2012 was not the best year. Famous Transcarpathians expect from the new year stability and understanding
Summing up the old year and planning for the next one - that is what everyone does on New Year's Eve. "The Castle" asked several prominent Transcarpathians to do that.
Zoltan Lendyel, the mayor of Mukachevo:
- I'm always optimistic about life, so in the new year I expect stability. Although, to be honest, I do not see any prospects for the development of local government in 2013. Especially given the fact that in the new state budget the expenditures are 50 billion more than the income, because it means that the money to cover all debts again will be taken from local councils.
I hope that in the next year there will not be default and the economic downturn, especially in Transcarpathia, where in 2012 there was a decline in the index of industrial production. Of course, Ukraine has a chance in the new year to make historic steps, for example, to sign an association agreement with the EU, but for this, a number of political issues must be solved.
As to personal aspirations, for myself and my family, I would wish to have piece in 2013. I'm elderly and do not have ambitious plans. So I'd love the coming year to pass without turmoil and troubles.
Natalia Zotova, a correspondent for "1+1" in Transcarpathia:
- Despite the fact that 13 is believed to be an "unlucky" number, for me it somehow always have been lucky. So I hope that 2013 will become successful for me, especially given that the last few years have been very difficult mentally. As for professional work, I hope that in the new year there will be less tragedies to cover.
"1+1" channel is quite often criticized for excessive number of "intense" stories, but that's life, we do not invent anything. Furthermore, I hope that in 2013 the Transcarpathian reporters finally will be able to create a strong organization of the Union of Journalists.
Miroslav Dochynets, writer:
- I do not have any global plans for 2013, because we plan, but God decides. I am looking forward to the release of a new, important for me novel "Highlander" in January. In general, in the new year I would like to have more joy. They say that a new era begins, so I expect grace, reconciliation of views on the world, including at the state level.
As for the literature, 2012 was quite successful year for Transcarpathian writers. In Kyiv they even started talking about the phenomenon of the Transcarpathian literature because the capital has exhausted itself, and now everyone's waiting for some new trends, fresh wind from the regions, something colorful, ethnic. So, I think in the new year Transcarpathians have a chance to show themselves in literature, announce new talents. I would really like this.
Ivan Rylyak, the head of the regional branch of the NOC of Ukraine:
- 2013 will be a very important year for our athletes, because it is the last year before the Winter Olympics in Sochi. I'd like to believe that the state will not let us down with the funding and help to adequately prepare the athletes so that in Russia we could show all that we can do. This year there were minor problems with financing, but they were solved. The best gift for me in 2013 will be the success of our Olympians. And, of course, I wish that all were healthy.
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