Implementation of COVID certificates: agreement between EU, Israel and Ukraine

The Ministry of Digital Transformation is actively working on the introduction of covid certificates to restore the safe travel of Ukrainians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Negotiations between the Ministry of Digital Transformation, representatives of the EU and Israel on the implementation and mutual recognition of co-certificates took place. Ukraine is among the first countries outside the EU with which communication and active preparation of certificates are currently underway. The European Union has named Ukraine and Israel one of the most successful countries in this field.

During the online meeting, a technical solution for the introduction of coded certificates and how it can be used was presented. Thanks to this, Ukrainians will later be able to travel to the EU and those countries that will join the system.

Ukraine is finalising the technical part to launch co-certificates in Diia. The document is developed taking into account the requirements of the EU Digital COVID Certificate and the World Health Organization Smart Vaccination Certificate.

In a very short time, the team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation managed to build an effective process of cooperation between government institutions for the rapid development and implementation of certificates.

The Ministry of Digital Transformation is planning to assess the compliance of Ukrainian code certificates with EU requirements soon. After that, a memorandum will be signed, which will allow Ukrainians to travel with certificates. The team of the Ministry of Finance works 24/7 so that Ukrainians can return to their usual life as soon as possible: travel, study, meet relatives or business partners from other countries.

The first Business & Legal Infrastructure Forum in Odessa (July 9)

Business & Legal Infrastructure Forum will take place in Odessa, on July 9, at the Premier Hotel Odesa. It is a new forum, dedicated to the issues of investment attractiveness and legal protection of infrastructure facilities.

The forum will touch upon the topics of rebooting the infrastructure basis of the economy, practical aspects of the implementation of infrastructure facilities and investment protection.

All the processes of privatisation in Ukraine or concessions for infrastructure facilities, developing the potential of ports, overcoming the State monopoly on roads and railway transport, require proper legal support.

The Forum programme includes special reports on the reboot of the infrastructure base of the Ukrainian economy and the development of the digital infrastructure of Ukraine, as well as discussions on the investment potential of Ukraine, practical aspects of the implementation of infrastructure facilities and investment protection.

Representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Ukraine, the Office of the President of Ukraine and the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Council of the Business Ombudsman, People’s Deputies of Ukraine, lawyers of leading law firms and legal advisers of large companies dealing with infrastructure projects are invited to the discussions.

In particular, the event will be attended by Vitaliy Belikov, Director of the Legal Department of Ukrposhta, Oleksiy Bonyuk, Head of the Department of Criminal Law Policy for Investment Protection of the Office of the Prosecutor General, as well as Galina Dibrova, Speaker Judge of the South-West Commercial Court of Appeal, member of the Council of Judges of Ukraine and Volodymyr Zubar, Managing Partner of Jurline Law Firm.

In addition, Ruslan Israpilov, Director of the Legal Department of QTerminals Olvia, Alexander Kifak, Managing Partner of ANK Law Firm, Andrey Kostin, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy, Evgeny Kruk, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court, Oleg Kutateladze, co-founder of TIS group and Olga Magaletskaya, Head of the Office of the National Investment Council of Ukraine.

Also, the event will be attended by Maksim Maksimenko, partner, head of real estate and infrastructure practice at AVELLUM Law Firm, Sergey Nedilko, lawyer, head of the Odessa office of Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm, Stanislav Pribytko, Head of Mobile Internet Development at the Ministry of Digital Transformation, Marcin Svenchitsky, business Ombudsman of Ukraine, Yuriy Sergeev, managing partner of Legal Bureau of the Sergeevs and Grigory Tripulsky, managing partner of legal company De Jure.

More information about the event and conditions of participation can be found at this link: https://pravo.ua/event/infrastructure/

Odessa’s dancers’ success at the Ukrainian Dance Sport Championship

Odessa dancers received six gold, two silver and one bronze medals at the Ukrainian Dance Sport Championship, which brought together 1200 participants from different cities, from June 18 to 20 in Kyiv.

The prize-winners from Odessa were:

  • Dmitry Forostyanov and Veronika Minkova: first place in the “Juniors 2” category,
  • Artem Krivenko and Evelina Grek: first place in the “Juniors 1” category,
  • Daniil Marinescu and Victoria Melnichuk: first place in the Juvenile 1 category.
  • Alexander Iorgov and Marina Miteva: third place in the category “Adults”

As part of the judging corps, the Odessa region at the championship was represented by Sergey Kravchuk (international WDSF A category) and Lilia Fedotova (national category).

Veronika Minkova and Dmitry Forostyanov (Megadance club), first place in the Juniors 2 category

Source and pictures: Dumskaya.net

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd opens office in Odessa

The German international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has announced the opening of its company’s Ukrainian office in Odessa.

According to the company’s press service, among the advantages of Ukraine there are: strategic geographical position, attractiveness of the export market for mineral resources and agricultural production.

Ukraine is an important importer of electronics, equipment and consumer goods, as well as the location of operations for some of the world’s largest multinational companies, which opens up great opportunities for sea carriers such as Hapag-Lloyd.

Press service of Hapag-Lloyd

The new office will be located in Odessa and its staff will be composed by more than 20 people.

The economic growth of the country is convincing, and many Ukrainian shippers are already using the services of Hapag-Lloyd. Opening our new office in Ukraine, we pay tribute to the excellent business development and great opportunities that we see in this market.

Hapag-Lloyd was founded in 1970 and owns a fleet of 241 modern container ships with a total carrying capacity of 1.7 million tonnes. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.8 million tonnes, including one of the largest and most modern refrigerated container fleets.

Weigh-in-Motion system on the bridge over the Khadzhibey estuary (Odessa)

The Weigh-in-Motion (WiM) weighing system, realised by the Swiss company Kistler, will soon start operating on the bridge across the Khadzhibey Estuary.

The Weight-in-Motion system from Swiss manufacturer Kistler offers the Ukrainian road authorities (Ukravtodor) the possibility to automatically fine overloaded trucks. In addition, Ukravtodor will be able to analyse the data and predict when a given road surface will need maintenance.

45 WiM sites have already been set up on crucial transport routes across Ukraine. They weigh all passing vehicles without disrupting traffic and transmit the data to a control cabinet by the road for analysis. If the vehicle is too heavy, a camera automatically takes a picture of the license plate and sends the information to the road authorities, which can then fine the driver or transport company.

They estimate that almost every second truck circulating on major Ukrainian transport routes is either overweight or violate size restrictions. After a road has been constructed or repaired, damages start to appear almost immediately.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, chairman of Ukravtodor wrote on the agency’s website that if everything is left as it is, a newly constructed road’s lifespan is a mere two years. To prevent this scenario, the national government launched a campaign to combat weight violations on Ukrainian roads that includes large-scale introduction of WiM stations to back up the government’s resolve. The plan is to have 250 WiM stations in Ukraine by 2025.

Kistler says that the Ukraine is not the first country in the region to install WiM technology on a large scale to reduce the number of overloaded vehicles.

We have been providing WiM systems for direct enforcement in countries like the Czech Republic, Russia and Hungary for several years now.

Combined with our expertise in collecting and analysing data from the sensors, our practical experience has allowed us to build a complete system that is very precise and reliable. All its components are streamlined and work hand in hand.

Tomas Pospisek, regional manager for Eastern Europe at Kistler Group

At the end of April of this year, traffic was opened in the Odessa region on the repaired bridge across the Khadzhibey estuary, which is part of the M-05 Kyiv-Odessa highway. Today, the Weigh-in-Motion system is being set up here, which has already been pre-built into the road surface.

The sensors are built into the asphalt pavement and are located in such a way that it is impossible to bypass them.

Ukravtodor (Ukrainian State Agency for Roads)

To adjust the operation of the system, traffic through the Khadzhibey Estuary was limited, on June 24 and 25.

Source: Transport Strategy Centre

Silicon Drinkabout Odessa hosting the German-Ukrainian digital partnership

Silicon Drinkabout Odessa is recurring networking party organised by a group of IT professionals in Odessa, with the purpose to meet interesting people from the same field (managers, entrepreneurs and employees) in cool locations of Odessa, on Friday evening.

After one year of lockdown, the IT community of Odessa will meet again on the first Friday of the month, July 2, at 18:30. The Silicon Drinkabout community has been described as a support network, a place to have honest conversations and best of all, as a family. Attendees: representatives of the IT community, entrepreneurs, innovators, startuppers and more.

The location is the beach disco club “True Man Hot Boat” (Delphin Beach, Odessa).

Silicon drinkabout #13

This Silicon Drinkabout Odessa #34 will host, for the first time, a small delegation of the AHK German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, guided by Alexander Markus (head of board of AHK Ukraine) and Sergey Zhaburovsky (export helpdesk, AHK Ukraine).

The two guests will briefly explain the German-Ukrainian Digital Partnership (www.gu-dp.com) to the IT community of Odessa. The “German Ukrainian Digital Partnership” is a special network platform to connect the decision makers from business environment and economic institutions in Germany with IT clusters, Tech Schools, EcoSystems and companies from ICT industry of Ukraine. The aim of the partnership is to increase the economic exchange and boost the cooperation and investments in the IT sector between two countries. Initiators of this partnership are the German Eastern Business Association, NRW.Global Business and the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

After their speech, Alexander and Sergey will join the party and be available to give more details to any Silicon Drinkabout participant, interested in projects with German companies.

Ukrainian Maritime Guard accepted three hulls of patrol boats “Made in France”

On June 25, the working team of State Border Service of Ukraine received in France three hulls of FPB-98 patrol boats manufactured by OCEA, which are being built for the needs of the Ukrainian coast guard.

The first assembled boat will arrive in Ukraine at the end of 2021 and nine more similar vessels are expected to arrive in 2022. This was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.

It is worth noting that the first hull of the FPB-98 series boat was built at the French shipyard Les Sables-d’Olonne in February 2020.

Later, the French Cabinet of Ministers approved the implementation of external government borrowings in the amount of up to 116 million euros in accordance with the Framework Agreement between Ukraine and France on the manufacture and technical support of these patrol ships.

Ukraine has ordered twenty boats of this type. Five of them will be built at the Nibulon shipyard in Nikolaev. The contract must be completed by the end of 2023.

The equipment is planned to be distributed between the units of the Ukrainian maritime service in Odessa, Nikolaev, Mariupol, Berdyansk, Izmail and Kiliya.

Source: Transport Strategy Centre

Loma is back!

In a bright fight in Las Vegas, the Ukrainian boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko defeted the japanese boxer Masayoshi Nakatani.

Image credit: Getty Images

On the night of June 26-27 in Las Vegas, the central boxing event hosted the match between the former world champion in three weight categories, two-time Olympic champion, Ukrainian boxing legend Vasiliy Lomachenko against Japanese boxer Masayoshi Nakatani.

For the citizen of Akkerman, this fight was the first since the misfire in the fight for the title of absolute world champion with Teofimo Lopez. It is worth reminding that in October 2020, Loma, by unanimous decision of the judges, lost to the scandalous American of Honduran descent and at once lost three belts.

The Ukrainian confidently fought in his usual championship style, dominated in all rounds and won by technical knockout in the 9th round. The referee stopped the fight after a long attack by Lomachenko.

It should be noted that at the very beginning of the fight, in the 1st round, Lomachenko received a dangerous dissection after a head-on collision, but this did not affect the fighting ability of the Ukrainian. He completely outplayed the opponent. In the 5th round, Nakatani was knocked down and several times was very close to the final heavy knockout.

For both of them the fight has of the utmost importance. Despite the fact that there was a lot at stake, the athletes before the fight behaved as respectfully as possible, and even joked with each other at the weigh-in.

Unfortunately, Nakatani received serious damage, as evidenced by the fact that he could not even stand up for the announcement of the result. He left the ring with a rather heavy gait, after congratulating Vasily on the victory.

There was another person in the hall who suffered from the Ukrainian’s victory, although more morally than physically. Father and coach Teofimo Lopez watched the fight in the front row. After the referee stopped the fight, he indignantly waved his arms, shouted something, and then left the hall almost in hysterics.

After the fight, statistics of blows appeared. The Japanese struck more blows than the Ukrainian: 250 versus 214. However, Masayoshi’s goals were only 29, while Vasily’s 104! The hit percentage is four times different: 12% and 49%, respectively.

I am very happy because I came back with a victory. I feel very well, I am happy because I fulfilled the task set by my father, I followed the strategy. I won again! Everyone saw how I won, everyone wants my revenge with Lopez. I’m waiting!

Vasiliy Lomachenko

Vasyl’s re-fight with Teofimo Lopez may take place in December this year.

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