OKSANA KOLIADA: MVTOT WILL BE REORGANIZED, FUTURE MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION MIGHT BE HEADED BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Oksana Koliada has said that the Ministry would be reorganized and the future Ministry for Reintegration might be headed by the respective Deputy Prime Minister.
“We have managed to communicate the information about a huge scope of tasks, which lie in the area of responsibility of the entire Government and make the country’s top management understand that it should be separated into a bloc of tasks for a specific Ministry, which could be possibly headed by the respective Deputy Prime Minister. However, we understand that instead of reviving the Ministry for Occupied Territories we should change the paradigm and speak about the effective work of the Ministry for Reintegration. Our team is generating its suggestions and we will present them soon,” Koliada said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
She noted that the reintegration issues simply do not fit the functions of a single Ministry, even a merged one, as there is a need for cooperation between sectors.
“It does not mean that we worked ineffectively,” noted the Minister.
According to Koliada the Ministry is holding consultations in order to prepare for the break-up.
“It is very important for us to generalize and share our experience and best practices for the reboot of a new Ministry for reintegration,” said the Minister.
To a question on how the reorganization will look like technically, Koliada said that there are several options, including the abolition of the instruction to merge two Ministries.
“I will note again that the reality is constantly changing. The Ministry for the Occupied Territories in the format it was before our merge was a structure that works in firefighting mode. We need a fundamentally new approach and strategic vision. We need to be proactive and propose long-term solutions. Awareness of this was one of the results of the work of our team in this direction,” she noted.
However, Koliada said that for that moment she did not have information on who would head the future Ministry for the Occupied Territories after the break-up.
While commenting on the core idea of the merger of the Ministries, Minister said that “the logic was to classify the management processes and cut the expenditures on the Government staff.”
As reported, on August 29, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada approved the decision to create the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine; earlier there existed two Ministries: the Ministry for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Veterans Affairs. Oksana Koliada headed the new Ministry.
Later, Koliada said that she did not understand how one Ministry can work with two different auditoriums at the same time.
On January 17, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that it was necessary to break up some Ministries and ordered Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk to make proposals on several ministries, including the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.