On July 20, Oleksandr Danyliuk met US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Head of the EU Representative Office in Ukraine Hugue Mingarelli, head of the technical mission of the IMF department for taxes and budget Peter Barrant and director for cooperation at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine Carim Marcos to disucss the project of the comprehensive reform of the State Fiscal Service.
The Ukrainian Minister of Finance expressed his thanks for the support and partnership to the representatives of the USAID, U.S. Treasury, EDGE and the European Commission.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the progress of the reform; the Minister of Finance of Ukraine stressed the importance of creating the independent Supervisory Board for the SFS reform which shall monitor the reform implementation and prioritize further steps.
Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk pointed out that necessary resources and efforts of international experts must be consolidated at all levels to implement effective changes at the SFS.
US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Head of the EU Representative Office in Ukraine Hugue Mingarelli and director for cooperation at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine Carim Marcos stressed the relevance of the comprehensive SFS reform and expressed their readiness to provide full support to its implementation.
Head of the technical mission of the IMF department for taxes and budget Peter Barrant said that the SFS reform will take several years but it is important to start it now as well as to determine its priority areas.
The reform will be implemented by the Ministry of Finance and the SFS with the support of experts from an international consulting company as well as representatives of the EU, USA, Canada and the EBRD.
The project will have three levels:
The first level is the Supervisory Board which includes representatives of government agencies from the countries of the West, international organizations and funds (US Treasury, IMF, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Government of Canada, Ministry of Finance of Germany, US Customs and Border Protection as well as representatives of the EU). The Supervisory Board coordinates the project, approves objectives and monitors the project implementation.
The second level is the Steering Committee whose members are senior officials of the Minister of Finance and the State Fiscal Service. The Steering Committee will be meeting once a week to discuss the reform implementation process. It sets priorities, tasks and settles differences.
The third level is the Reform Implementation Group whose members are representatives of the Ministry of Finance, State Fiscal Service, IMF, reform support teams at the Ministry of Finance and SFS as well as international advisors and experts. This group will be ensuring the practical implementation of changes in different areas including audit, customer service, legal compliance, build-up of internal processes at the SFS etc.