Mr. Markus Jaeger, the Deputy Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Ukraine, Supervisor of the EU/CoE joint Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector Policy Development in Ukraine” held a meeting with Mr. Ihor Benedysyuk, the Chairman of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine, members of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine Mr. Mykola Gusak and Mr. Vadym Belyanevych, representatives of the secretariat of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine in Kyiv on 3 July 2015. The meeting was also attended by the Senior Project Officer of the EU/CoE joint Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector Policy Development in Ukraine” Ms. Olena Trapeznikova and Project Officer Ms. Olga Shevchenko.
During the meeting the participants discussed the proposals of the HCJU to the Work Plan of the Project and the priority areas of cooperation. Attention was also paid to the issues related to optimization of the institutional capacity of the High Council of Justice, the role of the HCJU in the legislative process with regard to legal acts related to the judiciary and the status of judges, the introduction of the functional immunity of judges, improvement of the criteria and procedures for a mechanism of accountability of judges as well as other functions of the HCJU on establishing the independent and efficient judiciary.
Ms. Olena Trapeznikova, the Senior Project Officer underlined, that the Project is ready to apply all available tools to provide assistance to Ukraine in the implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy for 2015 – 2020 including expert support and recommendations.