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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EU expert delivered training for Criminal Executive Service officers

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On January 20, 2016, Petro Pavlychenko, National Expert on the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, held the training “Prevention and Fight Against Corruption in Ukraine (Principles and Practices)” in Bila Tserkva Professional Training School of the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine. The training is a part of cooperation of the EU Project and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine for implementation of the key areas of Ukraine’s Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020, namely: increase of the judiciary and the law enforcement performance in fight against the organized crime and corruption; increase of the efficiency in prevention of crimes and rehabilitation of convicted persons, improvement of the penitentiary system.

The audience of the training comprised of the heads of units of the social and psychological service, the penitentiary operational units’ staff and the trainers.

The Director of the School Oleh Duka emphasized the importance of the continuous training for the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine staff in order to develop professional competence and new skills in prevention and counteraction to corruption offences in a daily life and professional activities.

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The first Deputy Director Alla Hryhorenko presented the “Prevention and counteraction to corruption in the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine” curriculum and spoke about the cooperation with the EU Project.

Petro Pavlychenko told about the overall goal and mission of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, its role in the justice sector reform in Ukraine, activities of the anticorruption component of the Project, anticorruption legislative novelties. He also spoke about the institutional structure of the institutions specially authorized for combatting corruption and presented key provisions of the relevant block of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan within the Ukraine – EU Visa-Free Dialogue.

In the course of the training, he described in details techniques for prevention and detection of the facts of corruption with specific facts from the national practice, as well as from the practice of Lithuania, France, Finland, Poland, UK and other European counties. Active discussions were provoked by such topics as the ways of exercising financial control and lifestyle monitoring of persons empowered with local or public administrative functions, institutional anti-corruption programs, settlement of conflicts of interest, work with the whistle-blowers etc.

Given the significant interest of the participants to the presented topics, it was proposed to enhance the cooperation with the EU Project in terms of completion and finalization of the structure and content of the training program on fight against corruption for Bila Tserkva Professional Training School of the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine.

NABU specialists have put in practice some knowledge gained during study visit to Finland

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On 13 January 2016, feedback discussion between Artem Sytnyk, head of NABU and participants of the study visit together with representatives of Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine, Mika Aalto, in charge of anti-corruption component and Petro Pavlychenko, national anti-corruption expert.
 
The essence of the meeting was to assess whether the study visit reached its desired outcomes. The overall aim of the study visit was to show a functioning Finnish model of how to effectively investigate complex crimes and how to trace and confiscate proceeds of crime. One of the key priorities was to establish cooperation between NABU and Finnish authorities such as Ministry of Justice, General Prosecutor Office and National Bureau of Investigation.
 
Artem Sytnyk highlighted that study visit enhanced their vision of mechanisms required to achieve effective and efficient institution. “Some of the learned things have been put in practice in NABU as a practical outcome of the study visit. NABU is in process to establish own mechanisms based on good practices learned from international experience and from that perspective study visit to Finland was highly useful,” – added Artem Sytnyk.
 
NABU representatives and EU experts noted there were decisive elements that must have been in place to carry out the work effectively. For example, direct access to various sources of information and cooperation between authorities. In Finland the legal framework and procedures are well-developed and functioning without obstacles. Changes in legal framework and careful consideration of procedures should be the priority for NABU activities. “It was obvious that NABU representatives wanted to learn from Finnish experience and in particular some of the learned practices have been put in practice in Ukraine,” – noted Mika Aalto, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.