At the meeting, which was held at the Presidential Administration, President Viktor Yanukovych has instructed Prime Minister Mykola Azarov to elaborate 2010 State Budget in 30 days term.

Social benefits are an urgent matter that should be reflected in the budget, President Yanukovych said, presidential press office reported.

The President and the Prime Minister also have discussed urgent measures taken in pursuance of the Presidential Decree on prevention of possible flooding.

"Now, when there is still cold, we must do everything to help people during the floods, which are predicted to be unavoidable in several regions", said Viktor Yanukovych.

The President emphasized the protection of elderly, sick and children. "We must determine the areas of greatest risk and have a clear and concrete plan of action for each of them", said the President.

The Prime Minister informed the President on first results of internal audit: the state of affairs in the State Treasury and in the Pension Fund. Viktor Yanukovych instructed to prepare for an international audit of the situation in the state.

The President received assurances from the Government Chairman that wages and pensions to government-financed categories would be paid promptly and fully.

Also sides have discussed state assistance to farmers during the spring sowing campaign. Specifically, the President stressed the importance of providing farmers with cheap loans.


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