The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed acting Chairman of the state enterprise “Ukrspirt” Yuri Luchechko, who held the position of Advisor to the Director of the company. The corresponding decree №614-R published on the website of the Cabinet.
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“Agree with the proposal of the Ministry of agrarian policy and food, on temporary assignment of duties of the Director of the state enterprise alcohol and alcoholic beverage industry “Ukrspirt” the Advisor to the Director of the specified enterprise Luchechko Yuri Mikhailovich”, – the document says.
We will remind, today the state enterprise alcohol and alcoholic beverage industry “Ukrspirt” is a monopolist in the production and sale of alcohol in domestic and foreign markets. Last year it received 16 million UAH of net profit, and in 2014 was 532 million UAH of net loss. Around the company the last few years and then flare up corruption scandals.
16 November 2016 the Cabinet of Ministers supported the draft law “On demonopolization and introduction of market principles of functioning of the alcohol industry” developed by the agriculture Ministry. This law should give a start to privatization of the alcohol industry.
In Ukraine there are 78 distilleries, of which today the main part is not working. The share of shadow turnover of alcohol reaches 45%. It is believed that only in the past year, the budget losses from non-payment of excise duty and VAT shadow manufacturers amounted to about UAH 6 billion.