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First ever in Ukraine, a private enforcement officer (PEO), Oleh Milotskyi, closed a case by collecting UAH 141,000 (EUR 4,600) of debt in the interest of legitimate creditor awarded that amount by a court. Mr Milotskyi used to be a state enforcement officer. Earlier this year he successfully passed the examination and received the PEO license.

Non-enforcement of court decisions remains the single biggest reason for a violation by Ukraine of the European Convention on Human Rights. The enforcement service privatisation process is being run by the Ministry of Justice, with the assistance of the EU Project to Support Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine.

The Project has been involved for more than 2 years in designing the reform policy and supporting its implementation. It is now assisting MOJ in the PEO selection process, preparing grounds for the setting up of the National Association of Private Enforcement Officers, improving the enforcement business processes and IT tools. Some 100 PEOs have already qualified for the profession.