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The Ukrainian people and the state are to have reliable and efficient special services

The Ukrainian people and the state are to have reliable and efficient special servicesOn May 23, 2018, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hosted a seminar on "Development of effective parliamentary control over the special services of Ukraine." The co-organizers, in addition to the Parliament, were the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces, the NATO Delegation to Ukraine, the EU Consultative Mission in Ukraine, the Administration of the President of Ukraine and the NSDСU apparatus.

The seminar was attended by people's deputies, international and Ukrainian experts on national security issues and representatives of intelligence agencies, the SSU and other law enforcement agencies.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy in an address to the participants of the seminar stressed that parliamentary and public control is an important element of the reform of the security and defense sector. He expressed conviction that the revised draft Law of Ukraine "On National Security" will be adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in the second decade of June this year.
The Ukrainian people and the state are to have reliable and efficient special services

European experts, namely, the heads of the partner intelligence services of their time, parliamentarians, heads of the NATO Delegation in Ukraine, the EU Consultative Mission in Ukraine and the Geneva Center shared the experience of European countries in implementing parliamentary and civilian oversight of security structures. A lively and constructive discussion, enriched with concrete proposals, took place in the format of Chatham House. What is possible to note, given the constraints dictated by this format, the considerations expressed by experts and people's elected representatives, if they are implemented, are also clear to other state and non-governmental institutions, will serve to increase the efficiency of the work of special services of Ukraine, to protect their operational structure, other forces and means of intelligence and counter-intelligence agencies and undoubtedly -minimize the risks of using special services of Ukraine for various illegal purposes.
The Ukrainian people and the state are to have reliable and efficient special services

Participants in the workshop were also informed by the people's elected representatives that after the adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On National Security" the turn of SSU reform would come. The only thing is to deprive the special service of non-specific functions: the fight against organized crime, corruption and the protection of the economy. Actually this is foreseen by the Concept of the Reform of the Security Service of Ukraine, prepared by the relevant working group of specialists and transferred to the NSDCU apparatus.
The Ukrainian people and the state are to have reliable and efficient special services

Petro Shatkovsky, MIA "Vector News"
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