On Wednesday, 7 February, the XXI meeting of the Coordination Council for Public Administration Reform was held. The meeting was chaired by Oleh Nemchinov, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

“The main requirements for any public administration system are resilience and the ability to work in extreme conditions. We have fulfilled them. Now we also need to pay attention to possible growth points,” the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko said at the event.

At the same time, he noted that the public administration reform continues: “We and our partners can draw conclusions, in particular, they can be found in the SIGMA monitoring report.

In addition, Oleksandr Korniienko said that among the tasks is to increase human resources in the civil service. “This will be the driving force behind the next steps in the coming years. European integration is a huge challenge for our system in terms of the ability to adapt changes quickly and efficiently,” he added.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, among other things, emphasised the ambitious plans for this year, in particular, the parallel movement in three issues of public administration reform: remuneration reform, the return of competitions and the implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Administrative Procedure”.

The event was also attended by MPs of Ukraine, representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the National Agency for Civil Service of Ukraine, the State Audit Service of Ukraine, the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, NGOs and foreign partners.

For reference. The SIGMA programme specialises in assisting Central and Eastern European countries to modernise their public administration systems and plays a key role in preparing candidate countries for accession to the European Union.

The SIGMA report serves as a guide for further improvement of the public administration system and assesses both the preconditions for effective public administration (quality of laws, policies, institutional capacity and procedures) and how governance works in practice.

The last such assessment was conducted in 2018.

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