On September 28 and 30, within the framework of the project “Parliamentary Accountability of the Security Sector in Ukraine” (PASS Ukraine), we conducted trainings for the staff of the secretariats of the Verkhovna Rada Committees.
A series of online meetings was devoted to the exchange of experiences between the staff of the Secretariat of the Law Enforcement Committee and the Secretariat of Ukraine’s Integration into the European Union Committee and the clerks of the House of Commons of Canada on:
- Filling vacancies in the secretariats of parliamentary committees
- Interaction of MPs with employees of secretariats of parliamentary committees
At the first meeting, on September 28, the central issue was the organizational structure and administrative support of the House of Commons – types and kinds of positions of committee members and their roles, interaction with the head and MPs of the committee, the process of selection and evaluation of candidates: criteria, tools, etc.
On September 30, the focus shifted to organizing the work of the House of Commons committees – planning and prioritizing the distribution of tasks, how chairmen and members of committees interact and work, what are the ethical limitations of this interaction, and how to prevent and counteract the manifestations of misconduct among members of parliament.
Such projects make it possible to create a platform for exchanging views and experiences between the staff of the parliaments of Ukraine and Canada, which helps improve the work of the secretariats of the Verkhovna Rada Committees. Therefore, we will not stop there and continue holding similar events and deepening cooperation with Canadian partners.
The Parliamentary Accountability of the Security Sector in Ukraine (PASS Ukraine) project is a joint project of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives and the Parliamentary Center (Canada), supported by the Canadian Ministry of International Affairs under the Peacebuilding and Stabilization Program (PSOPs) and in partnership with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.