EU grant

Team Leader: Dr Virgilius Valančius
Responsible at the IRZ: Nathalie Herbeck, Dr Arnd Wöhler

Third steering committee meeting at the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice: Jan Tombinski, EU Ambassador to Ukraine; Sergiy Shklyar, Deputy Justice Minister; Dr. Virgilijus Valančius, team leader of the EU grant project (left to right)Third steering committee meeting at the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice: Jan Tombinski, EU Ambassador to Ukraine; Sergiy Shklyar, Deputy Justice Minister; Dr. Virgilijus Valančius, team leader of the EU grant project (left to right)

This project was awarded in 2013 to a consortium led by JCI from France. It has a budget of roughly Euro 8.6 million. The project started at the beginning of October 2013 and has a term of 38 months. Apart from IRZ, further junior partners are the Polish and Lithuanian Ministries of Justice, as are CIVI.POL and ADETEF from France. The participating local partner is the "Centre for Political and Legal Reforms"

The project aims to establish a judicial reform strategy and an effective long-term coordination structure to improve cooperation between all those who are involved in Ukrainian judicial reform, as well as to put in place a corresponding action plan for the entire judicial sector. Furthermore, all decision-makers at state level, and authorities at national, regional and local level, are to be supported in implementing the reform legislation. The IRZ is involved in this process by providing a long-term expert in combating and preventing corruption, as well as short-term experts.

The long-term expert primarily provided support in establishing the capacity of the National Anticorruption Office in Ukraine (NABU) in the period under report. In addition to his daily advisory activities in this context,he carried out the following activities, amongst others:

  • Basic training in investigation techniques for 70 newly-appointed NABU investigators
  • Study trip to Finland for the management of NABU (including to the Finish office of the chief public prosecutor) on the topic of "Investigation proceedings and skimming off of assets, taking Finland as an example".


Funded by the European Union