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 Rada Approves Yatseniyuk’s Government Action Program

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the action program of the Cabinet presented by Arsenii Yatseniuk.

The decision was supported by 269 MPs, Censor.NET reports.

On Dec. 9, the Cabinet of Ministers approved its action program for 2015-2016.

Before the vote, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said that as a result of discussions with the leaders of factions in the coalition the program was amended, Ukrinform reports.

In particular, in the introductory part of the "coalition agreement" was defined as an integral part of the Cabinet's Action Program.

The final text of the program does not contain the law of the land market due to lack of political consensus on the matter.

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In addition, according to the prime minister, it was decided that the amendments to the Tax and Budget Codes and the new law on the State Budget will be completed by the end of this year.

"We have to go into the new year with a new budget and a new tax system," he said.

According to Prime Minister Yatseniuk "the ultimate goal is Ukraine's EU membership. But in order to achieve this goal we need to undergo serious tests, make radical changes, change Ukraine and make it European."

The Cabinet's action program, in particular, proposes adopting a new law on civil service, a law on decentralization of power in the field of architecture and construction oversight, as well as introducing amendments to the Budget and Tax Codes in the first quarter of 2015.

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The program also provides for amendments to the Tax Code, including the reduction in the number of taxes from 22 to 9, a double reduction of single tax, etc during next year.

An introduction of the following innovations is planned in social services: elimination of ineffective benefits, transition to targeting and monetization of benefits, taxation of high pensions, etc.

Regarding the Interior Ministry reform it is planned to adopt a new law on police and create a State Bureau of Investigation. Penalties for the payment of wages "under the table" will be tightened through the introduction of amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences and the Criminal Code.

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The government's new economic policy, in particular, includes de-monopolization of the economy, doubling of Ukrainian exports, preparation of agreements on free trade with Canada, Turkey, Israel, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and other countries, as well as the introduction of a new VAT administration system, etc.

In addition, the new energy independence policy provides for achieving energy independence, introducing market tariffs in the energy sector, subsidies reform, and diversifying the energy supply.

 
 
 
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