STRENGTHENING THE UKRAINIAN OMBUDSPERSON INSTITUTION: RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING CHANGES TO THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK GOVERNING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE OMBUDSPERSON
Lithuanian and Austrian experts presented recommendations regarding changes to the legal framework governing the activities of the Ombudsperson. Recommendations aim at improving the national regulatory and legal frameworks taking as an example best EU practices in the human rights area.
The round table brought together Twinning experts, representatives of Ukrainian Parliament, government institutions and civil society, as well as experts from European and international projects. Based on a thorough problem analysis, the recommendations range from the role of the Ombudsperson as promoter of good administration to the Ombudsperson’s competences in the areas of data protection, antidiscrimination and access to public information. The results of the project experts work will contribute to the development of the new Law “On the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights”.
“If implemented properly these recommendations will significantly improve the capacity of the Office of the Parliament Commissioner and the situation in the sphere of human rights protection in Ukraine”, pointed out Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, when opening the discussion.
Recommendations were developed in the framework of the EU funded Ombudsman Twinning Project. This EU project assists with strengthening the effectiveness of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson institution. It started in January 2017 and will be implemented over a period of 24 months by Lithuanian and Austrian human-right-protection-related institutions.
Recommendations are available at www.twinning-ombudsman.org/library/studies-recommendatio/