In 2018 the Government will pay particular attention to the program of upgrading of road maintenance machinery fleet, pledges the Head of Government

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: In 2018 the Government will pay particular attention to the program of upgrading of road maintenance machinery fleet, pledges the Head of Government

In 2018, the
Cabinet of Ministers will pay particular attention to the program of updating of
the road maintenance machinery park. This
was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during an emergency teleconference while considering
the situation on Ukrainian roads. The
meeting took place in Vinnytsia, in the framework of
a working trip of the Head of Government to the region.

“Our plan is
to update and support the programs of upgrading of road maintenance equipment
and vehicle fleet,” the Head of Government stressed.

Background

During his
working visit to Vinnytsia region Volodymyr
Groysman initiated and chaired an emergency conference
call to tackle the situation on Ukrainian roads caused by excessive snowfall on
December 18-19. In
the central and western regions of Ukraine, within 24 hours increased precipitation
has been observed causing traffic congestion. The Prime Minister accentuated, overcoming
the consequences of weather deterioration is within the responsibility of both
rescue services and local administrations.

Liquidation of consequences of the harsh weather requires joint efforts of local authorities and rescue services, claims PM

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Liquidation of consequences of the harsh weather requires joint efforts of local authorities and rescue services, claims PM

Overcoming the consequences of the tough weather requires coordinated
efforts of local governments and rescue services,
hence the speed of all activities and solving difficulties directly depends on
the coordination of joint work of the said authorities. This was stated by
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during an emergency teleconference dedicated to
the situation on Ukrainian roads. The meeting was held in Vinnytsia, where the Head of Government is on a working visit.

“I understand that heavy snowfall caused huge traffic
jams. But people get stuck in traffic. How we overcome
consequences of the harsh weather will literally depend on the work on the
ground”, stressed the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government emphasized that he keeps abreast of the situation
and called on local leaders to inform about what has been done to overcome the
effects of tough weather.

During the teleconference, the attendees noted that at present, heavy
precipitation has stopped, and road traffic has already been opened on
highways. 949 units of special equipment are involved in
overcoming consequences as well as dozens of heating points for drivers who got
stuck in snowstorms are deployed.

According to data released by the State Emergency Service of
Ukraine, the rescue services operate in two directions, in
particular, the restoration of energy supply (over 170 inhabited localities
have been left without electricity as a result of the bad weather) and road
clearance assistance.

Volodymyr Groysman: The promise to restore the destroyed as a result of explosions at ammo depot villages in Vinnystia region has been accomplished

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Volodymyr Groysman: The promise to restore the destroyed as a result of explosions at ammo depot villages in Vinnystia region has been accomplished

The promise to rehabilitate
the infrastructure in the rural areas of Vinnytsia
region that destroyed as a result of explosions at the military munition depots in September of 2017, has been financed and
fulfilled, and by the end of 2017 the residents will receive compensation for
the purchase of building materials. This was
stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. The
Head of Government is on a trip to Vinnytsia region
where he visited one of the most affected villages – Pavlivka.
In
late September about 24 thousand people had to be evacuated, over fifteen
thousand buildings and a local school were damaged.

“I promised then
not to abandon you. I have accomplished my promise,” urged Volodymyr Groysman.

He reminded that under
the Government’s ordinance there had been allotted UAH 100 million for
reconstruction activities in the region.

The Prime
Minister attended the renewed school and presented a school bus to the
schoolchildren on St. Nicholas Day. He also rewarded the soldiers who had excelled
during the rescue activities in the process of elimination of consequences of the
emergency situation in Kalynivka, and visited the Kovalchuk family, who had lost their house in the wake of
the explosions and are now celebrating housewarming in their new home.

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade embarks on inspection system reform

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade embarks on inspection system reform

On December 18,
the Government approved a Strategy for Reforming the State Supervision
(Control) developed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of
Ukraine.

The current
activities of state supervision (control) bodies are aimed at identifying and
enforcing sanctions, rather than preventing violations or minimizing risks. The
powers of inspection bodies are duplicated, which creates a double burden on
Ukrainian business. Moreover, there doesn’t exist a
system for assessing the effectiveness of state control.

“Nowadays
99% of inspections reveal violations. This is not because the entrepreneurs are
careless, it’s because of the purpose of the inspections is to punish, instead
of to prevent and guarantee security. In 2013, there were twice as many
business checks as in 2016. But there were recorded twice as many injured
employees. Proper correlation between inspections and security is
lacking,” stressed First Vice Prime Minister,
Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan
Kubiv.

In order to
overcome all these problems and improve business environment in Ukraine, the
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has elaborated a Strategy for
Reforming the State Supervision (Control). It was designed to transform the
system of supervision and control into a risk management system. Thus, the
Strategy provides for improvement of the risk-oriented approach, reorientation
of the inspection system to prevent violations and increase the responsibility
of inspectors. It is also called to minimize corruption risks by automating the
selection criteria for inspections.

Implementation of
the Strategy includes the creation of an individual list of requirements for
each type of business, an assessment of the importance of each requirement and
the creation of a positive incentive to comply with these requirements, such as
a public business rating. The risk-based approach will be introduced through
the formation of a national hazard list. Only the most important requirements
will be subjected to verification, and afterwards – the effectiveness of
regulation and authorities under various danger factors will be assessed.

While preparing
for the implementation of the Strategy, the State Regulatory Service and the Effective
Regulation Office, supported by the Ministry of Economic Development, have
already launched a pilot module for planning public supervision. “This
is a single online portal containing all the inspection plans, all the requirements
for business that will be checked, as well as the results of the inspections and
complaints lodged as a result of inspections. Over
first 10 days of operation of the module, it has been used by more than 50,000
users, hence there is a demand from business for such a tool. We
will continue to improve it to make the national risk management system fully
operational by 2020,” stressed First Deputy Minister of Economic Development
and Trade of Ukraine Maxym Nefyodov.

The realization
of the Strategy will enable the Government to reduce the level of corruption,
the level of budget expenditures to maintain functioning of the supervisory (control)
system and to respond more effectively to determined risks. At
the same time, business will be aware of the procedure of inspections and will
trust the Government more.

Statement by the delegation of Ukraine in response to the address by Mr. Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Statement by the delegation of Ukraine in response to the address by Mr. Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Delivered
by Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk,
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in
Vienna, to the 1169th special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, 18
December 2017

Mr. Chairman,

We join
other speakers in warmly welcoming Mr. Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for
European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement
Negotiations, and thank him for his comprehensive address to the Permanent
Council.

Since early
years after restoration of Ukraine’s independence, the European integration has
been a consistent strategic goal of the Ukrainian Governments representing the
will of the Ukrainian people to join the European political and economic common
space. The steady deepening of Ukraine-EU relations has been guided by the
common values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms. Attempts to invalidate the aspirations of the Ukrainian
nation in the end of 2013 prompted the Revolution of Dignity when millions of
Ukrainians displayed resolve and courage in standing up for the nation’s right
to make free choices and for the European future of the country. Today the
Ukrainian people continue to pay the ultimate price while defending the
country, its choice and the common values from the armed aggression of the
Russian Federation.

We highly
appreciate the unwavering solidarity and support of the sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Ukraine demonstrated by the European Union from the
very beginning of the Russian aggression against my country in 2014. Of great
significance for countering the aggression remain the practical steps, taken by
the EU, in particular the economic and sectoral
sanctions, which raised for Russia the cost of its aggressive actions and
constrained its potential to advance the military invasion. It is important
that the last week’s European Council meeting prolonged the sanctions against
Russia until 31 July 2018 and is firm in the pursuit of policy of
non-recognition of attempted annexation of Crimea by Russia, including through
prolongation of the “Crimean package” of sanctions until 23 June 2018. These
restrictive measures are the necessary non-military instruments to make Russia
stop its aggression, which is the major threat to Ukraine and Europe, to make
it pull out its forces from the Ukrainian territory, implement in full the
undertaken commitments under the Minsk agreements and reverse the illegal
occupation of the Crimean peninsula.

We expect
the European Union to maintain a sharp focus on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict,
as its peaceful resolution with full respect to the norms of international law
and the OSCE principles could provide new dynamics to settling other
Russia-instigated and sustained conflicts in the Eastern Partnership area. We
very much appreciate your personal engagement, EU Commissioner, including your
visit this year to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol
located near the contact line in Donbas.

Mr. Chairperson,

We attach
high importance to intensive political dialogue and practical co-operation
between Ukraine and the EU. This year was marked, in particular, by the
19th Ukraine – EU Summit in Kyiv in July; the 5th Eastern Partnership
Summit in Brussels in November; the 4th meeting of the Ukraine-EU
Association Council in Brussels in December. Whereas Ukraine’s progress in
pursuing a comprehensive reform agenda, in spite of severe security challenges,
was recognized by the Association Council, Ukraine’s ambitions and reform plans
are far-reaching, reflecting upon the expectations of the Ukrainian people. We
see particular benefits in further integration with the EU Energy Union and
Digital Single Market, as well as establishment in the long-term perspective of
a Customs Union between the EU and Ukraine.

A landmark
event was the introduction of a visa-free regime for short-term travel. In
6 months, which passed since that day, over 350 thousand
Ukrainian citizens made visa-free travel to the EU.

On 1
September 2017, the Ukraine-EU Association agreement took full effect, marking
a new stage of political ties, economic links and promoting respect for common
values.

This year
our bilateral trade grew by nearly 30%, making the EU Ukraine’s largest trade
partner.

We highly
appreciate the EU’s macrofinancial and technical
assistance, which support Ukraine’s large-scale transformations and good-governance
agenda. We welcome the readiness of the European Commission to launch a new
program of macrofinancial assistance to Ukraine for
2018–2019. 

Mr. Commissioner,

Peace,
prosperity and co-operation in Europe and wider OSCE space depend upon respect
for norms and principles, agreed in the OSCE, and the common values of
democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms. They have been flagrantly
violated by Russia’s aggression. It remains imperative to maintain a firm
position in seeking restoration of respect to the fundamentals of the
rules-based security order, aiming to fulfill the vision of Europe whole, free
and at peace. We look forward to continuing our close and fruitful co-operation
with the EU delegation in the OSCE on the broad agenda of upholding and
implementing the OSCE principles and commitments.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Stepan Kubiv signed an Agreement on economic cooperation between Ukraine and Portugal

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Stepan Kubiv signed an Agreement on economic cooperation between Ukraine and Portugal

December 18, 2017,
Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economic
Development and Trade of Ukraine signed the Agreement on Economic Cooperation
between Ukraine and Portugal.

The Agreement
will strengthen the development of bilateral economic relations between Ukraine
and Portugal along priority areas of cooperation, such as the chemical
industry, infrastructure, transport, tourism, the environment protection,
energy efficiency and renewable energy, machinery, standardization, metrology
and conformity assessment. It
will also facilitate deepening of business contacts between the business circles
of Ukraine and Portugal, ensuring the protection of industrial and intellectual
property rights in line with national legislation and international obligations.

The First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine added that Joint Ukraine-Portugal
Commission on Economic Cooperation that is soon to resume its activities and summon
for a second session would play an important role in further development of bipartite
partnership.

Prime Minister urges all controlling authorities in three weeks’ time to shape risk management system and make up ckecklist to conduct business inspections

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Prime Minister urges all controlling authorities in three weeks’ time to shape risk management system and make up ckecklist to conduct business inspections

All the
controlling authorities are to determine essential sectoral
risks by April 1, 2018, that entrepreneurs should avoid, as well as to form
checklists – rules for conducting inspections and monitoring the results of
these inspections. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman voiced the relevant ordinance during a
Government session dedicated to deregulation issues.

The Head of
Government stressed that currently for the functionary exercising controlling
functions any check means ‘an all-prize lottery’ when it is enough to come to
the object, find violations, make out a report or a fine, and then demand from
the entrepreneur whatsoever except for the main thing – to remedy the
violation.

“I do not
care about penalties! I am keen on security, prosperity and a healthy business
environment. We will clearly identify the risks – where there are problems, how
to identify and solve them. The state controlling racketeering is the system
having been used by certain officials for years to line their pockets and took
bribes. We are taking a decision to root out such an approach,” stressed Volodymyr Groysman.

The PM
accentuated he was prepared for resistance, which can occur from the system
itself. “We are setting a three months deadline for you [supervisers – ed.] to ensure creating risk management
systems and checklists for verification. Please, ensure before April 1 risk
management systems and checklists available in each supervisory body that we
will monitor,” said Volodymyr Groysman, “The availability of such risk management
systems and checklists will mean that you have geared up to change the system
and to upend the negative phenomena forever. Otherwise, submit your resignation
and embark on something else.”

Background

On December 18,
the Cabinet of Ministers has summoned a special meeting devoted to deregulation
issues. As a result of the meeting, another package of regulatory acts that
hinder the development of entrepreneurship shall be canceled. Volodymyr Groysman emphasized,
among the topmost objectives included in the Government agenda is improvement
of the country’s economy performance. Key support programs directed to
development of entire industries and lines of entrepreneurial activities target
economy boost. Meanwhile, the Head of Government noted if the Cabinet endorses
decisions in favor of businesses and officials create barriers for development
on the ground, such functionaries will be punished.

Volodymyr Groysman assures economy upturn requires favorable business climate and changes in the system of state supervision and regulation

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Volodymyr Groysman assures economy upturn requires favorable business climate and changes in the system of state supervision and regulation

The growth of
economy, determined as a key benchmark for the Government, requires the
formation of favorable business environment in Ukraine, as well as bringing
about fundamental changes in the system of state supervision and regulation.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a Government sitting dedicated to
considering deregulation issues.

He stressed that
Government had undertaken initial steps on the path towards transformation.
“Regular meetings with business are never left without response, I am
always ready to help and provide necessary assistance to remove any problems
for business,” assured Volodymyr Groysman, “However, one thing is particular cases, the
other is system government decisions that won’t allow anyone to exert pressure
on business.”

Among recent
initiatives is approved by the Verkhovna Rada law to prevent violations of
rights by law enforcement agencies titled The Mask Show Stop. “And today
we are to repeal another 300 acts, thereby changing old practices, and
preventing and making any public racketeering impossible,” the Head of
Government urged, “I also emphasize heads of executive authorities bear
personal responsibility while exercising controlling functions. I will side
with entrepreneurs and honest businesses, and I will work hard to protect them.
We need economic upturn exceeding 3%, but if we create support programs and you
(officials) create obstacles behind the scenes, we will adopt relevant
decisions to punish such officials.”

By the end of year the supplying gas pipeline to Avdyiyvka should be completed, assures Hennadii Zubko

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: By the end of year the supplying gas pipeline to Avdyiyvka should be completed, assures Hennadii Zubko

We plan to launch
deliveries of gas to Avdiyivka before the new year. By
the end of year, the construction of the supplying pipeline to Avdiyivka from the village of Ocheretyne
should be completed. Vice
Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and
Communal Services Hennadii Zubko,
who, in the framework of a working visit to Donetsk region, visited the
construction site of the facility.

In June of this
year, 20,000 residents of Avdiyivka and settlements
of Yasynuvata area through the shelling by the
Russian terrorists as a result of the accident on the main gas pipeline were
left without gas supply.

A decision was
taken to provide the maximum alternative energy deliveries to the town of Avdiyivka. To
resolve the situation, a project for the construction of the supplying gas
pipeline was developed. The
gas pipeline to Avdiyivka is being built bypassing
the temporarily occupied territory over 14 km long.

Now we engage in
providing uninterrupted supplies of gas to the population. A
problem still remains in Krasnogorivka and Maryinka, but we already have an example of a professional
approach to design and providing equipment, construction norms,” stressed Hennadii Zubko.

“Restoration
of Donbas, its infrastructure, life support systems are included in key priorities
in the Government activities, thus proving the fact the region occupies a
special place and is important being an integral part of the whole economic
system of Ukraine. Among
the priorities is to provide primary assistance to those who have suffered as a
result of hostilities. Therefore,
the issues of functioning of life support systems, social protection and others
are solved on the spot, and to the extent possible”, summed up Hennadii Zubko.

A group of specialists graduate from NATO-supported course in Mykolaiv

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: A group of specialists graduate from NATO-supported course in Mykolaiv

In Mykolaiv, the training centre
of public organization
‘The League of Officers’ hosted a graduation ceremony of students of the
three-month retraining course for 23 service members ‘Management of Transportations’.

The aim of this course is to support service members to transfer from military to civil
carrier. It provides professional qualification and information about development of own business, as well as assistance in employment.

The aim of this project is to assist service members to adapt to the civil life. Totally, more than
1,700 persons have undergone the re-qualification under the NATO-Ukraine program over 10 years.