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Electronic Kindergarten project actively implemented in regions

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News / 6 February 2014 | 17:00

Electronic Kindergarten project actively implemented in regions

Electronic Kindergarten project actively implemented in regions

Ukraine actively implements an action plan pursuant to the program “Partnership “Open Government.”The program intends to develop e-government systems. In 2013, the program made a significant progress. One of the latest achievements is a noticeable shift in the “Electronic kindergarten” project. The announcement was made by Volodymir Seminozhenko, Chairman of the State Agency for Science, Innovation and Informatization, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
“Lately we can see a significant intensification of this initiative. Special activity and progress are demonstrated by a number of regions that have achieved a certain success in this matter,” he said.
Experts say the proposed model of e-kindergarten aims to simplify the whole process of admitting children in preschool institutions, eliminate queues and make the admittance procedure more transparent. In simple words, parents can put a child in kindergarten without leaving home.
Experts note Dnipropetrovsk region as a successful example, which has actually become a pioneer in introducing the system. In April 2013, on the initiative of local authorities a pilot project in kindergartens and cities of Marganets and Dneprodzerzhinsk was launched.
To date, all pre-schools in the Dnipropetrovsk region (over 950 kindergartens) are connected to a common portal “Electronic kindergarten.” Due to the active use of online kindergarten registration system, as of early December 2013 over 66,000 online kindergarten applications were processed. Also an interactive map of the region was commissioned, where you can go to a website of any kindergarten in the Dnipropetrovsk region and get useful information. For some institutions virtual 3D tours are available at the portal. It should be noted that online kindergarten registration to some extent has been launched in almost all regions of Ukraine.

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Poll: Majority of Ukrainians against seizure of administrative buildings

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News / 6 February 2014 | 16:55

Poll:  Majority of Ukrainians against seizure of administrative buildings

Poll: Majority of Ukrainians against seizure of administrative buildings

About 60% of Ukrainian citizens are against the seizure of administrative buildings, founder of the group of companies «R&B Group» Yevhen Kopatko told ForUm correspondent.
“60% of Ukrainians do not support seizure of the government buildings, 82% of them do not support it in the east and 25% in the west of Ukraine,” he said.
Kopatko released a poll data concerning the mood of Ukrainians in all regional centers of the country. “48 % of Ukrainians are experiencing anxiety, among them 47% in the east, 46% in the west; 35 % of Ukrainians feel hope; 19% – confusion, 16% – enthusiasm, 16% – fear, 10% – hopelessness,” the sociologist noted.
He stressed that out of six categories, 92% are negative characteristics and 52% are positive ones. 
In addition, according to the sociologist, only 20% of Ukrainians are not afraid of the threat of civil war. 38% say that such a threat exists. 31% believe that the probability is high.

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Three suspects in beating journalist Chornovil may be released

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News / 6 February 2014 | 16:48

Three suspects in beating journalist Chornovil may be released

Three suspects in beating journalist Chornovil may be released

The Prosecutor General’s Office may release Oleksandr Kotenko, Oleksandr Khramtsov and Andriy Nasikovsky arrested on suspicion of assaulting journalist Tetiana Chornovil due to absence of the event of a crime, deputy Prosecutor General Roman Andreev told a briefing.
“Their actions are most likely to lack event of a crime,” he said.
In turn, head of the Main Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry Mykola Chynchyn said that the case against the three suspects was set in separate criminal proceedings.
He stressed that, according to the police, three suspects were arrested and placed in custody since there was a need for this investigation. 

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Boiko states growing consumer gas debt

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News / 6 February 2014 | 16:41

Boiko states growing consumer gas debt

Boiko states growing consumer gas debt

Acting vice Prime Minister Yuri Boiko states the increase of consumer debt for gas.
This he told reporters in Kharkiv after participating in the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of establishment of the plant “Turboatom”.
“We have not been receiving gas payments for the last two months, particularly from those regions, in which authorities were eliminated,” Boiko said.
According to him, because of this gas debt grew by 4 billion hryvnia just for January, which put pressure on “Naftogaz of Ukraine” in terms of settlements with Russian partners.
“We are now working on this problem. Those, who now manage regional administrations in the western Ukraine, should understand that the time to pay the bills will come,” Boiko said.
He added that the debt increases mainly due to the west and those regions, in which the so-called People’s Councils came to power.

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State Financial Inspection to audit Budget 2014 compliance

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News / 6 February 2014 | 16:29

State Financial Inspection to audit Budget 2014 compliance

State Financial Inspection to audit Budget 2014 compliance

The Cabinet approved the core auditing operations of the State Financial Inspection of Ukraine (SFI) for 2014. The subject decree was approved by the government on Feb. 5, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The approval of the document enabled the SFI to carry out a comprehensive auditing of budget performance in terms of specific budget programs established to address social and economic problems of individual regions and the state as a whole.
Experts note that the main activities of the SFI for 2014 include monitoring activities in the ministries and other central executive bodies, enterprises, institutions and organizations that receive significant amounts of budget funds and use state property.
The SFI also intends to audit performance of the State target program of implementation in the educational process of general educational institutions of Information and Communication Technologies “One Hundred Percent” for the period 2011-2013 during the period up to 2015, for the reporting 2014, and the National Program of fighting against cancer for the same periods of time during the period up to 2016.
The supervisory bodies of the agency will also audit local budgets of Transcarpathian and Zhytomyr regions, as well as check the status of internal audit in five central executive bodies in 2014. The SFI also plans to audit State Treasury, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, State Water Resources Agency and State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service.

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Bondarenko: Radical groups develop in parallel with opposition

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News / 6 February 2014 | 16:17

Bondarenko: Radical groups develop in parallel with opposition

Bondarenko: Radical groups develop in parallel with opposition

Radical groups, which appeared among the activists on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square, have developed in a separate political force in parallel with the existing opposition. Director of the Institute of Ukrainian Politics Kostiantyn Bondarenko told this in commentary to ForUm correspondent.
According to him, representatives of Ukrainian intellectuals begin to support radical groups.
“Intellectual environment, the creative class, begins to lean to support radicals. We observe the process of radicalization or coalescence of the creative class and radical environment,” he said.
According to Bondarenko, the opposition lost control over Maidan because it failed to meet the radically minded activists.
“The agenda changed. The moment began to dictate more drastic actions. However, opposition leaders Yatsenyuk, Klitschko and Tyahnybok correspond more to the moods of a relatively peaceful period. As a rule, the period of conflict, the period of crisis, leads to a revision of the agenda and leaders. Therefore leadership projects very often lose their ratings,” the expert said.
“So far, Maidan has not bred new leaders, although in principle the process occurs. We see that the same “Right Sector” has active new leaders as Yarosh, Tarasenko and others, who are still raw for the policy. But it’s a matter of time and resources,” Bondarenko adds.

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Lytvytsky: Ukraine’s economy has all chances to grow

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News / 6 February 2014 | 16:02

Lytvytsky: Ukraine's economy has all chances to grow

Lytvytsky: Ukraine’s economy has all chances to grow

To restore economic growth, Ukraine needs to renew investment demand, adviser to the NBU head Valery Lytvytsky told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports. 
According to him, preconditions for that were formed with the recovery of GDP growth in the IV quarter of 2013.
“The recession is basically exhausted and can now be replaced by a lift. The real situation can be judged by results of the first quarter. If they are positive, an upward trend can be formed in the second year-half. The chances are very real,” the financier said.
He added that the decline in prices for imported gas significantly reduces the total cost of domestic imports and thereby reinforces the current account of the balance of payments. “In turn, the financial account balance must be supported with investments from Russia, China, as well as through foreign direct investment,” Lytvytsky said.
Meanwhile, macroeconomic role of the National Bank remains crucial, the expert stressed. “The regulator effectively supports the economy through hryvnia stability and maintains liquidity in the banking system. Thus, in 2013 the NBU largely mitigated the negative effects of trade disputes with Russia, fears of a new wave of global economic stagnation and other external factors,” Lytvytsky concluded.

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Ministry of Agrarian Policy intends to stabilize product prices

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News / 6 February 2014 | 15:48

Ministry of Agrarian Policy intends to stabilize product prices

Ministry of Agrarian Policy intends to stabilize product prices

Stabilization of the food price situation and prevention of price hikes is controlled by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, Ukraine’s Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, said at the teleconference of the Cabinet that in 2013, consumer food prices fell by 0.7%, including prices for fruits, buckwheat, butter, wheat flour, meat and fish that dropped significantly, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
However, according to him, the prices for fruit and vegetables were up in some regions. The local authorities that failed to fill storages with products and ensure favorable conditions for trade for producers will be held responsible. This is the reason for the situation in some regions where a manufacturer incurs losses whereas retailers receive super profits.
Prysyazhnyuk noted that successful agricultural performance in 2013 is a strong evidence of the stable food situation in the country.
In 2013, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, production of vegetables in Ukraine exceeds the needs of the population. In particular, potatoes – by 3.5 times, beet – 1.7, carrots – 1.4, cabbage and onions – 1.3 times. The overproduction of vegetables in Ukraine (the production of vegetables in the country is about 11-12 million tons with domestic consumption of 7.5 million tons annually) allows to adjust and significantly cut consumer prices. For example, the price of potatoes in Ukraine is lower than that in Russia by nearly 30%, cabbage and carrots – by 1.5 times.

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