This decision was reached by the participants of the online meeting of the representatives of the central executive authorities, the Advisory Mission of the European Union in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) and the National Institute of Strategic Studies. This meeting was initiated by the Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine. Issues related to the formation of the procedure for checking the results and completeness of the implementation of projects at the expense of international technical assistance and their economic effect for the country were also discussed.
"Control is needed to prevent violations. It is our joint responsibility to minimize the potential losses of the aid provided by implementing effective control over the use of these funds and to prevent the implementation of aid stealing schemes," stressed Mr. Oleksandr Kucherenko, Deputy Director of the Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine.
The participants agreed with the necessity to urgently start work on developing a mechanism for effective control over the use of EU funds, in the view of the multibillion-dollar EU support plan for the reconstruction of Ukraine. In particular, it necessary to bring the existing practices of control over the use of international technical assistance into line with EU standards, as well as developing the necessary legal framework for controlling the use of EU funds and protecting the EU's financial interests.
"We have to develop an effective control tool specifically from the side of development partners. Transparency, completeness, efficiency of implementation of projects and programs of ITA will allow to minimize potential image losses of Ukraine and strengthen the trust of international donors", - said the Head of the ESBU International Cooperation Division Mr. Anatoliy Aleksandrov.
According to the results of the online meeting, all participants supported the initiative of organizing an extended meeting with the participation of all interested state authorities and a wide range of international partners in order to develop a clear list of necessary regulatory and legal changes and an algorithm for the interaction of competent authorities.
About 50 participants took part in the meeting, including representatives of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers, the National Institute for Strategic Studies, the European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine (EUAM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police, the Accounting Chamber, National Anti-Corruption Bureau, State Tax Service, State Customs Service, State Audit Service, etc.