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The European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine, a civilian CSDP Mission, has launched a nationwide training programme focused on internal integrity mechanisms for the Ukrainian national intelligence service, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). By March 2019, the Mission plans to train over 200 SSU staff members in seven regions of Ukraine: Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Vinnitsa, Poltava, Uzhgorod and Kyiv. Representatives from civil society and trainers from the National Academy of the SSU will support the process throughout.
The goal of the training is to implement the concept of integrity as a core value of the Security Service of Ukraine. A central component is looking at the mechanisms that EU security services have in place to prevent and fight corruption and other forms of unethical behaviour. The training looked at human resources management practices to aid this objective as well as budgeting and financing structures. External oversight of intelligence services in the EU was also covered in detail.
The EU Advisory Mission provides the SSU with strategic advice and expertise in order to support the SSU perform its core task of providing security for the people of Ukraine and achieve Ukraine’s stated objective of becoming a trusted intelligence sharing partner for EU and NATO countries.
This integrity training is not the first training programme launched by EUAM for the SSU. In 2016, the Mission delivered a nationwide human rights training for SSU personnel. This training now forms part of the SSU Academy’s programme.
EUAM Ukraine was launched in July 2014 to assist the Ukrainian authorities towards a sustainable reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and hands-on support for specific reform measures based on EU standards and international principles of good governance and human rights. The goal is to achieve a civilian security sector that is efficient, accountable, and enjoys the trust of the public.