EU Experts Contribute to Reforming the Judicial System of Ukraine

The group of experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has assisted with development of the Ukraine Judiciary Development Strategy (UJDS) that outlines judicial reforms for the period of 2014-2017.

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Adopted at the time of significant social and political changes, UJDS attests the continuing willingness of the Ukrainian judiciary to reform and improve the quality of its services to the public, follow European standards and best practices in good administration of justice. As part of the on-going European integration efforts, Ukraine has concluded the Association Agreement, is joining a free-trade area, pursing the visa dialogue, and engaging in other major partnerships with the European Union. Reform of the justice sector in general, and the judiciary in particular, is a necessary precondition to consolidate all these efforts.

The Ukraine Judiciary Development Strategy was presented at the XII Congress of the Judges of Ukraine on 19 June 2014. “The judicial system of Ukraine is facing serious challenges. Significant steps should be made by the judiciary themselves to revive public trust,” – says Dr. Virgilijus Valančius, Key Expert, EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms”.

Adoption and implementation of the Ukraine Judiciary Development Strategy will be discussed at the next meeting of the Council of Judges of Ukraine on 19-20 July 2014.

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The ongoing EU-funded “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aims to support consolidated justice sector-wide reforms in Ukraine. The project foresees direct involvement of EU Member states and will continue 38 months. The project brings together at the discussion table all sector stakeholders in order to assist them with the development of the joint sector-wide reform strategy. The strategy will be implemented through a robust sector coordination mechanism and will hinge on a tight implementation schedule backed by a multi-year financial commitment from the Ukrainian Government.

The Project is implemented by a Consortium led by Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI), the Frenchmandated body of the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with CIVIPOL (mandated body of the French Ministry of Interior), ADETEF (mandated body of the French Ministry of Finance), the Ministry of Justice of Poland, the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania, the Institute of Law of Lithuania, the German Foundation on International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), the mandated body of the German Federal Ministry of Justice, and the , a Ukrainian Non-Governmental Organisation, as associate to the action.