Vinnytsia Was First to Host the Project’s Regional Training

On 13 March 2015, the Project completed its first three-day seminar in Vinnytsia as part of the major Public Procurement Regional Training Programme, which will cover all the regions of Ukraine in the course of the year.

The EU Project’s Regional Training Programme rolled out on 11 March 2015 in Vinnytsia, also hosting representatives from Zhytomyr, Chernivtsi, Khmelnitskiy, and Rivne. The Programme was designed to improve general understanding, transparency, and effectiveness of efforts related to procurement activities performed on regional level by control authorities, procurement specialists, and civil society organisations acting in public procurement sector of Ukraine.

Dr. Eugene Stuart, the Project Leader, noted that reforms in the Ukrainian public procurement system according to the European standards and greater level of professionalism in the sphere, will contribute to further growth of Vinnytsia, as well as of other regions. Dr. Stuart said: “I am confident that the improvement of standards in public procurement will enhance the potential of Vinnytsia region and of Ukraine as a whole. For, it will increase competition, reinforce people’ trust in spending of public money, and as a result, ensure better quality of products and services for public money. This process will take some time but I believe it is the journey worth making”.

Mr. Serhii Svytko, the Head of Vinnytsia Regional Council,recognised the EU Project’s efforts in the region and expressed support of its activity. Mr. Svytko said: “This Project is an important step to strengthen relations between Ukraine and the European Union. Our country’s journey to Europe is thorny and its price is high. Yet we feel the support of Ukrainian’s choice by the European Union. I am convinced that our dream will come true and we will build a legal European country, because Ukrainian people are a European nation”.

The training was attended by 30 participants, including regional representatives of NGO sector, State Treasury, State Financial Inspection, State Administration, as well as procurement specialists from regional City Council. Certificates were presented to each of the participant who completed the Programme.

The Programme incorporates five accordant seminars to cover every region of Ukraine. Specifically, the trainings will be also held in in Ternopyl (for participants from Uzhgorod, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopyl and Lutsk), Dnipropetrovsk (for Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhya), Mykolayiv (for Kirovograd, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Odesa and Cherkassy), and Kyiv (for Chernihiv, Kyiv, Poltava, and Sumy). The dates of the following trainings will be duly announced.