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17 November, 2020
Dialogues on reforms: achievements and challenges for Ukraine’s national security
The progress with the reforms in national security and defence, the key priorities and certain stall of the reforms were discussed by the authorities, international partners and independent experts during the panel ‘European integration and national security’ within the forum, ‘Dialogues on Reforms’. The discussion took place on 17 November 2020. Larisa Galadza, the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Valdemaras Sarapinas, Ambassador of the Lithuanian Republic to Ukraine, Christina Queen, US Charge d’affaires in Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, the Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine, Olexander Bunyak, Deputy Director of the MoD Department for International Cooperation, Maryana Bezugla, Deputy Head of the specialized parliamentary Committee, Olexiy Henchev, Deputy General Director of the Governmental Coordination Office for Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olena Tregub, NAKO’s Secretary-General, and Mykhaylo Samus, CACDS Deputy Director for International Issues joined the discussion. Galadza said that Canada support Ukraine in many areas. She added that Ukraine’s reforms should be based on gender equality, democratic accountability, transparency of governance, and the rule of law. He called to continue the reforms because nothing is impossible.
Sarapinas said that Ukraine’s membership in NATO is real and reminded the story of Lithuania. He said that once it was difficult to believe that the Baltic countries could become NATO’s members but now it’s the reality. Queen said that Ukraine is facing two key challenges: the fight against Russia and disinformation and the fight against corruption. She stressed that Ukrainian institutions had to be accountable to Ukrainian citizens. Vinnikov said that NATO’s cooperation with Ukraine is becoming stronger and stronger due to Kyiv’s course for EuroAtlantic integration and reforms. He assessed highly cooperation with the parliamentary Defense Committee. He also added that the newly adopted law on Intelligence would allow better oversight over the secret services.
Bezugla mentioned the restart of special services as the top priority for the Rada Defence Committee. She informed that the draft law on the Security Service of Ukraine had been already approved by the Committee. NAKO’s Secretary-General Olena Tregub stated that despite certain progress of the reforms, their pace slowed drastically and sometimes stalled. In particular, she mentioned the delay with the implementation of the Law on Defence Procurement and the seeming lack of political will to proceed with Ukroboronprom’s corporatization reform.

NAKO expresses its sincere gratitude to the Reanimation Package of Reforms for the tradition to create an independent platform for constructive dialogue between the government and the society.