Ukraine changes the system of agencies of the civillian security sector, and the results of the introduced changes are already tangible. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a meeting with a team of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM).
The mission is working in Ukraine since 2014, its goal is to assist the Ukrainian authorities towards a sustainable reform of the civilian security sector, in particular, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Security Service of Ukraine, the anti-corruption vertical. Over the years, the mission has significantly contributed to the establishment of new principles for the work of the security bloc, respect for human rights, the rule of law. Since 2016, the Mission has opened three regional offices - in Kharkiv, Lviv and Odessa. And in May of this year, the Council of the European Union decided to extend the mandate of the mission until March 2021.
In his welcoming statement for the representatives of the mission, the Head of Government noted that the mission work is quite fruitful. "It is critical that the mission has found a way to implement the experience of the EU (in the security segment)", said Volodymyr Groysman. "We have managed to change the system together. Now the National Police, the SES, and other units - a completely new story. Everyone sees the result of the introduced changes. It is important, of course, to have the will to change, to understand it, but it is just as important to give credence to those who have the necessary experience."
In turn, the Head of Mission Kęstutis Lančinskas stressed that the time since the start of work had passed so fast. "We have built very trusting relationships with our Ukrainian partners. Hence, we were able to do a lot. There's just a lot of work ahead. And we can bring the best practices to Ukraine. I am personally very glad to have become part of the process of reforming the security sector in your country", added Kęstutis Lančinskas.
The Head of Government awarded the honorary diploma to Kęstutis Lančinskas for fruitful cooperation and effective assistance in establishing the new civilian security forces.