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 EU to co-finance civil service in Ukraine only after reform strategy is drafted

The European Union is ready to finance the state service reform in Ukraine, but will not allocate funds for plain promises.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was announced by the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

EU would not finance the state service in Ukraine until it sees the reform strategy drafted, Hahn said in his interview to Europeiska Pravda. EU is lacking concrete details from Kyiv, he stressed.

According to Hahn, the European Commission has many time financed Ukraine's promises, which is no longer the case - they will only provide money for real results.

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Hahn said that lack of legislation regulating the state service is only the top of the problem. Clear vision of needs, problems, threats to the reform's success, qualification requirements need to be included in the reform strategy, the Commissioner stressed.

Funds allocated will be used not only for civil servants' salaries, but also for payments to dismissed employees, staff selection, new equipment, etc, Hahn said. As long an the volume of the reform is huge, the Commissioner noted, it is better to implement it in parts. Implementing it in full for the entire civil service system at once is not possible, according to Hahn.

He also named priority sectors that need to be reformed: those are judicial and tax systems, an customs.

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Johannes Hahn is in Ukraine with a visit between Nov. 19 and 21.

As reported earlier, PM Yatseniuk has called on the EU to help set a fund for financing additional benefits to salaries of Ukrainian officials. The system is to be implemented in two years in order to fight corruption, according to Yatseniuk. Prosecutors, judges, civil servants, customs officers involved in reforms are supposed to receive additional salaries from the fund, Yatseniuk said on Monday. According to the PM, corruption would not go is a civil servant receives $100 a month.

The law on the state service has been drafted together with the EU and is supported by President Poroshenko.
 
 
 
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