17:20 30.01.2009

Ukraine's government to provide funds for financing Artek on Saturday

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at its special meeting on Saturday will provide additional funds for financing the Artek international children's center and will start developing a law on protecting the center from encroachment, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said.

"Tomorrow we will hold an extraordinary meeting of the government and will provide around UAH 30 million from the reserve fund to meet the most pressing needs of Artek," Tymoshenko said in Kyiv on Friday while opening a meeting on Arterk's issue.

The premier instructed the Finance Ministry to spend UAH 19 million, the center's financing for this year, in the first quarter of 2009 so that Artek's could be financed in full until the problem is solved.

Tymoshenko promised that in future the children's center would get another UAH 57 million.

The head of government also said that there was a need to protect Artek's land and property from encroachments. She said that from the submitted materials she learned that Artek should have had 258 hectares of land, whereas it currently owns 208 hectares.

Tymoshenko stressed that the government will find out to whom the 50 hectares was sold and will return them.

The premier said that the cabinet will prepare a law containing a clause about returning these 50 hectares of land to Artek and will give a special status to the center.

According to her, the law will stipulate that the children camp's property cannot be taken away.

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