EU4PFM remains a flagship supporter of Ukrainian reforms under the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Agreement and DCFTA

The 8th EU4PFM Project Steering Committee took place on 18 February 2022. Welcoming the start of the online event, EU4PFM Team Leader Jurgita Domeikiene expressed gratitude for willingness to continue with implementation of reform agendas and determination to achieve the set goals.

8th EU4PFM Project Steering Committee meeting

To the 8th EU4PFM Project Steering Committee took part Denys Uliutin, First Deputy Finance Minister of Ukraine, Xavier Camus, Head of Operations Section 1 “Good Governance and Democratization” of the European Delegation to Ukraine, Paulius Majauskas, International Key Expert on Tax, Vytenis Ališauskas, International Key Expert on Customs, Tetiana Kiriienko, Acting Chairman of the State Tax Service of Ukraine, Vladyslav Suvorov, Deputy Head of the State Customs Service, Oleg Nikolaychuk, Deputy Head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitization (CDTO), Vadym Khodakovskyi, Secretary – Chief Operational officer of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, Vadym Melnyk, The Head of Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine, Julda Kielyte, Head of Financial Cooperation of the EU Ukraine Support Group, EC, Natallya Kalenіchenko, Deputy Head of the State Tax Service of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformation and Digitalization and others.

During the Steering Committee, an overview of the state of project implementation, budget execution and achieved results in 2021 and priorities for 2022 were presented. As it was highlighted by Vytenis Ališauskas, the main priority for 2022 in Customs area is joining Ukraine to the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure remains the top priority and migration to NCTS Phase 5.

In Tax area Paulius Majauskas announced the modernization of the Contact Centre to provide high quality services for taxpayers till the end of the year as the main priority. In 2022 EU4PFM will focus on providing support to implementation of voluntary compliance enhancing measures, introduction of methodologies and IT solutions to enable E-audit as well as implementation of OECD Global standard on automatic exchange of information in Ukraine.

In the Budget process modernization Project shall agree with the Ministry of Finance on implementation of approach regarding mid-term budgetary planning and program-based budgeting as well as identification of other IT solutions to be developed.

Deployment of the Competency Framework in MoF, improvement of anticorruption and integrity policy in STS and SCS, enhancement of strategic planning and performance management system in Partner institutions and implementation of process management and project management in Partner institutions are the priorities in HR management and organizational development stream.

Communication of PFM reform will remain an important component of the project. The main goal is to further increase outreach in social and mass media. Besides ongoing specialised communication campaigns regarding NCTS, AEO, e-cash registers, Project’s communication activities will be targeted to new IT solutions as well as general communication campaigns to increase tax compliance in Ukraine.

“EU4PFM remains a flagship supporter of Ukrainian PFM-reforms under the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Agreement and DCFTA. It contributes to improving trade, customs procedures and the business environment for both Ukrainian and international businesses.” – Julda Kielyte, Head of Financial Cooperation of the EU Ukraine Support Group summarized.

Next EU4PFM Project Steering Committee scheduled for May 2022.