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EU helps Ukraine #MakeReformsHappen

October 18, 2016

The Ukrainian government, with the support of the European Union and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has introduced dedicated teams to help with reform delivery and the implementation of Ukraine's Public Administration Reform Strategy 2016-2020.


The Ukrainian authorities are committed to upgrading competences and working conditions in the civil service, as well as enhancing the efficiency and transparency of the public administration. The initiative aims to lay the foundations for a new generation of reform-oriented Ukrainians working in the civil service.


The Reform Support Teams (RSTs) are formed of professionals from outside the Ukrainian civil service and will work in ministries on a temporary basis to implement priority reforms and transform the ministries themselves. The programme will first be rolled out at the Ministries of Finance, Economic Development and Trade, Infrastructure and Agrarian Policy and Food. Other ministries and state agencies are encouraged to join the programme on the basis of sectoral strategies.


The Reform Support Teams are part of an effort to create a coherent and efficient framework for reform implementation in Ukraine. The framework will also include a Reforms Delivery Office under the Prime Minister, with a focus on ensuring the consistency and efficiency of reform delivery across the government.


Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, said: "Today Ukraine is undertaking difficult, but necessary steps to modernise its civil service and to make government more efficient, transparent and responsive to the demands of citizens. We are proud to assist Ukraine by hiring highly talented individuals in order to accelerate reforms in the fields of public finance, agriculture and infrastructure and also by bringing in world-known reformers in order to provide strategic advice and best practice for Ukrainian political leadership." 


Olexander Sayenko, the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, said: " We are rebuilding the bureaucratic system on the move and have no time to wait until this process is fully complete. However, we will be able to achieve a tangible strengthening of the institutional capacity of the public administration system already in one or two years. " 


Furthermore, a large EU programme aiming at supporting Ukraine in implementing a comprehensive Public Administration Reform (PAR) Strategy for the period 2016-2020 is planned to be launched by the end of 2016. This programme foresees a total EU budget contribution of €104 million. (EU Neighbours East Info)


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Press release


EBRD in Ukraine - website


EU Delegation - Ukraine


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