Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT DISCUSSES PROSPECTS OF BOOSTING INVESTMENT BY UBER WITH UBER CEO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York and discussed the prospects of increasing capital investment of the company in Ukraine with him.
“During the meeting, the parties discussed a number of issues regarding Uber’s activities in Ukraine, as well as the prospects of increasing the company’s investments in our country,” the press service of the head of state reported.
Zelensky informed Khosrowshahi of the implementation of the reform policy aimed at improving the business climate in Ukraine and creating favorable conditions for attracting foreign investments.
In addition, the use of environment friendly vehicles in Ukraine by Uber was discussed during the meeting.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE PLANS TO INVITE DONALD TRUMP TO PAY OFFICIAL VISIT TO UKRAINE

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky intends to invite U.S. President Donald Trump to pay an official visit to Ukraine.
“I expect that we will have very cool relations with the United States. I expect to invite, this has not happened for many years, and, as they say in English, the time to visit Ukraine. So we expect that we will agree on a visit,” he said in a video comment following the results of the first bilateral meetings in New York at the UN General Assembly, published on the President’s Office official page on Facebook.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Valeriy Yevdokymov from the post of Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and appointed him the head of this department. The relevant decrees of September 20 are published on the website of the head of state. Sides in trilateral gas talks agree that future contract to be based on EU law – Šefčovič

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE OBLIGES CABINET OF MINISTERS TO SIMPLIFY PROVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to ensure a gradual transfer of certain public services to an electronic form, simplify the procedure of their provision and introduce an effective control mechanism.
According to presidential decree No. 647/2019 of September 4 on some measures to ensure the provision of high-quality public services, the government should introduce new approaches to the establishment and operation of administrative service centers, in particular, switch the provision of administrative services in regional and district state administrations to the administrative service centers of local self-governance bodies on the basis of the co-financing by the state of relevant expenses with the provision of an appropriate network of these centers and the availability of such services with the subsequent elimination of the obligation to form such centers at district state administrations. In addition, to send part of payment for the provision of administrative services for the logistics of the centers and remuneration to the administrators of such centers.
The document also raises the question of the appropriateness of the further provision of administrative services by state and municipal enterprises. It is proposed to resolve the issue of payment for administrative services by introducing uniform principles for determining the size of administrative fees for the services, the procedure for its payment and use.

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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PROPOSES IMPRISONMENT FROM 3 TO 7 YEARS FOR AMBER SMUGGLING

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed to punish for amber smuggling with imprisonment from three to seven years and introduce an article on illegal extraction of amber to the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
This is outlined in bill No. 2059 amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine on criminal liability for the illegal extraction of amber or its movement across the customs border of Ukraine registered by the head of state in parliament.
So, it is proposed to introduce Article 240-1 (illegal extraction of amber). This crime is punishable by a fine of 700 to 3,000 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens (1 minimum is UAH 17), or imprisonment for a term from one to three years.
“The sale, acquisition, storage, transfer, transportation, processing of illegally obtained amber shall be punishable by a fine of 3,000 to 10,000 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens, or by imprisonment for a term from three to six years,” the president said in the bill.
The same actions committed with prior conspiracy by a group of persons, either repeatedly or on a large scale, as well as illegal amber extraction committed on the territories or objects of the nature reserve fund, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term from four to seven years.

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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT SUGGESTS GIVING PEOPLE OF UKRAINE RIGHT OF LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE

The right of legislative initiative in the Ukrainian parliament, which previously belonged to the president, the Cabinet of Ministers and members of parliament, may be given to the people of Ukraine, according to the text of bill No. 1015 changing Article 93 of the Constitution of Ukraine (on the people’s legislative initiative), submitted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on August 29.
The text of the document was posted on the Ukrainian parliament website on Friday.
The bill proposes including in Paragraph 1 of Article 93 of the Constitution the words that “the right of legislative initiative in the Verkhovna Rada belongs to the people, the president of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, members of parliament of Ukraine and is exercised by them in the situations and in accordance with the procedures determined by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine.”
The document proposes added to the Constitution a paragraph stating that “the law is adopted in accordance with the legislative procedure requirements determined by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine.”
According to the explanatory note attached to the bill, the purpose of the changes proposed by the bill is to ensure an effective mechanism of legislative initiative in Ukraine by broadening the list of its subjects.
The bill needs to be adopted because the list of subjects of the right of legislative initiative determined by the Constitution “is narrow and makes it impossible for the people of Ukraine as the only source of power to be such subject.”
Ukraine currently does not have a legislative mechanism for implementing the proposal to give the right of legislative initiative to the people.

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