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BILLS ON DETECTIVE SERVICES COULD REDUCE MARKET TO COLLECTING INFORMATION

Bills on detective services could reduce the market to only collecting and capturing information, lawyers of Kinstellar law firm – Counsel Iryna Nikolayevska and associate Julia Palaida – have told Interfax-Ukraine, commenting on bill No. 1228 submitted by MP Andriy Kozhemiakin (Batkivschyna parliamentary faction) and alternative bill No. 1228-1 submitted by MPs Mykola Halushko and Viacheslav Medianyk (both from the Servant of the People parliamentary faction).
The lawyers said that at present, the most popular services of private detectives are the search for missing persons, the search for children hidden by one of the spouses, the search for assets of a person in order to recover them, and the verification of the reliability of business partners and employees.
“If regulation of this sphere is introduced in the format proposed by bills No. 1228 and No. 1228-1, the functions of a private detective will actually be reduced to collecting and recording information, since none of these documents authorizes detectives with powers similar to those of law enforcement agencies. Moreover, the bills do not directly regulate the question of how the court should evaluate the evidence collected by the detective, and whether the court will consider it to be appropriate evidence,” the lawyers said.
The Kinstellar law firm experts believe that the information collected by the detective should be regarded as proper evidence (provided there are no violations during the collection).
“It would be nice to clarify the law in this matter,” Nikolayevska and Palaida said.
Moreover, in general, the lawyers consider attempts to regulate the sphere of private investigations to be positive.

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PRESIDENT’S BILL ABOUT FARMLAND TURNOVER IN UKRAINE ALLOWS LEGAL ENTITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN MARKET

The president’s bill about farmland turnover in Ukraine, which should be published within two weeks, allows legal entities to participate in the land market, acting Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine Olha Trofimtseva has said. “The president’s position regarding legal entities is quite liberal and this is one of the disagreements that exist between us. I believe that certain restrictions, safeguards should be established at the first transitional stage, I advocate a phased opening of the market and, accordingly, its phased liberalization,” she said at a press conference.
According to Trofimtseva, the presidential bill is based on the government’s bill.
“The changes that will be made in it concern legal entities, I think we will see it soon, it will be introduced in the Verkhovna Rada as the president’s bill, but this will be the subject of discussion after the first working day of the Verkhovna Rada, after the formation of the new Cabinet [of Ministers]. This is a question of a week or two,” the acting minister said.
In addition, Trofimtseva said that as part of the land reform, at least six or seven bills will be presented that will be aimed at the normal functioning of the land market.

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UKRAINIAN MEDIA INTERNET ADVERTISING MARKET EXPANDS BY 82% IN H1 2019 – UIA ASSOCIATION

The Ukrainian media Internet advertising market expands by 82% in H1 2019, to UAH 1.987 billion, the Ukrainian Internet Association (UIA) has said.
The share of direct sales on this market over the period came to 61.41%.
The segments of media Internet advertising are the following: banner advertising with 34% of the market share, in-stream video (pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll, pause-roll, overlay-advertisement, picture-in-pause) was – 41%, in-page video advertising (content-roll) – 11%, other non-standard solutions (pop-up and pop-up pop-ups, catfish and screen-glide formats, synchronous banners, frontlines, full-screen advertising, sound advertisement in a digital audio stream and other types) – 9% and sponsorship – 5%.
The share of mobile media Internet advertising (targeted at mobile device users) of the total turnover of media Internet advertising was the following: 20.7% for banner advertising, 22% for in-stream video, 0.7% for in-page video (content-roll), 2.5% – for non-standard solutions and 1.1% for sponsorship.
The share of Programmatic (automated advertising) was 34.6% for purchases by agencies and 50.8% for platforms.
The share of social media and instant messengers (FB, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Viber and other applications) was also determined in advertising – 36.64%.
The methodology for measuring the volume of media Internet advertising was based on a cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the largest advertising agencies, websites and sales houses.
“The survey involved leading online advertising agencies: ADINDEX, AdWork, Dentsu Aegis Network Ukraine, DIEVO, Havas Digital, Maxus Sigma, MediaHead, Netpeak, newage, Publicis One, razom communications, TMGU, WebPromo, and representatives of the largest sites, holdings and sales-houses: 1+1, Adpartner, Edipresse Media, FISH, Go2Ne, Online.ua, Programmatic Media Group, RBC, RIA, Rontar, RST, StarLight Digital Sales, Treeum, Ukr.net, UMH, Autocentre, Lux (24 Channel) Novoye Vremia,” the association said.

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NEW PASSENGER CAR MARKET IN UKRAINE SLIGHTLY EXPANDS

The primary registrations of new passenger cars in May 2019 grew by 1.6% compared with May 2018, to 6,900 units (the same as in April 2019), the Ukrautoprom association reported on Monday.
Last month, Toyota enjoyed the greatest demand among Ukrainians, which registrations grew by almost 46% to 1,238 units, while the leader of April, Renault, ranked second with sales growth of 29% compared to May 2018, to 967 units.
Despite a slight lag (0.6%) of its last year’s figure, Hyundai took the third place, with 501 registered cars. Nissan is the fourth in the May rating with 468 cars sold and a 26% increase.
KIA is fifth (in April, entered the top three) with 445 cars sold (a rise of 18%).
Meanwhile, according to the AUTO-Consulting information and analytical group, the new passenger cars market in May grew by 3.3% compared with May last year, but decreased by 2.9% compared to April, to 6,910 units. At the same time, the group estimates the change in the positions of brands in the rating as “tectonic.”
Toyota also ranks first with sales growth of 26.3% compared to April of the current year and a market share of 18.05%, Renault was in the second place with a drop of 13.4% and a share of 14.4%.
Hyundai moved up to rank three from sixth in April, increasing sales by 29.7%, to 493 cars, and growth ensured a change in the position for Volkswagen and Mitsubishi (respectively, seventh from eighth in April, eighth from 13th).
According to AUTO-Consulting, in January-May 2019, 32,051 new passenger cars were sold in Ukraine, which is 0.5% less than a year earlier.

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US CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE HAS 21% OF UKRAINIAN CORN SEED MARKET AND 16% OF SUNFLOWER MARKET

Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of DowDuPont (the United States), a large global seed producer, occupied 21% of the Ukrainian corn seed market and 16% of the sunflower seed market (the seeds of the two brands – Pioneer and Brevant).
“According to the calculations of the Kleffmann Group, which are based on a survey of farmers in 2018, our market share of the combined portfolio of Corteva Agriscience [the seeds of two brands: Pioneer and Brevant] for corn is 21%, and for sunflower is 16%. The crop protection agents market’s share is 7% However, based on these data, one should take into account the error in the calculations, which can reach almost 3 percentage points,” Head of business in Eastern Europe Corteva Agriscience Serhiy Kharin said.
According to him, in the plans for the next season is to get at least 1% growth in the seed market share for each of the crops.
Corteva Agriscience is an integrated company with the following segments: seeds, crop protection agents and digital technologies. It was created by combining DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection, and Dow AgroScience.
Corteva Agriscience includes Pioneer Nasinnia Ukraine LLC, a commercial office located in Kyiv (it provides sales of Pioneer brand seeds) and Stasi Nasinnia LLC, a seed production plant that has been operating since 2013. Over five years, investments in the production complex amounted to more than $56 million. The plant reached its full capacity in 2017: for the production of corn seeds – 500,000 seeds per year, for the production of sunflower seeds – 250,000 seeds per year.
Corteva Agriscience plans to become an independent company which shares will be quoted on an exchange after the previously announced separation process is completed by June 2019.

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UKRAINIAN MEDIA INTERNET ADVERTISING MARKET EXPANDS BY 40% IN 2018

The Ukrainian media Internet advertising market expands by 39.9% in 2018, to UAH 3.511 billion, the Ukrainian Internet Association (UIA) has said.
The share of direct sales on this market over the period came to 56%. The segments of media Internet advertising are the following: banner advertising with 37% of the market share (a decline by 12.6 percentage points (p.p.) on 2017), in-stream video (pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll, pause-roll, overlay-advertisement, picture-in-pause) was – 42% (growth of 15.8 p.p.), in-page video advertising (content-roll) – 9% (a rise by 6.8 p.p.), other non-standard solutions (pop-up and pop-up pop-ups, catfish and screen-glide formats, synchronous banners, frontlines, full-screen advertising, sound advertisement in a digital audio stream and other types) – 7% (a decline by 5 p.p.) and sponsorship – 5% (a fall by 4.8 p.p.).
The share of mobile media Internet advertising (targeted at mobile device users) of the total turnover of media Internet advertising was the following: 30% for banner advertising (a rise by 16 p.p.), 29% for in-stream video (a rise by 18 p.p.), 14% for in-page video (content-roll, a rise by 8.5 p.p.), 14% – for non-standard solutions (growth by 10.5 p.p.) and 13% for sponsorship (a rise by 12 p.p.).
The share of Programmatic (automated advertising) was 25.91% for purchases by agencies and 50.35% for platforms.
The share of social media and instant messengers (FB, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Viber and other applications) was also determined in advertising – 34.45% (a rise by 8 p.p.).
The methodology for measuring the volume of media Internet advertising was based on a cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the largest advertising agencies, websites and sales houses.
“The survey involved leading online advertising agencies: Dentsu Aegis Network Ukraine, razom communications, Sigma, ITCG, Havas Digital, Publicis One, TMGU, AdWork, DIEVO, MediaHead, Netpeak, newage, and representatives of the largest sites, holdings and sales-houses: Autocentre, Edipress, Lux (24 channel), RBC, RIA, Ukr.net, UMH, Go2Net, FISH, Adpartner, Rontar, Online.ua, Novoye Vremia, RST and Obozrevatel,” the association said.

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