The Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration has got a Director-General. Natalia Forsiuk was appointed its Head, according to the European Integration portal. The Office has been working without a manager since 2019.
The task of this body is to provide organizational, expert and analytical, as well as information support for the government's activities in the field of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, noted that the Office is actually the only institution "the political course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine is being implemented" through.
"Considering the ambitious agenda of Ukraine-EU relations that we have declared and the large scope of work on the path of integration into NATO, the Director-General is entrusted with a great responsibility. The government and I personally look forward to urgently increasing the capacity and efficiency of the government office, as well as to quickly and efficiently filling vacancies in the staff of this entity. I am sure that Natalia Forsiuk, as an experienced European integrator, is quite capable of coping with these challenges," the Deputy Prime Minister added.
Who is Natalia Forsiuk
Natalia Forsiuk holds a law degree and has a supervisory experience in the business sector, international projects and programs (Infrastructure and cities for economic development, UNDP "Public sector Transparency and Integrity", Transparent Roads project).
In 2016, Forsiuk became the Head of the UK's Infrastructure Transparency Initiative in Ukraine (CoST International). After that, she worked as an Adviser at the Ministry of Infrastructure, then took the post of Deputy Minister for European Integration there. On June 2, she was dismissed from her last position.
Context. Recently, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy predicted that without Ukraine there would be no strong European Union, and the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) would "lose" from this. He stated that if our country was not admitted to these unions, Russia would get stronger.
On September 1, Zelenskyy and Biden held talks in Washington. According to the Ukrainian President, his colleague supports accession to NATO, but this decision depends not only on him.
In June, NATO Spokesperson James Appathurai stated at the Kyiv Security Forum that the alliance's partners were ready to enhance cooperation with Ukraine.