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Ukraine sees exports growth by almost 24% in H1
Ukraine's exports of goods grew by 24.2%, or US$4.03 billion, in the first half of 2017 (H1) year-over-year (y-o-y), to $20.7 billion, according to the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry's press service.
Czech Gov’t has no support for President Zeman’s anti-Ukrainian position - Envoy
The official position of the Czech Republic is the position of the country’s government, which is interested in maintaining good relations with Ukraine, Czech Ambassador to Ukraine Radek Matula told Europeiska Pravda publication, commenting on anti-Ukrainian statements of Czech President Milos Zeman.
Germany to share experience for Ukraine’s decentralization reform
German government envoy on decentralization is to work on Ukrainian reform starting this September, as the Ukrainian government press service informs.
Russia admits delivering Siemens turbines to Crimea
Tehnopromeksport, Rostec’s subsidiary, that bought the Siemens gas turbines, confirmed they were delivered to Crimea after being updated, RBK informs.
EU publishes official statement of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement entry into force
The official journal of the European Union published the information about the entry into force of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement since September 1, 2017, on July 25.
President: It is important to start the elaboration of “roadmaps” for the achievement of the European plans of Ukraine
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that the 19th Ukraine – EU Summit was symbolic, as it became the Summit of the visa-free regime and association. This has come true due to the resolute and efficient cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, as well as the powerful support of the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, the European Commissioners and the member-states.
The Ukraine-EU working group to enhance response to hacking campaigns from Russia, - Poroshenko
​The establishment of the Ukraine-EU informal working group on strategic communication will raise the efficiency of our response to hacking and disinformation campaigns from Russia not only against Ukraine, but also against all the EU countries. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that during his the joint press conference following the 19th Ukraine – EU Summit.
Poroshenko urges EU to take down roaming charges for Ukrainians
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thinks that it is important to assume the joint measures with the European Union to take down the roaming charges between Ukraine and the European countries. Also, he noted the importance of the integration to the digital single market of the European Union. He claimed this at the press conference on the result of the meeting with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker within the Ukraine-EU Summit as the press service of the Ukrainian president reported.
EU-Ukraine Summit 2017: which issues to be discussed
President: A new stage of Ukraine’s path to the EU will begin on September 1, 2017
​The EU Council completed the process of ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. It was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in the address published on his official website.
Russian gas transit via Ukraine deterrent against Moscow’s aggression - Naftogaz
Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev says transit shipments of Russian natural gas via the Ukrainian gas transport system (GTS) is one of the factors holding back Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Siemens turbines delivered to Crimea despite sanctions - Reuters sources
Russia has delivered electricity turbines made by Germany's Siemens to Crimea, a region subject to European Union sanctions barring EU firms from supplying it with energy technology, three sources with knowledge of the delivery told Reuters.
NSDC to consider draft law on de-occupation of Donbas on July 10
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) intends to consider the project of the draft–law of the de-occupation of the temporary uncontrolled by Ukraine territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions on July 10. The Ukrainian News reported this citing the informed source.
EBRD to support implementation of reforms in Ukraine
The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Suma Chakrabarti claimed that bank will support the implementations of reforms in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of the justice, land and court reforms implementation. He claimed this at Ukraine Reform Conference in London as the EBRD website reported.
European Parliament to control Commission on Nord Stream-2
European Parliament will control the situation with the mandate of European Commission on Nord Stream-2. This was announced by the EP deputy Jerzy Buzek in Brussels at the conference ‘Ukraine’s role as a strategic energy partner of the EU.’
Germany doesn’t want Erdogan’s speech before Turks at G20 summit
The German Cabinet plans on banning Recep Tayip Erdogan from holding a speech before the Turks residing in Germany during the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg. Der Spiegel wrote that on Thursday, referring to Angela Merkel’s press service.
EU Ambassadors approve Association Agreement with Ukraine
The Ambassadors of the European Union approved the Association Agreement with Ukraine. The reporter of Radio Liberty Rikard Jozwiak reported this at Twitter.
Trudeau: Issue of introducing visa-free travel with Ukraine is not relevant now
The question of introducing visa-free travel for Ukrainians by Canada is not relevant now. This was stated by Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, reports Ukrinform.
Committee of Permanent Representatives in EU agreed on preferential trade agreements for Ukraine
Committee of Permanent Representatives of EU member states has agreed on preliminary arrangements regarding trade preferences for Ukraine. This was reported by UNIAN referring to the correspondent.
President on the Constitution Day: Ukrainians have carried the understanding of the importance of equal rights, democratic system and responsible government through the ages
The adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine in 1996 remains a true holiday. At that time, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Basic Law of an independent state, which is still considered one of the most progressive. It was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in his speech on the Constitution Day.
EU prolongs economic sanctions against Russia by six months
On June 28, 2017, the Council of the European Union prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until January 31, 2018.
Russia to stop using Ukraine’s gas turbine engines by mid-2018
Ukraine has to stop imitating reforms and start to really build a democratic state. This was stated by the EU representative to Vatican and a former EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski during the National Forum “Transformation of Ukraine” in Kyiv, reports Ukrinform.
Ecolines admits employee's mistake barring family from visa-free travel to Bulgaria
The Ecolines bus transportation service has admitted its employee's mistake that did not let a Ukrainian family of four go to Bulgaria as one of them wanted to use a biometric passport for visa-free travel.
President: Ukraine praises unity and solidarity of the EU in prolonging sanctions against Russia
In the course of the working visit to Brussels, President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk to discussed the restoration of peace in Ukraine and the resolution of the situation in Donbas. The Head of State was content with the coordination of actions with the President of the European Council as regards the peace issue in Ukraine.
Poroshenko to meet Tusk in Brussels
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is meeting the President of the European Council in Brussels on Thursday at 11:30. 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent reported that from Brussels.
Specific war between Russia and Ukraine, in which someone third wins
Gordon: The Gordon Show is on air. Today my guest is the famous Russian politician and historian Viktor Mironenko. - Today Ukraine is working on a process of decommunization. In my opinion, this is a very important point, allowing very many people to get rid of the stupidity in their heads. How do you feel about decommunization?
President: Prices in Ukraine for the foreign drugs registered in the countries of the EU and G7 must not exceed the European ones
President Petro Poroshenko instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to verify the efficiency of abolition of additional registration for the foreign drugs registered in the countries of the EU and G7, and their prices in the Ukrainian pharmacies.
Ukraine, EU concerned over human rights situation in Crimea, Donbas
The European Union and Ukraine have expressed concern over a further deterioration in the human rights situation in the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula and the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to a joint press release following the EU-Ukraine Human Rights dialogue.
Dutch government signs ratification law for EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
The Dutch Justice Ministry signed the law on ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs posted that on Twitter.
EU dissatisfied with slow reforms of intellectual property sphere in Ukraine
The European Union is dissatisfied with the slow progress of Ukraine in the legislative reform in the sphere of the intellectual property. The press service of the EU in Ukraine reports that this issue was raised at the meeting of EU and Ukraine representatives.