Fifth interview of the “Klartext”-series: The public administration reform in the Ukrainian ministries is making considerable progress

Within the framework of the project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC) the fifth interview from the series “Klartext” has been published. Ihor Koliushko, former delegate of Verkhovna Rada and chairman of the influ­ential “Centre of Policy and Legal Reform” elabo­rates on on the consti­tu­tional and judicial reform as well as the reform of public admin­is­tration and the role of think tanks in Ukraine.

In the interview Ihor Koliushko describes what progress has been made in the area of the public admin­is­tration reform and the reform of judiciary and which aspects represent the greatest challenges, which role the newly estab­lished direc­torates will play in the restruc­turing of the Ukrainian ministries, what has been done in regard to access to and trans­parency of infor­mation and why compre­hensive policy analysis is key for a successful outcome of the reforms in Ukraine. Ihor Koliushko also gives insight into the history of the renowned and influ­ential think tank “Centre of Policy and Legal Reform” and shares his experi­ences as former Member of the Ukrainian Parliament.

The “Centre of Policy and Legal Reform” (CPLR) was founded in 1996 and set itself the objective to support reforms in the field of democracy, judiciary and good gover­nance in Ukraine on the basis of policy analysis.

The interview series “Klartext” aims to increase the presence and public awareness of Ukrainian think tanks, both within Ukraine and Germany. Additionally, the series engages to convey an image of the overall think tank landscape and general devel­op­ments within Ukraine. Particular attention is set on the challenges that Ukrainian think tanks are facing regularly, as well as their role for the imple­men­tation of domestic reforms.

The project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC) is conducted by the Institute for European Politics e.V. (IEP, Berlin), in cooper­ation with the Inter­na­tional Renais­sance Foundation (IRF, Kiev), the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kiev) and the think tank initiative “think twice UA” (Kiev), supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The interview can be found in German as a PDF file. An Ukrainian version is also available.