Set up in 2015 by the European Committee of the Regions, the Ukraine Task Force aims to intensify bilateral relations and provide both political and technical support so that Ukrainian partners achieve good governance at all levels.
In March 2018, a peer-to-peer cooperation initiative was launched with the support of the
U-LEAD programme and its implementer, the German Development Agency GIZ.
How does it operate?
CoR-Ukraine Task Force was set by the CoR Bureau on 12 February 2015, upon a request from the Ukrainian side, following the launch of a complex decentralisation reform in Ukraine.
The Task Force has met four times since, in Brussels and in Ukraine alternatively. During the meetings, the members exchange experience on the decentralisation process in general, on reform of the public administration, on horizontal issues pertaining to the proper functioning of LRAs in Ukraine (policy making, social and economic aspects, rule of law and good governance), as well as on the regional and local dimension of the process of implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
The activities of the Task Force also fed into the activities of the EC's Support Group for Ukraine, and became also linked up with the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.
The Task Force strives to:
- provide support to the reform process by sharing experience and good practices in the field of decentralisation, division of powers and devolution
- stimulate debate at the local level, with civil society organizations, government counterparts and other stakeholders
- match the needs of the Ukrainian local and regional authorities with the expertise offered by CoR members
The work of the Task Force has evolved over the years from offering general policy advice towards more concrete projects, focused on developing capacity-building in support of public administration reform. Through a match-making exercise organised in 2017 with the support of the European Commission's "U-LEAD with Europe" programme, first five EU-Ukrainian local partnerships were determined. The launch event of the
Peer-to-Peer initiative took place in Brussels on 8 March 2018, bringing together the selected peers for the first time. With the assistance of ULEAD, the pairs agreed on the action plans for the year and determined concrete topics of cooperation: local economic development, tourism, energy efficiency, rural development and citizens' involvement. At the next meeting of the Task Force, which will take place in Kyiv on 25 September 2018, the stakeholders will discuss mid-term progress achieved in peer to peer cooperation.
How is it composed?
The Task Force is led by the President of the European Committee of the Regions. Its members are the presidents of the five political groups of the CoR.