Achievements and Challenges of Civil Security Sector Reform

EUAM: The EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) organized for the sixth time the Parliament-Civil Society Platform and highlights the main achievements and challenges of the civil security sector reform process and to find ways to improve it, taking into account best practices and accumulated experience and knowledge.

“There are still many obstacles to reform the civil security sector in Ukraine: resistance to change, gaps in legislation, lack of funding, insufficient professional standards, lack of effective collaboration between institutions and corruption”, – said the Head of the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine Kęstutis Lančinskas. “Over the next five years, it will be important to ensure that there is sufficient political will to guarantee the implementation of the strategic vision that has already been set out. In order to change not only the organizational structure but also the mindset of people, it is necessary to be focused on the long-term perspective”.

The conference focused on three main topics. The first was a discussion of the implications of the Law on National Security, passed last year, and the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The international community has been clear that the SSU’s work would be strengthened by a focus on the core competences of counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and protections of state secrets in line with best practice in democratic countries.

The second topic for discussion was the current structures for investigating serious crime and in particular, the role of the newly created State Bureau of Investigation. The third topic focused on the criminal justice system in particular ways to increase effectiveness of pre-trial investigation bodies, prosecutorial independence and enhanced cooperation between different criminal justice agencies.

Among guests attending the event were the DeputyMinister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Tetyana Kovalchuk, the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko, the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine Alexander Vinnikov, experts and representatives of civil society.