October 24, 2019
Kyiv, Ukrain,Premier Palace Hotel, Premier Hall
The role of good regulatory practices (grp) as a key element in strengthening the regulatory system in ukrainian food & agricultural sector workshop.
The workshop aims to continue strengthening the capacity of agricultural trade associations and other stakeholders in Ukraine to participate in the rulemaking process by learning how impact assessments can assist in quantifying the costs and impacts of proposed changes to draft SPS legislation. For the first time in Ukraine, US Department of Agriculture representatives shared their experience of operating a regulatory system and approaches to good regulatory practice that serve well-defined public policy goals and ensure the effective functioning of government regulators.
Knowledge Sharing and Outreach: The joint initiative of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and BRIDGES allowed to conduct the fourth event following a December 2018 USDA-sponsored study tour program to the United States, titled "The Role of Trade Associations in Engaging Government and Promoting Members' Interests via SPS Transparency Disciplines," where Ukrainian officials and the representatives of the business sector met to communicate EU standards and regulations to promote Ukraine's trade process. The following events united business and government officials from Ukraine, USA, Poland and Georgia for two round table discussions and a business forum on Ukraine's approximation with the EU legislation and the interaction between the government and the private sector on the procedures for submitting comments on the SPS measures of the WTO member countries, where these measures constitute trade barriers.

On the first day of the workshop, October 24th, the main focus was on the role of Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) as a tool to improve the quality and effectiveness of drafting domestic regulations; and risk-based regulatory impact assessments as a sub-set of GRPs and a form of good regulatory practice a government can adopt to improve domestic rulemaking, conduct better analysis to achieve improved economic efficiency, transparency and accountability.
Robin Gray, Agricultural Attaché, FAS-Kyiv, Ukraine and Lina Dotsenko, CEO of the BRIDGES, welcomed the participants, stressing the tremendous importance of such meetings in terms of Ukraine – EU Approximation Process.

Jay Mitchell, APHIS, USDA presented on the use of key GRPs through a "whole of government" approach along the lines of the 2012 OECD report entitled 2012 Recommendation of the Council of the OECD on Regulatory Policy and Governance This is a "system approach" to address policy priorities through supportive structures and coordination (among agencies within a government and also among governments).
Jay's presentation encouraged the audience to discuss the regulatory Policy in Ukraine, from both government and business representatives.

It was followed by the presentation of Troy Hillier, ORACBA office of USDA with Economic and risk impact assessment as part of good regulatory practices. The presentation included two parts: the first part focused on the overall role of USDA in rulemaking process, ORACBA office responsibilities and functions and the role of risk and economics in regulatory decision making and Risk Assessment at USDA. The second part of the presentation presented a hypothetical case study to illustrate how to conduct a regulatory impact assessment.
Ukrainian experts Anatoliy Miroshnychenko, Ph.D, professor, legal expert and Volodymyr Dubrovsky, in their presentations covered a legal and economic impact assessment of the Ukrainian "Law on the Environmental Impact", #2059 VII dated May 23, 2017 that presented a case study on how analysis can assist decision makers to assess costs associated with different regulations and laws.

Olha Hvozdyova, Head of the analytical department, Export Promotion Office of Ukraine (EPO) talked about the cooperation of Ukrainian business and Office of Export Promotion Office in entering international markets. Her presentation outlined the most recent and urgent issues faced by the Ukrainian producers today, as well as services offered by the EPO.