Features - Ukraine
Spending, European style: What stands in the way of transparent Ukrainian municipal budgets?
By Sergiy Sydorenko Dnipro, Ukraine - "If only budget funds were spent as transparently in our country as in Europe!" It’s a phrase we’ve all heard before: whenever you put the question on social networks, everyone is willing to support an initiative that would...
Money from Brussels - target or tool? How Ukraine should not lose EU aid
Op-ed by Sergiy Sydorenko In early 2012, a scandal flared up in Ukraine. The European Union announced the suspension of sectoral aid, which for the previous 15 years had been granted to Kyiv. Diplomats informally explained: Brussels had a reason to believe that the European grant in...
With high water comes high responsibility
When disaster strikes, it is usually too late to prepare for it and the only thing left to do is deal with the consequences. Disasters are best dealt with when citizens, rescue services and volunteers can cooperate with each other, because the behaviour and participation of individuals are key to em...
Ukraine - Fairy tales to heal family wounds
They came from orphanages, foster families and deprived backgrounds. Twenty eight teenagers from four different countries gathered in the coastal village of Koblevo, Ukraine, for a ten-day workshop aimed at helping them overcome their uneasiness, teaching them the social skills they need to live and...
Directors across borders
Even though art is considered to stand above time and politics, history proves that it needs to adapt to major social change. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the cinema industry in all Eastern Partnership countries - including Armenia - was left with Soviet traditions and without Soviet fund...
A pearl of world heritage is back on the map
The ancient Greek city of Chersonese, which overlooks modern Sevastopol in Crimea, is back on the world’s heritage maps. For two thousand years the colony founded by Dorian Greeks was the major political, economic and cultural centre of the northern Black Sea region. It survived across the cen...
Interview with Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni – EU and Council of Europe combine strengths to help eastern neighbours consolidate reforms
The European Union has already for some time been supporting political and democratic transformation in its eastern neighbourhood through the unique expertise of the Council of Europe (CoE). The latest example is the Eastern Partnership Facility, an instrument that helps partner countries to bring t...
Mayors pushing for more energy efficiency
Ukraine is effectively the leader of the Covenant of Mayors movement outside the European Union, with Ukrainian mayors increasingly committed to local sustainable energy. As many as twenty five Ukrainian cities have already become signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, the EU initiative bringing to...
EuropeAid feature: Rural wholesale markets in Ukraine - directly from the farmer to the consumer
Agriculture is the main source of income for the majority of Ukraine’s rural population. Producers usually sell their goods at poorly organised and often unlicensed wholesale markets, most of which are seasonal. Moreover, producers tend to use outdated technologies for storing and transporting...
EuropeAid feature: Peace and capacity building - EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine
Effective border management should facilitate, not hinder, trade and contacts across borders. The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005, after a joint request made by Presidents of Moldova and Ukraine. It was a response to smuggling and other illicit cross-...
The Danube Wreath Festival: Noah’s Arc Odessa Style
Pottery and weaving, embroidery and beadwork, blacksmiths’ works and rag dolls – but also dancing and cooking… From this year on, the 130 nationalities living in the Odessa border area have one more place where they can showcase their crafts, display the products of their extraord...
To handle football fans border guards learn English
Ukraine is getting ready for Euro 2012, and its border guards are happily back in class. On April 2011 a very special English course started in the port city of Odessa: 150 hours of intensive study were offered to border inspectors with little or no knowledge of English. Such sessions will be held i...
“Don’t litter, it’s a sin” Even the Church goes Green
In the battle to raise environmental awareness, Church and children are strong allies of the Ukrainian authorities. The waste management problem is acute in some regions, and an overall strategy for ecological education as well as illegal waste disposal has been put in place. The government is suppo...
From skiers to cyclists: BikeLand is transforming the Ukrainian Carpathians
Two years ago, people in Yaremche, Western Ukraine, started thinking about an alternative to the traditional skiing, and borrowed the idea of bicycle tourism from Europe. Several enthusiasts - supported by a Cross Border Cooperation programme funded by the EU to the tune of €512,000 - decided ...
Managing water resources
Why does water stop running from the tap? Sometimes it is because it just stops flowing in the river. In order to prevent this from happening, the EU has developed its Water Framework Directive, which is aimed at restoring rivers in their original state. And because water does not have any boundar...
EUBAM feature - Cross border football
Two days, with teams from the Moldovan and Ukrainian Customs and Border Guard Services, the Romanian border police, the Odessa Law academy, Odessa regional authorities, FRONTEX, Management of the Southern Regional Directorate of State Border Guard Service and EUBAM, the EU-funded EU Border...
Carbon footprints leading into the future
Everyone seems to agree that coordinated international efforts are needed to tackle climate change. The task now is to translate this conviction into real actions. Countries have to develop climate change strategies, get their citizens and industries interested in energy saving clea...
Saving the Black Sea
The Black Sea countries have long exploited ample resources of the sea they share. Over time, pollution, coastal development and overfishing undermined the unique ecosystem. The SCBSea project contributes to the sustainable development of the Black Sea Basin by preventing and reducing the input of...
Civil Society - Consumer Society and Citizen Networks
The Consumer Society and Citizen Networks project (CSCN) is a joint initiative of the European Union and UNDP started in 2006. Its goal is to increase civil society's role in sound economic governance in Ukraine according to the European standards. Specifically CSCN aims at promoting access of cit...
Migration and asylum - Capacity Building of Migration Management (CBMM)
The EU is supporting Ukraine's efforts to restructure its migration management approach that includes the operational framework related to the detention of irregular migrants. Within the framework of the EU-Ukraine Readmission Agreement, ratified by Ukraine on 15 January 2008, Ukraine was given a 2 ...
Nuclear Safety - Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF)
The Chernobyl Shelter Fund is a major project to cope with the consequences of the 1986 accident. It aims at making the site environmentally safe. The European Community has so far provided €190.4 million to the Fund, representing roughly 35% of the original estimated cost of the...
Eastern Partnership – Questions and Answers
1. Why is the EU proposing the Eastern Partnership? Because the time is ripe to step up our relations with our Eastern neighbours. Events in the countries in Eastern Europe and in the Southern Caucasus affect the EU. Successive EU enlargements have brought these countries closer to the EU and...
Sustainable Integrated Land Use of the Eurasian Steppes
The steppe is a rare ecosystem; one of the rarest in Europe. It is sustained by insects, large animals, fire and the local climate. The last century saw the reduction of large animals and fire. Now the steppe needs to be stabilised through a combination of agricultural management and nature conserva...
European Union Border Assistance Mission
Borders are a vital tool in promoting a safe environment in which trade and people to people contacts can flourish. Effective border management should facilitate, not hinder, trade and contacts across borders. The European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) was established by the EU at the join...
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