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New coalition promises introduction of European standards of social protection

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March 16, 2010, 2:17 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Stability and Reforms coalition has said in its agreement that the introduction of the European standards of social protection and the qualitative improvement of the living standards of Ukrainians are one of the principles of its activity. The text of a coalition agreement was published in the official parliamentary newspaper, Holos Ukrainy, on Tuesday.

MPs proposed forming at a legal level and ensuring the availability for everybody of a state anti-crisis food basket and a state anti-crisis medical basket.

The coalition also called for the provision of citizens with affordable housing, including the formation of a state order for the construction of social housing for young people, public sector employees, poor families, and disabled persons.

The agreement says that social policy priorities include the introduction of a fundamentally new state strategy for providing social guarantees to citizens, which foresees reform of the system of social standards and privileges, the improvement of the social protection of children, and the fight against the demographic crisis.

MPs are also planning to change state policies in the employment sphere and on the labor market in order to raise the living standards of citizens.
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