Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze chaired a regular meeting of the Commission for the Coordination of Euro-Atlantic integration.
In particular, the participants of the meeting discussed the process of implementation of the Annual National Program (ANP) under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission for 2017 as well as the beginning of the preparation of the new ANP for 2018.The Vice Prime Minister stressed the importance of the aforesaid document which remains the main document in terms of cooperation with the Alliance. It‘s noteworthy that for the first time monitoring of the implementation of the plans for 2017 will be held with the involvement of the civil society. The representatives of the society are also to be participating in elaboration of the new plan for 2018.
The participants of the event also focused on issues of implementation of "The Concept of improving the public awareness of Ukraine's cooperation with NATO for the period 2017-2020” and preparing of annual plans. As for now the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine is engaged in developing of the relevant plan. A special attention is paid to activities in the regions.
Apart from that, the interlocutors considered the outcomes of the work of National Coordinators for cooperation with NATO in 2016 as well as plans for 2017. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also emphasized on the importance of intensifying work in this sphere.
Furthermore, among the topics for discussion was a gender policy, so the participants emphasized the importance to strengthen the gender equality component in the work of the security and defense sector in compliance with NATO standards and policy. The representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine accentuated it proved necessary to apply the gender equality approach to the work of the defense institution and to prolong the activities aimed at the improvement of military equipment, medicine and etc. for female service members. Apart from that, a peculiar attention was paid to the need for faster establishment of an Office of Government Commissioner for gender equality policy and the appointment of the relevant Commissioner at the national level.
In addition, the attendees singled out an issue of the preparation for participation in international sporting competition the Invictus Games, which is to be held this fall in Toronto, Canada.