On January 26 Natolin4Capacity Building presented in Kyiv the specialised online learning platform for Ukrainian civil servants working on the issues of European integration of Ukraine.
European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna, Head of the National Agency of Ukraine for Civil Service Nataliia Alyushyna and Vice Rector of the College of Europe in Natolin Ewa Onśniecka-Tamecka took part in the presentation highlighting the importance the European Union and government of Ukraine pay to the role of Ukraine’s civil service in country’s European integration.
“The Natolin4Capacity Building project is a good example of EU assistance in implementing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. In particular, it will enable at least 700 civil servants to improve their professional knowledge and skills on European integration. This initiative also complements our support for the Government of Ukraine in building a professional civil service as part of the public administration reform process launched in 2016”, said Oliver Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement.
The Natolin4Capacity Building platform offers e-learning courses on European integration and implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area to Ukrainian civil servants. The courses selection and content were determined by the training needs assessment conducted by the Project Team in cooperation with key partners – the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, the National Agency of Ukraine for Civil Service and the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine. College of Europe in Natolin also relies on its previous experience in training the civil servants from Ukraine.
“Our relations with the EU have excellent integration potential. The Association Agreement provides opportunities for deepening EU-Ukraine cooperation in most sectoral policies. And professional training of civil servants is the key to success in achieving the ambitious goal of linking Ukraine with the EU. Natolin4Capacity Building project will help in advancing the professional development of Ukrainian civil servants, assist in establishing contacts between them and their peers in the EU and sharing the best practises among Ukrainian and EU experts”, stated Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine.
“For years we have been in close cooperation with the Ukrainian public administration in its many dimensions, delivering professional training to civil servants, including deputy ministers. We trained journalists, NGO representatives, and many more. We have also conducted considerable scientific research into the 30 years of Ukraine’s independence. All of our experience and expertise, our extensive network of contacts and dedication have been put at the disposal of the Natolin 4 Capacity Building programme”, commented Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka, Vice Rector of the College of Europe.
The courses are offered in English and Ukrainian languages and will be open for all the interested civil servants. Registration for the online courses will be available via the National Agency of Ukraine for Civil Service portal. Following the successful completion of online courses, the best performing 240 civil servants will have an opportunity to take part in tailor-made professional face-to-face training sessions and study visits in Poland and EU institutions. Natolin4Capacity Building will also offer a selected group of participants career development mentoring and professional consultations on the topics related to specific aspects of European integration of Ukraine.
Photo: Oleksii Fillipov for Natolin4Capacity Building