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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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III Steering Committee Meeting of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

Date: 24 November 2015

Location: Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (10, Rylsky Lane)

EU Project summarizes its activities for the last semester of 2015

On November 24, 2015 the regular session of the Steering Committee of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. The Project team and key national stakeholders traditionally had a meeting in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to summarize the project achievements for the last semester of 2015.

Serhiy Shklyar, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, emphasized that the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is one of the most efficient projects currently implemented in Ukraine. “I’d like to thank the Project team for dynamic and high quality cooperation aimed at achieving our joint goals,”- Mr. Shklyar said.

According to Jan Tombinski, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, it is very important that in two years since its inception the Project managed to engage all key institutions of the justice sector to cooperation, as well as develop the Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020. “Now it is time to think how to increase trust in Ukrainian justice system. Impartial justice system is a prerequisite for reforming state apparatus. It increases opportunities for businesses and important for well-functioning civil society,” – said Jan Tombinski

Virgilijus Valancius, Head of Team of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented outcomes of the Project under 6 key components and outlined the key Project activities for the upcoming semester. In particular, the Project experts will help Ukrainian partners in the following areas:

– create the coordination mechanism according to the Action Plan on the implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy for 2015-2020

 – implement the MoJ reform;

 – develop confiscation and asset recovery tools;

 – establish the Probation service and institutional framework for a new enforcement system;

 – ensure regional level training for the newly appointed prosecutors and develop the prosecutors’ self-government system;

 – support Ukrainian advocates in the strategic planning matters;

 – strengthen the judiciary bodies by enhancing the uniformity of case law and court  performance;

 – build the NABU institutional capacities

IV session of the Steering Committee of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is scheduled for June 2016.



EU to strengthen investigation capabilities of NABU

With a completion of the training program for the anticorruption detectives, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues to respond to institutional needs of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) by providing advice in setting up its analytical capabilities.

“As part of our overall support to NABU one of the key priorities at the moment is setting up its organisational structure, particularly establishment of efficient and effective analytical department,” – said Mika Aalto, Key Expert on Prevention and Fight Against Corruption.

The EU Project has engaged Alina Arucsandei, the intelligence analysis expert from Romania, to assist with development of the infrastructure for the NABU Analytical Unit. Specifically, Alina Arucsandei supports design of internal regulations of the Analytical Unit by merging extensive practical experience in law enforcement intelligence analysis. As a result of this mission, the investigation capabilities of NABU will be enhanced through implementation of the best European practices.

Taking into account the complexity of cases to be investigated within the NABU mandate, it is expected that investigative capabilities of the institution will be strengthened in a very short timeframe. Intelligence analysis concepts, principles, techniques and methods, financial analysis and financial investigation are basic elements for initial training of the NABU analysts.

The Mission will last till the end of January 2016.


First Regional Justice Reform Council held in Kharkiv

On 18 November 2015, the first meeting of the Kharkiv Regional Justice Sector Reform Council was held at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. The event was initiated by the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” with a purpose to discuss the issues related to implementation of Ukraine Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020.

Representatives of the local judiciary, prosecution, bar and legal experts participated in the event which was moderated by Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

The agenda of the meeting included the issues related to the reform of the judiciary, implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On the Restoration of Trust in the Judiciary” and judiciary enforcement system reform.

“Regional initiatives have been successfully implemented in Odesa, Lviv and now in Kharkiv. In the future we see these three reform councils as regional hubs for discussion to involve the justice sector stakeholders from the neighboring regions that will contribute to effective implementation of Ukraine Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 and its Action Plan,”  – said Virgilijus Valancius.  

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Ukrainian policy makers to learn on enforcement system reform from their Bulgarian colleagues

On 16-17 November 2015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms” has organized the visit for Ukrainian high-level policy makers to Bulgaria who will learn about best practices of enforcement system reform.

The delegation includes representatives of key fractions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and key representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The agenda of the visit includes working meetings at the Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria, the National Ombudsman Office of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Chamber of Private Enforcement Officers, Sofia State Enforcement Service, the Institute for Market Economy and the Initiative for Judgement Enforcement as a Public Service, implemented by the Center for Legal Initiatives.

In October 2015, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted on first reading for the Law on Enforcement which provides for creation of the figure of Private Enforcement Officer who, alongside with State Enforcement Officer, would enforce court rulings. Thus, Ukraine is implementing so called ‘mixed’ judgement enforcement system, which was first among the EU member states successfully implemented in Bulgaria in 2005. The draft law is expected to be voted on its second reading in December 2015. The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has already conducted targeted expert missions to advance the enforcement reform.