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News

07 February 2020, 09:47

V.Shtuchnyi, Bertram von Moltke (FRG) meet to boost collaboration of both parliaments

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

“Ukraine and Germany will certainly step up their inter-parliamentary cooperation,” – Viacheslav Shtuchnyi, Chief of Staff of the Verkhovna Rada

On February 6, VRU Chief of Staff Viacheslav Shtuchnyi met with Bertram von Moltke, Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine.

Conducting internship programmes for students and professionals in parliaments of both of the countries, studying and generalizing the European experience and mainstreaming best practices into the Verkhovna Rada’s work were well at the heart of deliberations of the officials.

According to the Chief of Staff, in 2020 the whole Rada’s apparatus is expected to undergo sweeping in-house transformations to noticeably improve its efficiency. The officer also clued up that the immediate plans are to reshape the structure, to reform the organizational units and to set up a training center and a research service.

“It is of utmost importance to constantly increase the professional level of the staff, to study and put into practical use best European and world‘s experience. That is why inter-parliamentary cooperation with Germany will surely promote the efficacy of reforming the apparatus,” Viacheslav Shtuchnyi underlined.

Now it’s four years as young people from Germany have been undertaking traineeships at the Ukrainian parliament. This was made possible by signing in 2017 of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine and NGO "League of Interns".

“Apparently, it’s high time to start a similar internship programme for Ukrainian students and our apparatus employees at the German Bundestag.  This would visibly intensify the inter-parliamentary cooperation between Ukraine and Germany,” a suggestion from VRU Chief of Staff came.

Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine Bertram von Moltke did back the above initiative, having then qualified that this year is the first year when the internship programme is to be budgeted centrally - and not sponsored as before.

In closing of the meeting, the parties agreed to continue and expand their cooperation, in particular to the extent of launching traineeships for parliamentary staff of both countries.