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Irish Government Contributes 1,000,000 euros to support civil service reform in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on February 15, 2007


News / 15 February 2007 | 17:03

Irish Government Contributes 1,000,000 euros to support civil service reform in Ukraine

Irish Government Contributes 1,000,000 euros to support civil service reform in Ukraine

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Ambassador
Donal HAMILL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to
Ukraine, and Mr. Francis M. O’DONNELL, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident
Representative in Ukraine.  Mr Tymofiy MOTRENKO, Chairman of Main Department of
Civil Service of Ukraine, attended the ceremony representing the Ukrainian
Government.

“This project will help promote civil service as a
modern public institution, which is based on transparency, free access and
modern information technologies as well as European standards and values to be
able better serve Ukrainians,” Mr O’DONNELL said, press office of United Nations in Ukraine reported.

He praised the Irish
Government’s generous contribution and said that UNDP in Ukraine was a uniquely
well-placed organization to offer some of the best international public
administration development practices, while Ireland operated one of Europe’s
best civil service models.

According to Mr MOTRENKO, “civil service reform has
been one of the Ukrainian Government’s key priorities on the path to the
country’s European integration”. In his opinion, the project will help Ukrainian
government implement recommendations of the EU and Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) and SIGMA, specifically, with regard to good
governance and institutional reforms, starting up regular assessment reviews of
Ukrainian public administration. It will also contribute to increased public
awareness of the role of modern civil service, promoting the principles and
values of a modern professional civil service.

In addition, the project will support the development
of functional reviews of central executive agencies and explore needs and
possibilities for introducing modern information technology/e-governance tools
into the work of civil service in Ukraine as well as government institutions in
general.

Ambassador HAMILL praised Ukraine’s willingness to
pursue public administration reforms, allowing better dialogue between the state
and its citizens. “Many Ukrainians live in Ireland and we very welcome their
contribution to Ireland’s recent successes. This new project will strengthen our
bilateral links to our mutual advantage,” Ambassador HAMILL said.

In 2006, the Government of Ireland offered assistance
in the area of Civil Service Reform to Ukraine. The Ukrainian counterparts,
namely the Main Department of Civil Service of Ukraine, welcomed the offer with
much interest and expressed willingness to act as counterpart in project’s
implementation.

UNDP, which takes the lead among UN Agencies in
the area of democratic governance and institutional reforms, was identified as
key international partner to facilitate the overall project implementation and
delivery of expected outcomes and activities. UNDP brings in a considerable
international experience in the area of public administration reform as well as
provides a neutral platform for policy discussions and open dialogue on key
directions within Ukraine’s reform process.

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