“The bill №4370-1 is the one that actually destroys the civil service reform, which was laid by the Verkhovna Rada. This is a big step backwards. Unfortunately, today under the pressure of the Presidential Administration the Verkhovna Rada adopted it.
Under the current law “On civil service”, selection of officials of “A” category is carried out by the Commission on senior civil servants. This Commission is open and transparent, it is composed of many members of the public and scientific community.
Following the amendments introduced by the adopted today law almost all officials that are appointed by the President won’t be selected by this Commission anymore, instead they will be formally selected and proposed by the Commission at the Presidential Administration.
The author of the bill is the representative of the President in the Verkhovna Rada, Mr. Herasymov. He justifies the need for such changes with the fact that at present there are so many vacancies of chairmen of district state administrations, therefore, the entire vertical is damaged, and the country is at war now. Firstly, this is not an argument, since even before the law came into force, there had been just as many vacancies and no one filled them.
Secondly, during consideration in the relevant committee we proposed a compromise: to level down the chairmen of regional state administrations to the “B” category, so that they can be elected by commissions at the regional state administrations. They argued that this should be done under no circumstances almost calling this measure federalization. Introduction of amendments to the Constitution according to which regional councils and executive committees must be elected is democratic, but when it comes to recruitment, they call it federalization. How come?
For me this is a failure to realize that we need to recruit qualified staff. In the Presidential Administration they are concerned about different things thought: they think how to assign the right, loyal people who will carry out all the instructions that will be given to them.
Of course, we could not agree with this and voted “against”, Liubomyr Zubach, MP from “Samopomich”, a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government, commented on the voting.