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The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, continues with a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the ongoing judicial enforcement reform among the legal professionals. On 28 October, a round table was organized in Odesa in a partnership with the Odesa Oblast Bar Council. The participants to the event were representatives of the local bar and legal experts.

Sergiy Shklyar, the Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine on Enforcement Issues, informed in details about priorities for the judicial enforcement reform. According to him, the next steps in the process of establishing a so-called mixed enforcement system envisages development of admission exams for the future private enforcement agents and a launch of the integrated information system of enforcement.

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Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, spoke about the structure of Lithuanian integrated information system which could freeze all bank accounts of any debtor in real time, automatically place restrictions on all other debtor assets (real property, cars etc.), and permit sharing of information about all debtors and their obligations by banks, tax authorities, and other creditors.

Katilin Popov, the EU Project’s Expert on the Judicial Enforcement Reform, analysed challenges in the process of establishing private enforcement sector in Ukraine. In his opinion, it is crucial to set up an environment for training of at least 500 candidates for private enforcement officer’s (PEO) position per month, and to establish adequate passage score for PEO’s admission exam that would not work as an administrative barrier to a PEO profession entry.

“With the enforcement system reform we see many opportunities for quick wins. We will continue to support the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine because we share a joint vision on how to achieve the results. Communication and awareness raising on the reform related issues remains crucial. There will be no comprehensive judicial reform and the rule of law without efficient enforcement system,”said Dovydas Vitkauskas.

On 02 June 2016, Verkhovna Rada adopted a package of laws (Bills 2056a and 2057a) whereby Ukraine is gradually privatising the enforcement service. The enforcement system reform is an integral part of the judiciary reform. It envisages creation of a new ‘mixed’ system, setting a roadmap towards gradual full privatisation of enforcement services, in line with the current trends and best practices in many EU Member States.

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