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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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The EU Project contributes to developing strategic planning capacities for MOJ


The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues efforts to support its main beneficiary – the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (MOJ).

In particular, the EU Project is contributing to the efforts of MOJ to plan, carry out and monitor its institutional reform, and to perform a role in the justice sector reform coordination mechanism, in accordance with EU Member States’ and regional comparative best practices. To fulfill this task, the EU Project has engaged a prominent expert Eka Tkeshelashvili, who formerly served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prosecutor General and Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. Her main tasks include developing proposals for a specific mandate of the future Strategic Planning, Research and Analysis Unit at MOJ. A separate unit or department was suggested by the Project in the course of last year, as part of the overall restructuring of the Ministry delineated in the Strategic Screening Report by Gintaras Svedas, the EU Project expert and former Vice-Minister of Justice of Lithuania.

 The Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Action Plan (JSRSAP) 2015-2020 foresees a wide-ranging reform of the justice sector, including the development of policy and reform coordination capacities of the Ministry of Justice. Creating better conditions to monitor implementation of JSRSAP remains a challenge.

Eka Tkeshelashvili is working on a Report to define duties and powers of the future dedicated unit at MOJ. She is also working on staff training and drafting practice guides on strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, performance management and reform coordination. “Creation of an operational justice sector coordination mechanism with the MOJ at the core is important for successful implementation of the wider justice sector reform. This will allow MOJ to be more proactive not only in designing and measuring its own reform, but also support the Judicial Reform Council under the President of Ukraine in implementing JSRSAP. This will also allow MOJ to better perform its role as a point where international donors receive comprehensive and practical information about gaps and needs of the justice sector institutions,” – says Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

The Round table “Reform of the bar: expectations of advocates”

Date/Time: 15 July 2016 / 11:00 – 14:00

Organizers: EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, Ukrainian Bar Association

Key issues for discussion:

  1. Professional rights and guarantees for the bar.
  2. Admission to practice law.
  3. Exclusive right for representation in courts: proposals and European experience.
  4. Self-governance of the bar.
  5. Disciplinary liability as a prerequisite for high standards of the bar


The EU Project initiated discussion on prospects for private enforcement services in Ukraine


The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” together with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine continues a series of regional events aiming to raise awareness of the judicial enforcement system reform.

On July 13, the Roundtable “The judicial enforcement system reform in Ukraine – next steps” took place in Odessa. The event was attended by representatives of the banking sector, lawyers and attorneys of state enterprises.

Serhiy Shkliar, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine for the Enforcement Service, and Kostiantyn Silkin, First Deputy Director of the State Enforcement Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, briefed the participants on the main objectives and conditions of implementation of the reform which was launched with the legislative initiatives adopted at Parliament on 2 June 2016.

“The market of private judicial enforcement services has great prospects in Ukraine. Private enforcement officers will be able to earn fairly by providing high quality services. The claims of Ukrainian banks under non-executed judgments amount to almost 200 billion UAH”, – says Serhii Shkliar.

According to Kostiantyn Silkin, the approval of laws launching the enforcement reform has already contributed to the improvement of the investment climate in Ukraine, according to the World Bank.

Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” and Katilin Popov, Expert of the EU Project, spoke about the trends and results in reforming of the enforcement systems in the countries of European Union, whereby a clear trend exists towards gradual privatisation of the service.

“Questions still remain as to whether a proper balance will be struck between the interest of ensuring the accountability of future PEOs by way of oversight by MOJ and courts on the one hand, and the need to make use of the entrepreneurial spirit if PEOs to ensure greater degree of effectiveness of enforcement. The development and consolidation of registers, including the debtor and restrained property registers, is also a key precondition for a successful reform.” – says Dovydas Vitkauskas.

The participants addressed to the Ministry of Justice and the EU Project team various proposals for the development of the regulatory and institutional framework. It was agreed to continue the active engagement of the authorities, experts and other stakeholders in the next stage of the reform implementation, which will commence with the PEO testing and selection process.

The Round Table “Judicial enforcement system reform in Ukraine – next steps”


Date: 13 July, 2016

Location: Odesa, Hotel “Oleksandrivsky”/conference hall “Modern” (12, Oleksandrivsky Ave.)

Organizers: the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine



 10.00 – 10.30 – Registration of the participants

10.30 – 10.40 – Welcome speech

 Serhiy Shklyar, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine for the Enforcement Service

 Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

10.40 – 11.30 – Reviewing main targets and tasks for implementation of the judicial enforcement reform in Ukraine

Speaker: Kostiantyn Silkin, First Deputy Director of the State Enforcement Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine 

11.30 – 11.45 – Coffeebreak

11:45 – 12:15  – Expectations from the reform: experience of Bulgaria and neighboring states

Speaker: Katilin Popov, Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

12.15 – 13.30 – Discussion

The EU Project team presents outputs and sets priorities for July-December 2016


On 08 July 2016, the IV Steering Committee meeting within the framework of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was held at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The EU Project team and key national stakeholders gathered to summarize the project achievements in the first half of 2016.

Speaking on a behalf of the Ukrainian Government, Anton Yanchuk, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, expressed gratitude to the EU Project for support in reforming different areas of justice. “Our cooperation has become a real partnership. We have visible results and we have action plans to continue reforms. I believe we will still need an expertise from the EU Project in the future,” – he said.


Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented the outputs of the activities of all six components of the EU Project in January-June 2016. He stressed that main priority for the next half-year period should be strengthening of governance and management capacities of the Ukrainian justice sector institutions. Specifically, a focus will be made on the following areas of expertise:

  • support to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in development of Strategic Planning Department and register services;
  • support in a launch of the institution of private enforcement officers;
  • support in establishing fully operational probation service;
  • institutional support to the public prosecution office;
  • support with implementation of the new draft Law of Ukraine “On the Bar and Advocates’ Activities” and establishing an effective system to address violations of advocates’ rights
  • support in development of strategic planning capacity of the judiciary;
  • support to the High Council of Justice and the Supreme Court of Ukraine;
  • support to strengthening capacities of Ukrainian anti-corruption institutions

Although the end of the project is scheduled for December 2016, Ukrainian stakeholders expressed huge interest in cooperation opportunities in the future.