On 16-17 November 2015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms” has organized the visit for Ukrainian high-level policy makers to Bulgaria who will learn about best practices of enforcement system reform.

The delegation includes representatives of key fractions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and key representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The agenda of the visit includes working meetings at the Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria, the National Ombudsman Office of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Chamber of Private Enforcement Officers, Sofia State Enforcement Service, the Institute for Market Economy and the Initiative for Judgement Enforcement as a Public Service, implemented by the Center for Legal Initiatives.

In October 2015, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted on first reading for the Law on Enforcement which provides for creation of the figure of Private Enforcement Officer who, alongside with State Enforcement Officer, would enforce court rulings. Thus, Ukraine is implementing so called ‘mixed’ judgement enforcement system, which was first among the EU member states successfully implemented in Bulgaria in 2005. The draft law is expected to be voted on its second reading in December 2015. The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has already conducted targeted expert missions to advance the enforcement reform.

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