The year 2019 was rich in significant events: a new president, a new parliament, a new government... The upcoming 2020 also promises to be full of numerous happenings.
In January, Ukrainians would have four days off in a row - from January 4 to 7, inclusive.
According to the order of the Ministry of Social Policy, in 2020, the day-offs are:
January 1 - New Year;
January 7 - Christmas;
March 8 - International Women's Day (falls on Sunday, so the day off will be postponed to Monday, March 9);
April 19 - Easter (day off should be rescheduled for Monday, April 20);
May 1 - Labor Day;
May 9 - Victory Day over Nazism in the Second World War (Victory Day) (in 2020 this is Saturday, respectively, the day off will be May 11);
June 7 - Trinity (it is recommended to make the weekend Monday, June 8);
June 28 - Constitution Day of Ukraine (since the holiday falls on Sunday, Monday, June 29, it will be a day off);
August 24 - Independence Day of Ukraine;
October 14 - Day of Defender of Ukraine;
December 25 - Christmas (Gregorian calendar).
This order is advisory and the postponement of working days in 2020 should still be approved by the government.
External independent evaluation
Registration for aт External independent evaluation test in 2020 will begin on January 3, and trial testing will take place on March 21 and 28.
NATO Military Committee meeting
In March, the NATO Military Committee will hold a field meeting at the base of the National Academy of Ground Forces of Ukraine. Head of the academy, Lieutenant General Pavlo Tkachuk notes that this is "a special honor and at the same time a huge responsibility."
The Military Committee is the highest military organ of NATO, which is the main source of military consultations for the North Atlantic Council on military policy and strategy. It is responsible for transforming the political decisions of the North Atlantic Council into the military direction.
Auction for the allocation of quotas for green electricity producers
In April, the first auction will be held for companies that wish to produce renewable energy. It is planned to stimulate the construction of energy storage capacities, which Ukraine does not yet have.
Signing a new program with the IMF
The National Bank of Ukraine expects to sign 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.
Markiv case appeal
In November 2019, Ukraine filed an appeal against the decision of the court of Pavia (Italy) on the recognition of Ukraine’s National Guard Vitaliy Markiv as guilty of the murder of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and 24 years imprisonment.
Lombardy County Court of Appeals is expected to consider the case in the spring of 2020. Ukraine hopes that the Italian Republic will be unshakable in upholding the rule of law.
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Kyiv Atlas Weekend Music Festival will be held from July 7 to 12.
In 2019, Atlas Weekend was held July 9-14. The first day was free, the event was mainly represented by the Ukrainian artists, and singer Sofia Rotaru was the headliner.
UPark Music Festival
From July 21 to July 23, the UPark Kyiv Music Festival will be held in the capital's Sky Family Park.
In 2019, UPark was held from July 16 to July 18. The festival had to return money for tickets due to the cancellation of the performance of The Prodigy, which was caused by the death of lead singer Keith Flint.
Land market launch
Land trade will be possible from October 1, 2020. At least, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk assures.
According to Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture Tymofiy Milovanov, after the launch of the agricultural land market in Ukraine in October 2020, the economy will grow by an additional 9 billion UAH (380 million dollars) for the three months.
In November-December 2020, the State Statistics Service will conduct an all-Ukrainian population census. According to the latest census (2001), the population of Ukraine was 48 million 457 thousand people.
Initially, it was reported that the government laid in the state budget of 2020 more than 147 million USD for the national census. Later, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Dmytro Dubilet said that they would spend 86 million less.
In 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure plans to restore 4 thousand km of roads. Head of the ministry Vladyslav Krikliy assures the government will allot 3,14 billion USD in 2020 for road infrastructure.
It is also expected that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will contribute 300 million EUR to the development of Ukrainian regional roads. In 2019, the EBRD's investments in Ukraine amounted to 1 billion EUR, which is a record high for the past 5 years.
In addition, in 2020 the Cabinet of Ministers plans to equip 16 checkpoints in Ukraine with weighing complexes, and video control will appear at 12 checkpoints.
In 2020, local elections will be held in Ukraine. The date of their implementation depends on amendments to the Constitution. Under the new decentralization bill, elections are likely to take place in May 2020.
At the same time, in November 2019, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov said that local elections in Ukraine will be held in the fall of 2020, but it is possible that in some territories they might be held earlier.
Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk promised that in 2020 the entire territory of Ukraine will be digitized.
"An international tender for the implementation of 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 assured.
According to him, all the information collected will be useful as part of the launch of land reform - cadastres of natural resources and topographic maps will have reliable data on the territory.
Mortgage lending at 12-13%
In Ukraine, mortgage lending may appear at 12-13% per annum in 2020. According to PM Honcharuk, the government "understands the way to do this."
"We need cheap money in the economy. Where can we get it? The banking system is ready to lend to both businesses and the population. Mortgage can appear in Ukraine. It might be 12-13% next year, and we understand how to do it," he assured.
Transition of Russian-language schools to Ukrainian
According to Minister of Education of Ukraine Anna Novosad, in 2020, all Russian-language schools will speak Ukrainian.
Schools of minority languages that belong to the languages of the European Union will have to switch to the Ukrainian language of instruction in four years, from September 2023.