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UKRAINE, TURKEY TO CREATE WORKING GROUP TO COORDINATE WORK OVER JOINT PROJECTS IN DEFENSE SECTOR – NSDC

KYIV. Jan 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov as part of his working visit to Turkey met Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industry İsmail Demir and discussed the intensification of military and technical cooperation.

The press service of NSDC reported last week that the negotiations were held in Ankara. The parties agreed that uniting the resources the countries could achieve more things together than if they work separately.

Demir said that Turkey highly appreciates Ukrainian designs in rocket production, aircraft engineering and tank construction.

“This list could be named by a few, while Turkish defense industry has significant exploratory studies and solutions, the combination of which with Ukrainian ones could give a completely new quality,” he said.

The sides discussed the possibility of creating joint ventures, as well as of the Ukrainian-Turkish research center for the study and analysis of the use of advanced military and technological developments in the conditions of modern military conflicts.

“During the negotiations, it was agreed to establish a joint working group to coordinate the work on joint projects, which will consist of the representatives of defense industries,” the council said.

According to Turchynov, Ukraine and Turkey are at the forefront of the threats the civilized world faces.

“Geopolitical challenges our countries face is the unifying factor for us and leaves no alternatives to our victory”, – he said.

Moreover, the Ukrainian NSDC secretary held meetings with the heads of leading defense industry enterprises of Turkey, during which the questions of implementation of joint projects were discussed, and visited defense enterprises Aselsan and Roketsan.

FIRST STAGE OF BUILDING NEW BESKYDSKY TUNNEL COMPLETED

KYIV. Jan 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The first stage of building a new two-track Beskydsky tunnel has been completed.

According to the press service of the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine, as a whole the new two-track tunnel will replace the existing single track one, which was built in 1886. It has a speed limit of 15-40km/h and remains the only “narrow” place in the Chop-Lviv direction. The new tunnel is designed for a speed of 60-70 km/h and increase the capacity of this section of the track from 47 to 100 pairs of trains per day.

The ministry points out that the tunnel is of strategic importance because it is part of the fifth corridor from Italy to Ukraine.

“The construction of a new tunnel is another project thanks to which Ukraine will be able to realize its transit potential. Today 60% of traffic that goes through the western border, including in transit, are carried out through the Beskydsky tunnel. The new tunnel will allow us to create competitive conditions for freight carriage on this direction,” Minister of Infrastructure Andriy Pyvovarsky stated.

BILA TSERKVA INVOLVES BUSINESSMEN, PUBLIC IN DRAWING UP TOWN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY – THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION MINISTRY SIGNS A RESPECTIVE MEMORANDUM

The Ministry for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities

On January 20, 2016, the building of the Ministry for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities housed an official ceremony of signing a memorandum of cooperation to develop and implement a social and economic project of joint action “Bila Tserkva Development Strategy.”

This document outlines an agreement on cooperation between Bila Tserkva’s local authorities, the public and the business community in the implementation of the strategy for the development of the town of Bila Tserkva until 2025. The implementation of this strategy should contribute to the successful and sustainable operation and development of the town, which could become a successful combination of progressive civil society and effectively used human resources to build a modern management system, reactivate entrepreneurial activity, and create a comfortable and high-quality urban environment for local residents of Bila Tserkva and visitors.

“Businesses, the public as well as experts from Poland are being engaged in the development of this strategy, therefore it will be based on the standards that have already proven their effectiveness in European countries. The town will thus get a document that opens opportunities for further development, attraction of investment, creation of jobs, and improvement in the quality of services provided to residents. It is impossible to develop without a strategy, therefore every community that thinks about its future should have such a document,” First Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Vyacheslav Nehoda said during the ceremony of the signing of the memorandum.

“It’s not very hard to develop a strategy, it’s much harder to follow it. We will develop this document jointly with the residents of the town, so it is important not to betray the trust of the people during its implementation,” Tomáš Szuba, an authorized person of the European Innovation Centre (Poland), said.

Bila Tserkva Mayor Hennadiy Dykyi assured in turn that the strategy would be developed with the involvement of the public, entrepreneurs and experts to become an effective tool to develop the town.

The memorandum of cooperation was signed by Bila Tserkva Mayor Hennadiy Dykyi, First Vice President of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Vasyl Khmelnytsky, representatives of the following NGOs: GoLocal, Bila Tserkva. Tomorrow, the Center for Community Development, the Smart City public council, representatives of such charitable funds as Ruh Molodi Foundation and K.Fund, and authorized person of the European Innovation Centre Tomáš Szuba.

KYIVSKY CARDBOARD MILL SEES 54% RISE IN PRODUCTION IN 2015

KYIV. Jan 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Kyivsky cardboard paper mill (Obukhiv, Kyiv region), a leader in Ukraine’s pulp and paper industry in terms of production and sales, produced goods worth UAH 3.857 billion in 2015, which is 53.7% up on the figure for 2014.

According to the UkrPapir association, in 2015 the mill decreased its production of corrugated cardboard packaging by 2%, to 199.5 million square meters. The mill decreased its production of cardboard by 1.2%, to 205,000 tonnes, including a rise of 7.7% in production of commodity cardboard, to 123,800 tonnes and a decline of 12.3% in production of box cardboard, to 81,200 tonnes.

Production of base paper (for sanitary products) decreased by 11.7%, to 71,100 tonnes, while production of toilet paper fell by 12.8%, to 400 million rolls.

In 2015 cardboard packaging production in Ukraine fell by 14%, to 759.2 million square meters, and cardboard and paper output dropped by 10%, to 802,050 tonnes.

Kyivsky cardboard paper mill is one of the largest cardboard and paper producers in Europe. It mainly produces goods from wastepaper. Its capacity for processing wastepaper exceeds 850 tonnes a day. The mill exports its products to CIS states and other countries.

EP WELCOMES FIRST STEPS OF GEORGIA, MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF AGREEMENTS WITH EU – RESOLUTION

BRUSSELS. Jan 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Parliament on January 20 adopted a resolution welcoming the progress of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in implementation of association and deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (AA/DCFTAs) with the EU highlighting remaining reform tasks for each country.

According to a press release posted on EP website, success of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine becoming closer to political and economic integration with the European Union “depends on many factors, including stable and economic situation, strategic thinking, definite reform planning and proper use of international financial and technical support.”

MEPs also pointed out that still EU financial support must be matched by concrete progress on reform.

Besides, the EP condemned Russia’s suspension of its free trade agreement with Ukraine at the very moment when the EU-Ukraine free trade deal entered into force.

They deplored the “heavy trade restrictions” on Ukraine’s exports to Russia, voice concerns about Ukraine’s economic and financial standstill and repeat the need for further EU financial assistance.

They called on EU member states to avoid building new gas pipelines from Russia that bypass Ukraine, such as “Nord Stream II”, reads the document.

In a resolution MEPs said they expect Ukraine’s leadership to fulfill its commitments to fight “endemic” corruption, which, they say, remains the biggest challenge to its reform efforts.

The MEPs pointed out that Georgia’s exports to the EU rose by 15%, and Moldova’s by 62% in the first year, and said they expect to similar growth in those from Ukraine.

NEW AIRLINES ANDA AIR REGISTERED IN UKRAINE

KYIV. Jan 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Anda Air Ltd. Airlines was registered in Kyiv late in 2015, according to Ukraine’s State Register of Legal Entities.

Its founders were former head of Dart Airlines Serhiy Shamenko and Georgiy Avanesov. Shamenko also acts as head of Anda Air.

The new company’s charter capital is UAH 50,000, according to the register.

Online portal forbes.ua reported that the company is now undergoing the required procedures to obtain certificates from the State Aviation Service of Ukraine. It may launch flights in summer.

The company’s core business will be charter flights, in particular, to Turkey, Egypt, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, and Greece.

Its fleet is planned to be originally formed from two or three medium-ranged Boeing aircraft. Their base airport will be Kyiv’s Zhuliany airport.

Shamenko told forbes.ua that investment in the project was planned at $15 million, the payback period is three years.

Avanesov said in turn that the investment would be made by a holding from Singapore whose name is not disclosed.