11:48 26.12.2015

NATO initiates formation of working groups for bringing Ukraine's army in line with its standards

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NATO initiates formation of working groups for bringing Ukraine's army in line with its standards

The working groups proposed by NATO for devising detailed plans to align the Ukrainian Armed Forces to NATO standards will be formed in 2016, Andriy Zahorodniuk, head of the project office for reform, told the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's reform council on Friday.

Zahorodniuk said that the e-procurement project will be extended in 2016, with plans to introduce automatic control systems across the ministry and widen the military rations experiment, the defense ministry said on its website on Friday.

"The process of how the state procurement department operates is being fully reviewed. Together with the Ernst & Young, it will start operating according to the Western standards. Jointly with the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] we are developing a system for methodical control over the Armed Forces, civilian control that will be launched from the first quarter next year," the official said.

Zahorodniuk also talked about the opening of centers that will provide services to the military personnel. The system of army recruitment offices will be re-oriented to address the needs and problems of the personnel, he said.

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