Procurement reform is a strategic task for the Defence Ministry of Ukraine. We need to improve the system through the introduction of competitive procedures, increased transparency and more rational use of funds. The EU Directive 2009/81/EC opens significant opportunities not only for the ministry but also for weapons producers, Deputy Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Anatoliy Petrenko, stated at the seminar initiated by the MoD Reforms Project Office and supported by CIDS, the Independent Defence Anti-corruption Committee (NAKO) and NATO Liaison Office. The seminar took place 11th September 2018.

The core topic of the event was the defence procurement based on western standards. The international experts and stakeholders, local civil society and representatives of Ukraine’s governmental institutions dealing with this topic gathered in the Congress Hall in Kyiv.

More than 70 participants were given an insight in the European directive on defence procurement, what it consists of, the importance of implementing it in the right way and how Norway has done that-, (as one example). Mr. Maksym Nefiodov, Deputy Minister on Economic Development and Trade underlined the importance of cooperation with the defence sector in implementing the EU Directive 2009/81/EC, as it is defined by the Government’s Strategic Road Map on Reforming Public Procurement.

We are fighting against hybrid war even in the procurement sector, said Mr. Oleg Gladkovskiy, First Deputy Secretary of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine talking about the needs of improving the defence procurement system.

The Members of Parliament who also briefed the audience on the legislative novelties in this area, stressed the importance of increasing the transparency of defence procurement.

Challenges and corruption risks in the defence procurement in Ukraine and how to mitigate them were presented by the NAKO in their new research.

CIDS believes the seminar was a good start in order to create an interagency working group to find out how Ukraine should implement the EU Directive 2009/81/EC and harmonize its legislation. CIDS stands ready to support Ukraine in this endeavour.