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News

09 August 2019, 15:01

USAID RADA Programme launches a set of August trainings for newly elected MPs

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

 
USAID RADA Programme has started a series of trainings for newly elected members of parliament

On August 5, the RADA Programme launched its induction sessions for newly elected parliamentarians, which focused on various bearings of parliamentary activity.

In addition to the MPs, there took part in the trainings their assistants and officers of the parliament’s office.

For two days, the participants were getting acquainted with the legal framework and forms of parliamentarians’ work in the Verkhovna Rada and in their constituencies, their rights and duties, functions of their assistants. They became more familiar with the forms of interaction and cooperation of parliamentarians with voters and framing their work in electoral districts, as well as many other aspects of the work.

Considerable attention was paid during that induction session to supporting activities of the Verkhovna Rada, the work of the Verkhovna Rada Office and secretariats of parliamentary committees.

To work effectively, parliamentarians have to equip themselves with knowledge of the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the Rada regulations). The two-day (August 7-8) training was exclusively dedicated to the issue of the regulations.

The participants also studied mechanisms of parliamentary control over implementing the State Budget, learned the rules for preparation of parliamentary requests (interpellations) and applications, and also learned a lot about the forms of interaction of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the President, the Government and the public.

In August, the RADA Programme shall hold more training sessions for newly elected MPs.

Additional information on the RADA Programme induction sessions may be obtained here - https://bit.ly/315qxzT

The USAID Rada Programme is implemented by the East Europe Foundation with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

Worthy of note

 

About USAID RADA Programme

USAID RADA Programme: Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly was launched in November 2013, just before millions of Ukrainians took to the streets for what is presently known as the Revolution of Dignity.

The Programme's implementer is the East Europe Foundation, a Ukrainian non-profit organization, which joined forces with three other Ukrainian NGOs for the USAID RADA implementation: InterNews Ukraine, Agency for Legislative Initiatives, and Civil Network OPORA.

The goal set for USAID RADA is quite ambitious even for quiet times, let alone the times of political turmoil: "promote a representative, accountable and independent parliament – the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine."

The Programme's priority tasks include:

  • More effectively involve citizens in the legislative process through implementation of efficient tools for citizen (elector) communication, information and service provision;
  • Expand citizen participation in the monitoring of the parliament operation; and
  • Improve the effectiveness of independent parliamentary oversight of the executive branch.

To fulfill its tasks and achieve its goal, USAID RADA closely collaborates with Members of Parliament (MPs) and their aides, the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat (Office), civil society organizations, research institutions and individual Ukrainian and international experts, as well as the media. The Programme in particular:

  • Supports MPs in their efforts to set up effective collaboration with their constituencies and improve the quality of exercising their representative powers;
  • Promotes the initiatives of civic education and civil society monitoring of both the Verkhovna Rada and the MPs in order to increase their accountability to the electorate; and
  • Facilitates the strengthening of an independent legislative branch within the system of state authorities in Ukraine by increasing the efficiency of current parliamentary procedures.

In addition, USAID RADA works to address such important issues as citizen education, active involvement of the youth, public participation in policy making and implementation, and effective anti-corruption policy. A gender component is also among the Programme’s priority foci.