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On 21 September, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPO) and the European Union Delegation to Ukraine held a joint press briefing to announce the second stage of the open competitive recruitment for prosecutorial positions at Local Prosecutors’ Offices (LPO). Starting from September 26th, 2015, more than ten thousand candidates are expected to participate in the General Skills Testing, which will be conducted in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa and Dnipropetrovks. The EU provides necessary funds and expertise to organize testing process with the support of EU-funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

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“The new Local Prosecutor’s Offices will begin working from 15 December 2015. New prosecutors will be recruited with assistance of the European Union and the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. 11 400 tests have been procured with the EU support for the second stage of the recruitment,” –  said Victor Shokin, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine. According to Mr. Shokin, the first stage of the recruitment process has demonstrated a high level of the candidates in all regions of Ukraine. In his words, the process of recruitment has been transparent and there was no criticism from the side of EU or GPO.

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“It is extremely important that the recruitment is open for the people who are not a part of the current prosecution system – professional lawyers who want to make reforms themselves, and to establish up-to-date and progressive prosecution. I hope that support of the European Union to this process will help to increase the level of confidence to the prosecution in general,” –  said Ambassador Jan Tombinski, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine.

Competitive recruitment for positions at Local Prosecutors’ Offices represents an essential part of the implementation of the new Law of Ukraine “On Public Prosecution”, which came into effect on July 15th, 2015. For the first time in the history of the Ukraine’s prosecution system, candidates are being recruited through a transparent competitive procedure. The competition consists of four stages. The Professional Skills Testing was completed on 16 September. The second stage announced today is the General Skills Testing. For this stage, the tests were developed by Hay Group in Ukraine and procured under the contract signed with the EU-funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

Information at the official website of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine

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