The Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership supports Ukraine in implementing the prosecution reform through Estonia’s experience

28.May.2021

Fruitful cooperation between ECEAP and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and signed respectful Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year have led to the launching a project “Support for Rule of Law in Ukraine in the Areas of Police, Public Prosecution, Anti-Corruption and Good Governance”. The project aims to support the reform of Ukraine’s law enforcement structures, increase its credibility, and institutionalize transparent governance. More specifically, the focus is on the Prosecutor’s Office.

Last week, the ECEAP delegation was in Kyiv. This time the focus of the visit was on the development of the effective e-case management system (eCMS) and special treatment of juveniles’ topics. Respective meetings were held with the Prosecutor General’s Office, Prosecutor’s Training Center of Ukraine, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Digital Transformation, European Union Anti-Corruption Initiative, European Union Advisory Mission and European Delegation to Ukraine. It is a pleasure to see that the best Estonian experts in the field are heard. Their advice helps make the Ukrainian Prosecution field more modern.

In the field of the development of criminal policy, a crime survey will be carried out that will provide data on society’s expectations and perceptions. Based on the survey results, we will help the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office set priorities and foster comprehensive decision-making in a successful fight against crime. Particular attention will be paid to the special treatment of juveniles. We will be able to test the operation of the respectful networks in the selected pilot region next year. There is a growing awareness of the importance of communication, as talking to society is the only possible way to increase the legal system’s credibility and make society more open. The internal communication survey will be implemented soon, the survey aims to determine the expectations regarding internal communication in the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office, general satisfaction, and career development of prosecutors. ECEAP will also conduct trainings for various target groups.

Study visits of Ukrainian delegations to Estonia will also take place to show how our systems work in real life. So, in the coming months, several visits are planned on e-case management system (eCMS), special treatment of juveniles and communication. ECEAP would like to thank all partners who will receive delegations and introduce their fields of work.

The project is funded by the European Union through United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and co-funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from development cooperation and humanitarian aid funds.