KYIV. May 19 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine’s State Aviation Service seeks to regulate safety of flights of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The authority has designed a draft concept for rules and procedures providing safety of flights of general aviation, sports, amateur and unmanned aerial vehicles and posted it on its website.
According to the document, it is linked to the appearance of new types of aircraft, including those remotely controlled.
The UAVs will be certified with a document covering all elements required for servicing the controlled flight. The core criteria for classification of UAVs as followed: the flight weight, performance radius, control method and kinetic energy when UAVs bump into an obstacle.
UAV external pilots have similar liabilities as pilots of aircraft.
The authority proposes that the external pilot certificate is designed with all required skills and restrictions.
The introduction of the new type of the airspace user aims at cutting risks for all airspace users.
The authority intends to create a special UAV division.
KYIV. May 19 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Non-cash payments in Ukraine in January through March 2016 totaled UAH 115.325 billion, and increase of 33% year-over-year, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) said on its website.
As of April 1, 2016, total transaction using payment cards issued by Ukrainian banks exceeded UAH 332.05 billion and this was 21% up year-over-year. Cash payments of UAH 216.735 billion were settled using payment cards, and this was 15% up year-over-year.
The number of non-cash transactions as of April 1, 2016 reached some UAH 386 million or almost 70% of the total number of transactions with payment cards (UAH 274 million or 60% in Q1 2015). The number of transactions to obtain cash amounted to near UAH 166 million or 30% of the total number of transactions (UAH 157 million or 36% in Q1 2016).
As of April 1, 2016, the number of payment cards in issue exceeded 58.2 million, including 30.7 million active cards (81% with the debit functions and 19% with the credit functions).
The NBU said that cards with magnet stripes dominated (27.8 million), and cards with a stripe and a chip totaled some 2.8 million.
The number of noncontact payment cards increased by 42%, to 1.55 million.
The regulator said that the number of retail and service providing companies accepting non-cash payments grew by 7%, to 124,822.
In Q1 2016, the number of payment terminals increased by 8%, to 202,552.
The total number of ATMs totaled 33,552 as of April 1, 2016.
The highest figures in terms of the number of payment cards, ATMs and payment terminals are in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions.
The leaders in the number of payment cards and infrastructure for their servicing as of April 1, 2016 were PrivatBank, Oschadbank and Raiffeisen Bank Aval.
KYIV. May 19 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine’s Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry has opened a center to support exports to the European Union (EU). The center will provide consultations to Ukrainian farmers about activities on the European markets.
The press service of the ministry reported that the center was opened as part of a joint project with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Germany has invested EUR 1.5 million in the project.
The office of the project is located in the building of the ministry – 24, Khreschatyk, eighth floor.
“The services of the center are available both for those who sell goods to Europe and for those who only thinks about it. It is important that farmers will be able to get all basic information on exports issues at one place,” Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Taras Kytovy said.
KYIV. May 19 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Hungary’s Wizz Air low-cost airline is mulling expansion of its operations in Ukraine due to stabilization of the situation in the country.
“We see that the situation in Ukraine is being stabilized. We like what is happening there now from the business point of view,” Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi told http://www.fly4free.com portal.
Commenting on this information, former infrastructure minister of Ukraine Andriy Pyvovarsky said that the main thing is to create equal conditions for everyone, and the market would dynamically develop itself if the economic situation stabilizes.
“Wizz Air expressed its desire to return to Ukraine as they see stabilization. How much time have I spent to explain to experts that the issue is with the economy, not politics? The invisible hand of the market is working. Adam Smith said this,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Wizz Air’s fleet consisted of 67 Airbus A320 aircraft and two A321 aircraft based at 25 bases throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Wizz Air’s shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Hungary’s low-cost airline Wizz Air carried over 395,000 passengers in 2015 from and to Ukraine, which is twice less from a year ago.
KYIV. May 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is considering a senior secured long-term loan of up to $20 million to finance the modernization, energy efficiency and environmental improvements of Astarta’s existing sugar processing plants.
The EBRD Board of Directors will decide on the disbursement on June 22, 2016, the EBRD has reported in an announcement on Tuesday.
“The transition impact of the project will be derived from demonstration of new replicable behavior and standards market expansion through BAT (Best Available Technique) implementation and obtaining ISO 50001 certificate, and transfer and dissemination of skills and innovation through new technologies.
Astarta Group is one of the largest vertically integrated agricultural companies in Ukraine, operating nine sugar plants, around 250,000 hectares of leased arable land, as well as dairy farms and engaged in soybean processing.
KYIV. May 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The construction of industrial parks could contribute to production of construction materials in Ukraine for thermal modernization of buildings, the deputy head of the parliamentary committee on construction, urban development, housing and communal services, Petro Sabashuk, has said.
“Currently there is great demand for construction materials for thermal modernization of buildings in Ukraine, where domestic production does not meet the demand,” Sabashuk said at a meeting of the profile committee and industry organizations on May 16.
“Many reinforced concrete plants do not work. The creation of industrial parks on their basis will solve a number of problems, in particular the recovery of industrial production in the country in a modern format, manufacturing construction materials for thermal modernization, creating new jobs and the development of regions,” Sabashuk said.
Representative of Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) Olena Shuliak believes it will be much cheaper to build industrial parks through reconstruction of non-operating plants than to create them from scratch.
“The availability of land for building industrial parks in Ukraine is limited. There are difficulties with land allocation. It is therefore very difficult in the short term to allocate cheaply land for industrial park construction. The cost of reconstruction would be much lower,” she said.