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ESTABLISHMENT OF NATO-UKRAINE PARTNERSHIP NETWORK FOR CIVIL SOCIETY EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE NATO-UKRAINE JOINT WORKING GROUP ON DEFENCE REFORM (JWGDR)

  1. Ukrainian side supports the Initiative on establishment of a NATO-Ukraine Partnership Network for Civil Society Expertise Development, presented and discussed at the meeting of the JWGDR reinforced by representatives of Allies’ and Ukrainian NGOs held on 28-30 June 2006 in Krakow, and states its readiness for practical realization of this project in order to implement more actively Euro-Atlantic cooperation principles in Ukrainian defence and security sectors.
  2. The National Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine has been appointed as state authorities’ official Point of contact in the Network under the JWGDR. Since 2003 this consultative body under the President of Ukraine is taking an active part in strategic planning process and realization of general state policy of Ukraine on preparation to joining NATO, including issues of public awareness about:
    • Alliance as a system of collective security;
    • Inevitability and advantageous of defence and security sector reforming for society;
    • Current situation and perspectives of mutual cooperation.
  3. NATO-Ukraine Civic League was determined as a leading NGO which suppose to play an active role in establishing the Network and promoting its activities among civil society groups in Ukraine, especially, among security sector personnel. League established in 2003 and unites 69 NGOs in all the regions of Ukraine and has a great experience in the sphere of public information about implementation of state defence and security policy.
  4. In order to enhance an interagency cooperation between state authorities and civil society institutions it is planned to continue improvement of legislation in this sphere. In particular, it would be assistance in development and adoption of the “Concept on state and civil society institutions cooperation” as well as draft Law “On openness and transparency of executive and local government bodies”. Such steps are included to annual NATO-Ukraine Target Plan 2006 in the framework of NATO-Ukraine Action Plan.
  5. Open-door format of the Network is essential in the context of its future enlargement through involvement of experts from Ukraine, NATO and Allies-supporters, NGOs, think tanks and advisory bodies responsible for defence and security issues.


    Ukrainian side is planning to invite representatives of NGOs and experts from NATO member-states who will be interested in contribution to this project to participate in IV Assembly of NATO-Ukraine Civic League which currently planned to be held in January 2007. According to its agenda it is planned, in particular, to discuss the draft of the Network establishing and functioning Concept, Working plan (annual working program), mechanisms of providing practical actions and supporting resources.

  6. Wide involvement to the practical cooperation of Civil Collegiums which are to be created under the ministries and governmental agencies of security and defence sector in Ukraine in order to develop civil society expertise and establish civil democratic control over the State military organization will be launched within the framework of these Network activities.
    Establishing of the permanent agencies of the Network in Ukrainian regions in order to increase effectiveness of public information about security and defence issues seems to be fundamentally important.
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