Official Opening of the Twinning Project for the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine

On February 7, 2014 at the premises of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine the official opening of the Twinning Light project “Approximation of the Legislation of Ukraine to the European Norms and Standards in the Area of Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Disabled People” took place.

The project that is to be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality of the Kingdom of Spain is aimed at supporting the Ukrainian government in the approximation of Ukrainian legislation to the European standards in the area of professional rehabilitation and employment of disabled persons as well as creating conditions for their implementation.


The Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Project Leader Lidia Drozdova in her opening remarks underlined the importance of social issues the project touches upon.

The Acting.Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Julia Kovalevska welcomed all the participants on the opening of theTwinning project. In her speech she presented the main achievements of the Twinning project implementation in Ukraine. It was also admitted that the Project above mentioned was considered to be the second one to be implemented by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. That fact proved high activity of the Beneficiary party in the area of institutional capacity strengthening.

The First Secretary of the Embassy of Spain in Ukraine Escalas Oriol Noya, the Project Leader of the Kingdom of Spain Jacob Martin Fernandez, the coordinator of the health sector and the social sector of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Serhiy Polyuk presented their speeches during the event.

Iryna Luchynska, Deputy Director of the Twinning Programme Administration Office of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union attended the meeting.

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 (the NAUCS) directs and coordinates the activity on preparation and implementation of 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.

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