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Arsen Avakov: reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine is a key reform in the country (PHOTOS)

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5th February 2016, 15:12
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On February 4, 2016, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine held a working meeting with representatives of the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform-Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine).

The parties discussed the progress of Ukraine's law enforcement system reform and the prospects for further cooperation and agreed to set up joint working groups in several areas of MIA activities. Also, the EU will provide multifaceted assistance to MIA.  In addition, it was decided that representatives of the EUAM will work not only in the capital but also in the two regional centers - in Kharkov and Lvov..

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, First Deputy Minister Eka Zguladze and the head of the National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze.  EU Advisory Mission was represented by the Head of EUAM Ukraine Kęstutis Lančinskas and the European Union’s Civilian Operations Commander Kenneth Deane.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine noted that the reform of MIA  is  the key and the most demonstrative reform in the country.  It is visible for all residents of Ukraine, large-scale and complex reform, which bears on every citizen of the country.  Avakov stressed the importance of reform of the law enforcement system for society and thanked the representatives of the EUAM for assistance in its realization.

He considers 2016 to be very important year for the public perception of the reform.  Therefore, it is important to keep the tempo and the dynamics of reform and Ukraine is interested in further support of the European partners.

"We are interested in acquiring both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience" - said Arsen Avakov .  The Minister noted that MIA intends to discuss prospects of cooperation in such areas as migration service and emergency services.

The European Union’s Civilian Operations Commander Kenneth Deane said that his agency plans to continue cooperation with Ukrainian MIA.  He stressed that the mandate of the EUAM Ukraine has been revised and amended in accordance with the strategy of the reform of the law enforcement system of Ukraine.

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 "From now on we plan to focus more on criminal investigations, maintaining public order and communications.  Representatives of the EUAM will work in Kharkov and Lvov.  It is very important for us to cooperate with MIA and we are interested in this cooperation" - said Kenneth Deane.

Following the discussion of the reform progress, both sides agreed on the establishment of joint working groups on specific areas of MIA activities and on the wide range of the European Union assistance to the reform of the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine.

Department of communication of MIA-Ukraine