President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper. The Head of State has expressed gratitude to Canada for the strong support of Ukraine demonstrated in the course of the G20 Summit in Australia. The parties have praised the restoration of expert negotiations on the free trade area between Ukraine and Canada. They have agreed that it should be established by the end of 2015.
19.12 17:32President of Ukraine has held a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter SteinmeierAt the beginning of the meeting, the President has introduced newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Federal Republic of Germany Andriy Melnyk. Petro Poroshenko has emphasized that the ceasefire regime should be strictly observed by all the parties. Also, the Head of State hopes that the Trilateral Contact Group would be able to hold its meeting on Sunday, December 21, in Minsk.
19.12 14:36O. Filatov: Draft law on ensuring the right to fair court is a real beginning of the judicial reform in UkraineThe Council on Judicial Reform under the President of Ukraine has approved the draft law "On Ensuring the Right to Fair Court" at the meeting of December 18. The draft law provides for the new edition of the Law of Ukraine "On the Judicial System and the Status of Judges", the amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Supreme Council of Justice" and to the procedural laws and regulations. The draft law has been submitted for consideration by the President. It will be approved and submitted to Verkhovna Rada in the nearest time. "The judicial reform is not a one-day process. The approval of the given draft law by Verkhovna Rada will be a significant step forward in the given issue," Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Coordinator of the Council Oleksiy Filatov has noted at the briefing of December 19.