The Government, the Parliament and the public must exert efforts to form an effective public administration system, which is the cornerstone of the successful implementation of all other priority reforms.
This was announced by Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksandr Saienko at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government.
During the meeting, the MPs, members Government, the public and European experts discussed key achievements, challenges and further steps in the course of implementation of the public administration reform.
Oleksandr Saienko noted that the Government in 2018 had achieved significant results in key areas of the Government's public administration reform. This includes, in particular, the involvement of young professionals in the new civil service, the completion of the reorganization of eight ministries, the formation of new directorates, the improvement of the quality of government decisions, the launch of online services for citizens and business.
MP of Ukraine, chairman of the subcommittee on civil service and service in local self-government authorities Aliona Shkrum emphasized that, according to the evaluations of experts of OECD/SIGMA, the Ukrainian system of public administration received high score in the sector of providing administrative services, openness and transparency of the Government that is confirmed by the improvement of Ukraine's performance in international rankings.
According to Aliona Shkrum, an important achievement for the formation of a new civil service and the involvement of young professionals is the launch of the modern vacancy portal career.gov.ua. Among the key directions to ensure implementation of the reform, the MP called the improving of wages of civil servants, the streamlining of the functions of the ministries and the deprivation of nonrelevant powers, as well as the strengthening of the Cabinet of Ministers Secretariat as the Government's center.
The key goal of the public administration reform is to build the capacity to shape the state policy, and here ministers should form the demand and set the task for the new directorates. This was stated by Ihor Koliushko, head of board of the Center for Policy and Legal Reforms.
In turn, the head of the Financial and Economic Analysis Office in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Victor Maziarchuk emphasized the importance of budget planning, as well as the reform of salaries of civil servants.
The key achievements and the high priority of public administration reform were accentuated by the expert of the European project EU4PAR, the former Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia Gregor Virant. He shared the experience of Slovenia and noted that public administration reform is always a marathon because systemic changes take a lot of time and effort.
The participants thanked the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksandr Saienko and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for coordinating the reform and fruitful cooperation. In particular, the representative of the Audit Chamber, that presented last year a report on the reform of the public administration and the relevant recommendations, stressed that almost all the recommendations had already been implemented by the Secretariat.
"A lot of work and challenges are ahead. To ensure further successful implementation of the reform and its irreversibility, close cooperation and teamwork of deputies, Government officials, non-governmental organizations and international partners is required", emphasized Olexandr Saienko.