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The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues efforts to support its main beneficiary – the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (MOJ).

In particular, the EU Project is contributing to the efforts of MOJ to plan, carry out and monitor its institutional reform, and to perform a role in the justice sector reform coordination mechanism, in accordance with EU Member States’ and regional comparative best practices. To fulfill this task, the EU Project has engaged a prominent expert Eka Tkeshelashvili, who formerly served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prosecutor General and Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. Her main tasks include developing proposals for a specific mandate of the future Strategic Planning, Research and Analysis Unit at MOJ. A separate unit or department was suggested by the Project in the course of last year, as part of the overall restructuring of the Ministry delineated in the Strategic Screening Report by Gintaras Svedas, the EU Project expert and former Vice-Minister of Justice of Lithuania.

 The Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Action Plan (JSRSAP) 2015-2020 foresees a wide-ranging reform of the justice sector, including the development of policy and reform coordination capacities of the Ministry of Justice. Creating better conditions to monitor implementation of JSRSAP remains a challenge.

Eka Tkeshelashvili is working on a Report to define duties and powers of the future dedicated unit at MOJ. She is also working on staff training and drafting practice guides on strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, performance management and reform coordination. “Creation of an operational justice sector coordination mechanism with the MOJ at the core is important for successful implementation of the wider justice sector reform. This will allow MOJ to be more proactive not only in designing and measuring its own reform, but also support the Judicial Reform Council under the President of Ukraine in implementing JSRSAP. This will also allow MOJ to better perform its role as a point where international donors receive comprehensive and practical information about gaps and needs of the justice sector institutions,” – says Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.