KYIV. July 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Hopin taxi service mobile attachment (Slovakia) starts operating in Kyiv from July 1.
Director General Martin Winkler said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday that using the attachment one can learn about the fare, type of a car, warn a taxi driver about a delay and track the approaching of the car.
The minimum order is UAH 40. The cost of one kilometer travelling is UAH 6.
He said that by the end of this year the company seeks to reach 2,000 drivers in Kyiv and 500,000 orders a month.
Cash or bank cards via the attachment could be used to pay for the taxi.
Asked about the lawfulness of the taxi service operation, Marketing Director of the Ukrainian division Vadym Yurik said that the issue has been settled under Ukrainian law. There is a representative office in Ukraine. The taxi market in Ukraine unfortunately is unregulated now. Around 90% of drivers work without any permits, he said.
“We hope that the issue would be settled soon,” he said, not disclosing how tax payment from operations of taxi drivers is settled.
Yurik added that the company has interviews with drivers before hiring them and monitors drivers’ rating in the application.
He said that the company intends to operate in several large cities of Ukraine.
Winkler said that by the end of this year or early next year the company could enter Lviv and Odesa and then Dnipro and Kharkiv.
KYIV. July 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Khlibni Investytsii, one of the largest producers of bread and bakery goods in Ukraine, has launched a new bakery located near First Capital Bakery (Pershy Stolychny Khlibzavod).
According to a report on the website of the holding, the company’s investment amounted to $6 million. It is planned to invest another $6 million in 2016-2017.
Currently, the company has installed a line for producing Ukrainsky bread with a capacity of 30 tonnes per day. It is planned to start a long loaf line in September 2016.
Construction began in late November 2015.
After the launch of new facilities Pershy Stolychny Khlibzavod became the largest plant in Ukraine in terms of its potential.
Khlibni Investytsii Holding plans in 2017 to build a new confectionery factory near Pershy Stolychny Khlibzavod
KYIV. June 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) Liubomyr Sabadosh during his working visit to Brussels held talks with leaders of the European Parliament (EP) and discussed the possibility of supporting promising joint projects between Ukraine and the EU countries in aerospace by European politicians.
The SSAU press service reported that Ukraine’s participation in space projects being implemented as part of the space programs of the EU and the European Space Agency (ESA) was discussed at a meeting of Sabadosh with Vice-President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki.
Sabadosh pointed out the expansion of the current agenda of the dialog between the Ukrainian space agency and the ESA and space agencies of the EU countries. He expressed hope that the European Parliament would back initiatives of the Ukrainian space sector: this would help to realize the potential of partnership between Ukraine and the EU states in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, he said.
The press service said that during his visit to Brussels, Sabadosh also met Anna Fotyga, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, Vice-President of the Sky & Space Parliamentary Intergroup and Karol Karski, Quaestor of the European Parliament.
During a visit of a delegation of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) headed by POLSA President Marek Banaszkiewicz in February 2016, Poland expressed interest in boosting cooperation with Ukraine in the creation of new space and rocket technologies, including Earth remote sensing satellites.
KYIV. June 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said that Germany intends to provide EUR 300 million to Ukraine for energy, infrastructure and railways.
“The decision that we would be able to implement the untied financial loan of EUR 300 million intended for energy, infrastructure and railways has been made,” he said on ICTV Channel.
As reported, Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Minister of Ukraine Hennadiy Zubko said that The mission of Germany’s KfW will arrive to Ukraine on July 4 to approve projects on the implementation of the second part of untied financial loan of EUR 300 million that could be sent to the target projects by the end of 2016.
A memorandum on joint intentions between the government of Ukraine and the government of Germany for an unrelated financial loan totaling EUR 500 million was signed in Berlin on April 1, 2015.
In July 2015, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada ratified the memorandum.