Project Extended at the Ministry of Economy Request
On November 3, 2016 the EU Delegation approved an extension of the “Harmonisation of Public Procurement System in Ukraine with EU Standards” Project until 4 November 2017 at the request from its key beneficiary – the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
In its three years of operations to date, the Project facilitated its beneficiaries in adopting new Public Procurement legislation, drafting and implementing the Public Procurement Reform Strategy/ Roadmap, launching the on-line “Public Procurement Training For All” initiative (a first in Ukraine with over 10,000 registered trainees since May 2016) and assisted in establishing the State Aid system in Ukraine in accordance with the EU standards.
The main focus of the Project during the extended period will assisting in the further approximation of the Ukrainian public procurement legislation to EU Directives in line with the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement requirements, supporting the establishment of Centralised Procurement Bodies and the promotion of professionalisation across the system and preparing a design for an evaluation of the E-Procurement system in Ukraine.
Christine Jackson, Project Director, Crown Agents, said: “We are very pleased to see this cooperation extended and believe that this Project is exceptionally important for the development of Ukraine’s public procurement system. We also see it as vital that the request for the extension came from the Ukrainian beneficiaries – signaling a strong level of continuing engagement and commitment to the process of public procurement system reform.”
The Project commenced work in Kyiv on 11 November 2013 and is successfully overseen by Crown Agents, with the other members of the consortium being the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and BDO LLP.