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‘Rada for Europe’ will bring Ukraine towards democracy and reforms

October 18, 2016

The European Union, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ukrainian government have launched the joint ‘Rada for Europe’ project, which will assist Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, to become a more transparent and open institution, delivering higher quality legislation and providing effective services to all Ukrainian citizens.
The launch took place on 17 October during a panel discussion on ‘Parliaments and Comprehensive Democratic Reform’, around national parliaments' support to reforms in transitional democracies.
"A strong and effective parliament is the foundation of a accountable and working democracy. ‘Rada for Europe project’ will bring in leading experts and best parliamentary know-how from across the EU to strengthen the Verkhovna Rada legislative work and its secretariat. This will also contribute to the successful implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement," said Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
“Reform of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is one of the most critical assignments, which we face today,” said the Speaker of the Vekhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy.
Funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP, ‘Rada for Europe’ will support the Ukrainian Parliament’s evolution towards a modern, democratic institution over 2016-2018, notably through reforming its procedures and operational processes, modernising its administration and secretariat, and improving the mechanisms for dialogue with citizens and civil society. (EU Neighbours East Info)
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EU Delegation - Ukraine
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