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06-08-2015

Ukraine | EU

EU supports transparent testing process to recruit public prosecutors in Ukraine

EU Delegation to Ukraine

The EU continues to provide its support to much needed public prosecution reforms in Ukraine. The EU-funded project Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine is going to provide necessary funds and expertise for Ukraine-wide open competition aimed at competitive recruitment of Heads and deputy Heads of local Public Prosecution Offices (PPO).

As part of the implementation of the new Law on Public Prosecution, which was positively assessed by the Venice Commission and came into effect on 15 July 2015, for the first time in the history of the Ukrainian PPO, leadership of local Prosecutors' offices will be recruited through an open and competitive procedure. For the first time in the history of the Ukrainian PPO, leadership of local Prosecutors' offices will be recruited through an open and competitive procedure. The open competition will consist of professional knowledge tests, general skills tests, psychometric tests and face-to-face interviews. The serving prosecutors can also apply, but will have no preferential treatment compared to any external candidate. The EU will provide the necessary funds and expertise to organize testing process with the help of EU funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

Charge d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Thomas Frellesen said that "the EU stands ready to support a reorganization of the Public Prosecution Offices and optimization of its human resources. Open, transparent and merit-based selection of Heads and Deputies of local prosecutors is a key element of such reform. It will result in an independent and impartial service, which will strengthen Ukraine's ability to ensure the rule of law and improve its fight against corruption".

Background information

The EU-funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aims to support consolidated justice sector-wide reforms in Ukraine. It brings together all the justice sector stakeholders – the Government of Ukraine, legal professional associations and civil society organizations – in order to assist t! hem with development and implementation of a comprehensive sector reform strategy in line with democratic principles and EU best practices. The total budget of the project is 8 million Euros financed by the European Union. The project is implemented by the EU Member State consortium led by Justice Coopération Internationale (France).