At today's VR session Prime Minister of Ukraine
Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged the Parliament to vote on a government bill on civil
service and to support the amendment stipulating for the setting up a Fund to
increase salaries for civil servants financed by the EU and other international
donors. The PM said in Parliament on Thursday, 26 November.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that the Government had
submitted to Parliament a draft law on public service: "The Parliament have
been busy working on this law."
"We believe that this bill should be voted on
today and be enacted as soon as possible", he stressed.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined, pursuant to the
governmental draft law public service should be depoliticized: "It should
become efficient, independent and highly professional."
He stressed that one of the main problems entailing
corruption in the public service today is extremely low wages: "The people
who have knowledge, either don't go into public service as it is hard to work
for 3 thousand hryvnias, or they work earning 3
thousand hryvnias, but take bribes worth thousands of
reduction in the number of civil servants, which made up 20% last year's, and
this - 20%, we have to recruit new and effective ones", he noted.
Minister appealed to the factions of the coalition and the Speaker of the
Parliament during the consideration of a bill to support the amendment on
forming the fund to increase salaries for civil servants. Arseniy Yatsenyuk proposed to
include the provision aimed at establishing a fund for increasing civil
servants' salaries during the
transitional period 2016/2017 in Ukraine: "The European Union and other
international donors should be engaged in the financing of such a fund. A fund should be formed exclusively on
a transparent basis. And the order of an increase in wages for certain
categories of civil servants who will receive these increased salaries from
this fund will be determined by the Government."
informed that the negotiations with the European Union on granting Ukraine a
separate funding program on an increase in civil servants’ salaries under a
program of civil service reform are in progress.
Minister said that this issue will, in particular, be raised at a meeting of
EU-Ukraine Association on 7 December in Brussels for the purpose of attracting
financial support from European partners in order to provide higher wages and
social protection of civil servants."