The quarantine undoubtedly influenced everyone's plans. Making long term plans now is not easy, but it’s better to be prepared for the upcoming changes. We tell you what to expect in April.
Indexation of pensions
Minister of Social Policy Maryna Lazebna assured that in 2020 pensions of 11 million Ukrainians will be indexed. According to her, such work will begin in April.
This year, indexation will be 11% - it is 50% of inflation and 50% of the average wages of the previous year.
Prime Minister Shmygal on March 5 promised that the pensions will be indexed till the end of the year.
Additional 36 dollars
Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy in April will pay 36 dollars one time to pensioners (10 million people), who now receive the pension in the amount of 180 dollars.
The same payment in the amount of 36 dollars will be sent to over 400 thousand recipients of social assistance - people with childhood disability, children with disabilities and recipients of social pensions.
In April, the second stage of medical reform will start. Volodymyr Zelensky on March 4 during an extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada said that there were many people in Ukraine who are not ready for this.
Meanwhile, the government says the reform is 80% complete and "turning back means breaking the healthcare system."
On April 6, the All-Ukraine Online School project starts. Within the program, 40 teachers from Kyiv will become give lessons to the whole of Ukraine during the quarantine.
Pupils will be able to learn online on Facebook and Youtube. Lessons will be broadcasted every morning by Ukrainian TV channels which have joined this project.
Each grade is assigned to specific TV channels:
5th grade - PlusPlus and 112 Ukraine;
Grade 6 - ZOOM and NewsOne;
7th grade - ZIK;
Grade 8 - Indigo and UNIAN;
Grade 9 - Rada and UA:Culture;
Grade 10 - UA: First;
11th grade - M1.
Classes will be broadcasted daily, from Monday to Friday. The beginning is at 10am Kyiv time.
From April, Ukrainians will be able to register a sick leave online - you no longer need to fill them in on paper forms and go to the clinic again.
The doctor will be able to approve the document with an electronic signature, and the system will automatically send information about the sick leave to the employer and to the Social Insurance Fund.
Online timber sale auctions
In December 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a decision on the implementation of a pilot project for the sale of individual parties of raw timber through electronic auction system ProZorro Sale.
The project will last from this April until April 2021. The government noted that this would help to fight corruption and reduce illegal trafficking of Ukrainian wood.
Electronic account of subsoil user
In Ukraine, an electronic subsurface user account is due to be launched. Its launch in April was announced by the head of the State Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine Roman Opimakh.
According to him, the launch of the electronic cabinet will be divided into two stages. At the first stage, subsoil users will be able to make changes to special permits online, prolong it, and expand it with a cadastral map.
At the second stage, scheduled for June, it will be possible to submit reports, track the status of documents and independently initiate an auction.
Last November, the first April auction was announced for companies that want to produce energy from renewable sources.
As the former Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel noted, this year it is also planned to encourage the construction of Energy storage capacities, which Ukraine does not have yet.
“Season of silence” in the forests
Since April, the “season of silence” begins in the forests in order to preserve the wildlife.
Any activities which can be a source of noise and disturbance are prohibited in forests and amenities.
These include sanitary deforestation, shooting, explosive works, fireworks, holding rallies and other competitions on vehicles, usage of motorized small boats.
Violators will be charged for the administrative offense with a fine from 18.4 to 30.6 dollars, and officials - from 30.6 UAH to 42.8 dollars.
End of quarantine
At a meeting on March 25, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the all-Ukraine quarantine until April 24. It is assumed that quarantine can be extended or terminated sooner.
Easter at home
Three weeks remain until one of the most important religious holidays - Easter, but it is unclear on how to celebrate it under conditions of total quarantine.
At the same time, President Zelensky announced the presentation of Easter Home project, which will allow celebrating the holiday without gathering in crowds in churches.