Comprehensive Institution Building Programme (CIB) is a part of the European Union’s initiative "Eastern Partnership". The Eastern Partnership is a project which was presented by the foreign minister of Poland at the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 26 May 2008. The Eastern Partnership was inaugurated in Prague on 7 May 2009. The members of the Eastern Partnership consists of the the European Union and its neighbors - Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

The Eastern Partnership is provided with additional to the European Neighborhood Policy funding of Euro 350 million for 2010 – 2013 for six countries of this initiative, including Euro 175 million for the CIB programme. For Ukraine, at least Euro 43.37 million on the CIB programme was allocated.

Full-scale realisation of the CIB programme is expected in the first quarter 2011.

Twinning will be the basis for the CIB implementation. Other key institutional building tools will include the possibility of training sessions, study tours, exchange of civil servants with similar institutions in EU Member States and Ukraine. Financing may be available to purchase specialised equipment and infrastructure (e.g., laboratories) that are required for state agencies in the adaptation to EU norms and standards.

According to the Draft Guidelines on the Implementation of the CIB in Ukraine in 2010, key ministries and agencies for piloting CIB should be identified and plans for institutional reform should be developed.

  • On 23 – 24 February 2010 a mission of the European Commission was held. During the mission proposals to reform the system and structure of central executive bodies were presented. As a result, Joint Operational Conclusions were signed.
  • Letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA), No 311/13-110/4 of 2 March 2010 submitted the proposal to consolidate the preparation of proposals for the erection of the framework document for the CIB programme at the MDCSU. Offers of the MFA were supported by the Government of Ukraine (CMU instruction No 2879/52/1-10 of 11 March 2010).
  • According to the Instruction, the MDCSU carried out work on the format and content of the institutional reforms plans to be approved by the European side. On 18 March 2010 at the special meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the MDCSU proposals to the structure of institutional development plans were presented.
  • On 15 March 2010 the Ukrainian side received a Draft Framework Document of the Comprehensive Institution Building Programme, prepared by the European Commission.

Substance of the MDCSU proposals to content of the institutional reforms plans within the CIB programme:

  • Focus on the priorities arising from the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement;
  • Reform and structure central executive bodies system;
  • Incorporate four components of institutional capacity (mission and functions, structure, personnel regulations and procedures);
  • Incorporate cross-cutting issues: e-governance, staff training.
  • On 14 April 2010 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine submitted an updated version of the Framework Document of the Comprehensive Institution Building Programme, taking into account the proposed by the MDCSU sample institutional reforms plans to the Draft Framework Document (this Ukrainian version of the Framework Documents was transferred to the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine).