KYIV - November 23, 2017. The European Union Project "Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine" held the final conference "Challenges, achievements and prospects for reforming the justice sector". With this event, the Project summed up its activities and completed its mission in Ukraine.
The UBA, together with the Project, worked on reforming the enforcement system, the judicial system in general, and the reform of the Bar. Within these areas more than 60 joint events were held in different regions of Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Chernihiv, Khmelnytsky, Dnipro, Vinnytsia and others.
The Ukrainian Bar Association expresses its sincere gratitude to the Project's experts who worked on the introduction of principles and fundamental ideas of the European democracy in Ukraine for the introduction of extremely important reforms in the field of justice and made significant efforts to implement the idea of the Rule of Law and the prevalence of democratic values in Ukraine. We also express our personal gratitude to Dovidas Vitkauskas, the coordinator of the EU Project, for fruitful and constructive cooperation.
Background: The EU-funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aims at consolidation of sector-wide justice reforms in Ukraine. The Project involves experts from various EU Member States and beyond, and will continue until the end of 2017. Among other activities, the Project has assisted Ukrainian authorities in the judiciary reset and selection of new Supreme Court judges, creation of the Judicial Reform Council, restructuring of MOJ, reform of registers and e-justice, setting up of probation service etc.
This initiative, having been implemented during 2014-2017, combined the efforts of all stakeholders in the justice sector - the Ukrainian Government, professional associations and civil society organizations - to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive sector reform strategy in line with democratic principles and best practices in the EU. The total budget of the project was EUR 8.5 million, allocated by the European Union. The project was implemented by a consortium of EU member states, headed by Justice Coopération Internationale of France - International Cooperation in the Sphere of Justice (France).