Free Training on Public Procurement Monitoring for Civil Activists to Launch in June

On 1 June 2017, the EU-funded Project “Harmonisation of Public Procurement System in Ukraine with EU System”, in cooperation with the USAID, UKaid and Eurasia Fund’s Project “Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services”, Transparency International Ukraine and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, will launch an on-line training course “Public Contracts and Civil Society Monitoring” designed to improve an oversight role of civil society in monitoring public contract operations. The course will be available free of charge.

The on-line training course “Public Contracts and Civil Society Monitoring” is a free non-mandatory introductory training for NGO activists intended to improve the positive influence of civil society on public sector operations byencouraging them to play a significant and meaningful role in all elements of the life-cycle of public contracts and business operations (from planning/budgeting to contract performance) and in reinforcing effective public procurement monitoring. The course will be available via a specialised educational platform Open University of Maidan. The estimated target audience for the course is some 5,000 civil society activists.

Mr. Oleksandr Shatkovskiy, Deputy Team Leader, EU Project “Harmonisation of Public Procurement System in Ukraine with EU Standards”, said: “Since the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, civil society activists play a very important role and have a notable influence on different reforms in Ukraine; especially in regard to the public procurement system. Nonetheless, the capacity of many activists to correctly understand public contracts and how to monitor them to ensure transparency and integrity in the public sector remains insufficient and needs further development. Accordingly, the free on-line training for civil society is a necessary element in increasing the level of professionalism across the Ukrainian public procurement system and, hence, its harmonisation with EU standards, as envisaged by the Public Procurement Strategy/Road-Map.”

The training lecturers include specialists from the EU Project, Transparency International Ukraine and the leading Ukrainian procurement experts. The course trainees will learn about practical use of specific monitoring tools, about how to react to violations and mistakes in public contracts, basic rights of civil society and international experience of civil society monitoring.

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