Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with the Assistant Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance for Public Diplomacy Tacan Ildem at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
The parties discussed implementation by Ukraine of the Annual National Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission for 2018 and the role of the new Law on National Security for Ukraine.
According to Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Annual National Program (ANP) is a key tool for implementing the reforms necessary to ensure Ukraine’s approaching the NATO membership. "For many years, the possibility to carry out full-scale reforms within the ANP framework has not been fully utilized, while the previously drafted documents lacked a strategic vision. Over the past two years, we have greatly improved both the structure and content of the ANP", the Vice Prime Minister said.
She added that the new approach to the Program includes a structure with well-defined strategic and operational goals that will be accurate, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. "The draft Annual National Program for 2019 already contains new philosophy, in what the emphasis is placed on results and quality, instead of the process and quantity", Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze summed up.
The representative of the Ukrainian Government informed the NATO Assistant Secretary General on the importance of the Law on National Security adopted this year and the practical steps the Cabinet of Ministers is making to bring the security and defense sector in line with NATO standards. "This law is one of the topmost priorities for the next year. It will help Ukraine to align the security and defense sector standards with NATO standards by 2020 and strengthen democratic civilian control and parliamentary supervision not only over the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces but also over other areas in the security sector", assured the Vice Prime Minister.
At the same time, she added that the new law on national security is only the basis for further legislative work.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also touched upon the issue of public support for these transformations in the defense sector of Ukraine as a crucial element of success. She noted that our country is actively carrying out information campaigns to support the state policy in the field of Euro-Atlantic integration.
Peculiar attention was paid to the security situation in Ukraine amid aggressive policy of the Russian Federation, in particular, the counteraction to hybrid threats.
The parties unanimously noted the need to launch new projects and prolong the implementation of the existing projects. In particular, Tacan Ildem noted that next year, it is planned to activate the work on prevention and repulse of hybrid attacks, especially in the context of upcoming elections in Ukraine, as well as raising awareness of the public about joint steps towards the Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, in particular in the eastern and southern regions of the country.