Business news from Ukraine

Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Slovakia to meet in Uzhhorod on Wednesday

The meeting between Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico will take place on Wednesday, January 24, in Uzhhorod, Slovak media outlet Denník N reported on Saturday.

“…on Wednesday morning, I am in Ukraine with Shmyhal,” Fico said, speaking about his work plans for the coming week.

The publication reports that “Fico will meet with the Prime Minister of Ukraine in Uzhhorod.”

As noted, in early December, Fico already had a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. He summarized the content of the phone call in his Facebook status, saying that he “makes it impossible to supply weapons” but “supports the European perspective of Ukraine and Moldova, but together with the countries of the Western Balkans.” Fico also stated that Slovakia is interested in “helping Ukraine in the humanitarian and civilian sphere.”

Fico also reportedly noted the reluctance of the Ukrainian side to hold a press conference.

Last week, it was reported that Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal also announced a meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Fico in the coming weeks to “discuss all the pressing issues and remove possible obstacles to the implementation of the Ukraine Facility.”

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New shopping center with area of more than 20 thousand square meters will open in Uzhhorod in year

A four-level shopping center “Ukraina” with a total area of more than 20 thousand square meters will be opened in Uzhhorod at the end of 2024, the Retail & Development Advisor (RDA) consulting company, which is the exclusive broker of the future facility, told Interfax-Ukraine.
“We are finalizing the architectural concept of the Ukraina shopping center, but we can already say for sure that its content will be the largest in Transcarpathia. Many national and international chains are interested in opening their stores here. The increased interest in the facility from retail operators is quite understandable, because this is the first shopping center of this scale and class in the region, which has no analogues in Transcarpathia today either in terms of architecture or location,” comments Andriy Lototskyi, CEO of RDA.
The new shopping center will be located on Svobody Avenue, not far from the historic city center. The developer of the facility expects that a good location on the main avenue of the city, proximity to the center and densely populated residential areas nearby will provide the mall with consistently high traffic. According to preliminary estimates, the shopping center’s footfall will reach 20 thousand shoppers per day.
RDA has already started the process of filling the facility. It is assumed that ALMA grocery supermarket with an area of 2 thousand square meters, large stores of national and international operators, a modern premium cinema, restaurants and a food court area will open in the shopping center “Ukraine”.
It is emphasized that the project takes into account all relevant DBN norms, in particular, the inclusiveness of the mall and the arrangement of a safe and comfortable shelter for visitors. It is also planned to equip the area in front of the mall.

Uzhhorod to purchase 13 Electron buses for UAH 126.5 mln

The Uzhhorod Municipal Transport utility will purchase 13 low-floor 12-meter buses manufactured by Lviv-based ElectronMash for UAH 126.5 million by August 31, 2024, against an expected purchase price of UAH 137.32 million.

According to Prozorro, the contract was signed with the successful bidder, ElectronMash Plant LLC, on September 29.

In addition to the Lviv plant, bids were also submitted by Zernotrade, which offered Chinese buses for UAH 127.8 million (according to the certificate provided, with localization of more than 23%), and Bas Motor LLC with Bogdan buses for UAH 130 million.

At the same time, Etalon Auto Trading House filed a complaint with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine against the discriminatory terms of the tender, but the AMCU dismissed the complaint.

As reported, the tender for the purchase of buses for Uzhhorod Municipal Transport was announced on August 17, with a 50% prepayment required within 10 banking days.

According to the technical specifications, the bus with a diesel engine of at least Euro 5 eco-standard with three double doors must be fully low-floor, produced no earlier than 2023, designed for at least 90 passengers, including 27 seated, have a ramp for wheelchair users and a place for wheelchair attachment in the cabin.

Uzhhorod Municipal Transport was established in 2016 (before that, the city was served only by private carriers). In 2018, the first 10 large low-floor buses from Electron were purchased for UAH 54 million. Another seven buses from the same manufacturer were leased and delivered in 2021.


International charity conference for winegrowers and winemakers will be held in Uzhhorod on December 15-16

On December 15-16, 2022, the IV International Charitable Scientific and Practical Conference “Viticulture and winemaking of Ukraine under martial law: learning to win!” will be held in Uzhhorod, in the premises of the Transcarpathian Regional Philharmonic. Picturesque Transcarpathia, which has long been a wine region, will welcome everyone who wants to develop the wine industry and show that Ukrainian winemaking is worthy of world recognition. The participants of the event will discuss the effective care of vineyards, modern technologies in winemaking and production of cognacs, grappa, chacha and other drinks and products from grapes. The conference will include a charity auction of goods and services for viticulture and winemaking, the proceeds from which will be used to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, to purchase winter ammunition and medicines.

The organizer of the conference is the media group “Technologies and Innovations”.
The conference will be held with the support of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, the Association of Winegrowers, Winemakers and Distillers of Transcarpathia, the PU “UKRSADVINPROM”, the Association “Ukrsadprom”, the “Ukrvinprom” Corporation.
Scientific patronage is provided by the Odesa National Technological University, Uzhhorod National University (Department of Horticulture and Viticulture), the National Scientific Center “Institute of Viticulture and Winemaking named after V.E. Tairov” of the NAAS of Ukraine.
The charity auction will be held with the support of the Charitable Foundation “Strong and Free”.
The key idea of the conference is to demonstrate to Ukrainian producers of wines and other beverages how to create and develop a successful viticulture and winemaking business even in wartime, to popularize the latest technologies of growing and processing of grapes from the ground to the finished product – wine and other beverages made from grapes.
The conference program is designed for 2 days:
December 15 – conference day, during which Ukrainian and foreign experts, representatives of leading wine technology companies, scientists, winegrowers and winemakers will speak. Speakers will share successful experience in growing technical and table grapes, talk about the situation in Ukrainian viticulture, outline the main problems and ways to solve them.
At the beginning of the conference day there will be a round table discussion on the key topic “Ukrainian viticulture and winemaking under martial law: learning to win!”. The discussion will be attended by heads of wineries and vineyards, representatives of industry associations, scientists.
Along with the plenary session, there will be an exhibition of equipment and materials for the production of wines and cognacs, as well as technologies for growing table and industrial grapes, presentation of new grape varieties. Also during the event, there will be an exhibition of products of viticultural and winemaking enterprises.
During the conference day there will be a presentation of wines and other drinks from Ukrainian producers. Conference participants will be able to discover new quality wines and taste them.
December 16 – business tour to winegrowing and winemaking enterprises of Transcarpathia with tasting and presentation of new technologies for winemaking and viticulture.
We invite owners and managers, technologists, agronomists of large wineries, small and medium-sized growers of table and industrial grapes, winemakers, producers of spirits made from grapes and all those who are interested in establishing the production of high quality products through modern technologies, implementation of best practices presented by leading international and Ukrainian companies at the conference.
Picturesque Transcarpathia with a deep history of winemaking, with the beauty of the mountains, thermal waters and other highlights is waiting for you!
We all now live in a time when we need to unite and support the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian economy and each other. Only then we will remain unbreakable! We are waiting for you!
Registration of participants and partners – by contacts:
Larysa Tovkach, tel.: +38 097 96 89 516
Anna Pankratenkova, tel.: +38 097 759 25 83
Iryna Petroniuk, tel.: +38 096 49 166 92
General Information Partner – international specialized magazine “Drinks. Technologies and Innovations” (Drinks.Technologies)
Media partners of the conference – specialized magazines “Horticulture and Vegetable growing. Technologies and Innovations”, “Yagidnyk”, (Ukraine), Wine of Ukraine (, Interfax-Ukraine news agency, “Heart of Wine” project (
Open4business is a partner of the international conference

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“Silpo” opened the fifth supermarket in Uzhhorod

“Silpo” supermarket chain has opened a fifth store in Uzhhorod, the retailer’s press service reported.
As reported in the release, this supermarket (150 Kapushanska Street (Peremogy)) with an area of ​​925 square meters. m planned to open in the spring during cherry blossoms in Uzhhorod. His theme was the Japanese stone garden or Zen garden.
“The full-scale invasion of Russia prevented the plans, now we are opening a store in a “modest” format. The design elements are only those that we managed to complete in the winter. We collected all the equipment that was not purchased last year, bit by bit, from stores that were forced to stop working,” – reports releases
“Silpo-Food” LLC was established at the beginning of August 2016. As of September 2022, there are 299 supermarkets operating in the network.
According to Opendatabot, the founder of the LLC is PJSC “Closed non-diversified venture corporate investment fund “Retail Capital” (100%, Kyiv), the ultimate beneficiary is Volodymyr Kostelman.
Fozzy Group is one of the largest Ukrainian retailers with more than 690 retail outlets throughout the country. The company develops trade networks of various formats: “Silpo” supermarkets, Fozzy Cash&Carry wholesale hypermarkets, “Fora” convenience stores, Thrash! discounters, “Bila Rashka” pharmaceutical supermarkets, Ringoo personal electronics stores.

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Transcarpathian Regional Council wants to resume work of Uzhhorod Airport in 1-2 months

At a session at the end of this week, the Transcarpathian Regional Council decided to increase the authorized capital of the Uzhgorod airport located near the border with the EU by UAH 26 million in order to resume its work without waiting for the end of the war.
“We have significantly raised the funding of the Uzhgorod airport … in order to carry out the necessary procedures, obtain permits, build the necessary buildings and, finally, start earning, and not count losses,” Volodymyr Chubirko, head of the Transcarpathian Regional Council, wrote on Facebook.
“The former minus – the runway, which starts abroad, has become its plus. We must use it,” he said.
The international airport “Uzhgorod” is located in a mountainous area in such a way that the threshold of the runway 10 is located a few hundred meters from the Ukrainian-Slovak border. Therefore, Slovak airspace is used for instrument landings at this aerodrome.
In September 2020, Ukraine and Slovakia signed an intergovernmental agreement, and a year later, the airport accepted the first flight using a certain part of the Slovak airspace.
Local media also report Chubirko’s words, who expressed confidence that the airport will be launched “in a month or two”, and Ukrainian companies based in Europe today will use it.

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