The URA Programme is a comprehensive technical assistance programme deployed by the EBRD jointly with the EU in 2016, following numerous requests from the Government of Ukraine for urgent support with implementation of key reforms in Ukraine. It is financed from the Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account (MDA*), managed by the EBRD.
URA Programme is a holistic mechanism for stimulating systemic change in Ukraine’s public institutions and improving the business climate in the country.
The overall objective of URA Programme is to achieve higher quality and improved efficiency of Public Administration in Ukraine, which offers transparent and predictable decision-making processes, inclusive and sustainable public dialogue, reduced corruption and most importantly favourable investment climate.
The URA Programme is composed of two mutually reinforcing components:
The Reforms Delivery Office (RDO) of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine provides assistance to the Government of Ukraine in designing and implementing the country's priority reforms.
Reform Support Teams (RSTs) currently embedded in eight Ministries and agencies to manage the implementation of sectoral reforms. RSTs are groups of Ukrainian experts, hired from outside the public administration, with the overall objective of facilitating implementation of key reforms and establishing a new generation of reform-oriented Ukrainian citizens motivated to enter public service in support of processes of change and modernization of Government at all levels. They provide targeted, temporary expert support to assist Ministries and agencies in the design and implementation of priority sectoral reforms and restructuring of the Ministries/Agencies themselves.
Currently, RSTs work in the following institutions:
- Ministry of Finance
- Ministry of Economy
- Ministry of Communities and Territories Development
- Ministry of Infrastructure
- Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources
- Ministry of Education and Science
- State Agency of Automobile Roads (Ukravtodor)
- State Customs Service
* Contributors to the MDA are Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, the largest donor.