Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 18, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Army training exercises. Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Zaytseve. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Starohnativka with artillery, tanks and mortars. At Shyrokyne, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. At Krasnohorivka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Popasne, Novotoshkivsk and Krymske.
2. Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approves next stage of public administration reform
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approved a series of regulations opening the next stage of public administration reform. As part of public service reform, the Government is launching an open competition for new positions in 10 pilot ministries and several government agencies.
The Cabinet of Ministers stated, “In accordance with the decisions approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, new structural units – policy directorates, as well as strategic planning and European integration directorates will be created in the pilot ministries, focusing on the key function of the ministries – the formation of policies in their spheres of responsibility. Open competitions will be held for the appointment of the heads of directorates. […]
The government expects that due to open competitions, the public service will be replenished by a significant number of new professionals in business, civil society, as well as from the best employees in the public sector. Candidates for all available vacancies will be selected through a transparent competition according to international recruitment standards.”
3. EU supports Ukraine’s public administration reform
The EU Delegation to Ukraine stated, “The EU Delegation supports the reorganisation of ten Ukrainian ministries: towards a citizen-friendly Public administration and a new generation of Ukrainian civil servants.
The EU Delegation welcomes today’s government decision to take steps in reforming the civil service by adopting a number of regulations. This decision represents the first real step to create a modern public administration in Ukraine. An efficient and less bureaucratic civil service is important for succeeding with sectoral reforms and provide better services to Ukrainian citizens. This package of regulations will introduce profound changes to the way ministries work today. The new approach foresees the reorganisation of ten pilot ministries and creating new Directorate-Generals. Their role will be to work on making the reforms a reality and implement the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
To attract the best candidates from outside the civil service, competitive salaries are proposed. It is important that the recruitment is fully transparent and merit-based.
The EU supports a full and comprehensive public administration reform and welcomes the commitment of the government, and in particular the personal leadership of Prime Minister Groysman to create an efficient and citizen-friendly public administration for the benefit of Ukrainian citizens. The EU provides dedicated assistance of more than €100 million for public administration reform conditional upon fulfilling specific requirements essential for the reform to succeed between 2017-2020. We encourage further steps to ensure that this reform will succeed, in particular: to continue transforming the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers into a real centre of government, finalise the reorganisation of ministries by removing non-policy related functions and conducting full-scale and sustainable salary reform.”
4. Ukraine exports grow 24.2% in first half of 2017
Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported that Ukraine’s exports grew by 24.2% (or $4.3 billion) when compared to the first half of 2016. Exports totaled $20.7 billion for the first half of 2017. Agricultural exports grew by 28.9%; metallurgy exports by 23.4%; mineral exports by 61.4%; machine building products by 14.2%; various industrial products by 23.1% and light industry products by 9.7%.