The year 2019 was rich in terms of significant events: we got a new president, a new parliament, a new government ... However, the upcoming 2020 also promises to be interesting.
Calendar of holidays and days off
In January, Ukrainians will have four days off in a row - from January 4 to 7. People will have to work on Saturday, January 11 instead of January 6.
According to the order of the Ministry of Social Policy, the weekends in 2020 will be:
January 1– New Year;
January 7 – Christmas;
March 8 – International Women's Day (it falls for Sunday so Monday, March 9 will be a day off);
April 19 – Easter (the day off has to be transferred for April 20);
May 1 – Labor Day;
May 9 – Victory Day over Nazism in World War II (it is Saturday, so May 11 will be a day off);
June 7 – Trinity (it is recommended to make Monday, June 8 a day off);
June 28 – Constitution Day of Ukraine (since the holiday falls on Sunday, June 29 will be a day off);
August 24 – Independence Day of Ukraine;
October 14 – Day of Defender of Ukraine;
December 25 – Christmas by to the Gregorian calendar.
Note that the ministry’s order is advisory and the government must first approve the shifts of working days in 2020.
Preliminary External independent testing (EIT)
Registration for a preliminary EIT in 2020 will begin on January 3, and trial testing will take place on March 21 and 28.
Applicants will be able to pass the EIT test in Ukrainian language and literature on March 21, and in math, history of Ukraine, biology, geography, physics, chemistry and foreign languages - on March 28, 2020.
On the day of the preliminary EIT, each user can take a test in one academic subject.
NATO Military Committee meeting
NATO Military Committee will hold a field meeting at the base of the National Academy of Ground Forces of Ukraine in March. The head of the Academy Lieutenant General Pavlo Tkachuk noted this was “a special honor and at the same time a huge responsibility.”
The Military Committee is NATO’s highest military body, which is the primary source of consensus-based advice to the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group on military policy and strategy. The Military Committee is responsible for translating political decision and guidance into military direction, and for recommending measures considered necessary for the defence of the NATO area and the implementation of decisions regarding military operations.
Auction for allocation of quotas supporting green electricity producers
In April, the first auction for companies that wish to produce energy from renewable sources will be held. Also in 2020, it is planned to stimulate the construction of Energy storage capacities, which Ukraine does not yet have.
Signing a new program with IMF
The National Bank of Ukraine expects the signing of a new program with the International Monetary Fund in the first quarter of 2020.
Ukraine and the IMF agreed on a new program of cooperation for $5.5 billion, but the agreement still needs to be approved by the management and the Executive Board of the Fund.
Consideration of appeal in Markiv case
In November 2019, Ukraine filed an appeal against the decision of the court of Pavia on finding the National Guard serviceman Vitaliy Markiv guilty of murder of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and imprisoning him for 24 years.
The consideration of the appeal by the Lombardy County Court of Appeals is expected to take place in the spring of 2020. Ukraine hopes that the Italian Republic will be unshakable in observing the rule of law.
Atlas Weekend Music Festival will be held in Kyiv on July 7 - 12. The location of the festival will remain the same - National Complex Expocenter of Ukraine.
In 2019, Atlas Weekend was held on July 9 - 14. The first day was free, represented mainly by Ukrainian artists, and the headliner was singer Sofia Rotaru.
UPark Music Festival
UPark Kyiv Music Festival will be held in the capital's Sky Family Park on July 21- 23.
In 2019, UPark was held on July 16 - 18. The festival had to return money for tickets due to cancellation of the performance of The Prodigy, which happened due to death of lead singer Keith Flint.
Land sale market launch
Land sale will be possible from October 1, 2020. This Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk state this.
“We do not open the land market right away, because we need to prepare for this. Frankly, we thought about doing it from July 1 of next year, but then we consulted with people who actually cultivate the land, and they said that it is not a good idea to do it in summer. Therefore, now the model that we offer provides for the opening of the market from October 1 of next year," the Prime Minister said.
According to the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Tymofiy Mylovanov, after the launch of market of agricultural land in Ukraine in October 2020, the economy will grow by an additional 380 million dollars during three months remaining until the end of that year, as Hromadske reports.
The State Statistics Service will conduct an all-Ukrainian population census In November-December 2020. According to the latest census (2001), the population of Ukraine was 48 457 000 people.
Initially, it was reported that the government allocated over 146 million dollars for the national census in state budget of 2020. Later, the minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Dmytro Dubilet said that they would spend less on census than planned (60 million dollars).
Transition of Russian-language schools to Ukrainian language
According to the Minister of Education of Ukraine Anna Novosad, in 2020 Russian-language schools will start teaching in Ukrainian language.
Schools of languages of minority belonging to the languages of the European Union will have to switch to teaching in the Ukrainian language in four years, from September 2023.
Mortgage lending at 12-13%
In Ukraine, in 2020, mortgage lending may become at 12-13% per annum. According to Honcharuk, the government “knows how to do it.”
“We need cheap money in the economy. Where can we get it? The banking system, in general, is ready to lend to both business and the population. Mortgage can appear in Ukraine. It can become 12-13% next year, and we know how to do it,” Honcharuk assured.
The Ministry of Infrastructure plans to repair 4,000 km of roads in 2020. According to the Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy, 3.1 billion dollars the government allocated in 2020 on road infrastructure will be “spent rationally.”
It is also expected that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will contribute 300 million euros for the development of Ukrainian regional roads. In 2019, the EBRD's investments in Ukraine amounted to 1 billion euros, which is a record high for the past 5 years.
In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers plans to equip 16 checkpoints with weighing complexes, and 12 checkpoints will receive CCTV.
Local elections will be held in Ukraine in 2020. The date of holding of the elections depends on amendments to the Constitution. Under the new decentralization bill, elections are likely to take place in May 2020.
At the same time, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov said in November 2019 that local elections in Ukraine would be held in the fall of 2020, but it is possible that on some territories they can take place earlier.
Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk promised that in 2020 the entire territory of Ukraine would be digitized.
“An international tender for the implementation of such aerial photography has already been announced. This means that Ukraine will have high-quality and accurate 3D models of forests, industrial facilities, as well as classifications of buildings, vegetation, power lines and much more,” the Prime Minister said.
According to him, all the collected information will be useful when launching of land reform – the cadasters of natural resources and topographic maps will have reliable data about the territory.