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Ukraine has committed itself to a comprehensive public administration reform (PAR) process. In 2016, a new law on civil service entered into force and the 2016-2020 PAR Strategy was adopted. They laid the foundation for a sustainable reform process aimed at bringing more effectiveness, efficiency and accountability into Ukraine’s public administration.
For the implementation of this crucial reform, the EU provides €104 million assistance within a special program, including EUR 90 million for budget support which is transferred directly to state budget and EUR 14 million for technical assistance which is used to provide advisory services to government institutions involved in PAR.
Following the assessment of Ukraine’s 2017 progress report on PAR, the EU decided to disburse further €15.5 million of budget support. This assistance is linked to Ukraine’s performance in a number of indicators, including coordination in public administration reform, introduction of Reform Staff Positions, improvement of human resources management and reorganization of public administration.
"Through this decision to transfer €15.5 million of EU funds to Ukraine's 2018 state budget we recognise tangible progress made by Ukraine in implementation of the public administration reform. This particularly concerns establishment of a well-performing PAR coordination framework at political and senior civil service levels, transparent and merit-based recruitment to reform staff positions, launch of a pilot phase of reorganisation in 10 ministries, as well as conceptual work initiated in the areas of policy making and general administrative procedure," - Thomas Frellesen, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, said.
The current implementing year remains very challenging. The Government is expected to deliver on a number of strategic tasks to continue PAR successfully and in a sustainable manner:
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