Project’s Steering Committee Gathered for the Final Meeting

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On 5 July 2017 the Project’s Steering Committee assembled for the last time to review the position since the start of the Project in November 2013 and developments in the period January to end-June 2017, as well as to look ahead to the final months of the Project which concludes its operations on 4 November 2017.

MrsLiliya Lakhtionova, Deputy Head of the Public Procurement Regulation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, chaired the meeting and in her opening remarks thanked the EU Delegation to Ukraine and the Project for all the support provided. She affirmed that the period in review was indeedproductive. Mrs. Lakhtioniova in particular, emphasized the Project’s work to prepare a Draft of a New Edition of the Law on Public Procurement in line with the Ukrainian Government’s Public Procurement Reform Strategy/Road-Map; the assistance for strengthening the institutional capacity of the MEDT and for the establishment of a sustainable human resource development and training regime in the public procurement system and for the further development of centralised purchasing.

Ms. Juana Mera Cabello, First Counsellor,EU Delegation to Ukraine, and Mrs. Christine Jackson, Project Director, Crown Agents LTD (UK) also recognised that the January to July 2017 period was a momentum of the Project, with progress marked in all fields.

Dr. Eugene Stuart, Project Leader, reviewed the main Project’s accomplishments with regards to public procurement reform in Ukraine. He concluded that during the reporting period the Project completed all of its planned work – notably the preparation of a new Edition of the Public Procurement Law in line with the 2017 priorities of the Public Procurement Reform Strategy and Phase 2 of the Association Agreement Road-Map on public procurement law approximation. The Draft Law discussed at the Roundtable represented the Project’sinitial vision of how some 26 specific further law approximation commitments for 2017 and 2018 would translate into a fully revised Law on Public Procurement. This was further supported by two dedicated law approximation events in the Verkhovna Rada. The Project has also retained a general involvement in the progress/development of the new PFM Strategy 2017-2020 and its related Action Plan. In addition, the Project completed the updating of the on-line Training for ALL public procurement training course for procuring entities and launched new bespoke on-line public procurement training courses for the business community (Public Procurement for Business) and for civil society activists (Public Contracts and Civil Society Monitoring). A range of public procurement guidelines were also published by the Project in the period and several important advisory Reports to the State Agency “Professional Procurement” in support of the centralised procurement pilot initiative were finalised. In the remaining period, the Project will continue its general involvement in the progress of the PFM Strategy and its related Action Plan, will provide further support to the MEDT in terms of approximation of the Ukraine public procurement legislation to the EU acquis and the implementation of the Public Procurement Reform Strategy/Road-Map, as well as for the training of public procurement specialists and for the professionalisation of public procurement in Ukraine.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Anti-Monopoly Committee, Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada and the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

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