Ukraine needs a strong private enforcement system. As long as the court decisions are not executed, court proceedings do not make any sense. That is why European partners point at the pressing necessity of this reform.

“There is a direct link between the privatization of judicial enforcement and its effectiveness,” said Dovydas Vitkauskas, Team Leader of the EU Project, at the at the conference “Private Enforcement Officers’ Self-Governance: European Practices to Set Up Ukrainian System”, – “The profession of an enforcement officer should become private, as the ones of a lawyer or a notary.”

“Most of the new EU democracies moved to the private enforcement, and the figures have increased substantially,” said Dovydas Vitkauskas. – “In Lithuania, the privatisation of the enforcement system happened literally overnight. There was neither transition period nor mixed system like in Ukraine. There were cases of abuse at the very beginning, but now the only problem consists in too effective enforcement, rather than insufficient, as in Ukraine. Therefore, Ukraine should pick up an example to follow in the course of the reform implementation.”

The conference was held at the Ministry of Justice on October 31. It was attended by the leadership of Minister of Justice, European experts, representatives of the notary chambers, and private enforcement officers.

The event was organized by the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, the USAID New Justice Program, the Commercial Law Center, the OSCE, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Law Organization “IDLO: Creating a Culture of Justice”, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine , the German IRZ Foundation, and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany.