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EU transfers € 12 million to Ukraine for public administration reform

Five-year budget support program with a total budget of € 90 million is a part of comprehensive assistance
18:02, 4 October 2019

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On October 4, the European Union transferred more than 12 million euros to the state budget of Ukraine - this payment is in line with Ukraine's achievements in public administration reform, in particular through the introduction of more competitive and transparent procedures for the selection of civil servants. The press service of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, as European Truth reports.

“The EU continues to support public administration reform in Ukraine through sharing the knowledge, best practices and substantial financial support,” Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Ambassador Matti Maasikas said.

He added: “Public administration reform is one of the key reforms Ukraine is pursuing. Improving government procedures and strategic planning is a necessary step to modernize the state service, increase the efficiency and transparency of government services, as well as their ability to respond to citizens' demands.”

The 5-year budget support program, with a total budget of € 90 million, is part of the EU's comprehensive assistance to public administration reform. It also includes technical assistance to government agencies (a total of € 14 million ) and joint support with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for Ukrainian Reforms Architecture (a total of € 27 million).

EU budget support is driven by the progress the Ukrainian government has made, the EU says.

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“The current transfer is the next one after the two previous for a total of 25 million euros. The other two tranches of 20 million euros planned for 2020-2021 will accordingly be implemented if the government continues to demonstrate a serious commitment to the implementation of the Public Administration Reform Strategy…,” the statement said.

As it was reported earlier, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić expressed concern about the bill adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in first reading “On Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine on the Functioning of Judicial Governance."

According to the Secretary General, the bill puts forward changes that could have significant implications for the independence of the judicial system. In particular, it affects the status and competencies of judges, as well as relating procedures.

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