On 08 July 2016, the IV Steering Committee meeting within the framework of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was held at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The EU Project team and key national stakeholders gathered to summarize the project achievements in the first half of 2016.
Speaking on a behalf of the Ukrainian Government, Anton Yanchuk, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, expressed gratitude to the EU Project for support in reforming different areas of justice. “Our cooperation has become a real partnership. We have visible results and we have action plans to continue reforms. I believe we will still need an expertise from the EU Project in the future,” – he said.
Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented the outputs of the activities of all six components of the EU Project in January-June 2016. He stressed that main priority for the next half-year period should be strengthening of governance and management capacities of the Ukrainian justice sector institutions. Specifically, a focus will be made on the following areas of expertise:
- support to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in development of Strategic Planning Department and register services;
- support in a launch of the institution of private enforcement officers;
- support in establishing fully operational probation service;
- institutional support to the public prosecution office;
- support with implementation of the new draft Law of Ukraine “On the Bar and Advocates’ Activities” and establishing an effective system to address violations of advocates’ rights
- support in development of strategic planning capacity of the judiciary;
- support to the High Council of Justice and the Supreme Court of Ukraine;
- support to strengthening capacities of Ukrainian anti-corruption institutions
Although the end of the project is scheduled for December 2016, Ukrainian stakeholders expressed huge interest in cooperation opportunities in the future.