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On June 27-28, 2015 the European Union Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the Council of Europe Project “Support to the Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine” in cooperation with the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine co-organised the Retreat for the Department for the Reforms and Performance Quality Assurance of the General Prosecutor’s Office: Priorities for Action. The event was aimed at assisting the newly established Department to acquire clear vision and understanding of the directions for developing the reforms strategic planning in line with the European standards, new Law on Public Prosecutor’s Office, and implementation of the Justice Sector Reforms Strategy 2015-2020. 

In his address to the participants of the event, David Sakvarelidze, Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine, emphasized the importance of the newly established Department of the GPO, taking into the account the current low level of trust to the prosecution system and high social expectations for the future reform. He also thanked the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” for supporting the General Prosecutor’s Office on its complex way of reforming.

Loїc Guerin, the Key Expert on Prosecution Reform of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented to the audience the detailed information about commitments of Ukraine to EU in the framework of the EU political and legal systems, explaining the importance of the Public Prosecutor’s Office reform for the successful integration of Ukraine to the European community.

The Reforms Agenda for the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine was presented by David Sakvarelidze on March 29, 2015. The agenda includes establishment of the Department for the Reforms and Performance Quality Assurance with main function to effectively assure quality of planning and operations in course of the reforms implementation and coordination. It will play a key role in performing analytical work and defining general priorities for the prosecutorial policies, developing Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures for prosecutors.

The Department started operating on June 08, 2015. Up to now, 8 young and skilled staff members have already been employed through an open multistep competition procedure. They will deal with human resources, PR, business analysis, and other issues.

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” co-operates with the new Department on a daily basis providing expertise to support the reforms process, e.g., the local prosecutors’ offices formation.