Minister of Justice Denys Maliuska signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Justice of Latvia Jānis Bordāns to facilitate cooperation between the two countries in the fields of rule of law, human rights, access to justice and administration of justice. The Memorandum was signed during the official visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Latvia.
Justice Minister Denys Maliuska emphasized: “The signing of the Memorandum shows the readiness of both countries to cooperate and exchange experience in the legal, organizational and functional spheres in accordance with the legal systems of our friendly countries. Given the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine, we need help to consolidate a fair administration and bring Ukraine closer to the European Union and its standards.”
The main purpose of the Memorandum is to promote cooperation between the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and Latvia in determined areas. Given the growing importance of justice in the various development processes within the country, the Memorandum aims to strengthen the interaction of the parties in the fields of justice, human rights, access to justice and administration of justice, promote joint initiatives and projects on the Eastern Partnership platform, share experiences and progress in reform of the justice sector, to exchange views and discuss possible solutions to challenges in the sector, and to improve the exchange of any other information and experience on current issues relating to the implementation of the Association Agreement and EU laws, as well as international conventions on justice.
Meanwhile, closer cooperation is expected between the ministries of both countries on state legal aid, the penitentiary system and probation, enforcement of judgments, forensics, prevention and combating corruption, electronic registers, introduction of new technologies and alternative dispute resolution.