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September 19, 2023

Guiding the Future: Mentorship’s Transformative Role in Ukrainian Public Institutions

By Jurgita Domeikiene, EU4PFM Team Leader, International Key Expert on HR/PAR, and Kristina Jakubaityte-Revutiene, EU4PFM International Expert on HR

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July 31, 2023

Challenges and Opportunities for Ukrainian IT Sector on the Road to the EU

Ukraine received the status of a candidate country for EU membership on June 23, 2022 and initiated the process of negotiating EU accession. This process involves the candidate country’s preparation to implement EU laws and standards. The negotiation process consists of 32 chapters grouped into six clusters, and IT plays a crucial role in nearly all of these chapters (see infographic for more details).  

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July 21, 2023

Organising Internal Audit in Ukraine: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Centralised vs Decentralised Approaches

In June 2023, the EU4PFM project concluded a paper that encompasses possible modalities for the future development of the internal audit function in the Ukrainian public sector. The paper draws insights from a comprehensive study conducted in EU and non-EU member states, comparing various configurations for public sector internal audit. The focus of this comparison lies in centralised and decentralised internal audit arrangements, aiming to learn from other countries’ experiences and derive implications for the future of internal audit in Ukraine. The findings and recommendations presented in the paper aim to foster discussions that contribute to shaping future policy development regarding internal audit. This article highlights the main points and potential pathways for public sector internal audit in Ukraine.

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March 24, 2023

Ukraine’s Progress Towards the Customs Union with the EU

The European Commission positively assessed the results of alignment of customs legislation and customs procedures with those of the EU in the context of Ukraine’s application for EU membership in its report. What Ukraine will be assisted with in the immediate future?

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March 17, 2023

How Ukraine succeeded in staying well on track with the implementation of PFM reforms, even in wartime

It is almost one year since russia launched its unprovoked attack on Ukraine and the country continues to fight struggle for its freedom in this brutal war.

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January 17, 2023

Starting 2023: Results and Prospects of Ukraine’s Integration into the EU Customs System

2022 was a year of hard luck and deprivation for Ukraine. However, the outcome was the stronger aspiration of Ukraine and the Ukrainians to be fully integrated into Europe. The European Union was initially established as a customs union, and it still is.

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December 30, 2022

2022 in tax changes: what Ukraine managed to achieve

Times of trials always become times of new opportunities and achievements. In 2022, Ukraine demonstrated to the whole world its strength and resilience, as well as a powerful thirst for change.

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December 27, 2022

Do we need a Strategy on IT and digitalisation in a time of war?

The role of IT in the modern world is hard to underestimate. Technologies serve to speed up and improve the quality of data processing and to minimise human factor and deliberate manipulation of the data, personal information, and confidential information. In the area of public finance management (PFM), automatic data processing is critical to avoid corruption and tax avoidance. Also, as we all observed recently, IT is used as a weapon which may jeopardise the functioning of critical infrastructure, compromise databases or disable public institutions from providing essential services to the citizens or commercial entities. So why the EU-funded programme for Ukraine ‘EU4PFM’ supports several PFM institutions in Ukraine with the development of the Strategy on IT and digitalisation and why the strategy is needed at times of uncertainty and continuous attacks of russia on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine?   

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December 19, 2022

How participation in the “Customs” EU Program contributes to the further European integration of Ukraine

The European Union is primarily a customs union. Therefore, the introduction of the NCTS common transit system is the important stage not only of the integration of Ukrainian customs into the customs environment of the EU, but also of the integration of Ukraine into the EU in general.

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September 28, 2022

On 1 October, Ukraine will become a full member of the European Union customs conventions: advantages and new tasks

The historic decision for Ukraine opening the possibility of joining international customs conventions on 1 October of this year was announced by the Ukrainian Government after participating in the 8th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council in Brussels.

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