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IRIS 2010-6:1/42

Ukraine

Decree on Digital Television

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Taras Shevchenko

Media Law Institute, Kiev

Just before the termination of his powers, President Viktor Yushchenko issued a Decree on the development of digital television. On 18 February 2010 the relevant Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 189/2010 was signed. Its full title is “On the Decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine” of 11 September 2009 “On the concept of creation of public service broadcasting system and the implementation of digital television”. In this document the President of Ukraine states that the situation with the implementation of digital broadcasting in Ukraine is “threatening for national security”. The activity of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the implementation of digital broadcasting was found insufficient for the purposes of protecting the national interests of Ukraine in the informational sphere. The decree says that the government “endangers the ensuring of the constitutional right of citizens to access information as well as the fulfillment of the international obligations of Ukraine in the aforementioned sphere”.

This document also established an Interdepartmental commission on the issues of the coordination of implementation of digital broadcasting as a working body of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine was given six months to make amendments to the State programme of digital broadcasting implementation, approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 26 November 2008 No. 1085. The aforementioned changes shall concern the specification of technical conditions of the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting; solution of the procedure of supplying citizens with the set-top boxes for the reception of digital signals; solutions on the set of activities necessary to complete the transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting in the border regions and the Crimea.

Together with the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is due to develop and introduce for consideration by the Supreme Rada of Ukraine (the parliament) a draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine on licensing broadcasting based on digital technologies. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine together with the Security Service of Ukraine should work out and ensure the practical solution of the issues related to the release of radio-frequency resources for the needs of digital broadcasting.

References
УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 189/2010 Про рішення Ради національної безпеки і оборони України від 11 вересня 2009 року «Про концепцію створення системи Суспільного телебачення і радіомовлення України та хід упровадження цифрового телерадіомовлення» UK
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  Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 189/2010 “On the Decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine” of the 11th of September 2009 “On the concept of creation of public service broadcasting system and the implementation of digital television”