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On 27 April, III Session of the Kharkiv Regional Justice Council was held at the Yaroslav Mudry National Law University. The event was initiated by the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine with a purpose to discuss the judiciary enforcement reform.

Representatives of the regional justice institutions, lawyers, judges and legal experts took part in the session. Kostyantyn Silkin, First Deputy Director of the State Judicial Enforcement Service Department of the Ministry of Justice, presented key benchmarks for the judicial enforcement system reform. “We expect to establish a new system of judicial enforcement which will contribute to improvement of the position of Ukraine in the Doing Business ranking. The Ministry of Justice is supporting this reform implemented with assistance of our European partners. Now it is important to adopt a legal base that will open access to a private enforcement officer’s profession and control of private enforcement agencies’ work,” – noted Kostyantyn Silkin.

Dovydas Vitkauskas, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented best practices of reforming the judicial enforcement system in the EU Member States. “This discussion is very important to the Ukrainian judicial system. It should be clear to all justice sector institutions that the justice has no sense without efficient approach to the judiciary enforcement, – he notes.

The participants also discussed relevant issues in the context of the State Judicial Enforcement Service reform, access to a private enforcement officer’s profession and a role of judges.

Next discussions of the judicial enforcement reform in the Regional Justice Council will take place in Lviv and Odesa.

On 08 October 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the enforcement package draft laws in the first reading. To date, the draft laws are approved by the relevant parliamentary committee for the second reading and should be included in the agenda of one of the upcoming sessions.

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is taking an active part in the process of judicial enforcement system reform. Specifically, the Project’s experts support Ukrainian counterparts with establishing the new institute of private enforcement agents.

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