The USAID Rada Program held a coordination meeting with a management team of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat. It was devoted to planning further cooperation to raise efficiency of the Ukrainian Parliament.
The event lasted for two days, on April 2-3, 2019. It started with discussion of corporate culture and values. During the event, issues of a parliamentary educational center development, a parliamentary research service creation and MPs training were raised. The participants also discussed the possibilities for improving the communication of members of the parliament with voters.
A Head of the Parliamentary Educational Center Maryna Tereshchuk and Deputy Secretary General of the Secretariat Mykola Shevchuk presented the Center. Its activities will be aimed at improving people's awareness of the Verkhovna Rada functions and operations. So far, its main target audience is school students; later it will provide educational services for other groups of population.
Mykola Shevchuk, Deputy Secretary General of the Secretariat: "A few days ago, an order was signed to create the educational center. It has high potential in facilitating understanding of the role of parliament, especially among young people”.
Program manager of the USAID RADA Program Liubomyr Hultai and Deputy Secretary General of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat Mykhailo Tepliuk spoke on the creation of a research service under the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
The formation of the research service is envisioned by the Recommendation No. 37 of the Roadmap on the Internal Reform and Capacity-Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine prepared by the Needs Assessment Mission of the European Parliament. It is planned that the new institution will be formed on the basis of existing structural units of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, including the Library of the Verkhovna Rada and the Institute of Legislation.
Liubomyr Hultai announced the Internship Program, which will work under the research center.
Mykhailo Tepliuk, Deputy Secretary General of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat: "Creation of a research service can empower the Parliament to be autonomous in assessing the initiatives of the Government. It is of special importance when we talk not only about adoption of laws, but also about implementation of state policies”.
An expert in parliament strengthening Lesia Nechyporenko, Deputy Chairperson of the Secretariat of the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Maksym Khlapuk and Chief Advisor of the Main Organizational Directorate Natalia Ruzhytska told about the possibilities of updating the training system of newly elected deputies and their assistants.
The other presentation was dedicated to the improvement of communication of members of parliament with the public. Lesia Nechyporenko highlighted the Program’s achievements in this field, as well as plans. Valentyna Rudkovska, Deputy Chair of the Office of Communications with Local Authorities and Local Self-Government Bodies, spoke in detail on the communication needs of MPs while working in constituencies.
Peter Bodnar, Chief Manager, First Deputy Secretary General of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat: "My expectations for today's meeting with came true completely. Among other things, I'm glad we have discussed corporate culture and shared values that are the basis for our joint work".
It is expected that the outcome of the meeting will be improvement cooperation between the USAID Rada Program and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat. That will facilitate raise of effectiveness of the work of the Ukrainian Parliament and the further development of Ukrainian parliamentarism in general.
Igor Kogut, Director of the USAID RADA Program: "For several years, we have been assisting the Verkhovna Rada, and we would like to continue our joint work with the Secretariat to ensure the effective work of the Parliament. We are very glad that this meeting has taken place and we agreed on our further plans for cooperation with the Secretariat."
Viktor Liakh, President of the East Europe Foundation: "Our Fund is a Ukrainian non-governmental organization that can keep the "legacy " of programs providing assistance to the Verkhovna Rada. And we are ready to direct all the resources of our Fund to enable the Parliament and its Secretariat to constantly develop.”