Business news from Ukraine

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER IN FAVOR OF OPENING OFFICES OF GOOGLE, YOUTUBE IN UKRAINE

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov calls for the opening of separate representative offices of Google and YouTube in the country.
“The team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation is to meet with the Google team. We will talk about the company’s development plans in Ukraine. We really want to see separate representative offices of Google, YouTube in Ukraine,” Fedorov said on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel during his working visit to Washington (the United States).
According to him, during military aggression, it is necessary that the content is moderated in Ukraine, and not in Russian offices.

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ANTIMONOPOLY COMMITTEE OF UKRAINE FINES GOOGLE

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has imposed a fine on Google LLC (99% owned by Google International LLC, the United States) in the amount of UAH 1 million for failure to provide information on time at the request of the state authorized representative of the AMCU.
As noted in the report on the website of the committee, such a decision was made by the provisional administrative board of the AMCU at a meeting on April 2.
“The size of the fine is determined by aggravating circumstances, namely by the fact that Google LLC has not provided the committee with the requested information for more than a year,” the report says.
This information was necessary for the AMCU to investigate the application of an individual entrepreneur regarding the blocking of his account in the Google My Business application.
The AMCU stressed that the failure of the respondent to provide information within a certain time frame makes it impossible for the committee to fulfill the tasks assigned to it, in particular, the timely, complete and comprehensive consideration of an application for violation of the legislation on protection of economic competition.
At the same time, it is noted that already within the framework of the consideration of the case initiated against the company for failure to provide information at the request of the committee, this information was provided by the defendant, which in turn was also taken into account by the AMCU when determining the amount of the fine.
“At the moment we are clarifying the details of this situation,” the press service of Google Ukraine commented to Interfax-Ukraine.

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SUMY REGION BECOMES 12TH ON LIST OF ‘DIGITIZED’ REGIONS OF UKRAINE BY GOOGLE

The Digital Transformation of Sumy region campaign from Google Ukraine has become the 12th digitalization event after Kyiv, Lviv and nine more regions, the company has said in a report.
The Digital Transformation of Sumy region campaign was conducted by Google Ukraine in cooperation with Sumy Regional Administration and it is intended to increase investment and tourism attractiveness of the region.
“An important component of the campaign was a series of educational projects for representatives of local government, small and medium-sized businesses, government officials, teachers and students on the basics of digital literacy and Internet security,” the report says.
Under the project, the special website “Discover Sumy region” contains information on the most interesting tourist sites in the region. This resource has replenished previously created regional projects on the discover.net.ua portal and contains 3D panoramas and 3D tours of the most interesting places in the region.
In particular, you can take a virtual walk through the Golitsyn’s Palace and the “Round Yard” Manor in Trostianets, see a unique 220-year-old apple tree in the town of Krolevets and explore the architectural complex of the Orthodox male Sofroniivskyi Monastery.

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