The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko took part in the round table “New trends in the training of students majoring in Public Administration and Management”.

First of all, the First Vice Speaker stressed that Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in particular, faced new challenges – preparation for European integration and reintegration.

“Not only military and civilians are dying in this war, but also civil servants performing their duties. It is symbolic that this event took place two days after the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a draft law to take care of civilian heroes who suffered from russian aggression,” he said.

At the same time, Oleksandr Korniienko stressed that in the context of the full-scale invasion of the nine-year war, civil servants have become one of the small but powerful forces fighting on their own front, in their own areas: “This can only inspire respect and honour.”

“If we talk more about the new trends in the number of applicants for the speciality “Public Administration and Management”, there are three important points,” said the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Firstly, it is European integration, which is a great challenge: “However, we raise these issues with our colleagues during our visits to Brussels. We will have to do a lot of work in a short time, but we are not afraid of it. Colleagues from the European community, in particular from the European Parliament, are very attentive to this sector and are ready to help. As a candidate country, we need to prepare for the apotheosis of our integration into the EU public administration system – sending our officials to EU bodies.”

Secondly, it is reintegration: “Unlike the European integration that most of the candidate countries have been pursuing in terms of public governance, we need to return our territories. And we have no relevant experience. Under the leadership of the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, very serious work is underway at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to begin forming a certain personnel reserve, which could then be sent to the de-occupied territories as a landing force of public officials.”

Thirdly, it is “an aspect of the newest training of public servants, which is a public competence that should really be available to all Ukrainians”: “This means learning to live in a new reality, which is that Ukraine is a country that is defending itself and building a strong defence. Accordingly, every public servant/civil servant in their place should become a small but very strong and powerful defender of Ukraine’s national interests. We will all have to defend state sovereignty and national security and defence at our workplace, at every moment of the day.”

“The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi always emphasises that we need to take advantage of the situation and focus, in particular, on public administration reform,” Oleksandr Korniienko concluded, adding that everything starts with training, which is why Ukraine is preparing public managers for the challenges ahead, including European integration and the de-occupation of Ukrainian territories.

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