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December 28, 2010

Ukrainian Warship Successfully Completes its Participation in NATO’s Anti-Terrorist Operation

Ukrainian corvette Ternopil has participated in NATO’s Operation Active Endeavour for the fifth time. The Operation was launched for the first time by the Alliance after the 9/11 terrorist attack and aims to detect and deter terrorist activity in the Mediterranean Sea region. Ukraine was the first amongst non-member states to join the Operation.

December 25, 2010

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Dismisses Charges of Misspending Public Funds

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Office filed a second lawsuit against the ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko is charged with misspending millions of dollars of governmental funds during her tenure. However, she finds charges without grounds.

December 20, 2010

European People’s Party Supports Ukraine’s Former Prime Minister

European People’s Party (EPP) condemns escalation of aggressive, politically motivated pressure on Tymoshenko, as stated the Presidency of the EPP on its official web-site. Such statement was made in the light of the recent incrimination of ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, causing her to sign the written undertaking not to leave her place of residence.

December 20, 2010

Ukraine Strives for a Breakthrough in Countering Corruption

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych submitted to the Parliament (“Verkhovna Rada”) of Ukraine a new draft Law “On Principles of Prevention and Combating Corruption in Ukraine”. The President repeatedly identified corruption as a vital issue that has been threatening national security and constitution order in Ukraine.

December 16, 2010

Ukraine’s Former Minister Meets EU Ambassadors

The ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko conducted a meeting with the ambassadors of the European Union countries. She also had a separate meeting with the Ambassador Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.

December 15, 2010

Ukraine Launches Pension Reform

The pension reform, initiated by the President Viktor Yanukovych, was announced today. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine submitted the draft law on pension reform to the Parliament. The draft law intends to bring Ukrainian pension system in compliance with the European standards, which include creating alternative pension funds in addition to the only existing government fund and raising retirement age.

December 15, 2010

Ukraine Sees the EU as a Model for the Social and Economic Development – Ukrainian President

The Ukrainian President believes that the European Union model has to be a long-term objective for Ukraine in developing economy, social policy, civil society and public institutions. Viktor Yanukovych made this statement in a meeting with the heads of Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad as well as in another meeting that he had with foreign diplomats accredited in Ukraine.

December 10, 2010

Investigation of Former Ukrainian President’s Intoxication Resumed

It is a high time to transmit the case of the poisoning of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko to the court, and bring the perpetrators to justice. Yushchenko stated this in regard to investigative actions in the case of his 2004 poisoning case being revived.

December 8, 2010

Ukrainian Political Opposition Supports Ukrainian Businessmen

Yulia Tymoshenko has said that her political team will provide legal assistance to entrepreneurs to appeal in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine the procedure by which the Tax Code was adopted. Ever since the bill’s adoption, Ukraine’s small- and medium-sized businesses have been striking on Kyiv’s main square demanding a presidential veto.

December 7, 2010

Ukraine’s Leadership Launches Vital Reforms

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych and his administration embark on implementing four key reforms, namely, tax, administrative, anti-corruption and pension reforms. This announcement was made by the President and his key staff members during the last four days following the signing of the tax code, a milestone development in the fundamental tax reform.

December 1, 2010

UN Secretary General Praises Ukraine’s Strong Support for the United Nations

The meeting in Astana is the third meeting between the two leaders this year.

November 29, 2010

The President of Ukraine Meets Businessmen Protesting over New Tax Code

Over the weekend, the President and the Prime Minister of Ukraine met with the representatives of the businessmen protesting against the new Tax Code, adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament on 18 November, 2010. Since then, the representatives of Ukrainian SMEs have been protesting on the country’s main Independence Square in Kyiv, demanding the President’s veto of the Code.

November 27, 2010

Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko Urges President-in-office to Veto Tax Code

The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko finds it inevitable for the current President Viktor Yanukovych to veto the new Tax code, recently adopted by Ukrainian parliament. Yushchenko also finds it necessary to initiate a constructive dialogue between the protesting for over a week business people and the government.

November 26, 2010

European Parliament Adopts a Resolution on the Political Situation in Ukraine

As a result of a long debate, European Parliament voted on a resolution on Ukraine during Strasbourg plenary session. The European Parliament stresses that Ukraine has European prospects and strong historical, cultural and economic links to the European Union. At the same time, the European Parliament expressed concern over some problematic issues so that the whole document looks balanced and unbiased.

November 24, 2010

Ukraine is Granted OSCE Chairmanship in 2013

56 foreign ministers of OSCE participating countries unanimously voted for Ukraine’s chairing the OSCE in two years from now. The Chairperson-in-Office is the foreign minister of the country that holds the Chairmanship. Current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko is a potential Chairman of the Organization in 2013.

November 23, 2010

Leader of Ukrainian Svoboda Political Party Calls for the Current Goverment to be Dismissed

The leader of the Ukrainian opposition Freedom (Svoboda) party Oleh Tiahnybok stated that dismissal of the government-in-office should be the minimum demand of the striking business people. This statement was made in the light of the vibrant dispute between the current government and the Ukrainian SME’s over the adoption of the new Tax code.

November 22, 2010

Ukrainian Small and Middle Businesses Protest ove the New Tax Code

The representatives of the small and middle businesses in Ukraine have been protesting for a week on the country’s main square in Kyiv over the newly adopted Tax code. The protesters demand the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to veto the bill.

November 22, 2010

EU and Ukraine Approve Action Plan for Visa-Free Regime

The EU President Herman Van Rompuy and the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced the adoption of the Action Plan for visa-free travel between the European Union countries and Ukraine. The decision came as a result of the 14 th EU-Ukraine summit which took place today in Brussels.

November 19, 2010

Ukraine Expects the EU Support for Economic and Social Reforms at the Upcoming Summit

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs relies on the EU support for the ongoing reforms in Ukraine. According to Oleg Voloshyn, Head of Information Department at the Ukrainian MFA, the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels will be the first bilateral summit, when Ukraine can demonstrate a real progress on the path of economic and social reforms.

November 17, 2010

Upcoming EU-Ukraine Summit is Expected to Push Forward Long-Awaited Decisions

The upcoming summit between Ukraine and European Union planned to be held in Brussels is expected to bring into life several decisions, on which both sides have worked and negotiated for a long time now. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President José Manuel Barroso will receive Viktor Yanukovych on Monday (22 November) in a Brussels castle at Val Duchesse.

November 8, 2010

Ukraine Set to Improve its Election Legislation

Having evaluated the results of the local authority elections last week, Ukrainian leadership has decided to make several steps towards improving the national election legislation. The main goal of the measures initiated last week was to consider the evaluations of the international observers and to make sure that the draw-backs of the current elections are not repeated.

November 2, 2010

Ukrainian Opposition Front for Change Party Strives for New Election Legislation

Ukraine is in need of a qualitatively new law on elections. This notion was suggested by the leader of the Front for Change (Front Zmin) political party Arseniy Yatseniuk after the local elections in Ukraine onOctober 31.

November 1, 2010

Ukrainian Opposition Party Batkivshchyna to Challenge the Results of the Local Elections

Yesterday there were local and regional elections held in Ukraine. Ukrainian opposition party Motherland (Batkyvshchina) plans to challenge in court the results of the local and regional elections in several regions stated the deputy head of the party Mykola Tomenko.

October 28, 2010

2010 Local Authority Elections in Ukraine Will Be Monitored by More than 2 Thousand of Supervisers

Local authority elections in Ukraine will be monitored by more than 2 thousands of international and national observers. The Prime Minister of Ukraine assured that Ukrainian government by all means encourages foreign observers to supervise the course of upcoming elections.

October 21, 2010

President of Ukraine to Meet the Opposition to Ensure Transparency of October 31 Elections

The President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych announced he will hold a meeting with the representatives of the opposition parties to ensure the transparency of the October 31 local elections. This statement from the Ukrainian Head of State came today during his meeting with the governors of Ukraine’s regions devoted to the upcoming local elections. Mr Yanukovych stressed that the executive power must not interfere with the electoral process and that it has a duty to assist all political forces without exception.

October 14, 2010

Former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Denounces Accusations of Public Funds Misspending

The former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Hryhoriy Nemyria, the ally of the ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, denounced the study by three US-based firms, considering it part of a government pressure on the opposition. The audit was conducted by Trout Cacheris PLLC, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer&Feld LLP and Kroll Inc.

October 8, 2010

“One for All, All for One”: Ukraine Proposes a New Motto for the United Europe

The Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has completed his first official visit to France today. Having met with the President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Francois Fillion and the head of the National Assembly Bernard Accoyer, the Ukrainian leader has reassured that EU integration remains his country’s key strategic goal.

October 7, 2010

The Visit of the Ukrainian President to France Aims at Making Breakthrough in the Bilateral Relations

Today the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych begins his official visit to France. During the two-day visit Viktor Yanukovych will meet with the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, the Head of the French National Assembly Bernard Accoyer, the Prime Minister Francois Fillion as well as the representatives of the largest French corporations.

October 5, 2010

International Reaction on Ukraine’s Constitutional Reform Cancellation Comes Quiet

After Ukraine’s Constitutional Court had cancelled the Constitutional amendments of 2004, several senior officials, judicial and constitutional experts from the European Union and the United States expressed their reaction to the changes. Some have also given their forecast of Ukraine’s relations with the EU.

October 1, 2010

Ukraine Reestablishes a Presidential-Parliamentary Republic

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine has canceled 2004 constitutional reform today. The final and unchallengeable decision was announced today by the Head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Anatoliy Holovin. With the decision coming into force Ukraine reestablishes the presidential-parliamentary republic according to the initial version of the Constitution adopted in 1996.

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