EU Project Gathered Together Stakeholders of Public Procurement and State Aid Reforms

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On 22-23 August, the Project organised second Bridge Seminar and brought together its beneficiaries and key stakeholders in the public procurement and State aid systems for a comprehensive review of work since November 2013.

This Seminar was the second Bridge Seminar, designed to facilitate a detailed discussion of and direct feedback from stakeholders on the intended Project results in all fields of Project work in the 2013-2017 period. The scope of the discussion included public procurement, Public Finance Management and State aid areas. The Seminar Agenda was also widened by a specific discussion on the likely areas for further donor support.

The overall conclusion was that the Project work was generally successful in advancing or achieving its intended results.

Mr. Oleksandr Starodubtsev, Head of the Public Procurement Regulation Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, affirmed that the Project contributed vastly to the public procurement reform by providing expert advice on policies, legislation, institutional structures and operations, as well as through the support of the system professionalisation. Mrs. Tetyana Kulishova, Head of the State Aid Regulation Department, Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine, on behalf of the Committee expressed their gratitude for the Project’s support of the state aid regulation system establishment in Ukraine at its early stage. Mr. Serhiy Darkin, representing the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers, noted that one of the major achievements of the Project was bringing all the reform stakeholders to work together.

Mr. Boris Filipov, Sector Manager, EU Delegation to Ukraine, recapped that on the opinion of the EU Delegation and that of the beneficiaries the Project was effective in achieving the outlined results, and assured that its outputs would be important and applicable in the future.

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