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The success of reforms depends on the people who implement them. That is why it is crucial that the best professionals come together to create a new quality of life in Ukraine.
The Reform Support Team at the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine (RST) represents one of the components of the Ukraine Reforms Architecture (URA) programme, an instrument developed jointly by the EBRD and the European Union. RST provides expert technical support to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in implementing priority reforms identified by the Government of Ukraine. Since 2016, the RST has been providing assistance to sectoral reforms in transport infrastructure of Ukraine as well as developing and integrating modern European standards and administrative principles via activities of Public Administration Reform (PAR).
The URA is supported by the EBRD’s Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account (MDA). Contributors to the MDA are Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, the largest donor.
RST experts work in close cooperation and coordination with civil servants.
The main tasks of the RST are:
- preparation and implementation of transport sector reform and development strategies;
- implementation of transport related projects;
- coordination of cooperation with EU experts, the Ministry of Infrastructure and stakeholders;
- attraction of investments to the transport sector.
The areas of support provided by RST members include:
Public Administration Reform
Making government work effectively is the goal of this reform. This includes enhancing the Ministry's human resources capacity to implement infrastructure reforms by introducing strategic planning and modern personnel management methods.
Railway Sector Reform
More so than any other mode of transportation, Ukraine’s railways are critical to the movement of freight and passengers and the overall economic success of the nation. This reform aims to harmonize Ukrainian railroad legislation and operational and administrative practices with EU directives and regulations, which Ukraine is obliged to implement by 31 October 2022. The ultimate goal of the reform is liberalization of the railway market, the introduction of a transparent and efficient tariff model in line with the EU acquis, the development and enhancement of the railway sector through the improvement of infrastructure and its interconnectivity with the international and Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
Road Sector Reform
The historically poor state of the nation’s road infrastructure has been the focus of attention at all levels of society. The aim of this reform is to improve road safety on Ukraine’s roads. This is done, in part, through the decentralization of the road sector and the establishment of the State Road Fund, approval of the medium-term Road Safety Strategy and the relevant Action Plan; making necessary amendments to the legislation to fulfill the tasks set, as well as the harmonization of national legislation with the European Union in accordance with the requirements of the EU Association Agreement, facilitation of road sector institutional reforms, division of functions and oversight to avoid conflict of interests, and capacity building of sector work force and management.
Maritime Sector Reform
Ukraine is a seafaring nation and the efficient operation of Ukrainian seaports is critical to the economic health of the nation. These maritime sector reforms focus on eliminating discrepancies identified in the findings of the International Maritime Organization audit of the Maritime Administration of Ukraine; enhancing operations of the recently established Maritime Administration (The State Service for Maritime and River Transport of Ukraine); analysis and review of the role, function and institutional structure of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority; introduction of public-private partnership projects in Ukrainian ports; and the development of relevant regulatory acts.
Inland Water Transport Reform
Returning the use of the Dnipro and other inland waterways as a major source of cargo transportation, to relieve the overuse of the nation’s roads by trucks has been a priority for the past few years. The RST’s focus in this area of reform involves the coordination of a variety of technical assistance projects that involve significant changes in transport logistics, including through the review of the system and the operation of inland waterways; review of the status, structure and legal jurisdictions of the organization and management of the sector; development of a new methodology of annual tariffs; developing an industry roadmap that will integrate Ukraine's role in the European Inland Waterway Network and focus on amending legislation to enhance the legal, organizational and financial changes that are required to revitalize this critical transport sector.
Aviation Sector Reform
The growth in the number of Ukrainians using the nation’s airports for business and leisure travel continues to increase annually. Providing enhanced air service throughout Ukraine is the main focus of this reform area. This includesconditions for attracting new air carriers, including low-cost carriers, to the Ukrainian market; creation of structures to provide cost competitive air transportation within Ukraine; development of regional airports under public-private partnerships; ensuring systematic incorporation into Ukrainian legislation of EU acts which are included in the list of acts defined in Annex 1 of the EU Common Aviation Area Agreement.
Sustainable Financing for Infrastructure Projects
Successful development of infrastructure in Ukraine requires reforms supporting sustainable financing of infrastructure projects through the attraction of grants, International Financial Institutions loans and private investment to modernize transport infrastructure, including through the use of public-private partnerships.
The RST has worked together with the Ministry towards the successful adoption and implementation of the National Transport Strategy 2030 and the NTSU 2030 Action Plan and harmonization of Ukrainian legislation with EU law in accordance with the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.