Civil ser­vice re­form key to mod­ern econ­omy, sta­ble democ­racy

A new era dawns on May 1, when Ukraine’s new civil ser­vice code takes ef­fect. The aims in­clude trim­ming ex­cess num­bers of poorly paid civil ser­vants and creat­ing con­di­tions de­cent pay and bet­ter per­for­mance.

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W hen­ever a coun­try chooses to trans­form it­self, and rid it­self of old, bad tra­di­tions, civil ser­vice re­form isn’t usu­ally some­thing that at the top of the "ur­gent to do" list.

How­ever, bor­ing as the topic is to the av­er­age An­driy, in my ex­pe­ri­ence it is the key to suc­cess­ful re­forms. No coun­try that has suc­cess­fully mor­phed from a post-soviet state into a mod­ern econ­omy and sta­ble democ­racy has man­aged it with­out car­ry­ing out civil ser­vice re­form.

It of­ten starts with trim­ming the enor­mous num­ber of civil ser­vants – who are poorly paid, mak­ing them search for other, il­le­gal sources of in­come. Then comes pro­ce­dural and

A demon­sra­tor with a suit­case of dol­lars and pock­ets bulging with cur­rency calls at­ten­tion to cor­rupt gov­ern­ment-busi­ness ties on Sept. 17, 2009 in Kyiv out­side the Min­istry of Health. (UNIAN)

Jan Tom­bin­ski

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