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On July 5, 2016 at the premises of the state enterprise Ukrainian Intellectual Property Institute the official closure conference of the Twinning project “Strengthening the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Ukraine" was held.

The project was implemented by the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine together with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.

The goal of the project was to strengthen the administrative capacity and competence of the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine, provide proposals for the effective legal measures against counterfeiting and piracy and to ensure effective implementation of legislation and sanctions against violators of intellectual property rights. The project was aimed at reducing piracy and creating favorable conditions in accordance with the EU legislation for improving the investment climate in Ukraine by raising the efficiency of public health and protection of intellectual property.

The Acting Head of the State of Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine Antonina Malish, greeted the participants of the meeting and presented the main achievements of project implementation, in particular, development of a number of legislative acts of Ukraine in the field of intellectual property, focused on topical aspects during the period of project implementation, at the end she thanked the European experts for support and assistance. The Resident Twinning Advisor Pablo Rodenas congratulated all participants on the successful closure conference and expressed his willingness to participate in joint projects.

Furthermore, the Head of Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Nicholas Burge, the Head of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine Igor Benedysyuk and Head of Economic Development and Environment of the FIIAPP Sonsoles Moriis Álvarez addressed the participants of the meeting and underlined the importance of the project for Ukraine, noting the strong relationships that had been developed between the partners during the project implementation, that will facilitate the effective implementation of the delivered goals in the future.

The final conference was attended by representatives of the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine, the EU Delegation to Ukraine, as well as Ukrainian and international experts. 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 Julia Fedyna.

For reference: since 2005 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated on 06.10.2005 № 1424/2005 «The issue on Provision of 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 National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service is the national coordinator of implementation of the institutional building instrument. 

On June 30, 2016 at the premises of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service the international forum “Interaction and Cooperation of Government Authorities and Civil Society within the framework of the Association Agreement Implementation in Eastern Partnership Countries” got started. This event was organized by the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union with support of the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership within the framework of the Working Group “Public Administration Reform” of the Thematic Platform № 1 “Democracy, Good Governance and Stability” of the EU initiative “Eastern Partnership”.

The main goal of this international forum was to discuss of the main approaches to formation of effective information state policy as well as to provide sharing best practices in the area of establishment interaction between government authorities and civil society in the countries of the EU initiative “Eastern Partnership” within the framework of the European integration policy.

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Vice-Prime Minister for European integration, in her welcome speech mentioned that with the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement the institutional need at establishing dialogue with the civil society on the basis of partnership appeared. The results of the systematic and comprehensive reforms envisaged by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the Strategy for Sustainable Development “Ukraine – 2020″ and the Action Program of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine are carried out just through establishing of either institutional or informal dialogue with the civil society. 

At the same time, Kostiantyn Vashchenko, the Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, noticed that the forum was organized in joint cooperation with the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership for the third time. Organizationof such communicative events will permit to create a platform for development new approaches and mechanisms for establishing effective communication of public authorities with the civil society regarding actual issues on European integration, the publicity regarding organization of events aimed at the Association Agreement realization, the wide involvement of non-governmental organizations to the process of formation and implementation of the state policy which will facilitate solving specific problems on the way of integration of Ukraine into the European Union.

Furthermore Rostyslav Pavlenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Tiina Ilsen, Chief Adviser, expert on International Communication of the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership and Dobroslaw Dowiat-Urbański, Head of the Civil Service of the Republic of Poland in their welcome addresses underlined the extreme relevance of the chosen topic and emphasized that the public administration reform and creation of public, professional, politically impartial, effective, citizen-oriented public service which operates in the interests of the state and society are among the priorities identified by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

The first day event programme envisages organization of three panel discussions during which participants will be able to learn the basic priorities and mechanisms of improvement the procedure of raising public awareness on the European integration of Ukraine issues as well as examination of the role of the media in this context.

Alongside this, during the panel discussions the best practices and effective procedures of cooperation and partnership between public authorities and civil society on the basis of international experience, including EU Member States and countries of the EU initiative "Eastern Partnership" would be studied.

In accordance with the international forum’s results the joint position paper will be elaborated.

Representatives of central and local government authorities of Ukraine and other EU Initiative “Eastern Partnership” countries, representatives of the EU Member States, institutes of civil society and the leading mass media, international organizations, foreign and Ukrainian experts participate in this event.

For reference: an important precondition for successful implementation of the Association Agreement is the support of civil society, awareness of all concerned parties, including representatives of civil society, business community and other non-governmental organizations about the benefits of Ukraine and major threats and challenges connected with the process of political association and economic integration of Ukraine into the EU.

On June 14 - 17, 2016 implementation of the first module of the training programme “Human Resources Management on the Civil Service” was launched. The Heads of human resources management services from ministries, central executive authorities and other government bodies took part in training programme.

The event started at 09:30

Location: str. Prorizna, 15, 6th floor, room 614.

For reference:

The training programme “Human Resources Management on the Civil Service“ was designed and implemented within the framework of  joint project of the Delegation of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Ukraine and the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service ”Capacity Building of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service regarding Order and Development of Training Programmes for Civil Servants”.

The training programme is aimed at implementng the transformation instruments of the existing structural units on work with the personnel in government authorities to human resources management service according to the Law of Ukraine ”On Civil Service“ as of 10.12.2015 No 889-VIII.

During the first training programme participants will be provided with an opportunity to learn new approaches to personnel management in the context of the new civil service legislation, to exchange experience as well as discusse issues on implementation of the Law of Ukraine ”On Civil Service“  as of 10.12.2015 No 889-VIII.

On June 8, 2016 at the premises of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service the working meeting of the Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Kostiantyn Vashchenko with NATO–Ukraine Professional Development Programme Manager (hereinafter – the Programme) Ove Urup-Madsen was conducted.

During the working meeting the main directions of further cooperation in the framework of the Programme realization in accordance with the priorities of reforming the defense and security sector in the context of Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine were discussed.

As a result of the working meeting it was decided to enhance cooperation of the NAUCS with the Programme in order to ensure its effective implementation.

On behalf of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union the Director Maryna Kanavets and the Head of the Division of International Cooperation Projects of the Projects Management Unit Inna Belobratova attended the event.

For reference: the NATO–Ukraine Programme for Professional Development of the Civilian Personnel of Security and Defense Sector was launched in October, 2005 during the NATO-Ukraine high level consultations (Vilnius, Lithuania). The Programme provides not only practical training, but specific financial contributions from the Allies. According to the conclusion of the Sixth Session of the Commission on the Ukraine's partnership with NATO the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service was established as the national coordinator of the Programme implementation.

Friday, 10 June 2016 13:28

“Institution Building Days”

On June 9-10, 2016 in Brussels (the Kingdom of Belgium) the Annual Meeting of the National Contact Points for the Institution Building instruments Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA programme “Institution Building Days – 2016” organised by the Directorate General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations was held. 

On the occasion of the 20-th anniversary of TAIEX, this year a new vision for its usage, the main achievements of implementing the policy of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and EC initiative aimed at enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness will be presented. 

During the meeting representatives of EC presented best practice and innovative approaches to implementation of the Institution Building Instruments, made a comprehensive review of these instruments and discussed a range of issues related to key priorities of all partner countries as well as considered gender equality issues within the framework of the EU assistance. 

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, in his opening remark greeted all the participants of the event and conducted overall review of future prospects for Institution Building Instruments TAIEX and Twinning . The Ambassador Carola van Rijnsoever, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU Political and Security Committee, addressed the participants from the Dutch Presidency. 

On the 10th of June, after discussing the issues of innovations of the Twinning instrument and SIGMA programme implementation, a separate meeting of the EU member states for the purpose of summarizing an event was held. 

The “Institution Building Days – 2016”  was attended by representatives of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey; Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Ukraine, the Turkish Cypriot community. 

The Deputy Head of the Projects Management Unit of the Center for Adaptation of Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Yuliia Vasylko took part in the event.

On June 2 - 3, 2016 the tenth meeting of the Working Group (Panel)"Public Administration Reform" under the multilateral thematic platform No 1 "Democracy, Good Governance and Stability" of the EU initiative "Eastern Partnership " took place in Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The event was organized in order to discuss the interim results of the implementation of the Work Plan on Public Administration Reform Panel in 2016 as a part of the Work Programme of multilateral thematic platform for 2014-2017 as well as public administration reform realization in countries of the EU initiative "Eastern Partnership".

Inam Karymov, the Head of the State Agency of Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in his welcome speech addressed the participants of the anniversary meeting underlining the strategic importance of EU support in the context of public administration reform realization and modernization of the system of public services delivery in the Eastern Partnership countries.

During the meeting the participants made a general review of the Work programme of thematic platform for 2014-2017 implementation and presented the key approaches of the European Commission to providing support to  public administration reform realization in the countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the results of the OECD / SIGMA review of the ENP.

The leading countries of each of the four existing areas of Public Administration Reform Panel outlined the main results on the local and regional level in the countries of Eastern Partnership, presented the list of planned activities for 2016.

The Head of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Maryna Kanavets presented the main achievements within the framework of Work Plan on Public Administration Reform Panel implementation in 2016. Furthermore  further steps of successful implementation of events within the area "Effective management of technical assistance" of the Panel, where Ukraine is a leading country were outlined as well as activities that are supposed to be realized in 2016  by the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service  were described.

Representatives from Eastern Partnership countries, government authorities of the EU Member States  and representatives of civil society took part in the meeting.

For reference: since 2011 the  National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service on behalf of Ukraine has been actively involved in the activities of the Working Group (Panel) "Public Administration Reform", in particular it participates in Working Group meeting and in events organized by Eastern Partnership countries on the regular basis. Cooperation within the framework of the Working Group is to contribute to fulfilment of the main tasks of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, including ensuring the development and implementation of state policy in the civil service, implementation of a functional civil service management, development of measures aimed at improvement of civil services etc.

The Working Group (Panel) on Public Administration Reform is focused on the following areas:

"Civil service, public administration organizations and their functioning (human resources management, rules of recruitment, statutes)";

"Transparency, e-governance and data protection";

"Local / regional government and decentralization ";

"Effective management of technical assistance"

Since 2012 Ukraine has been a a leading country in the area "Effective management of technical assistance."

On May 18-19, 2016 a regular mission of European experts of SIGMA Programme with the participation of Woiciech Zielinski, Senior Policy Adviser of SIGMA Programme on Civil Service and Public Administration Organization and Functioning of the Republic of Poland, former director of Federal Academy of Public Administration of the Federal Republic of Germany Anke Freibert, as well as extraordinary expert Robert Bartold took place.

The Expert mission was organized by the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service in joint cooperation with the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union under support of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine in order to discuss drafts normative-legal acts to the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” dated December 10, 2015 №889-VIII.

During the Expert mission general comments to drafts normative-legal acts to the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” and SIGMA experts presented proposals and comments to the draft resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine "On Approval of Standard order of evaluating results of service activity of civil servants”. Moreover SIGMA experts and the participants were considered key issues for raising the professional competence of civil servants.

The work of the NAUCS on drafting of subordinate normative acts to the Law Ukraine "On civil service" was positively evaluated by SIGMA experts. Experts noted that due to the efficient work of the NAUCS for 4 months were developed regulations that promote civil service reform in line with European principles of public administration.

SIGMA programme experts, representatives of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the standards of the European Union, members of the Expert Advisory Board on Civil Service Reform at National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and others took part in the working meetings.

For reference: the SIGMA programme (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) – is considered to be one of the most prestigious analytical centers of the European Union. It was organized with the initiative of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. The goal of the programme establishment was to support the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe in improving the system of public administration. The programme above mentioned plays the key role in preparation the candidate countries to the European Union accession.

Support of the SIGMA programme in the area of modernization of public administration can be carried out by means of:

  • administrative structures analysis;
  • development and implementation of administrative system reforms;
  • analysis of the draft laws and programmes suggested;
  • training organization and information;

preparation of technical assistance action plans.

On March 15-18, 2016 a regular mission of European experts of SIGMA Programme with the participation of Woiciech ZIELIŃSKI, Senior Policy Adviser of SIGMA Programme on Civil Service and Public Administration Organization and Functioning of the Republic of Poland, former director of Federal Academy of Public Administration of the Federal Republic of Germany Anke Freibert, as well as experts Jaime Perez De La Cruz and Robert Bartold took place.

The Expert mission was organized by the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service in joint cooperation with the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union under support of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine in order to discuss drafts normative-legal acts to the Law of Ukraine“On Civil Service” dated December 10, 2015 №889-VIII.

During the Expert mission general comments to drafts normative-legal acts to the Law of Ukraine“On Civil Service” regarding Senior Civil Service Commission, criteria for determining positions, which perform operation functions, carry out competitive selection on civil service positions and the procedure for election representatives from public associations, scientific institutions and educational establishments of the Senior Civil Service Commission were discussed. Furthermore, approaches to determining the requirements for position categories A, B and C, the procedure for determination and approval of Typical requirements for persons, who are intended to hold civil service positions of B and C categories,as well as the remuneration system were considered.

During the Expert mission general and article-by-article comments to the draft normative legal acts were presented in order to approve their content.

SIGMA programme experts, representatives of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and members of the Expert Advisory Board on Civil Service Reform at National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and others took part in the working meetings.

Director of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Maryna Kanavets attended the meetings.

For reference: the SIGMA programme (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) – is considered to be one of the most prestigious analytical centers of the European Union. It was organized with the initiative of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. The goal of the programme establishment was to support the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe in improving the system of public administration. The programme above mentioned plays the key role in preparation the candidate countries to the European Union accession.

Support of the SIGMA programme in the area of modernization of public administration can be carried out by mens of:

  • administrative structures analysis;
  • development and implementation of administrative system reforms;
  • analysis of the draft laws and programmes suggested;
  • training organization and information;

On May 13, 2016 at the premises  of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service the International Applied Research Conference: "Preparing for the Civil Service as a Mechanism for the Civil Service as the Mechanism of Administrative Elite Formation was held.  

The event was organized at the initiative of Ukrainian non-governmental organization "Ukrainian Association" Cadet Community", together with the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union, with the support of the NATO-Ukraine Programme for the Professional Development of Civilian Personnel of Security and Defense Sector.

The Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Kostiantyn Vashchenko welcomed the participants and stressed on the importance of forming a new administrative elite as an important component of the public administration modernization   in the context of European integration.

Besides, the welcoming speeches were also made by Head of the Department for National Security and Defense Affairs of the Presidential Administration Oleksiy Pokotylo , Head of NATO-Ukraine Programme for the Professional Development of Civilian Personnel of Security and Defense Sector  Ove Urup-Madsen and the Head of the Council of the Ukrainian Association “Cadet Community” Volodymyr Chepovyi.

Within the framework of the conference different points of view on the formation of the system of military-patriotic education through the development of infrastructure of military schools and lyceums with increased military and physical training and formation of the leadership qualities and commitment of serving the Ukrainian people were exchanged.

In particular, the Head of the national-patriotic education of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Mykola Liakhovych, drew attention to the importance of national-patriotic education of youth.

Director of G.S. Kostiuk Institute of Psychology, NAPS of Ukraine Serhii Maksymenko revealed the psychological characteristics of professional skills required for the formation of the national elite.

Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Ihor Hlova drew attention to the importance of forming a continuous education system for patriotic of young people and involving lyceum pupils to continue their studies in specialized educational institutions.

Practical aspects of functioning of military lyceums and lyceums with high military and physical training revealed by the example of Sumy State Boarding School with intensive military and physical training Yurii Svidlov, head of "I. Kharitonenko Cadet Corps"

Following the results of the conference the participants reached an agreement  with the next steps in building the institutional capacity of military lyceums and lyceums with intensive military and physical training, further development of the legal functioning of professional educational institutions.

On May 19, 2016 the event to mark the official opening of the EU project “Association4U/ Association for Ukraine and for you”(“Support to the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement” (further – EU project) was held.

Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, Head of the  Delegation of the European Union  to Ukraine Jan Tombiński  , and Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine – Director of the Government Office for European Integration Nataliia Hnydiuk delivered welcoming speeches.

A key beneficiary of the project is the Government Office for European Integration of the Secretariat of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and sectoral ministries, central executive government authorities and other government institutions working on the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

EU project will be implemented within the framework of Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) by a consortium, headed by GFA Consulting Group from January 2016 to January 2019.

EU project is directed to the improving of the institutional capacity of Ukrainian government institutions in carrying out their obligations under the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

It envisages technical assistance in four directions:

- approximation of Ukrainian legislation to acquis communautaire;

- development of human resources;

- development and coordination of policies;

- civil society communications.

EU project envisages involvement not only the European experts, but also Ukrainian specialists on “Programme of involvement professionals to the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement ".

Also the event was attended by international experts, representatives of ministries and central executive government authorities, non-governmental organizations, business associations, educational establishments  and others.

The Deputy Head of the Projects Management Unit of the Center for Adaptation of Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Yuliia Vasylko took part in theevent.

For reference: detailed information about the EU project “Association4U/ Association for Ukraine and for you”(“Support to the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement”) is posted on the official website: http://association4u.com.ua/