For the first time, Ukraine hosted an Eastern Partnership Panel on Public Administration Reform, highlighting the country's commitment with the process.
On 16 and 17 March, the 12th Eastern Partnership Panel on Public Administration Reform (PAR) took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. The meeting was chaired by the EEAS and was hosted by the National Agency for Civil Service of Ukraine. This Panel gathered around sixty representatives from Partner Countries and Member States, as well as EU services and associated organizations, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
On this occasion, the Panel meeting discussed in depth ways to improve policy development and coordination in the field of PAR, one of the six core principles promoted by the EU and the OECD in this field. The agenda also focused on the current challenges as regards public administration reform in Ukraine. In view of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit of November 2017, the Panel underlined the importance of presenting concrete deliverables in the field of PAR, which is a key area within the Eastern Partnership. The exchanges of the first day were completed by a visit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, where the group discussed the legislative process behind civil service reform and local self-government. The next meeting of the Panel is expected to take place in October in Tallinn, Estonia.