As a result of public administration restructuring in Ukraine there should be created an effective system to respond to the challenges, to develop the state and to provide quality services to the society. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in his opening statement during a round table discussion of issues of a public administration reform in the framework of the Medium-Term Plan of Priority Actions for the Government until 2020.
"I'd really like to see in Ukraine an effective high-quality governance system established. This must be the target of our action plan," said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of the Government views institutional weakness as one of the main problems of Ukraine. That’s why it is necessary to improve the quality of public administration and training of civil servants.
According to him, the requirements for officials must be tough, thereby ensuring their quality training and in general the capacity of the system to respond to emerging challenges and to ensure development of the state.
"It is crucial for us to build an effective public administration system in the country. On the one hand, it is the system itself - it should be efficient and streamlined. On the other hand – it implies people who work in this system, who must be professionally trained, must get comprehensive knowledge necessary for the job, relevant financial security, so that they could make a quality product as a result of their activities – to provide services to the society, to develop the state," stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister reminded that his Government had started to implement a new Law of Ukraine "On civil service", which had entered into force on 1 May 2016. It’s not easy, said Volodymyr Groysman, but we settled down to the path of retrofitting the civil service, civil servant, public administration, adding it is vital to follow this way.
"Maybe not everything, just not all of it at once, but we are on the path of renewal in public services, public servant, system of public administration. I think this is the way we should go," - said the Head of Government.
Referring to the measures taken to change the system of governance, Volodymyr Groysman reiterated that there had been launched the decentralization reform and strengthened role of local self-government.
"Today we can assert that decentralization is in action in Ukraine. We already have positive results of the change: the delegation of authority, transfer of powers to local authorities, distribution of competences on the level of power and so on," he said.
Today's round table on reforming public administration is the second debate in a series of meetings dedicated to considering the Medium-Term Plan of Priority Actions for the Government until 2020. The event gathered experts, international partners and public authorities.