Super Mario

 The efficiency of public services through the increasing the professionalism of civil servants

Motto:

The efficiency is the foundation of success.

(J. MAXWELL)

The image of each state is determined directly by the quality of public services provided by the structural entities of public administration, because whereas the latter represent "the system of social organization", achieving the values that express the general interest of the society.

On September 22-23, 2016 in Odessa was held the Eighth annual Richelieu academic readings: “Current Issues of Implementation of the New Civil Service Legislation”.

The event was organized by the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine and the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union together with the Odessa City Council within the framework of the Working Group (Panel) “Public Administration Reform” of the Thematic Platform “Democracy, Good Governance and Stability” of the EU initiative “Eastern Partnership”.

The goal of the event was the discussion of current issues of public administration and civil service reform based on European principles for public administration.

During the first day of the conference in a framework of plenary sessions and work in sections participants had the opportunity to discuss the carrent issues of bulding a professional, politically impartial and responsible institute of civil service based on the principles of good governance and best practices of the EU Member States, its transformation into the effective instrument of continuous and sustainable development. Also were discussed issues of strengthening the role of higher education institutions in training professional personnel for the state authorities.

During the second day of the conference participants got the opportunity to familiarize with results of the work of three sections, in which the experts and practitioners discussed the key trends and the best practices of civil service reform in Eastern Partnership countries, directions of improvement of HR management in state authorities, as well as current issues of Master’s training of civil servants in “Public Management and Administration”. Moreover, within the framework of the third section was discussed the draft Strategy of Professional Development and Advanced Training for Civil Servants and Local government Officials in the Area of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration till 2020.

Representatives of central government authorities and higher educational institutions of Eastern Partnership countries, representatives of the EU Member States and international organizations, officials of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, SecretariatoftheCabinetofMinistersofUkraine, Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Odessa City Council, heads of HR management units in ministries, other central executive authorities, representatives of higher educational institutions that provide professional training for Master’s degree in ”Public Management and Administration”, centers of retraining and advanced training of representatives of state authorities, local government authorities, public enterprises, institutions and organizations took part in this event.

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Friday, 05 August 2016 11:53

OECD Regions at a Glance 2016

OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being.

July 29, 2016 at the premises of  Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine the selection meeting of the partners for Twinning project proposals from EU Member States, who expressed a desire to become partners with the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection (hereinafter – SSUFSCP) in the implementation of the Twinning Project "The approximation of Ukrainian legislation with the EU in the field of plant protection products and plant health and strengthening associated inspection and laboratory services" was held.

Implementation of the project involves the strengthening capacities for the sustainable use of plant protection products, the analysis of such products and their residues. The project aims are to increase the level of consumer protection, to improve opportunities for trade in food and food products, to strengthen inspection capacity on the basis of best practices in accordance with the ISO 17020, to reduce side effects to plants and the environment, and to enhance the public awareness for sustainable use of high quality plant protection products.

During the meeting some proposals regarding a prospective cooperation within the framework of the Twinning Project, that had been received from the consortium of countries including Latvia, Lithuania and Germany as well as Italy and Poland, were reviewed.

The meeting was attended by proposed RTAs and Project Leaders from mentioned countries, representatives from SSUFSCP and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, as well as other concerned parties.

From the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service the meeting was attended by the Senior Consultant of the Projects Management Unit Alla Domaskina.

For reference: since 2005 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated on October 6, 2005 № 1424/2005 «The Issue on the Twinning Programme Implementation in Ukraine» the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service directs and coordinates the activity on preparation and implementation the Twinning Programme in Ukraine. Moreover the NAUCS is considered to be the national coordinator of the institutional building instrument TAIEX and CIB Programme according to the relevant regulatory acts. For the purpose of the Twinning, TAIEX and CIB appropriate coordination was created the Twinning Programme Administration office in Ukraine which functions are executed by the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the standards of the European Union.

On July 21, 2016 at the premises of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection the second meeting of the Steering Committee on Twinning project «Assistance with implementation of SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary measures) commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement» was held.

The project is implemented together with the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania and Abruzzo and Molise Region Experimental Animal Health Care Institute “G. Caporale” (IZSAM), Italy.

The goal of the project is to assist the Government of Ukraine to achieve approximation and harmonization of SPS measures with the EU and the implementation and enforcement of the legal basis and in so doing open-up greater opportunities for Ukrainian producers of food and agricultural products to trade with the EU.

Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa greeted the participants of the meeting and underlined the importance of the Twinning project implementation for the purposes of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. In his turn, the BC Project Leader and Deputy Head of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine Oleksandr  Verzhyhovskyi noted a significant contribution of the project partners from countries participating in the consortium within the framework of the project implementation.

Resident Twinning Advisor Petras Machyulskis presented the quarterly project report, spoke about the measures implemented by all components of the project and outlined plans for the next reporting period.

Also Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania and the MS Project Leader Vidmantas Paulauskas took part in the meeting.

From the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service the meeting was attended by the Senior Consultant on the Twinning Coordination Sector of the Projects Management Unit Juliia Fedyna.

For reference: since 2005 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated on October 6, 2005 № 1424/2005 «The Issue on the Twinning Programme Implementation in Ukraine» the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service directs and coordinates the activity on preparation and implementation the Twinning Programme in Ukraine. Moreover the NAUCS is considered to be the national coordinator of the institutional building instrument TAIEX and CIB Programme according to the relevant regulatory acts. For the purpose of the Twinning, TAIEX and CIB appropriate coordination was created the Twinning Programme Administration office in Ukraine which functions are executed by the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the standards of the European Union.

On July 20, 2016 the Twinning Programme Administration office realized the monitoring mission for the Twinning project “Support to Improving the Safety of Multimodal Dangerous Goods Transport in Ukraine”.

The project will be implemented during 2016 - 2018 years by partners from the consortium which consist of Spain, France and Poland in order to improve the safety of multimodal dangerous goods transport system on the basis of further approach of the national legislation to the standards of the European Union.

Representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine informed about the process of the Twinning-contract preparation and carrying out of the conference regarding official kick-off of the Twinning project “Support to Improving the Safety of Multimodal Dangerous Goods Transport in Ukraine”.

In addition, during the meeting practical recommendations regarding future implementation of the mentioned Twinning project were given, in particular regarding ensuring of the proper working conditions for European experts in the beneficiary bodies.

From the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine the Director of Department of Safety on Transport Volodymyr Koskovetskyi, Deputy Director of Department of Safety on Transport, Head of Traffic Safety and Dangerous Goods Transport Unit Dmytro Mikov and assistant interpreter of the RTA Katerina Grechko took part at the event.

From the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union the event was attended by the Senior Consultant on the Twinning Coordination Sector of the Projects Management Unit Julia Fedyna.

For reference: since 2005 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated on
October 6, 2005 № 1424/2005 «The Issue on the Twinning Programme Implementation in Ukraine» the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service directs and coordinates the activity on preparation and implementation of the Twinning Programme in Ukraine.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

Swiss-Ukrainian Educational Project (DOCCU)

On the way to building of the European, democratic society, Ukraine needs to implement a number of systemic transformations. The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, ratified on September 20, 2014 once again underlined the rule of democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms. The implementation of the above-mentioned Agreement presupposes a great deal of work for the practical development of a democratic society - the introduction of a systematic approach to the study of public processes related to the implementation of the powers of public administration and local self-government. This requires the formation of a systemic paradigm of democratic governance, which would organically combine all these social phenomena and processes generated by the democratization of public administration.

Current practice of public administration in Ukraine shows the inefficiency of traditional mechanisms of public administration and the need to introduce new concepts of public administration and management that meet the requirements of time. In particular, this is “good governance”, which is considered a necessary element of a democratic political regime. The main feature of this concept is the construction of activities of authorities with the involvement of civil society organizations and the private sector. The democratic political process should give citizens a real opportunity to a be part of it. It is necessary to promote the freedom of action and expression of personality, because “freedom and opportunity (ability) for person to act and express himself are the most important indicators of honest and skillful management”. This is a model of democratic governance, which is currently the most attractive for Ukraine, because it promotes the interaction of the state and society. Implementation of this model requires appropriate policies, in particular in the area of education.

In this context, the consolidation of democratic governance principles in local communities through the dissemination of education knowledge for democratic citizenship and human rights education is of actual importance. Education for the development of democracy in Ukraine is an integrated direction of state and public activity aimed at realizing a wide range of approaches, programs and initiatives during a lifetime, among which education for democratic citizenship and education for human rights occupied the main place. A number of initiatives, aimed at strengthening of Ukrainian society, expansion of democratic governance has been implemented in Ukraine.

About the Project

The Swiss-Ukrainian educational project “Development of Civic Competences in Ukraine” (DOCCU) is considered to be one of such initiatives, which is being implemented in Ukraine within the framework of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine for 2014-2018, namely within the framework of its “Governance and Restoration of Peace”. The Swiss Confederation sponsors the project and Zurich Pedagogical University (Switzerland) is the main project executor.

The main goal of the project is to support the sustainable development of civil society through the dissemination of knowledge about education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in Ukraine.

The project is intended to improve the process of cooperation between public authorities, the education system and the public to create a democratic environment in local communities.

The first phase covers the period: September 1, 2013 - December 31, 2018.

During the implementation of the project, cooperation and support of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada Committee for Science and Education, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, regional state administrations, international and public organizations is important.

The project provides the (widespread and in-depth) implementation of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education to achieve the following goals:

  • Strengthening Local Government through the support of democratic educational establishments.
  • Implementation of the principles of “good governance” by disseminating knowledge about education for democratic citizenship as well as human rights education among government officials through the introduction of an appropriate training course in educational programs for the training and qualification of civil servants and local officials at the national and regional levels.
  • Strengthening the national debate on democratic citizenship based on the European Social Charter on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education. 

The DOCCU project aims to implement education for democratic citizenship and human rights education at the national, regional and local levels among civil servants and educators through the transfer of knowledge and practical experience that will be made available to the general public through face-to-face and distance learning, as well as the dissemination of knowledge through the media and the issuance of special publications for civil servants, local officials and educators.

The task of the DOCCU is to contribute to the creation of an environment in which the rule of law and human rights, gender equality, balanced division of powers and economic stability are priorities. Good governance and gender equality are related topics that the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation pays particular attention to. Although both concepts are enshrined in the law, more effort needs to be made to minimize the gap between the provisions of the law and reality.

Seminars and Trainings

The project, in cooperation with the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, ensures the implementation of Component 1 “Civil Servants” at the national level. The component is aimed at building civil society in Ukraine with the aim of:

  • the implementation of the principles of Good Governance through the dissemination of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education among government officials;
  • establishment and implementation of a training course on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in training programs for qualification of civil servants and local officials at the national and regional levels;
  • the establishment of democratic principles in the system of public administration;
  • strengthening the national debate on democratic citizenship based on the European Social Charter on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education.

The project provides organization of two three-day training seminars, which will develop educational modules for the development of civil competencies and their further implementation in the curriculum of higher educational establishments. In 2017, the project activity involved the preparation of 100 master trainers for the development of civil competencies for higher educational establishments who train specialists within the framework of master’s program “Public Management and Administration”.

The training seminar program was developed in accordance with the European Social Charter for education for democratic citizenship and human rights education, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on May 11, 2010 taking into account the recommendations and materials of the education manuals for democratic citizenship and human rights education.

The topics of the didactic workshops for teaching educators for democratic citizenship and human rights education on the project “Development of Civic Competences in Ukraine” include training in two blocks.

BLOCK 1. Education on Democratic Citizenship and Democratic Governance

  • Democratic Citizenship and Democratic Governance as Leading Trends in the Development of Society.
  • Democracy: content and features. Modern democracies, democratic societies and democratic governance.
  • Contemporary Concepts of Public Administration and Civil Service.
  • Development of professional competencies of civil servants.
  • Democratic governance in the daily practice of civil servants, benefits, problems, challenges and development.
  • Education for democratic citizenship and human rights education.

BLOCK 2. Fundamentals of Studying the Course on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.

  • Education for democracy and human rights. Methodology of teaching education for democratic citizenship and human rights education.
  • Professional competencies required coaches to teach education for democratic citizenship and human rights education courses.
  • (Laying) portfolio of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education trainer.

The official website of the project: http://doccu.in.ua

Collection of methodical materials “Civic Competences in Vocational Education of Civil Servants and Officials of Local Self-Government”

 

On July 19, 2016 at the premises of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine the second meeting of the Steering Committee on «Support to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in  reinforcing IBM elements in the area of customs matters" was held.

The project is implemented by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine together with the Germany Federal Ministry of Finance, Customs Service under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Poland and Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. 

The goal of the project is to establish a basis for effective customs management and integrity in Ukraine based on IBM principles. 

The Head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and BC Project Leader from Ukraine Roman Nasirov greeted the participants of the meeting, underlined the importance of the Twinning project implementation for the purposes of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and presented the main achievements of the project during the second reporting period. Filling up the aforesaid, a representative of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Myroslav Prodan noted a significant contribution of the project partners from countries participating in the consortium within the framework of the project implementation that will contribute to the protection of borders, cross-border crime reduction, trade facilitation and fighting corruption.

In return, the MS Project Leader Rainer Brussels emphasized the timely and effective implementation of the project during the reporting period, which leads to the formation of an effective vision for the future steps and areas of activities in the context of achieving the required results of the project.

The RTA Detlef Szesny presented a quarterly project report to the members of the Steering Committee outlining the main measures occurred during the reporting period under three components. In particular the 11 measures, 18 missions, and 4 study visits, in which were involved 26 experts from EU member states. It was drawn up a catalogue of measures including the following urgent recommendations:

• procedural rules for the protection of personal data should be drawn up;

• the function of a data protection officer,  who is not bound by  instructions, should be created;

• records / documents of processing activities regarding  personal data should be drawn up and developed;

• to publish the catalogue of measures as working instructions in the fiscal  administration.

It was also mentioned that the overall project progress is positive, because all measures take place in accordance with the plan, and furthermore the main goals outlined in the Twinning-contract and which are the basis for carrying out future missions and activities were successfully achieved.

From the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service the meeting was attended by the PAO Project Manager Alla Domaskina.

For reference: since 2005 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated on October 6, 2005 № 1424/2005 «The Issue on the Twinning Programme Implementation in Ukraine» the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service directs and coordinates the activity on preparation and implementation the Twinning Programme in Ukraine. Moreover the NAUCS is considered to be the national coordinator of the institutional building instrument TAIEX and CIB Programme according to the relevant regulatory acts. For the purpose of the Twinning, TAIEX and CIB appropriate coordination was created the Twinning Programme Administration office in Ukraine which functions are executed by the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the standards of the European Union.

On February 18-19, 2016 at the premises of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service (hereinafter – the NAUCS) the two-day international research and practical conference “Professionalism, Ethics and Values of Civil Service: Experience of the EU Member States and Eastern Partnership Countries” (hereinafter – the Conference) was held.

Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

LAW OF UKRAINE ON CIVIL SERVICE

LAW OF UKRAINE ON CIVIL SERVICE