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Press Release 06.12.2013
06 December 2013 11:41

Petrykivka painting is included into the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO

 "UNESCO has decided to include Petrykivka painting into the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For the first time in its history, Ukraine has won such honorary status. We are proud that our national cultural treasure is recognized around the world," Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Olexandr Vilkul said.

 This important for Ukraine decision was taken during the 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO, which takes place in Baku (Azerbaijan Republic). 600 experts from 95 countries attended the 8-th session.

 "Petrykivka is a national brand of Ukraine. Petrykivka is a soul of Ukraine, it remains a glorious Cossack past, which naturally complements the priceless cultural heritage of humanity. Providing Petrykivka painting of the status of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is a historical event for our country. It is a powerful impetus to improve international image of Ukraine in the world as a modern center of unique original art, said Olexandr Vilkul. - I personally thank the Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara and Culture Minister Leonid Novokhatko for strong support that they have given us."

 Minister of Culture of Ukraine Leonid Novokhatko said that Petrykivka painting is the first Ukrainian object that is included into the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the work in this direction continues.

 The Petrykivka Painting is a decorative-ornamental artistry which was formed at the end of 19th – beginning of 20th century in the region of Dnipropetrovsk. The name comes from the village Petrykivka.

The centre of Petrykivka Painting Decorative Art is still situated in the village of Petrykivka,  Petrykivka District, Dnipropetrovsk Region, Ukraine

 

Leonid Kozhara and Sergey Lavrov tackle development of bilateral relations

In the framework of the 20th meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara has met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

The Minister discussed acute issues of bilateral political dialog and exchanged with thoughts concerning further development of Ukrainian-Russian relations. 

Peculiar attention was paid to interaction of the two countries in international organization, in particular in the context of Ukraine’s OSCE chairmanship. S. Lavrov positively evaluated the results of OSCE presidency of Ukraine and expressed readiness of the Russian side to facilitate realization of priorities of Ukrainian chairmanship in the future. The Ministers also touched upon cooperation in trade-economic area and prospects of holding consultations in a triangle Ukraine-Russia-EU.

The head of foreign political department of Ukraine drew attention of the Russian party to a question of the status of Ukrainian citizens who had been prohibited from entering to the territory of the Russian Federation and expressed hopes for its sooner settlement.

 

Serhiy Arbuzov orders to set up commission on the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU

 The First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov has commissioned to set up an interdepartmental commission on introduction of trade-economic and sector provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and to hold a meeting.

 A respective commission to the leaders of departments of the economic block of the Government contains.

 In particular, S. Arbuzov orders to prepare a position document on preparation and implementation of the initialed draft Association Agreement.

 The document must take into account EU approaches to consultations concerning conditions of signing the Agreement and macroeconomic situation in Ukraine, forecasts of the influence of tariff liberalization on forming of the State Budget revenues.

 Moreover, it must contain assessment of the value of elaboration and introduction of legislative acts that have to be brought in compliance with the EU legislation, and also an analysis of the impact of a FTA regime with the EU on forming of export nomenclature in trade with the CIS member states and countries of the Customs Union.

 Besides, the blueprint must take into account drawing of financial and technical assistance of the EU, international financial organizations and countries donors for implementation of the Agreement.

 In addition, S. Arbuzov has instructed the Minister of Economic Development and Trade Ihor Prasolov and Government Commissioner for European integration Valeriy Pyatnytskyi to ready an submit a package of documents on holding consultations of members of interdepartmental group with representatives of European Commission (on December 9-10, 2013).

 The abovementioned package of documents must contain a schedule of initialed Association Agreement and coordinated aspects of the implementation of it, including in the framework of preparation of the Roadmap.

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