The Ukrainian authorities have asked the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the ‘EBRD’ or the ‘Bank’), as an institution with a mandate to support broad policy and institutional reforms in the transition region, to help with speedy conceptualization and implementation of the reforms process in Ukraine, in the context of the Ukraine’s Strategy 2020 reforms programme. The Bank’s Strategy & Policy Committee approved a support programme for the National Reform Council (‘NRC’) on 11 September 2014, as a joint product of the Economics, Policy & Governance and Banking teams, following detailed discussions with other teams (Corporate Strategy, Donor Co-Financing, Office of the General Counsel and Technical Cooperation Team).
PHASE 1 – SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE'S NATIONAL REFORM COUNCIL AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRATEGY FOR REFORMS
Phase 1 of this TC Project supported NRC’s Project Management Office (‘PMO’), the technical implementation body of the NRC, by contributing financing for key reform project managers, advisors, support staff and PMO running costs. The PMO plays a crucial role in coordination of the NRC’s reform task forces with the Ministries, ensuring development of specific reforms, monitoring and implementation of reforms, transparency of the reforms development and implementation processes and communication of . PMO experts provide regular reports and status updates to the head of the PMO, and ensure effective communication and partnership with national and international counterparts, donors and civil society.
PHASE 2 – SUPPORT FOR VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS UNDER THE UKRAINE NATIONAL REFORMS GOVERNANCE MODEL 2.0
Progress with reform implementation and public administration reform in Ukraine has lagged and reform momentum has stalled during the recent period of political instability, triggered by the resignation of Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius in January 2016. Over this period, the EBRD, together with the EU and other international development partners (Canada, the US, Germany, France), have been engaging local stakeholders, including former and current ministers, in a dialogue on how to rebuild momentum and select priorities, in order to kick-start implementation once stability returns. A new government has now been established with an ambitious reformist agenda, seeking to remedy the situation. EBRD has engaged with local stakeholders and international partners to build a sustainable reform approach in order to avoid short-lived reforms. As a result of discussions, the Ukrainian Prime Minister and President have agreed to the new reform support architecture consisting of a Reforms Delivery Office (RDO), Reform Support Teams (RSTs) and Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR).
As part of the new Reform Support Architecture for Ukraine, Phase 2 of this TC Project seeks to (i) continue its support programme for the National Reforms Council through Year 2 (in its amended form); ii) extend support for the newly-formed Reform Support Teams (RSTs), and (iii) extend support for the activities and outputs of SAGSUR.
Phase 3 concerns the support of SAGSUR, in the amount of EUR 2 million for one year. SAGSUR is a group that is being formed, comprising primarily international advisors to the Prime Minister and President whose role is to advise on how to carry out reforms in Ukraine efficiently. It envisioned that SAGSUR will provide the guidance that is needed to help support the Ukrainian leadership deliver promised reforms and stay in line with the expected results of international creditors such as the IMF and the European Commission.
The TC Project is fully aligned with EBRD’s Medium Term Directions ('MTDs') which support the building of resilience into reforms and the reform of institutions in the Bank's countries of operations which support policy and institutional reforms.
PMO and RTSs are operational and fulfil their objectives.
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The beneficiary/client of the Bank is the National Reform Council (NRC). .
Funding is expected to be provided by EBRD-managed donor funds, including the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account.
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