SBU reinforces cooperation with international partners in reforming agency by European standards
The Security Service of Ukraine is renovated and reformed with support of foreign partners, European security structures, international democratic institutions, and civil society. It was accentuated by the Head of the Service Vasyl Hrytsak while presenting perspectives of the agency’s reformation to the participants of the 8th International Conference “Protection of Democratic Values and Compliance with Human Rights in the Activity of the Special Services”, that is taking place in the Ivan Franko Lviv National University.
The conference is held under the patronage of the president of Ukraine and upon the initiative of the Security Service. The event is participated by the leadership of the SBU, representatives of the National Institute of Strategic Studies under the president of Ukraine, Razumkov Center, NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, NATO Information and Documentation center in Ukraine, DCAF, security sector of Ukraine representatives, NGOs members, scientists, experts, as well as students and teachers of the Lviv University.
The greeting letter from the President of Ukraine P.Poroshenko underlines the importance of a full-scale dialog of the society with the security sector agencies of Ukraine, which became regular. “The issue of transformation of the security bodies, as well as identifying proper balance between compliance with human rights and providing state security needs regular discussions and decision making by special services and society”.
SBU Head Vasyl Hrytsak expressed gratitude for expert assistance of colleagues from the European Union, NATO member-states in difficult times of armed Russian aggression. “The SBU had to transform quickly into an effective combat special service. We managed to hold the flag high, save face, remain loyal to the oath, raised morale of our officers. We prevented instability in peaceful regions of the state, organized unmanned aviation, special operations units”.
According to Hrytsak, the Service is able to counteract separatism in different regions, illegal turnover of weapons, information war launched against Ukraine. The SBU is still purifying its ranks from traitors and corrupt officers.
“Apparently, aggressor’s plans go further than Ukrainian borders. We should be ready to offer resistance. Thus, the Service still has to be effective even in the process of reform and renovation. Bringing together experience and perception of the operational situation, we have to develop an authentic model of the Ukrainian special service. For certain, it should be in line with the European standards, based on principles of democracy, legitimacy”.
The Head of the Service highly appreciated cooperation in the framework of the International Advisory Group developing the ‘Draft Concept on the Security Service of Ukraine Reform’. The document lays foundations for reliable international partnership countering attempts to undermine the global security.
“The purpose of changes within the Security Service of Ukraine is strengthening of its capability to respond current external and domestic threats of national security, increased contribution to European and global security activities, specification of functions and powers, intensification of democratic civil control, gradual return to the normal security situation in all regions of our state,” – Hrytsak said.
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