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Minister S. Skvernelis: Lithuanian law enforcement institutions can assist Ukraine to take the path of reform

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2015 10 23

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Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in Kiev
Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in Kiev

Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis, this week having met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in Kiev, agreed on further strengthening of contacts between the Lithuanian and Ukrainian law enforcement institutions and exchange of experience while implementing reforms of the Ukrainian law enforcement system.

“Lithuania actively supports Ukraine, its European integration goals and the reforms being implemented. Experts of the Ministry of the Interior and all the subdivisions subordinate to it are ready to assist the colleagues in Ukraine. We are ready to continue sharing our experience – both on the issues of reforms of police and border protection and in the area of introducing information technologies. It is important that all Ukrainian people felt the benefit of these reforms both in great cities and regions,” – S. Skvernelis said. 

Minister A. Avakov, during his presentation on the reform Ukrainian law enforcement system, underlined that the ongoing war is not the reason for avoiding implementation of reforms. “The first example is the Ukrainian Patrol Police where only the best and most qualified young people work,” – A. Avakov said during the meeting.

Currently one of the main problems of Ukraine is corruption. National Anti-Corruption Bureau has been established, cardinal measures are to be taken to strengthen legal and anti-corruption environment of the country.

“Reforms should be implemented parallelly in all areas, as professional and fair law enforcement will not be able to do anything if prosecutor’s office and courts are not reformed. Systematic approach is an essential thing. Lithuania went this way and that approved,” – Minister S. Skvernelis stated.

During the meeting in Kiev, the Lithuanian and Ukrainian Ministers of Interior signed Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation Development.

“I am glad that Lithuania and its law enforcement institutions can assist Ukraine to take the path of reform. This Joint Statement is a constructive step seeking to develop cooperation between law enforcement institutions of our countries. It is important to turn the guidelines on paper into real steps and changes,” – S. Skvernelis stressed.

The Statement contains areas in which the contacts of the Lithuanian and Ukrainian law enforcement institutions are intended to be strengthened. It is agreed to focus particular attention on experience exchange in introduction of European and international democratic standards of management while carrying out reforms of structures subordinate to the Ukrainian ministry of Internal Affairs which are in line with the implementation of the Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine and necessity to transfer EU law into the Ukraine Law system.

It was agreed that Lithuania will assist Ukraine in reforming criminal police. “Criminal world is very fast in making use of any unstable situation in the country,” – Minister S. Skvernelis underlined.

Also it is planned to exchange experience in the areas of state border protection, migration processes management, ensuring public order, fire prevention and civil protection and forensic investigations.

During the working visit on 19–20 October in Kiev, the delegation headed by Minister S. Skvernelis also met with the Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine in charge of contacts with law enforcement institutions Andriy Taranov, representatives of the Ukrainian Security Service, got acquainted with the activity of the Ukrainian National Guards and Patrol Service.

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