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UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO PUBLISH SALARIES OF TOP OFFICIALS ON MONTHLY BASIS

Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Dmytro Dubilet has said government intends to publish monthly salaries of top officials.
“We will officially publish every month all the income that our top officials receive. This information is not a secret. This will be another step so that we become more transparent and honest with the community,” Dubilet said at a briefing on the results of a government meeting on Thursday in Kyiv.
According to him, this information will be published on the government website. It will include the salaries of ministers and their deputies.

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UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AMENDS ACTION PLAN ON IMPLEMENTATION OF ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH EU

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has amended the Action Plan on Implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, the press service of the Ukrainian government reported. “The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution amending the Action Plan on Implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The updated plan takes into account the deepening of the Ukraine-EU bilateral relations and a series of decisions adopted by the bilateral bodies of the Association Agreement in recent years,” reads the statement.
The amended document actualizes, aligns and streamlines the objectives with the dynamically evolving EU legislation. The updated tasks are related to customs and financial policy; taxation, entrepreneurship, financial services and competition; justice, social and humanitarian issues; transport; energy economy and energy efficiency; digital sphere, science, technology and innovation; nature management and others.
It is expected that the government’s decision will accelerate Ukraine’s advancement towards the EU and make this process more transparent.

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UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES GAMBLING BILL

A bill which legalizes gambling in Ukraine was approved by the national government on September 29, according to a statement posted on the government’s website.
According to the bill, “gambling will be allowed exclusively on hotel premises through use of gambling equipment and software that comply with international standards.”
Seeking “de-criminalization of the economy,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tasked the government and the parliamentary majority with elaborating and adopting before December 1, 2019, laws legitimizing the gambling industry and amber production.

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UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT FIRES 36 DEPUTY MINISTERS

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Wednesday dismissed 36 deputy ministers and first deputy ministers from 12 ministries. In particular, Olha Trofimtseva, Viktor Sheremeta, Volodymyr Topchiy and Olena Kovalova were dismissed from the posts of deputy minister of agricultural policy and food.
Mykola Movchan, Yaroslav Voitovych, Mykola Danevych were dismissed from the posts of deputy ministers of sports, and Ihor Hotsul from the post of first deputy minister.
Yuriy Rybachuk and Tamara Mazur lost the posts of deputy ministers of culture.
Dmytro Zolotukhin was dismissed from the post of deputy minister of information policy, and Emine Dzhaparova was dismissed from the post of first deputy minister.
Roman Hreba and Maksym Strikha lost the positions of deputy ministers of education and science.
Ihor Pavlovsky was dismissed from the post of deputy minister of defense.
Svitlana Hlushchenko, Iryna Sadovska, Serhiy Petukhov, Ivanna Smachylo, Ivan Lishchyna, Denys Chernyshov were dismissed from the posts of deputy minister of justice, and Olena Sukmanova was removed from the post of first deputy minister.
Deputy ministers of health Pavlo Kovtonyuk and Oleksandr Linsky, as well as first deputy minister Ulana Suprun, were also dismissed.
Mykhailo Tytarchuk and Yuriy Brovchenko were dismissed from the posts of deputy minister of economic development and trade.
Lev Partskhaladze and Taras Tokarsky lost the positions of deputy ministers of regional development, construction, housing and utilities economy.
Hryhoriy Galagan was dismissed from the post of first deputy minister of veterans.
Deputy ministers for occupied territories and internally displaced persons Viktoria Voronina, Yuriy Hrymchak and Heorhiy Tuka also lost their posts. First deputy minister Yusuf Kurkchi was also fired.
Oleksandr Churkin was dismissed from the post of deputy minister of social policy.

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UKRAINIAN MANUFACTURERS OF AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY ASK GOVERNMENT TO LOWER LOCAL CONTENT OF HARDWARE

Ukrainian manufacturers of agricultural machinery has said it is necessary to reduce the local contents of domestic complex agricultural machinery set for 2019-2021 that should be observed for receiving a partial compensation for the cost of machinery and equipment.
UkrAgroMash Association of Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers addressed to First Deputy Premier of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv with the respective request, the text of which was made available by the National Committee on Industrial Development on Facebook.
“Under present intense competition with the companies from other countries, which can afford cheap loans and enjoy various incentives and financial support of their countries…it becomes more difficult for the Ukrainian producers to uphold their position in the market and increase the local content with having no such kind of support,” reads the report.
The association says current year business realities make it impossible for the manufacturers of the complex self-propelled machinery to gain local contents, which have been set in 2013, for 2019/2020.
Thus, it is proposed to set local contents for self-propelled combine harvesters on the level of 40% in 2019, on the level of 45% in 2020, and on the level of 50% in 2021 (now these indicators are 55% and 60% respectively in 2019 and 2020), to set 45% and 50% contents for tractors for 2019 and 2020 (previously 55% and 60%), and 55% for 2021.
Besides, the manufacturers propose to fix local contents for special-purpose agricultural machines this and next years on the level of 50% and 55% (previously 55% and 60%), and 60% for 2021, local contents for self-propelled spraying machines on the level of 40% and 45% (55% and 60%) and introduce 50% for 2021.
The farm producers also ask to introduce spraying trailer machines into the list setting 45% of local content for 2019, 50% in 2020 and 55% in 2021.
As reported, the program of financial support for agricultural producers (subsidies for the purchase of agricultural machinery, equipment, railway cars) is about UAH 881.8 million. Of these, partial compensation for the cost of agricultural machinery and equipment made in Ukraine is UAH 681.79 million, special vehicles for the transportation of grain, equipment for the production of bioethanol and electricity from biomass, which were purchased from domestic producers – UAH 200 million.

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NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO BE FORMED IN SEPT

A new composition of the Ukrainian government will be endorsed shortly after the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, starts work, the Ukrainian president’s representative to the government Andriy Gerus, said on Thursday. “Everything will be very quick. I think a new government will be formed on the first or second day of the parliament’s work. I am convinced of that,” Gerus said on the TV channel 1+1.
He said he expected the parliament to gather for its first meeting within the first days of September.
Asked whether the Holos party could join a coalition with the parliamentary majority, Gerus replied, “If Holos wishes to join, it could enter the coalition on the first day of the new parliament.”
Parties that might wish to join a future coalition could reach a number of agreements in August so as not to lose time later, he said.
“We don’t have too much time. The country needs quick change so that the public feels a positive effect from reforms that need to be carried out quickly,” Gerus said.
Quick decisions and steps will be made every day so as to move ahead, he said.