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EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is supporting reform of the enforcement service led by the Ministry of Justice. After a year of preparations and several assessments, the first stage of the reform successfully finished. As of 30 June, 85 candidates for a private enforcement officer (PEO) have successfully passed the qualification exam.

Today all of them received the licenses of first Ukrainian private enforcement officers and will start their activity at an early date.

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.

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.