The President of Ukraine Fundamentally Reforms the Executive Branch of the State

Dec 10, 2010, 10:56 ET from Worldwide News Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, December 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has launched the administrative reform in Ukraine. The President has issued a number of decrees removing top officials. The reform will take more than one year and during this period the number of civil servants will be cut down by half. This will reduce state expenditures on supporting the extensive bureaucratic apparatus by approximately 1 billion Ukrainian hryvnia next year (125.5 mln US dollars).

"This is going to be a process which will take more than one year, but it is apparent that we have set ourselves a goal to reach such a level, which will be vital for effective governance; the general number of civil servants will be reduced by 50%," stated the Minister of Justice Oleksandr Lavrynovych. He also mentioned that the Ministry of Justice has prepared a package of draft laws to assist the administrative reform. The draft laws will be delivered to the parliament next week.

The Presidential decree on Optimization of the System of State Executive Agencies reduces the number of the state executive bodies from 112 to 63: 16 Ministries, 28 services, 12 agencies and 7 inspections. The system will also include independent controllers and bodies with a special status.

"Let's make another step towards the future together and create an effective governance system, tackle corruption by the means of deregulation and administrative reform, let's optimize public finances, which we spend to maintain our ministries and departments. And let's start reforming local administrations next," said the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych when addressing all the participants of the meeting of the Committee on Economic Reforms.

The President's Administration is working on a number of draft laws and amendments to the operative legislation on Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, State Service, National Controllers, and Central Executive Bodies.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine