Mayor of Mykolaiv Expressed Support for the Project’s Regional Training

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On 8 July 2015, Valentine Dereviankin, Deputy Leader of the EU Project, and Liliya Dudnik, Deputy Director of Public Procurement Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, met with Yuri Granaturov, the Mayor of Mykolaiv city.

The meeting took place in Mykolaiv prior tocommencementof theProject’s three-day regional seminar on the current aspects of public procurement and of implementation of EU standards in the system. Representatives of local control authorities, procurement specialists, and civil society organisations acting in public procurement sector in Kirovograd, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Odessa and Cherkasy regions were invited to participate in the seminar. As part of the major Regional Training Programme such seminars had been earlier held in Vinnytsia, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk.

During the meeting, Mr. Valentin Dereviankin and Ms. Liliya Dudniktold the Mayor aboutthe purpose of the Regional Training Programme and general strategy of reforming public procurement system. Ms. Liliya Dudnikinformed about the recent changes in the Ministry’s Public Procurement Department Minister’s and the anticipateddevelopments in the system. According to Liliya Dudnik, one of the primary goals is to increase competition in public procurement by introducing more flexible procedures and, consequently, attracting businesses. As a first step, the new law on public procurement has been drafted.

Mr. Valentin Dereviankin thanked the Mayor for his support in holding the seminar in Mykolaiv region and stressed the importance of sucheducational activities for general professionalisation of public procurement in Ukaine. Valentin Dereviankin also noted that harmonisationof national public procurement system with EU standards will allow Ukrainian companies to participate in European tenders, on one hand, and, on the other,to fostercompetition on the local market, which will contribute to attaining better quality for taxpayers’ moneyand more efficient government funds management.

Mr. Yuri Granaturov agreed that quality should be one of the main criteria in procurement procedures. Mr. Granaturov said: “The new law on public procurement should allow for equal conditions for all tender participants and quality standards.”

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