November 9, 2012

Ukraine is to introduce EU standards for phytosanitary free sale of agricultural products in Europe . This project will contribute to twinning, which should bring Ukrainian legislation to these standards. A workshop on this topic has been held in Poltava State Agrarian Academy . It was attended by phytosanitary services'experts not only from Ukraine , but also from Germany .

Ukraine exported agricultural production into sixty seven countries in the world. Therefore, failure to phytosanitary regulations may significantly hit the country rating . The representatives of Germany say that there were no quarantine claims to domestic producers . But EU quarantine measures should be implemented in Ukraine in order to secure both sellers and buyers for quality.

At the first stage of the program Ukraine needs to implement the so-called directive 2000/29 . It lists more than fifty categories of quarantine pests and diseases that do not allow agricultural production to be accepted in any country in the European Union. According to the directive local divisions of State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service should monitor performance of the task

November 8, 2012

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's statement

The Government is seriously concerned about the situation which arose regarding the counting of votes in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in some single-mandate constituencies.

As Prime Minister of Ukraine I've repeatedly spoken out about this.

Meanwhile, succession of events encourages us to officially call upon political parties and candidates, who're caught up in conflicts of counting votes, to stop these conflicts and to start a dialogue with each other.

The Government is ready to be instrumental in adjusting and conducting such a dialogue.

As it's known, the President of Ukraine has instructed the Prosecutor General to analyze facts of violation legislation during elections in single-mandate constituencies. To ensure the objectivity of the investigation, the President has decided to dismiss from position of Deputy Head of the Regional State Administration - as one of the candidates to MPs.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has formed a temporary investigatory commission to find out a state of compliance with the electoral law in some single-mandate constituencies.

The Government is ready to render help all these efforts.

In turn, I instruct the law enforcement authorities to sort out all the facts of violations that have occurred, to give them legal assessment and take appropriate steps for the legal response.

Of course, by the election results, we'll take into account all remarks of international observers to make election law more perfect to be fully in line with European standards and requirements.

I believe it's necessary to return to the development of the Electoral Code, which will make it possible to improve the electoral legislation effectively.

To that end, I instruct the Ministry of Justice, after the official announcement of the election results, to initiate conducting a roundtable with the participation of political parties, civil society organizations and experts to analyze the drawbacks revealed during the election campaign in 2012, and make suggestions for improving the electoral legislation.

Finally, I'd like to call upon all political parties, who're concerned about the fate of our country, to begin negotiations in order to build a broad coalition based on European values - for the consolidation of all healthy forces of society in order to further development and implementation of Ukraine 's European integration policy.

The Government cares about the protection of rare species of animals and plants

On November 7, 2012, the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the resolution "On the levying compensation for unlawful hunting, killing or damage of species of flora and fauna listed in the Red Book of Ukraine, as well as for destruction or deterioration their habitats (growth)." This document was presented by the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Eduard Stavytskyi at a Cabinet meeting.

The purpose of this resolution is to establish the rate of compensation for unlawful hunting of animals and plants, species of which are additionally included in the third edition of the Red Book in 2009 (445 species).

The existing compensation rates were significantly lower against those specified, particularly for hunting animals. This situation makes objects of Red Book less protected against the widespread species of flora and fauna. The last compensation rates have been re-counted in 1993. In the adopted act, according to expert conclusions of research institutions and including inflation processes, the compensation rates have been increased 10 times in an average for species of animals and plants. Instead, for the most vulnerable and commercially important species, compensation rates have been increased 40 or more times. First of all it concerns the dolphins, bison, birds of prey and sturgeon fish.

World's highest hydro plant with Kharkiv-made turbines launched in Mexico

KYIV, November 8 /UKRINFORM/. The world's highest hydroelectric power plant, electricity generation at which will be provided by two turbines made at Kharkiv's production enterprise Turboatom, was launched in Mexico , the MFA press service told UKRINFORM Thursday.

"November 6, 2012, the Mexican state of Nayarit conducted ceremonial commissioning of the hydroelectric power plant La Yesca, which is located on the Rio Grande de Santiago. Electricity at this power plant will be generated by two hydroelectric turbines produced at Kharkiv's enterprise Turboatom with a total capacity of 750 megawatts," the Ukrainian Embassy in Mexico reported.

A hydroelectric power plant of this type is one of the highest in the world, with a bulk dam of 208.5 meters, which will produce 3.48% of electricity in the country, the press service of the Foreign Ministry reported.

The opening ceremony was attended by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the Mexican government representatives, as well as Ukraine 's Ambassador to Mexico Ruslan Spirin.

Assembling of hydropower and hydromechanical equipment at the HPP was conducted by OJSC Dnipro-Spetshydroenergomontazh. For five years, the construction of the hydroelectric power station continuously involved more than 10 thousand workers. During the construction of the power plant, two bypass tunnels were built, the height of which was equivalent to a five-story house, and the length is equal to 700 and 750 meters, respectively. During the construction effort, 12.2 million cubic meters of rock, sand and gravel were carried were transported.

The contract on the production of equipment for the plant at LLC Turboatom was signed in March 2008, involving the manufacture of two hydro turbines with a unit capacity of 380 MW and inbuilt ring closures. The equipment was ordered by the Russian company Power Machines, which won the tender for the construction of the hydropower plant in 2007. In August 2010, OJSC Turboatom completed the production of equipment for HPP La Yesca ( Mexico ) and held the appropriate tests.

November 7, 2012

The first frontier mark has been installed at the Ukrainian-Russian border

On November 7, 2012, with the participation of First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr. Demchenko and State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Karasin within the framework of the field phase of the demarcation of the Ukrainian-Russian border on the Chernihiv -Bryansk site, the first border sign has been installed.

Installing border sign is carried out according to agreements reached between the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Vladimir Putin by the results of Fifth meeting of Ukrainian-Russian Interstate Commission, held in Yalta on July 12, 2012

  Mykola Azarov has presented modernized helicopters

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov has taken part in the presentation of modernized ??-8??? and ??-2??? of the State Enterprise Plant 410 civil aviation.

"Today I've had the opportunity to see samples of helicopters produced in Ukraine . Almost everything except the blade, all made in Ukraine ", Mykola Azarov emphasized.

He noted that these helicopters are multifunctional: they can be used as vehicles for providing emergency medical care and for needs of the Ministry of Defense if to complete them with the appropriate application and helicopters also can be used in agriculture and more. "So we provide ourselves with so important type of aircraft. This is a very important decision", the Prime Minister said.

According to him, these helicopters have enough resources for at least 15 years. During this time, said Mykola Azarov, Ukrainian designers can develop new helicopters to replace the existing ones. "This is an important task and, of course, the Government will support it", he added.

Mykola Azarov said that the Government is also has another important task - the modernization of aviation park. "Now it comes to aircraft ??-26. We agreed that all issues will be discussed during a meeting in the Prime Minister and shall take all necessary action" , he said

November 1, 2012

Volodymyr Lytvyn: Parliamentary elections were extremely rough, but did not go beyond generally accepted standards

The latter parliamentary elections were extremely rough but, did not go beyond generally accepted standards. This was stressed by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn in his interview to Rada TV Channel on Thursday.

 Answering the question regarding ambiguity of international reaction from “absolute denouncement to absolute recognition”, V.Lytvyn noted that he has analyzed the course and results of parliamentary elections of 2002, 2006 and 2007 and they always were held in “a Ukrainian way”.

 “At that time election campaigns of 2006 and 2007 were considered to be especially fair, exemplary and democratic,” he said emphasizing that “current election campaign does not differ from the abovementioned previous campaigns. Moreover, we can state that it was more open and transparent. Though, it is understandable that it should be analyzed from the point of view of its legislative support, practical implementation of legislation, as well as the way each participant of the election process acted”. 

V.Lytvyn believes that “lots of observers got stuck in a rut due to suggestions that Ukrainian elections will be unfair. Elections were a priory unaccepted, since famous politicians that are incarcerated did not participate in the election process”. Given this, it is extremely hard to say that everything was standard, even from the point of view of psychology or logic, V.Lytvyn noted.

 At the same time, V.Lytvyn believes that “we can speak of unacceptability, certain outrage and opposition” in the process of establishment of election results. “It is understandable that vote counting in such a compact country with sufficient technical capabilities cannot take that much time”.

 In this context, the Head of the Parliament stated that “election results, without any doubt, should be established in a more short term which should, apparently, be stipulated in the legislation. And we all should demonstrate culture.”

Election participants should get the dialogue going and work together to solve socially important problems - V. Lytvyn

“Participants of election races should hold a demobilization and understand that elections are over and we need to think about practical work now, about how to get the dialogue going and determine common approaches to further work in the country,” stressed the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn in his interview to the Rada TV Channel on Thursday.

 V. Lytvyn noted that all newly elected deputies should understand that they are people's representatives and recognize their responsibility before people, and offer their vision of country's development, the one that would be incorporated into adoption of specific decision.

 The Head of the Parliament noted that representatives of opposition should also take active part in the work of the Verkhovna Rada, and propose their solutions to the problems. “Then, it will be visible what decisions are supported, and what – not; and they will be able to talk about disagreement and demonstrate their opposition,” he said and added: “Bare denial is absolutely unacceptable.”

 Answering the questions, V. Lytvyn stressed that people's deputies should unite around “basic issues” of domestic and foreign policy, as well as solve “pressing and key” social problems offering better solutions.

 In this context, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada expressed his opinion about the necessity to leave behind the practice of “office distribution” and, respectively, of increasing the number of committees at the Parliament. “At the beginning, everyone says it is necessary to have as few committees as possible, so that their obligations are not duplicated, but when it comes to dividing offices, it turns out that there is not enough of them, and the number of committees grows,” he said.

 “I am convinced that any problems can be solved in the process of work. The main thing here is to have a dialogue in regard to national problems,” summed up V. Lytvyn.

 Answering the question about the efficiency of the newly elected parliament, V. Lytvyn noted that efficiency of its work could be measured not by the number of decisions taken, but by the extent of their implementation and correspondence to people's expectations.

 Every political faction and every people's deputy, believes V. Lytvyn, have to understand that “people's liking can change very rapidly – from general adoration to negligence, and even to hatred,” and therefore, “it is necessary to act as responsibly as possible, and, preferably, professionally too.”

October 31 , 2012


Mykola Azarov: Ukraine held democratic, free and transparent elections

Parliamentary Elections In Ukraine were certainly democratic, free and transparent, told the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov on October 31, 2012 during the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

According to Mykola Azarov, there is more than enough grounds for such statements. Voting was held absolutely on all of the polling stations, the will of our citizens was not complicated or disrupted nowhere. The turnout was high and generally matched to the active position of political forces and citizens during the election campaign.

"Unprecedented efforts we have taken to ensure the transparency of elections were justified - Mykola Azarov said. Video fixation worked reliably throughout. We did it, despite the fact that for the implementation of this large-scale project we had extremely short time and, unfortunately, not European conditions by the quality of communication, availability of good internet connection, etc".

According to Mykola Azarov, video fixation has become a powerful preventive measure against violations and falsifications. And that is a documentary base in controversial cases also. The Prime Minister also emphasized that all observers, and there was a large number of them, had the access to the electoral process. Representatives of political parties, that participated in elections, controlled all processes in the elections so far as they had the desire and strength.

"The total number of recorded violations and their nature absolutely do not give reasons to doubt the legitimacy of the elections and that the will of the citizens of Ukraine took place truly free and conscious", - Mykola Azarov said.

Besides the information on counting of votes, officially announced by the Central Election Commission, coincide with exit polls and opinion polls on the results of the ruling party and its main opponents.

"That is, we have the classic picture of a well-organized, democratic, fair and transparent elections", - emphasized Mykola Azarov.

Parliamentary elections showed that Ukrainians trust to the authority's policy, said the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov at the session of the Government.

As Prime Minister said, yesterday on his page in the social network "Facebook" he read the greetings from economist from Lugansk Svetlana Litovchenko, who wrote: "For your and our victory, Mr. Azarov! It is very important to us. It is very important not to destroy the fragile stability in the country. "

"The victory of the Party of Regions people perceive as own victory. As the chance to maintain stability in the difficult situation in whole world. Trust to the government policy - is the main outcome of the elections that took place. And we are responsible for justifying such confidence of the people ", - Mykola Azarov said.


October 29, 2 012


President expresses gratitude to voters for active civil position

The President expressed gratitude to all voters for active civil position and voting for the future of the state.

“I congratulate Ukrainian people with an important step in the development of free, independent and democratic state,” the President said.

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that the election process and counting were conducted peacefully demonstrating the responsibility and wisdom of Ukrainians to the world.

“I am glad that according to the preliminary estimations of many Ukrainian and international observers, including OSCE, the elections were held decently. The voters had a wide choice among candidates. The election process was evaluated positively,” the Head of State noted.

The President emphasized that Ukrainian party would work with international community in order to fix the problems noticed by the observers and ensure even greater democracy of the future elections.



Mykola Azarov: The unprecedented efforts to ensure the transparency of the elections are proved to be correct

The unprecedented efforts of the Ukrainian authorities to ensure transparency in 2012 parliamentary elections are entirely proved to be correct.

This was announced by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at a meeting with the CIS Observation Mission representatives.

"The experienced observers noticed we've made unprecedented efforts to ensure that elections were conducted freely and democratically. Thus, for the first time we installed webcams in polling stations, and anyone could watch a voting course. It's pleasant that the technique didn't let down, worked smoothly at all polling stations," the PM pointed out.

He said the parliamentary elections have passed peacefully, voters turnout was a good. The Prime Minister emphasized that the total number of recorded violations is minimal and their nature does not cause any fears regarding any significant effect on the voting results.

Mykola Azarov thanked the observers for an objective assessment of the electoral process, stressing that the Ukrainian authorities accepts any objective assessment of international observers.

"Based on the available information of election process, we hope that, in a whole, all international observers to complete their work with positive findings. It's just no reason for another. To claim that the elections were undemocratic, non-transparent - it's like that one be called black white. I met with the observers ahead of the elections, and I said we accept and consider all absolutely objective conclusions, but we don't accept biased assessments of our elections. We've made our tremendous efforts to ensure the free expression of the will by citizens. And we can rely on fair assessments," the PM underlined.

In turn, the CIS Observation Mission representatives stated that in their opinion and their observations in all Ukraine 's regions, the elections were held in an organized way, transparent and high activity of voters. At the same time complaints and remarks were considered promptly and substantially.



The Ukrposhta has become the winner of the Grand Prix international philatelic competition at the WIPA world exhibition in Vienna

The Ukrposhta [Ukrainian State Enterprise of Posts "Ukrposhta"] has become one of ten winners of one of the most prestigious international philatelic competition "Grand Prix de l'Exposition WIPA".

The Ukrainian postal bloc "Lighthouses of Ukraine" of 2010 release won an honorable 6th place in the International Philatelic competition for the best stamp in 2010. 72 countries took part in the competition.

The Ukrposhta received a statement from the organizers of the competition on granting honorable 6th place on 25 October. Among the participating countries for the title of best stamp in 2010, Ukraine beat Croatia , Russia , Germany , Iceland and many other countries. Over the past decade, the national postal operator Ukraine is among the ten best the fifth time, taking the third and seventh places in different years.

The International competition "Grand Prix de l'Exposition WIPA" is one of the most respected and prestigious philatelic event. It is being carried out annually in Vienna ( Austria ) and is a huge hit. The members of the jury are famous Austrian painters of stamps, philatelic journalists, representatives of the Austrian postal administration and Austrian national printing in different years.


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