17th Eastern Partnership Panel on Governance and Public Administration Reform (Stockholm, Kingdom of Sweden)

On 04 December, 2019 in Stockholm (Kingdom of Sweden) the 17th meeting of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Governance and Public Administration Reform under the Multilateral Platform 1 on Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance took place.

This year’s meeting of the Working Panel was devoted to discussing the issues of forming a comprehensive and justified policy.

Within the framework of the opening remarks session the Head of Division EURCA EAST 1, Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation and OSCE, European External Action Service Ms. Audrone Perkauskiene, Deputy Head of Unit C.1 – Georgia, Moldova and Cross-border Cooperation, European Commission (DG NEAR) Mr. Nikolas Kendrovich, Sweden's State Secretary for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh greeted all the participants on the meeting opening and underlined that the activities organized within the framework of the EU Initiative “Eastern Partnership” are the unique opportunity for exchange of best practices in the context of priority reforms implementation.

During the first day of the event, participants learned about the experiences of Georgia, Moldova and Sweden's best practices on the role of statistics and data in shaping comprehensive and justified policies. Also, during the first day of the event, Director of the Sociological Agency FAMA Mariana Malachivska-Danchak and Folke Bernadotte Academy Project Coordinator Yuliia Sedyk presented the Folke Bernadotte Program "Rule of Law in Local Government in Ukraine".

During the second day of the event, within the framework of Multilateral session 4 “Public participation in the policy-making process”, First Deputy Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Volodymyr Kuprii presented “Methodology of evaluation of the activity of executive bodies in the Public Relations area. The participants of the event were also able to get acquainted with the experience of Azerbaijan and Belarus.

Within the meeting the next steps and planned initiatives to achieve the 2020 targets were also discussed.

Representatives of the EU initiative “Eastern Partnership” member states, EU member states government authorities and public participated in the Panel.

For reference: since 2011, Ukraine, with the direct participation of NAUCS, actively participates in the activities of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Governance and Public Administration Reform and regularly attends the Panel meetings and events organized by the Eastern Partnership countries. Such cooperation contributes to the implementation of the NAUCS tasks, in particular, to ensure the formation and realization of a single state policy in the area of civil service, including the implementation of functional management of the civil service, the development of measures to improve the efficiency of the civil service, etc.

Activities of the Panel are aimed at the following directions:

- “Civil service, state authorities and their functions (human resource management, common principles of recruitment and civil service, legislation)”;

- “Transparency, e-government and data protection”;

- “Decentralization of local/regional state bodies”;

- “Effective management of technical assistance” (since 2012 Ukraine is the leading country).

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