New instruments for restoration of violated rights were presented in the Office of Ombudsman

06/11/2018 18:13

Presentation of recommendations regarding improving the existing or employing new instruments for restoration of violated rights took place at the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

During the last almost two years, Twinning Ombudsman experts, together with the representatives of the Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, conducted a large-scale analysis of the current system of human rights protection and opportunities to improve it, using the best practices of the European Union.

Based on the conclusions, the members of the working group developed, in particular, an innovative document - the Code of good administrative behaviour.

During its presentation, Ausra Raulickyte, Permanent Head of the Twinning Project, noted that the main goal of the document was to clarify the content of the right to an effective administration.

Following her words, the Code is important for the Ombudsman when examining whether there has been a violation: based on its provisions, the Commissioner will exercise control functions. The document is a useful guide for public authorities and officials that encourage application of high standards of administration. For the society – it is a source of information that demonstrates standards of conduct which people are entitled to expect during their interaction with administrative bodies.

The Code of good administrative behaviour applies to all public authorities and officials, civil servants and other employees of the budgetary area in Ukraine.

During the round table, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Liudmyla Denisova expressed her sincere gratitude to the experts for the prepared recommendations. According to her, they are indeed relevant and important for the institution of the Ombudsman.

"The implementation of the amicus curiae mechanism is very acute, since the Commissioner often receives requests to provide independent legal expertise on particular issues. Therefore, it is important for the Ombudsman's Office to act as an independent arbitrator or as a third party in dispute settlement and to produce relevant legal conclusions ", – emphasized Mrs. Liudmyla Denisova.

During the meeting, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Augustinas Normantas, noted the professionalism of the team of the Secretariat of the Commissioner for Human Rights.

He emphasized that the Ombudsman should have the statutory powers of control over the proper performance of the functions by state bodies.

"In 2004, the Lithuanian legislation laid down a norm that allowed the Ombudsman to monitor the proper duty performance by state institutions. Today, the percentage of implementation of the recommendations of the Ombudsman by officials increased from 68% to 95%, which indicates the effectiveness of the Ombudsman's mandate, which we suggested to Ukrainian colleagues ", - said Mr. Normantas. 

The participants also discussed the drafts of legislative proposals on the data protection and access to public information, on mediation as an instrument for the restoration of violated rights, as well as recommendations for specific procedures for effective monitoring of the compliance with legislation on the disclosure of public procurement information by relevant parties.