Business news from Ukraine

CONSUMER PRICES IN UKRAINE REMAIN UNCHANGED, INFLATION SLOWS TO 11.7% IN ANNUAL TERMS

Consumer prices in Ukraine in May 2018 remained unchanged from the previous month, while inflation was 0.8% in April, 1.1% in March, 0.9% in February and 1.5% in January, the State Statistics Service has said. According to the agency, in annual terms (May2018 to May 2017) the rise of consumer prices slowed down to 11.7% from 13.1% in April, 13.2% in March, 14% in February, and 14.1% in January.
Underlying inflation in May 2018 fell to 0.2% from 0.6% in April and 1.4% in March, in annual terms being 9.3%.
The service said that since the beginning of the year consumer prices in Ukraine have increased by 4.4%, while underlying inflation was 3.5%.
In May compared with April 2018 prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased by 0.7%. Prices for eggs and buckwheat fell most of all (by 9.5% and 7.3%). Prices for vegetables, milk and dairy products, sugar, lard, fruits, rice, sunflower oil fell by 2.9-0.5%. At the same time, prices for fish, pasta, bread, and non-alcoholic beverages rose by 0.8-0.5%.
Prices for alcoholic drinks and tobacco products grew by 1.8%, in particular for tobacco products by 2.4%, alcoholic drinks by 1.0%.
The growth of tariffs for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels by 0.1% was mainly due to the increase in water supply tariffs by 2.2%, sewerage by 1.8%, and housing maintenance by 1.2%.

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UDP DEVELOPER BUYS BUILDING IN KYIV FOR $4 MLN

The department of municipal ownership of the Kyiv City Administration has sold a nonresidential building located at 8 (A, A2) Heorhiyevsky Lane in the Shevchenkivsky district of Kyiv, at an auction to Global Invest LLC (Kyiv) for UAH 102.541 million (around $4 million).
The department of municipal ownership told in response to the inquiry of Interfax-Ukraine that the building with gross area of 3,800 square meters was placed to the list of facilities being in municipal ownership of the Kyiv community and eligible to privatization.
According to the unified public register, the holder of 99.776% of the charter capital of Global Invest LLC is UDP Asset Management LLC, which acts on its own behalf and on behalf of Misky Quarter fund (as of June 8, 2018, the company also holds 67.3% in the charter capital of Ukrainian Development Partners (UDP) LLC).
The department said that a nonresidential building located at 44A, Khreschatyk Street was sold to Vacus-Investments LLC (Kyiv) for UAH 32.3 million.
Verdis LLC (Kyiv) privatized a building with gross area of 435 square meters located at 1/2A, Baseina Street for UAH 4.3 million.
Kronker Group LLC bought a building with gross areas of 460 square meters located at 3A, Trukhanivska Street for UAH 5.9 million.
Global Invest LLC was founded in 2004. Its core business is construction of residential and nonresidential buildings. The ultimate beneficiary is ex-director general of UDP Valeriy Kodetsky.

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VENICE COMMISSION PRAISES UKRAINE’S NEWLY-ADOPTED LAW ON ANTI-CORRUPTION COURT

President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio has called the adoption by the Ukrainian parliament of the law “On the High Anti-Corruption Court” a testament to Ukraine’s intention to continue the path of reforms and European integration.
“It is with great satisfaction – I would even say with great joy – that I learnt of today’s decision by the Verkhovna Rada to adopt the law on the High Anti-Corruption Court. According to the reports the law as adopted is in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission,” the Commission chief said in his statement posted on the Commission’s website on Thursday.
The official congratulated the Ukrainian MPs on the vote and thanked all those who contributed to the adoption of the law.
“This is an important step forward for Ukraine and for Europe, most of all for the citizens of Ukraine who have suffered for too long from the evils of corruption. Today’s vote shows that Ukraine is determined to continue on the path of reform and European integration,” said the VC chief.
He also urged all those involved to ensure the rapid formation of the court and to provide it with appropriate means for functioning.
As reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada passed presidential draft law “On the High Anti-Corruption Court” (No. 7440) at the second reading.

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