EU diplomat: Ukraine’s public administration needs new talent

The reform of Ukraine’s public service is one of the most important parts of the country’s on-going transformation. It is difficult to have economic and social systems working efficiently without a modern and competent civil service. Ukraine’s system of public administration, however, has many obsolete structures and functions, and extremely low salaries make the public service uncompetitive as an employer on the national labour market. Read more

Specialists for the Association: EU project helps government implement agreement

Dr. Janos Zakonyi, the team leader of the new EU-funded “Association4U/ Association for Ukraine and for You” project, draws an imaginary line upwards, continues it horizontally, and then pulls it downwards. He is illustrating the lines of communication between Ukrainian government departments dealing with European integration, which must occur via the central administration. “Coordination is always an issue, and not only in Ukraine,” says Zakonyi, who is Hungarian, “We are missing simple communication where officers working in different ministries can call each other and settle a question as a part of normal business.” Read more

Johannes Hahn urges the new government to continue reforms

April 20-21, Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Kyiv. He met with President Poroshenko and newly-appointed Prime Minister Groysman. The commissioner stressed the importance of Ukrainian government institutions undertaking coordinated efforts to meet the reforms necessary for the establishment of a visa-free regime with the EU. Hahn expressed his hope for a quick decision on the part of the European Parliament and EU Council to change the relevant EU legislation to enable Ukrainians visit the EU without visas. Read more

Europeans want to be sure of the safety of Ukrainian products

One of the most important topics in Ukraine today is the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the EU and the opportunities and challenges it presents for Ukrainian producers.  This issue has garnered much media attention recently, and seminars and training sessions have been devoted to ensuring Ukrainians are aware of the DCFTA’s implications. Read more