Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during an informal meeting with journalists at the Presidential Administration building in Kyiv on Wednesday declared his intention to relocate his administration from the center of Kyiv and turn the old Presidential Administration building into an art museum.
“I want this very much. The main problem for me now is time limits. Because to build a structure from scratch is impossible. But I cannot be here, because it drives me crazy,” the president said.
Zelensky said he is looking at options which will not require taking money for the move from the state budget. He said the old Presidential Administration building could be turned into an art museum.
The European Commission is ready to cooperate with any candidate elected in the presidential elections in Ukraine, Katarina Mathernova, the Deputy Director-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission, said in a comment to Hromadske. She said it doesn’t matter whether Zelensky [showman Volodymyr Zelensky] or Poroshenko [incumbent President Petro Poroshenko] will be elected, they will work with any of them.
Mathernova said that Zelensky was not known in the political sphere, therefore, the voice of Ukrainian civil society should be especially heard and supported.
If there is Poroshenko’s second term, we know that the second term is still a slightly different mobilization, a new factor for civil society, she added.
Presidential candidate of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offers to lift immunity from the country’s president, parliamentarians and judges by one law.
“Let it sound in a populist way, but no one offered or read in the programs of other candidates the following: stripping immunity from the president, deputies and judges. It is advisable that all this should be consolidated in one law,” he said in the “Interview with the presidential candidate” program on ICTV.
Zelensky pointed out that the Verkhovna Rada can lift immunity from the president, but block its withdrawal from deputies.
Responding to the comment that the immunity of deputies and the president is written into the Constitution of Ukraine, and the immunity of judges is a “slightly different” issue, Zelensky responded: “Our legal experts and lawyers are already preparing this bill. We’ll see.”
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on January 23-24 will make a working visit to Switzerland to participate in the annual World Economic Forum, his press service said. “The head of state will take part in the session on the Strategic Outlook for Central and Eastern Europe and hold a series of bilateral meetings with leaders of international organizations, world leaders, and representatives of leading business circles of the world,” the message says. The president of Ukraine will also chair the second meeting of the National Investment Council, which will be held in Davos.
Showman and actor Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that he will run for president in the presidential elections in Ukraine on March 31, 2019.
Zelensky made the corresponding statement during his appeal on the air of the 1+1 TV Channel, which was shown before the New Year’s address by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The congratulation of the head of state was shown on the TV Channel after the New Year’s Eve.
“Now there is such a situation in Ukraine when every Ukrainian has three ways: the first one is to live as you live, go with the flow and this is normal, this is everyone’s choice; the second way is to collect your things and go to another country, earn money there and send them to the relatives and friends, and this is also normal; but there is also the third way – to try to change something in Ukraine. And I chose it for myself,” Zelensky said.
President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has signed the law on making amendments to the Budget Code (No 9084). A statement on the Verkhovna Rada’s website says the document was returned with the signature of the president on December 22. The amendments to the Budget Code were approved by the parliament at second reading on November 22. In particular, the changes allow for agricultural produces to use up to 20% of state funding they receive for purchasing special wagons for transportation of grains and equipment for producing bioethanol and electric energy out of biomasses.
At present, the Budget Code stipulates that 15% of state funding in 2018 and 20% of state funding in 2019 are to be used by agricultural producers to purchase farming equipment from local manufacturers. In the new edition of this norm, “20%” is replaced with “up to 20%.”