The USAID RADA Program held a coordination meeting with the heads of the secretariats of the Model Committees. It was dedicated to cooperation with the Committees in the implementation of the Model Committee Initiative.
RADA Program Director Ihor Kohut addressed the participants with a welcoming statement.
Speaking about the need to increase the efficiency of the Committees, he noted, “There are systemic things, such as refining the work of the Committees in terms of holding Committee hearings, improving the system of public consultations, in particular the use of electronic resources, and systematization of work with stakeholders.”
Model Committee Project Manager Ihor Zhdanov described the initiative, its objectives, activities and intermediate results. In particular, he spoke about the functional audit of the activities of the Committees conducted by the RADA Program, about the events within the initiative.
In particular, Ihor Zhdanov informed the audience about online workshops on gender-sensitive analysis of draft laws, a seminar on assessing the effectiveness of application of legislation, as well as the presentation by British expert Alistair Doherty on VRU Committees’ cooperation with stakeholders and international technical assistance projects.
The aforementioned events were held by the RADA Program together with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Also, Ihor Zhdanov provided brief information about the Days of Parliament in Volyn oblast and about the participation of MPs from the Model Committees in the online discussion “Dialogue of Parliamentarians and Local Communities for a Common Agenda” which took place on February 24.
RADA Program experts Olha Mashtaler, Alina Serha and Viktoria Shtets presented more details on the cooperation with the three Model Committees.
It will be recalled that the three Model Committees of the RADA Program are the Committees on Humanitarian and Information Policy, on Environmental Policy and Nature Management, and also on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development.
Besides, Olha Mashtaler presented useful instructions for the Committees that she had prepared.
“The document is meant to provide help with the organization of Committee hearings. It is part of a larger-scale work on the preparation of a manual on Committee hearings,” she said.
The document is available here.
USAID RADA Program Expert Radym Huban presented the concept of the manual on holding Committee hearings in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine which he is preparing.
The publication will consist of 2 parts. The first will focus on the general principles of organizing Committee hearings. The second will discuss the procedure for holding Committee hearings.
Vitaliy Babenko (Head of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy), Anzhela Maliuha (Head of the Secretariat of the Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development) and Yevhen Berezhnyi (Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management) shared their impressions of cooperation within the framework of the Model Committee Initiative as well as their vision of its further implementation.
The participants were also addressed by Deputy Head of the VR Secretariat Andriy Melnychuk. In particular, he emphasized the importance of using foreign experience in addressing problematic issues.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy expert Alistair Doherty focused in his statement on the cooperation of the Verkhovna Rada Committees with the stakeholders and international technical assistance projects.
He spoke in detail about possible stakeholders and the risks that may arise in connection with their involvement.
At the same time, he emphasized that the Committees’ cooperation with stakeholders is a valuable resource.
The expert noted, “The Committees should be relieved of certain amounts of technical work related to legislative activities and be provided with more opportunities to perform the supervisory function.”
The expert’s presentation is available here.