EU Project Received at Dnipropetrovs’k Regional State Administration

The Project’s third regional seminar on public procurement started with a meeting at Dnipropetrovs’k Regional State Administration on 20 May 2015.

During the meeting, Dr. Eugene Stuart, the EU Project Leader, Natalia Shymko, Head of Public Procurement Department at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, andOleh Kuzhman,Acting First Deputy Head ofDnipropetrovs’k Regional State Administration, discussed issues related to Public Procurement in the region, changes to procurement legislation, and concerns about e-procurement implementation.   “Here in Dnipropetrovs’k region we have been working on public procurement procedures improvement for a while. We have a high regard for international experience and best European practices in this domain and are therefore happy to welcome your Project’s Training Programme”, told Mr. Kuzhman.  Dr. Eugene Stuart said: “The focus of what we are dealing with is the reforming of Public Procurement system of Ukraine. There have been many changes to it, but not a reform. And we are pleased to take the Project to where realities are stronger and problems are more significant. We are happy to have an opportunity to hear about the problems in the region first hand. The Project’s Training Programme is intended to enhance effectiveness of efforts related to procurement activities performed onregional level”.

The Training Programme was developed by the EU Project In order to improve general understanding of key aspects of public procurement and EU standards implementation by control authorities, procurement specialists, and civil society organisations acting in public procurement sector. The Programme launched with a seminar in Vinnytsia on 11 – 13 March 2015, rolled out to Lviv on 15 – 17 April, and would cover all regions of Ukraine by the end of the year. The seminars will be also held in Mykolayiv (for Kirovograd, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Odesa and Cherkassy regions) and Sumy (for Chernihiv, Kyiv, Poltava, and Sumy).