Kyiv event focuses on civil service reform for Ukraine’s parliament

The creation of a politically neutral and professional civil service for Ukraine’s parliament was the main topic at a public discussion in Kyiv on 22 February focusing on reform of the parliament’s administration.

The event, organised by PACE in co-operation with the Verkhovna Rada, formed part of the Council of Europe’s two-year action plan for Ukraine, and is the latest in a series of events organised by the Assembly to strengthen Ukraine’s parliamentary capacity to implement Council of Europe standards.

Mr Alain Delcamp, Council of Europe expert and the Honorary Secretary General of the French Senate presented a report on how different parliaments in Europe are administered, and officials from Slovenia and Bulgaria also shared their experiences of how a parliamentary service can be run, looking at statutes and rules of procedure as well as staff regulations.

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada underlined the importance of continuing reform of the nation’s parliamentary body, and pointed to the potential of the Law on the Civil Service, adopted two years ago, as a basis for on-going work.

He pledged that the parliament would soon start work on two new bills to reduce the number of parliamentary committees and to ensure that their chairmanships are distributed fairly among the political forces represented in the legislature.

Participants – including parliamentarians, government officials, representatives of civil society and academics – agreed that, to be successful, reforms should be systemic and harmonised with each other.