23 November 2017

Challenges, achievements and prospects of the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine to be discussed by legal professionals and experts

What are the main achievements in the process of Justice Sector Reforms? How the EU is supporting the full reset of Ukrainian judiciary system? These issues will be discussed on 23 November at the conference that will host top representatives of the Ukrainian judiciary and justice system, as well as the experts from the EU Member States. The conference will provide more practical impact and…
08 November 2017

Round table “Competition in the Intellectual Property High Court”

The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) in a partnership with the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ) will hold a round table to discuss the issues of selection of the candidates for vacant positions of judges in the Intellectual Property High Court. The participants will include representatives of HQCJ, the…
31 October 2017

The International Conference “Private Enforcement Officers’ Self-Governance: European Practices to Set Up Ukrainian System”

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine together with the USAID New Justice Program, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the European Union Project “Support to Justice Reform in Ukraine”, the Commercial Law Center, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), and the International Development Law Organization will hold the international conference “Private Enforcement…
31 July 2017

Roundtables on the Enforcement System Reform and Private Enforcement Officers Activities will be Held in Odesa and Kharkiv

The European Union project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, together with the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine invite to take part in the round tables devoted to the discussion of the enforcement system reform issues for the enforcement of judgments and PEOs activities. Within the framework of the event, the following two blocks will be…
05 July 2017

First PEOs will receive their licences on the 7th of July

This Friday, July 7, the solemn awarding with the licences of private enforcement officers will take place for those who have successfully passed the qualification exam. Beginning at 10 a.m. at: Kiyv, 73, Sichovyh Striltsiv St, second floor, “marble hall” More…
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European experts will assist the General Prosecutors Office of Ukraine to develop strategy of reforms

On July 29, the first meeting of the Working Group on Development of Proposals for the Prosecution Reform Strategy took place at the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine. The meeting was organized within the EU-funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

The high officials of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the experts of “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine Project”, the representatives of civil society organizations, the Ministry of Justice, Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine, higher education institutions and the CoE participated in the event. Vitaliy Yarema, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, stressed an importance of the prosecution reform and building of the society based on the European values. “I would like to express a gratitude to the European Union and the Council of Europe for supporting these efforts and assisting our lawyers who worked with he draft law on reforms”, – noted the General Prosecutor.

Vitaliy Yarema called upon the EU experts and other members of the Working Group to pay attention tonecessity of defining the place and the role of the prosecution taking into account the European standards and current situation in Ukraine. Loic Guerin, Key Expert, “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, informed the participants about the project goals aimed at development of the justice system reform strategy. The strategy will be developed by working groups established within five components of the project, which include prosecution, judiciary, advocacy, police and anti-corruption sectors. Loic Gurein stressed an importance of a task to be fulfilled by the Working Group and spoke on expectation that development and implementation of reforms would result in a confidence raising towards the prosecution system. He presented the workgroup plan and encouraged the participants to get involved into the process of defining priorities to ensure efficient performance of the Working Group. Volodymyr Stretovych, Top Aide to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine and the leader of the Working Group, said that involvement of the civil society and international organizations, as well as the key elements of the justice sector, will ensure impartiality, professionalism and efficiency of the Working Group performance. The meeting was concluded by decision to further define directions for immediate reforms in the prosecution system.

First meeting of working group on reforms held at the GPO

On 29 July, the working meeting on the prosecution reform took place at the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine. The participants discussed proposals for the Strategy of the reform of the prosecution being developed within the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

Vilaly Yarema, General Prosecutor of Ukraine, stressed importance of adoption of the new law “On the prosecution service” especially when the Assosiation Agreement between Ukraine and the EU was signed.

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Loic Guerin, Key Expert, “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, spoke about importance of efforts of the working group established in cooperation with the General Prosecutor’s Office and called upon active involvement to identify priorities for the reforms of the prosecution.

The participants of the working meeting include representatives of civil society, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine and the CoE.

 

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A steering committee meeting has taken place within the framework of the EU project “Support of Justice reforms in Ukraine”

A steering committee meeting has taken place within the framework of the EU project “Support of Justice reforms in Ukraine” at the premises of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Participants have discussed future plans concerning further implementation of initiatives within the framework of the project, in particular – reforming law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s office, judiciary system and public defender’s office, the system for preventing and combating corruption. An approach regarding the development of sectoral strategies to reform certain of the above said fields that have to be united in the future into a more comprehensive package of reforms, has been agreed. Taking this into consideration, Andrew Rasbash, head of the cooperation programs of the E in Ukraine, has emphasized on the need to consider the situation that takes place in the country today. He also has pointed out that the project is aimed, first of all, to support Ukrainian developments that are going to be Ukraine’s own project.

In his turn, the Deputy Minister of Justice Ruslan Ryaboshapka has expressed gratitude to European colleagues for tangible support in implementation of reforms in Ukraine, as well as he emphasized the need of further close cooperation within the framework of this process. “Implementing the reforms is the second most important task for the Ukrainian government after securing peace in our land”, – he stated. The sides agreed to an urgent start to develop proposals regarding sectoral reforms in the above stated fields.

It has also been mentioned during the event, to consider judiciary community’s position while developing reforms in the field of the judicial system and status of judges, as well as check the planned reforms for anti-corruption component.

Participants have also congratulated Virgilius Valanchius on appointment to the post of the head of an expert group within the framework of the project, who has presented a report of project activity for the previous 6 months, as well as proposals regarding its future proceedings.