Viktor Baloha

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Viktor Baloha
Baloha Viktor-MNS UA-photo.jpg
People's Deputy of Ukraine
Assumed office
15 December 2012[1]
Emergency Minister of Ukraine
In office
12 November 2010 – 20 November 2012[2]
President Viktor Yanukovych
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Preceded by Mykhaylo Bolotskykh
Succeeded by Ministry of Defense[3]
Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine
In office
15 September 2006 – 19 May 2009
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Oleh Rybachuk
Succeeded by Vira Ulianchenko
Emergency Minister of Ukraine
In office
27 September 2005 – 5 October 2006
President Viktor Yushchenko
Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov
Preceded by Davyd Zhvania
Zakarpattia Governor
In office
4 February 2005 – 27 September 2005
President Leonid Kuchma
Preceded by Ivan Rizak
Succeeded by Oleh Gavashi
In office
5 May 1999 – 1 June 2001
Preceded by Sergiy Ustych
Succeeded by Hennadiy Moskal
Mayor of Mukachevo
In office
10 April 1998 – 5 May 1999
Preceded by Vasil Yitio
Succeeded by Yosyp Kull
Personal details
Born (1963-06-15) 15 June 1963 (age 52)
Zavydovo, Мukachevo District, Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine
(the former Soviet Union)
Political party United Centre (2008–present)
Our Ukraine (2007–2008)
Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united)(1997–2000)
Alma mater Lviv Commercial Academy (The Lviv institute of trade and economics)
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Viktor Baloha (Viktor Ivanovych Baloha) (15 June 1963, Zavydovo) – is a Ukrainian politician. Former Minister of Emergencies of Ukraine[2] (Ministry of Ukraine on Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from Consequences of Chernobyl Catastrophe – 2005–2006, Мinistry of Emergencies of Ukraine from November 2010). The Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko (2006–2009). People’s Deputy of Ukraine of the fourth Verkhovna Rada (2002–2005) and gain since late 2012. Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman (05.05.1999–01.06.2001, 04.02.-27.09.2005), Mukachevo Mayor – 04.1998–05.1999).

Biography[edit]

Viktor Baloha was born on 15 June 1963 in the village Zavydovo, Mukachevo district, Zakarpattia Oblast.[4] Father – Ivan Pavlovych Baloha. Mother – Mariya Vasilivna Baloha. Brothers – Ivan Ivanovych Baloha and Pavlo Ivanovych Baloha. Ethnicity - Ukrainian, according to other sources - Rusyn[citation needed] (which is an elaborate question).

Baloha graduated from the secondary school of the village Zahattya of Іrshava district in 1980 which he attended after having finished the eight-year school in the village Zavydovo in 1978.[citation needed]

09.1980 – 06.1984 – Baloha was the student of the Lviv institute of trade and economics, he obtained a higher education with a degree in "Commodity science and food products trade organization".[4]

07.1984 – 11.1985 – Baloha did compulsory military service in the Soviet Army.[4]

Since January 1986 up to February 1987 Baloha worked as senior commodity expert in Beregovo Regional Consumer Society, city of Beregovo, Zakarpattia region; 02. 1987 – 05. 1987 he worked as Deputy Director of Kosyno Consumers’ Societies Association, village Kosyno, Beregovo district, Zakarpattia region; 05. 1987 – 10. 1992 — he worked as senior commodity expert in Mukachevo Business and Commercial Base; 10. 1992 – 03. 1997 – LLC "Ray-Promin" Director, Mukachevo, Zakarpattia region; 04. 1997 – 04. 1998 - Chairman of the management board of LLC "Barva", city of Mukachevo, Zakarpattia region.[4]

On 10 April 1998 Viktor Baloha was elected the Mayor of the city of Мukachevо and worked as a Mayor till 5 May 1999.[5]

On 5 May 1999 Viktor Baloha was appointed as Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman.[6]

Being against the resignation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko Viktor Baloha resigned himself; on 1 June 2001 he was discharged from the position of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman according to his letter of resignation.[7]

01.2002 – 04.2002 – Baloha was the Chairman of the management board of LLC "Barva", the city of Mukachevo, Zakarpattia region.[4]

On 3 April 2002 Viktor Baloha was elected the Mayor at municipal elections and simultaneously the People’s Deputy at parliamentary elections; he chose to work in the Verkhovna Rada.[8]

05.2002 – 09.2005 – People’s Deputy of Ukraine, electoral district No.71,[8] was the member of parliamentary faction "Our Ukraine"(Ukrainian: Наша Україна, Nasha Ukrayina), the member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on the issues of economic policy, administration of national economy, property and investments.[9]

In May 2004 Baloha stood for Mukachevo city Mayor Election as one of the main candidates but lost the vote. Elections were declared invalid for the reason of the electoral fraud.[citation needed]

During the presidential campaign Baloha became the election agent of Viktor Yushchenko in Zakarpattia, electoral district No.71.[10]

On 4 February 2005, after being elected President, Viktor Yushchenko appointed Viktor Baloha to the position of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman.[11]

On 8 September 2005 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine terminated the powers of Baloha V.I. as the People’s Deputy of Ukraine ahead of time according to his personal statement of resignation.[12]

On 27 September 2005 Viktor Yushchenko discharged Viktor Baloha from the position of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman.[13]

On 27 September 2005 Viktor Yushchenko appointed Viktor Baloha to the position of the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine.[14][15]

On 15 September 2006 Viktor Yushchenko appointed Viktor Baloha to the position of the Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine.[16]

On 5 October 2006 Viktor Baloha resigned from the position of the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine.[17]

At the beginning of May 2009 V. Baloha filed a resignation and on 19 May 2009 Viktor Yushchenko discharged him from the position of the Head of Secretariat of the President of Ukraine on Baloha’s own accord.[18] Viktor Baloha named the main reason for this resignation from the position of the Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine his definitive disagreement with the decision of Viktor Yushchenko to run for president for the second term.[19] Baloha also explained his desire to resign by the fact that he has lost his point to work under conditions when the initiatives of the team of the Presidential Secretariat drowned in the apathy of the President.[20]

On 12 November 2010 the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych appointed Viktor Baloha to the position of the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine.[21]

On 9 December 2010 the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych discharged Viktor Baloha from the position of the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine and appointed Viktor Baloha to the position of the Minister of Emergencies of Ukraine.[22][23]

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine authorized V. Baloha to be the Head on Ukrainian part of several joint intergovernmental commissions for cooperation issues.Viktor Baloha is the Head on Ukrainian part of the following intergovernmental commissions for cooperation issues: Ukrainian-Czech mixed commission on economic, industrial and scientific-technical cooperation issues; Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Israeli commission on trade and economic cooperation issues; Ukrainian-Slovak mixed commission on economic, industrial and scientific-technical cooperation issues.[24]

On 20 November 2012 Baloha resigned as emergencies minister because he preferred to take in the seat in the Ukrainian Parliament he had won in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election when he won an single-seat constituency in Zakarpattia Oblast for United Centre.[2][25]

In the October 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election when he won the same single-seat constituency as in the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election and thus returned to parliament.[26]

Public activity[edit]

In 1997 he joined the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united). In 1998 during parliamentary electoral campaign Baloha was the campaign chief of the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) in Zakarpattia region: the Social Democratic Party (united) received the fifth part of its votes in Zakarpattia.

Viktor Baloha supports the national movement of Rusyns (Carpatho-Russians), in particular he stands for recognition of Rusyns as a separate nationality in Ukraine.

In 2000 V. Baloha initiated "de-partisation" in the region and withdrew his membership in the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united). This initiative was supported by the then President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and the Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko.

In 2007 Baloha was elected as the head of Political Council of the People’s Union “Our Ukraine” party.

On 15 February 2008 Baloha declared that he withdraws the membership in the presidential People’s Union "Our Ukraine". The politician stressed that "notwithstanding the circumstances" his participation in politics would be connected with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko – "a person of high principles and noble aims".

In June 2008 Viktor Baloha joined the party United Centre. Since July 2008 he is the member of the Presidium of United Centre. Since August 2010 he is the Leader of United Centre. Since 2010 up to now he is the Deputy of Zakarpattia Regional Council.

Awards and honours[edit]

Decorated by the awards of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate:

  • The Order of the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir of the first degree;[27]
  • The Order of the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir of the second degree;[28]
  • The jubilee order "2000 years of the Nativity of Christ" of the first degree.[29]
  • Order of Pope Sylvester BAR.svg On 23 February 2012 by state decoration of Vatican – the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester Pope and Martyr.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ You Scratch My Back, and I’ll Scratch Yours, The Ukrainian Week (26 September 2012)
  2. ^ a b c Baloha resigns as emergencies ministe, Kyiv Post (2 November 2012)
  3. ^ Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2012)
  4. ^ a b c d e Baloha Viktor Ivanovych. Biography (Ukrainian: Балога Віктор Іванович. Біографія)
  5. ^ Baloha Viktor Ivanovych. Biography (Ukrainian: Балога Віктор Іванович. Біографія)
  6. ^ The Decree of the President of Ukraine No.477/99 dated 05.05.1999 "On appointment of V. Baloha as Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman" (Ukrainian: Указ Президента України від 05.05.1999 №477/99 «Про призначення В. Балоги головою Закарпатської обласної державної адміністрації»)
  7. ^ The Decree of the President of Ukraine L.D. Kuchma No.393/2001 dated 01.06.2001 "On resignation of V.Baloha from the position of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman" (Ukrainian: Указ Президента України 01.06.2001 №393/2001 «Про звільнення В. Балоги з посади голови Закарпатської обласної державної адміністрації»)
  8. ^ a b Information card on the People’s Deputy of Ukraine performance on the official web-site of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Інформаційна картка про діяльність народного депутата України IV скликання Балоги В.І. Офіційний веб-сайт Верховної Ради України)
  9. ^ Іnformation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the draft laws submitted by the subject with the right of legislative initiative (Ukrainian: Інформація Верховної Ради України про законопроекти, подані суб'єктом права законодавчої ініціативи)
  10. ^ The Central Election Commission of Ukraine. Presidential elections in Ukraine 31 October 2004. Transcarpathian region. Candidate for President Viktor Yushchenko. Trustee candidate TERRITORIAL yzbyratelnom district № 73 - Baloha Viktor Ivanovich) (Ukrainian: Центральна виборча комісія України. Вибори Президента України 31 жовтня 2004 року. Закарпатська область. Кандидат на пост Президента Ющенко Віктор Андрійович. Довірена особа кандидата в териториальном избирательном округе № 73 — Балога Віктор Іванович)
  11. ^ Указ Президента України від 04.02.2005 №173/2005 The Decree of the President of Ukraine No.173/2005 dated 04.02.2005 "On appointment of V. Baloha as Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Chairman" (Ukrainian: «Про призначення В. Балоги головою Закарпатської обласної державної адміністрації»)
  12. ^ The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Resolution No. 2837-IV dated 08.09.2005 "On early termination of powers of Baloha V.I. as the People’s Deputy of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: Постанова Верховної Ради України від 08.09.2005 №2837-IV «Про дострокове припинення повноважень народного депутата України Балоги В. І.»)
  13. ^ (Ukrainian: Указ Президента України від 27.09.2005 №1349/2005 «Про звільнення В. Балоги з посади голови Закарпатської обласної державної адміністрації»)
  14. ^ Указ Президента України від 27.09.2005 №1350/2005 Decree of the President of Ukraine No.1350/2005 dated 27.09.2005 "On appointment of V. Baloha as the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: «Про призначення В. Балоги Міністром України з питань надзвичайних ситуацій та у справах захисту населення від наслідків Чорнобильської катастрофи»)
  15. ^ The history of development of the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine. Biographies of all the Heads of the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Історія становлення Міністерства надзвичайних ситуацій України. Біографії усіх керівників МНС України)
  16. ^ Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 758/2006 dated 15.09.2006 "On appointment of V. Baloha as the Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: Указ Президента України від 15.09.2006 №758/2006 «Про призначення В. Балоги Главою Секретаріату Президента України»)
  17. ^ The Resolution Verkhovna Rada No.201-V dated 05.10.2006 "On resignation of Baloha V.I. from the position of the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: Постанова Верховної Ради України від 05.10.2006 №201-V «Про звільнення Балоги В.І. з посади Міністра України з питань надзвичайних ситуацій та у справах захисту населення від наслідків Чорнобильської катастрофи»)
  18. ^ Decree of the President of Ukraine No.337/2009 dated 19.05.2009 "On resignation of V. Baloha from the position of the Head of Secretariat of the President of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: Указ Президента України від 19.05.2009 №337/2009 «Про звільнення В. Балоги з посади Глави Секретаріату Президента України»)
  19. ^ Балога про Ющенка і Тимошенко: Ви обоє маєте піти
  20. ^ ""You have no moral right to run for president again," Viktor Baloha tells Yushchenko", ZIK, 19 May 2009, retrieved 1 November 2012 
  21. ^ Указ Президента України від 12.11.2010 №1021/2010 Decree of the President of Ukraine No.1021/2010 dated 12.11.2010 "On appointment of V. Baloha as the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: «Про призначення В. Балоги Міністром України з питань надзвичайних ситуацій та у справах захисту населення від наслідків Чорнобильської катастрофи»)
  22. ^ Указ Президента України від 09.12.2010 №1091/2010 Decree of the President of Ukraine No.1091/2010 dated 09.12.2010 "On resignation of V. Baloha from the position of the Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe of Ukraine" (Ukrainian: «Про звільнення В. Балоги з посади Міністра України з питань надзвичайних ситуацій та у справах захисту населення від наслідків Чорнобильської катастрофи»)
  23. ^ Указ Президента України від 09.12.2010 №1110/2010 Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 1110/2010 dated 09.12.2010 "On appointment of V.Baloha as the Minister of Emergencies of Ukraine" Указ Президента України від 09.12.2010 №1110/2010 (Ukrainian: «Про призначення В. Балоги Міністром надзвичайних ситуацій України»)
  24. ^ Ordinance of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No.1084-p dated 02.11.2011 "On authorization of the Heads on Ukrainian part of joint intergovernmental commissions for cooperation issues" (Ukrainian: Розпорядження Кабінету Міністрів України від 02.11.2011 №1084-р «Про затвердження голів Української частини спільних міжурядових комісій з питань співробітництва»
  25. ^ (Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховної Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
  26. ^ (Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Short bio, LIGA
  27. ^ The Order of the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir of the first degree (Ukrainian: Орден святого рівноапостольного князя Володимира I ступеня)
  28. ^ The Order of the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir of the second degree (Ukrainian: Орден святого рівноапостольного князя Володимира II ступеня)
  29. ^ The jubilee order “2000 years of the Nativity of Christ” of the first degree (Ukrainian: Ювілейний орден «Різдво Христове — 2000» I ступеня)
  30. ^ The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester Pope and Martyr (Latin: Ordo Sanctus Silvestri Papae, Italiano: Ordine di San Silvestro Papa)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Oleh Rybachuk
Head of the Presidential Administration
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Vira Ulianchenko