Reform Support Center is launched to promote cooperation between government and experts

Experts have developed the Emergency reform package for the government

The first institution in Ukraine aimed at facilitating cooperation between the government and expert community has been established. The creation of the Reform Support Center was announced by Yevhen Bystrytsky, Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation, at a press conference in Kyiv on April 30.

“The institutionalization of dialogue between public experts and the government on the level of the Cabinet of Ministers is very important,” Yevhen Bystrytsky said, adding that this will ensure that the Cabinet of Ministers will have professionally drafted laws that can then be submitted to parliament.

“The fact that experts now have contact and are working with the Cabinet of Ministers, this direct dialogue shows that there is already greater public control over the actions of the government and ministries and that the government has become more accountable and transparent. We can already say that a step has been made in fighting corruption, in anti-corruption oversight by civil society,” he remarked.

He said experts have developed the Emergency reform package for the government that includes economic reforms, development of e-government, and territorial reform. The experts are also drafting proposed changes to the Constitution.

In his turn, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Ostap Semerak said: “The Government of Ukrainian responded to the public offer and today is presenting the Reform Support Center, which is also one of the items of the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU. We want to be open and actively work with the public.” He said the main task of the Center is to facilitate collaboration between the expert community and government to implement reforms and prepare decisions on critical issues that require prompt responses.

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