thousand in 2013

Ukraine’s population decreases by 113 thousand in 2013

In 2013, the population of Ukraine decreased by 113.2 thousand people, first deputy head of the State Statistics Service Vadym Pishcheiko said during a briefing “Socioeconomic situation in Ukraine on the results of 2013,” ForUm correspondent reports.
According to Pishcheiko, population of Ukraine continues to decrease. At the same time, he noted that the mortality rate in the country in 2013 remained at the level of the previous year.
According to the State Statistics Service, as of 1 December 2013, the existing population in Ukraine was estimated at 45 439.8 thousand people. Since beginning of the year, the population decreased by 113.2 thousand people.
Birth rate, according to the agency, declined from 11.5 to 11.1 live births per one thousand people. Mortality rate remained at the level of the corresponding period in last year – 14.5%.
At the same time, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine marks the continuing downward trend in mortality before the age of 1 year: from 8.6 deaths per 1000 live births in January – November 2012 to 7.9 over the same period of 2013.

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Yanukovych meeting Füle

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News / 28 January 2014 | 15:50

Yanukovych meeting Füle

Yanukovych meeting Füle

Meeting of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle began in the President’s Administration. 
According to the President’s press office, the meeting is attended by head of the President’s Administration Andriy Kliuyev, advisor to the President of Ukraine – Head of the Main Directorate for International Affairs Andriy Goncharuk, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski.

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