The OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine (PCU) was established following OSCE Permanent Council Decision no. 295 of 1 June 1999, and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 13 July 1999, ratified by the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine on 10 February 2000.
According to the MoU, the PCU's activities consist of the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects between the OSCE and its institutions, and the relevant Ukrainian authorities. Such projects may cover all aspects of OSCE activities and may involve governmental as well as non-governmental bodies. Under the MoU, all projects are approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Ukrainian Government.
The purpose of the new co-operative system between the OSCE and the Ukrainian authorities is to support the country in adapting legislation, structures and processes to the requirements of a modern democracy.
The Office strives to promote OSCE principles and commitments through the implementation of projects. It aims to foster co-operation and understanding with Ukrainian authorities in view of strengthening Ukraine's social and political integration in the OSCE area.