Cooperation with the SIGMA Programme in 2017

During 2017 with the assistance of the EU Delegation to Ukraine the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service (NAUCS) continued cooperation with the international experts, in particular SIGMA experts and the EU Advisory Group on the Public Administration Reform (hereinafter – the EU Advisory Group) in the framework of implementation of the Law of Ukraine on Civil Service dated December 10, 2015 No. 889-VIII and the Strategy of Public Administration Reform in Ukraine for 2016-2020, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated June 24, 2016 No. 474-r “Some Issues of Public Administration Reform in Ukraine” (hereinafter – Strategy).

Activities in Ukraine

In pursuance of the order of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration dated January 26, 2017, No. 3118/0 / 1-17, the NAUCS provided consultations with the EU Advisory Group within the framework of the fifth working visit of the EU Advisory Group to Ukraine in the area of reforming the “Civil Service and Human Resources Management” (January 31 - February 02, 2017).

During the meetings the issues of public administration reform and implementation of the Strategy was discussed. At the same time the experts of the EU Advisory Group presented the work results in the area of civil service reform, the implementation of Reform Staff Positions Concept and selection of candidates for civil service (based on the latest practical experience and assessment carried out by the EU Advisory Group and the SIGMA programme). During the event, the report on the results of an analysis of the quantitative composition of civil servants in the EU Member States and Ukraine, as well as the recommendations of the EU Advisory Group on monitoring of the number of civil servants in Ukraine, which will contribute to increasing transparency in the field of civil service were also presented. In addition during the sessions the amendments to the Law of Ukraine on Civil Service and key steps to introduce Reform Staff Positions in government authorities were discussed.

Experts of the Public Administration Reform Advisory Team Ansi Shundi and Ugis Sics, representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukrainе, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, State Statistics Service of Ukraine, National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union took part in the working meeting.

- On May 17-18, 2017 an expert mission of the SIGMA programme arrived to Ukraine. In particular on May 17, 2017 within the framework of the expert mission a working meeting at the premises of the NAUCS aimed at discussion of the proposals of the SIGMA programme to the draft Law of Ukraine on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine on Civil Service dated March 23, 2017 No. 6227 and to consider the status the implementation of the Law of Ukraine on Civil Service was held.

During the meeting, SIGMA expert provided proposals on the assessment of the integrity of civil servants, as well as the procedure for determining the winners of the competition for senior positions in the civil service of category “A”.

The working meeting was also attended by representatives of the NAUCS and the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union.

On May 18, 2017 the working meeting of the Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Kostiantyn Vashchenko and senior advisor of the SIGMA programme on public service and human resource management Wojciech Zielinski was held. During the working meeting the results of expert mission of SIGMA Programme on implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” as of December 10, 2015 No 889-VIII  were summed up as well as the main outcomes and priorities of public administration reform realization were identified. 

As a result of the working meeting the issue of strengthening further cooperation between the parties in the context of the SIGMA Work Plan for January, 2017 – June, 2018 realization, was agreed on.

 

- On July 25, 2017 within the framework of the expert mission of the SIGMA programme to Ukraine the working meeting between the Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Kostiantyn Vashchenko and senior advisor of the SIGMA programme on public service and human resource management Wojciech Zielinski was held. During the meeting, the state of implementation of the civil service reform and issues of providing an assessment of the state of affairs in the area of public administration were discussed.

Representatives of the NAUCS, the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union and the EU Delegation to Ukraine took part in the meeting.

It should be noted that in the second half of 2017 NAUCS in joint cooperation with the SIGMA programme conducted a number of activities within preparation for a comprehensive assessment of the state of affairs in the system of public administration of Ukraine as it was envisaged by the Strategy, in particular:

- the working meeting of the Head of the NAUCS Kostiantyn Vashchenko with the Senior Adviser on Public Service and Human Resource Management Wojciech Zielinski was held on October 9, 2017. During the meeting Participants discussed issues on assessment of the state of affairs in the public administration sphere that was foreseen by the Strategy of Public Administration Reform in Ukraine for 2016–2020 as well as preparation of the conference in joint cooperation with the SIGMA programme.

- International conference “Public Administration in Ukraine: Assessing the State of Affairs, Achievements and Challenges” (November16-17, 2017) that was organized in order to discuss the progress of public administration reform in Ukraine as well as consider key objectives and challenges being faced by the Ukrainian side in this process.

This Conference has become the official launch of comprehensive and profound assessment of current state of affairs of public administration system with the involvement of the OECD / SIGMA programme. The main outcomes of the assessment carried out will be made public in July, 2018 that will allow to update the core objectives and activities of the Strategy of Public Administration Reform in Ukraine.

Within the framework of panel discussions, the participants of the Conference discussed main achievements and challenges in the process of public administration reform implementation in Ukraine. In addition the principles of public administration of the OECD / SIGMA programme were presented and the main approaches as well as the technical aspects of the future assessment of public administration in Ukraine were outlined.

Ministers and People’s Deputies of Ukraine, State Secretaries of Ministries, official representatives of the Euporean Union, SIGMA Programme, civil society, expert environment, international organizations and diplomatic corps took part in the event.

- The training on  system of assessment the state of public administration reform in Ukraine “PAR.IS” for the representatives of ministries, other government authorities responsible for implementing the Strategy with the PAR.IS system was held on 30 November, 2017.

The goal of the training was to familiarize representatives of ministries, other state authorities responsible for implementing the Strategy with the PAR.IS system and present practical knowledge, skills and abilities aimed at work with this system, as well as familiarization with the procedure of the assessment of the state of the reforming of public administration in Ukraine in 2018 in accordance with the OECD / SIGMA Principles of Public Administration.

- The workshop on monitoring and reporting on public administration reform for representatives of Ukrainian authorities responsible for monitoring the Action Plan for implementing the Strategy of Public Administration Reform in Ukraine for 2016-2020 was held on December 05, 2017.

During the workshop SIGMA experts presented suggestions on the organization of proper monitoring and reporting and outlined the structure and format of the next report on the implementation of public administration reform in Ukraine.

Activities Abroad

On June 20, 2017 a working meeting within the framework of cooperation with the SIGMA programme with the participation of the NAUCS representative was held in Paris (French Republic). The event was organized in order to study the methodology, process and procedure for assessing of public administration in Ukraine, as well as to discuss current state of public administration reform and human resources management systems in the civil service.

- On December 13 – 14, 2017 the Head of the NAUCS Kostiantyn Vashchenko as the representative of the Ukrainian delegation headed by the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksandr Saienko took part in the SIGMA Ministerial Conference” Good Governance for Citizens and Business” in Paris (French Republic). The conference was organized with the aim of discussing the issues of economic reforms and creating a competitive environment for business through good governance, improving the provision of public services and ensuring access to independent and impartial justice.

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