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”

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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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Next steps of judicial enforcement reform discussed in Odesa

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The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, continues with a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the ongoing judicial enforcement reform among the legal professionals. On 28 October, a round table was organized in Odesa in a partnership with the Odesa Oblast Bar Council. The participants to the event were representatives of the local bar and legal experts.

Sergiy Shklyar, the Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine on Enforcement Issues, informed in details about priorities for the judicial enforcement reform. According to him, the next steps in the process of establishing a so-called mixed enforcement system envisages development of admission exams for the future private enforcement agents and a launch of the integrated information system of enforcement.

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Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, spoke about the structure of Lithuanian integrated information system which could freeze all bank accounts of any debtor in real time, automatically place restrictions on all other debtor assets (real property, cars etc.), and permit sharing of information about all debtors and their obligations by banks, tax authorities, and other creditors.

Katilin Popov, the EU Project’s Expert on the Judicial Enforcement Reform, analysed challenges in the process of establishing private enforcement sector in Ukraine. In his opinion, it is crucial to set up an environment for training of at least 500 candidates for private enforcement officer’s (PEO) position per month, and to establish adequate passage score for PEO’s admission exam that would not work as an administrative barrier to a PEO profession entry.

“With the enforcement system reform we see many opportunities for quick wins. We will continue to support the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine because we share a joint vision on how to achieve the results. Communication and awareness raising on the reform related issues remains crucial. There will be no comprehensive judicial reform and the rule of law without efficient enforcement system,”said Dovydas Vitkauskas.

On 02 June 2016, Verkhovna Rada adopted a package of laws (Bills 2056a and 2057a) whereby Ukraine is gradually privatising the enforcement service. The enforcement system reform is an integral part of the judiciary reform. It envisages creation of a new ‘mixed’ system, setting a roadmap towards gradual full privatisation of enforcement services, in line with the current trends and best practices in many EU Member States.

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

Location:  Conference Hall of Panorama De Luxe Hotel (7/8, Mukachyvsky Lane, Odesa)

Date/Time: 28 October 2016 / 10:00-14:00

Organizers:

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

The Odesa Oblast Bar Council

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The Experts of Lithuanian Center of Registers assist with developing integrated information system of enforcement

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues its efforts aimed at strengthening capacities of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (MOJ) to improve accessible and affordable electronic services. As a part of these efforts, the Project has engaged experts from the Lithuanian Centre of Registers to assist MOJ and its daughter information services company, NAIS, to develop regulatory framework, software and hardware for the integrated information system of enforcement.

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On 25-26 October 2016, Lithuanian experts presented to their Ukrainian peers their best practice – recognised by Work Bank among the 3 leading systems of its kind in the World – which enables freezing of all bank accounts of any debtor in real time, allows enforcement officers to automatically place restrictions on all other debtor assets (real property, cars etc.), and permits sharing of information about all debtors and their obligations by banks, tax authorities, and other creditors.

Ukraine is currently undergoing a significant reform of the enforcement service, gradually privatising the service in order to increase efficiency and accessibility.

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To ensure further consolidation of these joint efforts, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, NAIS and Lithuanian Centre of Registers signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This document will serve as a policy basis for coordination of actions aimed at maximising Ukraine’s potential in the process of development of sustainable integrated information systems and registers in particular, and e-Government in general.