Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález opened the Day of Building Integrity for the leadership of the Ukrainian authorities. The event is part of the implementation of the NATO Building Integrity Programme (ВІ Programme)aimed to promote and implement the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector.
"Society's trust in state institutions is a serious challenge for us today. The BI Programme allows us to master the tools that contribute to building trust", the Vice Prime Minister stressed in a welcoming speech.
She noted that the BI Programme has been operating in Ukraine for over 10 years since 2007, and for any program that operates for such a long term, it is quite logical to carry out the analysis and evaluation, and accordingly, to adjust the strategy for its realization in order to meet the current needs of the Ukrainian side.
According to Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, it is crucial for adapting the Program to focus on three important areas: promoting institutional change, contributing to the formation of policies (guidelines) and further education of individual leadership qualities.
The Vice Prime Minister thanked Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález for the level of attention paid by the leadership of the Alliance to the implementation of the BI Programme in Ukraine, the development of the capacities of the Ukrainian side to counter corruption, and increase the efficiency of the functioning of the institutions in the security and defense sector.
NATO's Assistant Secretary General Alejandro Alvargonzález evaluated Ukraine’s efforts in fighting corruption, stressing that Ukraine understands the necessity of this process even in the context of the defense operation it is carrying out in the east.
"Corruption is a kind of hybrid threat that undermines governments and confidence among all levels of society. Effective struggle against it requires profound changes, a new culture, courage and determination in the implementation of reforms", said the NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy.