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On March 10 – 11, 2016 at the premises of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine a two-day TAIEX expert mission of the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information Systems (RIK) to Ukraine took place.

The purpose of the expert mission is to discuss the introduction single Web resource of raising public awareness disclosure of vacant civil service positions and announcements regarding about the competition according to the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” (dated December 10, 2015 № 889-VIII).

The Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Kostiantyn Vashchenko welcomed the participants and outlined the general situation and necessities  in civil service reform, mainly  in the creation of an automatize  human resources management system.

In turn, the Director of Department of the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information Systems Kätlin Kattai expressed gratitude and readiness for further cooperation in the creation of an automatize system of human resource management on the civil service, as well as briefly introduced the main functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Estonia and in particular the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information. 

In addition, in the framework of the  expert mission the representatives of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service presented the experience of Ukraine in the operation of automatized systems, and personnel records in accordance with  the Law of Ukraine "On Civil Service" (dated December 10, 2015 № 889-VIII).

However, during the first day a working meeting of experts of the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information Systems with the employees of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine was held. During the abovementioned mission the questions about institutional accounting adjustment of remuneration of civil servants were discussed. 

During the second day of the expert mission the Director of Department of Law Enforcement Information Systems of the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information Systems Evar Somer presented and discussed in detail with the participants system of human resources management on the civil service in the Republic of Estonia. In addition, the participants discussed the features of automatized, electronic records management systems, document management and digital signature. 

In TAIEX expert mission took part the representatives of the Estonian Centre Registers and Information Systems, Head of Sector of Public Administration Reform of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Volodymyr Kondrachuk, european expert on public administration reform Baiba Petersone, Strategic Administration Reform Advisor from the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM)  Laidi Surva, Director of the Department of Human Resources and Organization Development Mykola Osiychuk and Director of the Finance Department of Governmental Bodies Liudmyla Rozhkova, and representatives of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union.

On March 17, 2016 on the occasion of the official opening of the Twinning project «Assistance with implementation of SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary measures) commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement»

The project is implemented by the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine 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) The event was opened by the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine Yaroslav Krasnopolskyi, who stressed on the importance of raising the level of food safety for the citizens and exports.

The Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa underlined the importance of realization of the Twinning project not only for the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine but for the whole country.

From the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine congratulated participants the First Counsellor, the Head of Section – Economic Cooperation, Social and Regional Development Juana Mera Cabello and Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine Y.V. Marius Yanukonis and Deputy Head of the diplomatic mission of the Italian Republic Stefano Stuchi e who have expressed willingness from the European side to the comprehensive support of the project and further cooperation.

The congratulated speeches were also made by Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania Jonas Milius, Scientific Manager of Abruzzo and Molise Region Experimental Animal Health Care Institute “G. Caporale” (IZSAM) Giovanni Savini.

Additionally, the Deputy Director of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine Alexander Verzhyhovskyy stressed on the achievements of previous Twinning projects for State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine and outlined the objectives of the new project.


From the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Deputy Head of the Resource Management and Development Activities Unit Denys Paparia took part in the meeting.

For reference: from 2005 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated on October 6, 2005 №1424 / 2005 “Issue of implementation of Twinning in Ukraine” National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service directs and coordinates the activities for the preparation and implementation of Twinning in Ukraine.

March 17, 2016 the working meeting of the Head of the NAUCS Kostiantyn Vashchenko with representatives of Support Group for Ukraine and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine took place.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the preparation for the implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” dated December 10, 2015 № 889-VIII and current state of development of the “Public Administration Reform Strategy 2015 – 2020”.

Kostiantyn Vashchenko in his opening remarks outlined the current state of the civil service and public administration reform, in particular, reported that from 15 to 18 March, 2016 the SIGMA expert mission to Ukraine was held. Within the framework of the expert mission the drafts of the secondary legislation to the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” were discussed. However, it was informed regarding the “Public Administration Reform Strategy 2015 – 2020” development on the basis of expert comments EU Advisory Team for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine).

During the meeting the participants discussed the competitive selection for vacant civil service positions of category “A”, particularly reviewed the functions and responsibilities of State Secretaries of the Ministry, allocation of responsibilities between the Minister, State Secretary and his deputies. It was also stressed that the implementation of the new civil service legislation requires information and technical support, including the introduction of a single Web resource of raising public awareness of vacant civil service positions and announcements regarding the competition according to the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service as well as the creation of the web portal of human resources management \ on the civil service.

It was also agreed on the necessity to elaborate “Public Administration Reform Strategy 2015 – 2020” and its implementation.

In the event took part the Head of Support Group for Ukraine Peter Wagner, experts Frank Paul and Nadia Vertebna, the Head of Cooperation Berend de Groot, and the Head of “Public Administration Reform” Volodymyr Kondrachuk of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine took part in the event. Director of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Maryna Kanavets took part in the working meeting.

For reference: on December 31, 2015 the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” (new edition).

The Law provides such reform innovations:

  • entrance to all civil service positions held only by competition based on personal qualities and achievements of candidates to positions;
  • any corruption mechanisms regarding the entrance to all civil service positions and civil service career;
  • depoliticization of the civil service;
  • transparent remuneration model, elaborated  with the best European practices;

introduction a competency model of human resource management, performance evaluation of civil servants, their career motivation and increased qualification requirements.

The aim of the training was to improve the knowledge and skills, which are necessary for the effective problem solution of information security, familiarization with the modern methods and means of technical and cryptographic protection of information in information systems, support to the importance comprehension of information security for ensuring information security and responsibility for information security in government authorities.

The representatives of government authorities, ministries, and central executive authorities attended the event.

The training programme included lectures of the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine experts and demonstrations of existing layouts of technical channels of information leakage, presentations of technical means and cryptographical information security

Upon completion of the training participants received relevant certificates.

On March 29, 2016 the working meeting of the Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Kostiantyn Vashchenko with the Head of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Ukraine Sergey Zahornyi and the assistant to the Head Elena Maksymova.

The working meeting is organized with the aim to discuss further cooperation in the framework of the formation of an effective system of human resources management on the civil service in Ukraine.

In particular, during the meeting examined the development and effective implementation of the training programme “Human resources management on the civil service” which will promote to the implementation of the Human resources management system on the civil service and reorientation of the human resources services of government authorities on personnel document circulation. The participants discussed the semantic content of the educational material of the training programme, key objectives and indicative thematic plan for its implementation.

The Director of the Center for Adaptation of Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Maryna Kanavets and Deputy Director of School of Senior Civil Service Larysa Zhabenko took part in the meeting.

For the reference: the training programme “On Human Resource Management on the civil service” was designed according to the Action Programme of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as of December 11, 2014 № 26, Strategy for Sustainable Development “Ukraine – 2020” approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine as of January 12, 2015 № 5/2015, Strategy of Local Self-Government Reform in Ukraine for the period until 2017, approved by the Order of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as of March18, 2015 No 227-r.

The training programme is aimed at introducing the transformation instruments of the existing structural units to work with personnel in government authorities to service for human resource management, focusing on their analytical and organizational work of personnel management, forecasting of the staff development, career planning of the civil servants providing their education etc.

On March 31, 2016 at the premises of the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine the eighth Steering Committee Meeting of Twinning project «Strengthening the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Ukraine" was held.

The project is 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 aim of the project is 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 is directed to reduce piracy and to favorable conditions in accordance with the EU legislation for improving the investment climate in Ukraine by rising 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 thanked the European experts for support and assistance in the development of a number of legislative acts of Ukraine in the field of intellectual property and focused on topical aspects during the period of project implementation. The Project Leader of the Kingdom of Spain Cristina Fernandez and Resident Twinning Advisor Pablo Rodenas has commented on the current situation of the necessary legislative acts on intellectual property implementation.

Additionally, the key events realized in the last reporting period were discussed as well as the tentative activities for the text reporting period were presented.

Representatives from the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine, the EU Delegation to Ukraine, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine and others attended the event.

The Deputy Head of Projects Management of the Center for Adaptation of Civil Service to EU Standards Yuliia Vasylko took part in the meeting.

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 March 22, 2016 at the premises of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (Minregion) the official kick-off meeting of the Twinning project “Introduction of a Management System of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Ukraine” was held.

Project is being implemented jointly with Environment Agency Austria, International Office for Water of France and Regional Ministry of Environment and Territory of Spain.

The project purpose is to bring gradually the Ukrainian waste management system closer to EU standards by introducing effective and sustainable management systems for its household wastes, in particular for WEEE and waste batteries in a first step.

The First Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Vyacheslav Nehoda welcomed the participants of the meeting and stressed on importance of Twinning project implementation in the area of electric and electronic waste management, including waste batteries. Taking into consideration that approximately 10 million tons of household waste is being generated, including hundreds of tons of electronic waste, this issue needs to be solved rapidly.

EU Ambassador Jan Tombinski, Austrian Ambassador Hermine Poppeller, French Ambassador  Isabelle Dumont, Commercial Councilor of the Spanish Embassy to Ukraine Jaime Ramón Fernández and Director of Environment Agency Austria Georg Roberning welcomed the participants of the kick-off meeting.

The MS Project Leader Johannes Mayer briefly presented the institutions-partners that will implement the project and Resident Twinning Advisor Elina Velinova Soyanova-Lazarova presented main project objective and purpose and mandatory results to be implemented during the project period.

In this meeting also took part the Sector Manager on Energy, Environment, Green Economy, Civil Protection Jean-Francois Moret, Co-RTA Maksym Barinov, other representatives of Minregion and stakeholders.

The Senior Consultant on the Twinning Coordination Sector of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Olesia Voroniuk attended the meeting.

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 March 17, 2016 at the premises of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine (hereinafter -SASU) the working meeting concerning the discussion of preparation of the Twinning contract technical details for the SASU “Approximation of the legislation of Ukraine in the fields of certification of aerodromes /airports and airworthiness with the relevant EU norms and standards”. 

The main objective of the project is to support the sustainable development of civil aviation of Ukraine and its integration into EU transport system, while guiding the process of approximation of aviation rules of Ukraine with the corresponding EU acquis acts and assisting their implementation in the fields of certification of aerodromes/ airports and airworthiness of aircraft and related products, parts and appliances as well as for the certification of design and production organizations.

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss of the status of the Twinning contract preparation, in particular issues regarding involvement of key STEs and coordinators while implementation, as well as future project activities.

In the meeting took part the MS Project Leader from Spain Eugenia Llorens Beltran de Heredia, RTA Juan Diaz Saaverda,  Head of International Department and European Integration Serhii Korshuk, focal point from Airworthiness Directorate Olha Ivanova, focal point from Airports and Aerodromes Department  Lesia Grygorieva, sector manager on transport of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine Svitlana Didkivska and other representative of SASU.

The Senior Consultant of the Twinning Coordination Sector of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Olesia Voroniuk attended the meeting. 

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 March 15, 2016 at the premises of Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine the extended meeting of the Working Group for Twinning project preparation and implementation “Introduction of a Management System of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Ukraine” was held. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss further implementation of mentioned above project and to aware stakeholders regarding its main object, purposes and mandatory results.

The project purpose is to bring gradually the Ukrainian waste management system closer to EU standards by introducing effective and sustainable management systems for its household wastes, in particular for WEEE and waste batteries in a first step.

The BC Project Leader, Deputy Minister of  Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Eduard Krugliak welcomed the participants and emphasized on the importance of this Twinning project implementation for Ukraine. The MS Project Leader Johannes Mayer briefly outlined the main purpose, overall objective and mandatory results of the project.

Elina Velinova, Stoyanova-Lazarova, Resident Twinning Advisor, presented the Twinning project, it main result to be implemented and told briefly about Twinning institution building instrument.

In this meeting took part Co-RTA Maksym Barinov, Twinning focal point Liudmyla Poltorachenko, Twinning STE Maria Karsteva, other members of Twinning Working Group, representatives of Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, public organizations and private enterprises.

The Senior Consultant on the Twinning Coordination Sector of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Olesia Voroniuk attended the meeting.

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 March 3, 2016 at the premises of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine the Fourth Steering Committee Meeting for the Twinning Project “Support to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in Strengthening Safety Standards of Commercial Road Transport” was held.

The Project is implemented in cooperation with the General Inspectorate of Road Transport (GITD, Poland), the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG, Germany), the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt, Germany) and the State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications (SRTI, Lithuania).

The Project is aimed at improving Ukraine’s commercial road transport safety in line with the EU technical requirements and best international practices as well as decreasing the number of traffic accidents and Co-RTA Volodymyr Koskovetskyi in his opening remarks expressed gratitude to the European experts for fruitful cooperation and support in creation of commercial road transport safety in Ukraine and stressed on the importance of the adaptation the Ukrainian Legislation to the respective EU Directives.

The Project Leader on behalf of the Republic of Poland Michal Pierzchala mentioned the importance of the cooperation of partners in order to achieve project mandatory results.

The Resident Twinning Advisor Michal Rzemieniewski jointle with his Counterpart Volodymyr Koskovetskyi presented the Fourth Quarterly Report of the Project and plans for the next reporting period. In addition, the participants discussed and approved the activities during the next quarterly period and agreed on the date of the next Steering Committee Meeting.

Junior Project Leader on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany Robert Maiworm,  Junior Project Leader on behalf of the Republic of Lithuania Darius Sadaunykas, Acting Director of the Cabinet of General Inspector of Road Transport Katarzyna Piechowska-Strumik, Senior Advisor of the Cabinet of General Inspector of Road Transport Beata Jablonowska, Transport Sector Manager of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Svitlana Didkivska and the representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and State Service of Ukraine for Transport Safety and Security attended the event.

The Senior Consultant on the Twinning Coordination Sector of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union Olesia Voroniuk took part in the meeting.

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.