EU-UKRAINE WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW
EU Ukraine Business Council, Kyiv, Ukraine
Published by U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC),
Washington, D.C., Monday, Nov, 17, 2015
Ukraine, National Security
Ukraine could return artillery to its eastern frontline if fighting with pro-Russian separatists escalates further, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Nov. 16 after a weekend of the deadliest attacks in two months.
Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a landmine blast in the war-torn separatist east, Kyiv said on Nov. 16, as clashes between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents rumbled on after more than two months of relative calm.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has condemned an uptick in attacks by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The national military doctrine, which was adopted in September 2015, defines that the armed forces should be reformed according to NATO standards. First of all, the team focused on implementing new supplies standards, management of the subsidiaries of the MoD, meal services, introduction of e-procurement and project automation of inventory tracking.
EU-Ukraine, Foreign Affairs
The situation around the implementation of the Minsk agreements will be one of the top agenda items at the meetings that Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) speaker Volodymyr Groysman is to have at different levels in Sweden and Finland, his press secretary Dmytro Stolyarchuk said
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned on Monday of potential further terror attacks. "We know that more attacks are being prepared, not just against France but also against other European countries," he said.
The second round of mayoral elections in major Ukrainian cities last Sunday was held at a good organizational level, said Tana de Zulueta, head of the election monitoring mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR).
Former world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko won a runoff for re-election as mayor of Kiev, keeping an ally of President Petro Poroshenko in charge of Ukraine's capital.
US President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday (15 November) to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia's Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria.
Business and Economy
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Nov. 16 that Russia had agreed to restructure Ukraine's debt and accept $1 billion annual debt repayment over the next three years.
The French-Ukrainian investment forum scheduled to take place on Nov. 18 has been postponed until 2016 due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and France said in a joint statement which has been posted on the official website of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
Energy and Industry
The European Commission (EC) has revoked a tender to select a consultant to provide technical assistance to Ukraine on energy sector reform.
In a somewhat bizarre and heavy-handed Soviet-style investigation, Energoatom stands accused by Ukraine’s secret service of leaking classified information to Brussels
Publications,articles, press releases, statements & opinions
Movers and Shakers | 16 November 2015 (the Parliament)
Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.
EU vows to stand united in wake of Paris attacks by Julie Levy-Abegnoli
France seeks answers to security challenge by ERIC MAURICE (EU Observer)
Juncker: Don’t mix up terrorists and refugees by ESZTER ZALAN(EU Observer)
Ukraine gives equal rights to gay workers, to please Brussels by PETER TEFFER (EU Observer)
European Parliament, European Commission, EU Delegation to Ukraine
EU-funded testing of anti-corruption prosecutor candidates started (EU Delegation to Ukraine)
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