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

The Steering Committee Meeting of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was successfully held on the 29th of June at the Ministry of Justice.
Project beneficiaries and staff were present at the meeting. Among Committee participants were: Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko, First Deputy Minister Natalia Sevostianova, Chief of the Head Department of Legal Policy of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostiantyn Krasovskyi, Head of High Qualification Commission Serhii Kozjakov, Head of High Council of Justice Igor Benedesyuk, Rector of the National School of Judges Mykola Onishchuk, representatives of European Union in Ukraine, EUAM in Ukraine and others. The stakeholders expressed their appreciation to the Project on the successful cooperation and achieved positive results. Next steps and future plans were also discussed and approved by the members.

Enforcement reform through the prism of the experience of France: Deputy Minister Serhiy Shklyar’s blog

The Ministry of Justice continues to implement a comprehensive reform of the enforcement of court decisions and other bodies. Since January 5, 2017, a mixed system of enforcement has started to operate in Ukraine, and the first private enforcement officers (PEOs) will soon appear and start their work. Currently, the training of three streams of candidates for PEOs has passed and 5 qualifying exams have been conducted, 88 people has successfully got through it. The other day they will receive a certificate of a private enforcement officer, and after they insure the activity and equip the office, they will begin their work. READ MORE…

Project Serbian and Bulgarian Experts shared their experience with first Ukrainian private enforcement officers

From 12th to 16th of June EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” conducted an expert mission aimed at providing support to the Ministry of Justice on the development of self-governance system of Private Enforcement Officers (PEOs).

Project Experts Damir Site (Serbian) and Katilin Popov (Bulgarian) are assisting in development of Charter of PEO Association, drafting procedural guidelines for the new self-governance body, and the PEO Code of Ethics basing on best European Practices. The main task is to assist the Ministry in the creation of a strong PEO self-governance body, an important condition for more effective operations of PEOs and the prevention of abuse.

The Experts met first Ukrainian private enforcement officers during the visit. Ukrainian PEOs had an opportunity to learn about the experience of their colleagues from other jurisdictions in running the office, creation of effective self-governance, enforcement of particular types of cases, interaction with State authorities and other practical issues.

Messrs Site and Popov conducted a range of meetings with other Ukrainian partners, including the President of Notary Chamber of Ukraine, members of Board of the Ukrainian Bar Association etc.

Start of enforcement service reform

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is supporting  privatization reform of the enforcement service led by the Ministry of Justice. After a year of preparations, the first stage of the reform successfully started. As of 30 May, 47 candidates for a private enforcement officer (PEO) have successfully passed the qualification exam.


The reform of the enforcement service has been called for by a number of international partners. Lengthy non-enforcement of court decisions remains the single biggest reason for violations found against Ukraine by the European Court of Human Rights. Some USD 20 billion of claims are locked up by way of non-enforced court decisions. IMF included some conditionalities calling for the reform in Ukraine’s bailout package. A successful reform should also have a direct impact on Ukraine’s standing in the World Bank Doing Business index and other reputed international rankings, thereby contributing to investor confidence in the country. Furthermore, it should reduce the burden on the State budget in the provision of justice services. This is a welcome step in the right direction to provide better and more accessible enforcement services to Ukrainian and foreign individuals and businesses.