EU Advisory Mission express readiness to support customs reforms in Ukraine

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

During his first official meeting with the Head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine (SCS) Maksym Nefyodov this week, Head of EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) – Antti Hartikainen – addressed some of the changes needed to improve Ukraine’s customs practices.

Antti Hartikainen handed over a human-resource management (HRM) strategy that EUAM assisted drafting, and hopes this will be central to the joint activities of both parties over the coming months.

“The goal of the strategy is to attract, delegate, motivate, assess and retain ambitious and motivated staff”, says Hartikainen. “Besides that, the new IBM (Integrated Border Management) strategy, which we worked on jointly with our Ukrainian partners, provides a new approach in trade facilitation issues and customs. EUAM is ready to assist SCS in order to put this into place.”

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission headquartered in Kyiv, with field offices in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014 and began operations on 1 December 2014.

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