Ukraine – First Steering Committee Meeting within the Project
The First Steering Committee Meeting within the EU-funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was held in the premises of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
Participants have discussed future plans concerning further implementation of initiatives within the framework of the project, in particular – reforming law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s office, judiciary system and public defender’s office, the system for preventing and combating corruption.
An approach regarding the development of sectoral strategies to reform certain of the above said fields that have to be united in the future into a more comprehensive package of reforms, has been agreed.
Taking this into consideration, Andrew Rasbash, head of the cooperation programs of the European Union in Ukraine, has emphasized on the need to consider the situation that takes place in the country today. He also has pointed out that the project is aimed, first of all, to support Ukrainian developments that are going to be Ukraine’s own project.
In his turn, the Deputy Minister of Justice Ruslan Ryaboshapka has expressed gratitude to European colleagues for tangible support in implementation of reforms in Ukraine, as well as he emphasized the need of further close cooperation within the framework of this process. “Implementing the reforms is the second most important task for the Ukrainian government after securing peace in our land”, – he stated.
The sides agreed to an urgent start to develop proposals regarding sectoral reforms in the above stated fields.
It has also been mentioned during the event, to consider judiciary community’s position while developing reforms in the field of the judicial system and status of judges, as well as check the planned reforms for anti-corruption component.
Participants have also congratulated Virgilius Valanchius on appointment to the post of the head of an expert group within the framework of the project, who has presented a report of project activity for the previous 6 months, as well as proposals regarding its future proceedings.
Source – Ministry of Justice of Ukraine