Reformers of the Mining Industry – Miners’ Opinion not needed?
Plans to close or privatize mines are being made without any consultation with specialists and those most immediately affected
Ongoing Ukrainian Saga of not fighting corruption
The new draft law, presented by the President two weeks before important anti-corruption laws should have come into force but were instead revoked, removes any demand for income declarations
Police detain “or summon for questioning” two Tax Code Protesters
The National Coordination Council of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs reported on Thursday that two participants in the protests against the new Tax Code had been detained by the police. The police claim they were taken for questioning as witnesses
12 million Ukrainians do not reach the minimum subsistence level
23% of Ukrainians in urban areas and every third person – 38% - in rural areas receive incomes lower than the minimum subsistence level
Draft law would give tax concessions to the Moscow Patriarchate
Two National Deputies from the Party of the Regions are proposing to waive tax on the construction of the tallest cathedral in Europe which the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate is undertaking in Kyiv
Budget authors kind to their own?
Expenditure is particularly high for the Management of Affairs (servicing the President) with this increasing by 400 million UAH in the draft 2011 Budget
So how long can Ukraine defer measures against corruption?
According to Transparency International’s 2010 Global Corruption Barometer the sitiuation in Ukraine has worsened since last year, and the 34% who reported having paid bribes during the last year was considerably worse than in Russia (26% and Belarus (27%),
Restricting maximum pension size: reform or more PR?
The government has long come up against the lack of divide in legislation between guarantees which by their very essence are socio-economic rights with provisions which are effectively privileges
Criminal investigation initiated over alleged damage from Tax Code Protesters’ tent camp
The Article of the Criminal Code being applied is over deliberate damage, and one of the protests organizers has been summoned for questioning
Will the anti-corruption laws finally come into effect?
From 1 January 20100 a package of anti-corruption laws are due to come into force, however it is not inconceivable that parliamentarians will again defer this
“New Citizen” Appeal against the Dismantling of the Protesters’ tents on Maidan
We declare our readiness to support reform in Ukraine and take responsibility for them. We are ready to pay higher taxes, but we must know everything about how the money is spent. We are ready to receive less social guarantees, but on condition that the authorities begin qualitative changes on themselves.
Protesters’ tent camp on Maidan forcibly removed “in 20 minutes”
In Kyiv workers of the municipal services, with the support of the police, have removed the tent camp on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square]. The tents had been there for two weeks in protest over the new Tax Code
With regard to the second reading of the draft Housing Code
The Kharkiv Human Rights Group has expressed concern over certain features of the proposed Housing Code and calls for widespread discussion of its provisions
Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers calls for full coverage of Tax Code before Thursday
They call for maximum coverage of the process of amending and supplementing the Tax Code, as well as discussion of the positive and negative impact of the Code’s adoption.
President says he has vetoed the Tax Code
After weeks of mass protest, President Yanukovych has announced that he is vetoing the new Tax Code, although will sign it if some demands which he does not specify are met by Thursday
More reports of traffic police used to stop protesters
According to the head of one group of protesters, Mykola Zaharchuk, traffic police have again been used this time near Kirovohrad to stop coaches with Tax Code protesters heading for Kyiv
Tax Code Protesters’ Maidan: Challenge to the Government or a Lesson for all of us?
The Ukrainian Catholic University stress that if the authorities can heed the view of the people and have the courage for the sake of public accord to back down over mistaken decisions, they will not be demonstrating weakness, but on the contrary, great spiritual strength.
UEFA take heed! Workmen may be fired for demanding to be paid
Around 100 workers who are working on building the Euro 2012 Stadium in Lviv haven’t been paid for three months yet have faced threats of dismissal for going on strike
Depressed sectors being forced to support Tax Code
The National Forum of Ukrainian Trade Unions asserts that the government is organizing public statements in support of the highly contentious Tax Code which has brought thousands out on to the street in Kyiv and other cities in protest