Helping vulnerable families grow healthy
Growing more healthy crops sounds simple enough, but for several displaced families in Armenia’s Ararat province with no agricultural knowledge or experience, this hardly seemed like an attainable goal. However, thanks to the EU funded Rural Income Generation project, since 2011 a number of re...
We have a big fire here, we need help
There has been a major accident at a chemical plant in Belarus, and forest fires are raging through the region. Neither Belarus nor Ukraine can cope with the disaster alone, rescuers are badly needed to face the emergency: so Belarus is now asking for help... Fortunately the event is not real, it is...
Moldovan honey conquering the EU market
Honey is one of the few Moldovan products that is steadily increasing its share of the European market. The country produces around 4-5,000 tons of honey annually. Experts are convinced that within a short period Moldova can at least double its honey production and exports. An EU Neighborhood ...
‘Silk Wind’ train: next stop, the future
It’s a high-speed container block train, which will allow cargo transportation from China to Southern Europe via the shortest possible route. It’s the ‘Silk Wind’ train, and once all the infrastructural projects that surround it are completed, it will be possible to go from w...
Azerbaijan - Wasting less to gain more
What does it mean for a company to invest in advisory services? The Baku-based Sama furniture plant has transformed its business and established a sound management system with clear duties and job descriptions, ad hoc departments, transport and delivery planning and much more. Thanks to the Bu...
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...
A chance of a future in your own country
In Moldova, less than 40% of the people are employed in their own country: a shortage of jobs and low salaries force Moldovans to look for work elsewhere. An EU-supported project provides information and gives qualified Moldovan migrants and students the opportunity to return home and to reintegrate...
Photo Youth – the art of crossing borders
Taking pictures to overcome the borders of their disability: hundreds of disadvantaged children have joined the PhotoYouth project, a cross-border initiative implemented between Russia and Latvia. This EU-funded initiative has brought together 250 young photographers and 50 teachers from 22 correcti...
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...
Cutting down on energy costs? Yes, you can
The old wooden windows were replaced, a new steam boiler was installed, and even the light bulbs were changed. New, modern equipment was also purchased. At lonel, the largest clothes producer in Moldova, the innovations did not only result in a direct reduction of energy consumption. They also incre...
The road to the European market
The economic development of the European Union’s neighbours is of interest both to those countries and to the EU itself. But business environments and practices in the EU and in its neighboring countries to the east are not the same. An EU-funded project is facilitating investments and ec...
A cultural route from Castle to Castle
For centuries, European rulers have lined their borders with fortresses and castles. Over the years, their usage has changed, and people now tend to visit them, not looking for shelter from the enemy, but as tourists eager to learn about their history. In 2011, Finland and Russia agreed t...
How to improve your business…
Having someone point out exactly what you are doing wrong and what they think you can be doing better, is never easy to take. Business advisory services are all about building a relationship with a company based on trust and mutual understanding, to the point that an otherwise complete stranger, the...
Citizens want their public spaces back
In post-Soviet countries urban spaces are being radically transformed. Everything related to the socialist past has been renamed, ranging from streets to monuments. And every urban space has been filled with commercial activities. The centre of Yerevan today is the epitome of this free market &lsquo...
Let's meet Europe on the bus
“Can you name three European Union countries?” Even a quiz is proposed to visitors hopping on board the yellow-starred blue bus touring Georgia. The Mobile Information Centre is a new initiative of the EU Delegation: a bus touring all regions trying to bring to ordinary citizens a very c...
Adapting steel to conquer the Arctic
Steel is mostly used at temperatures above -20ºС. But what about icebreakers and cargo boats sailing in Arctic regions? And how can you build oil drilling rigs and gas and oil pipelines at temperatures as low as -60°? Russian and European scientists are joining forces to develop new ...
Renewable energy Promoting Renewable Energies in Moldova
The Republic of Moldova is one of the few countries in the region which almost entirely depends on imported fuels. The dependency on external energy sources leads to high energy prices and large debts to foreign suppliers. Moldova has great potential to produce energy from its own renewable sources,...
Waste: from dumping to recycling
The first step was to produce an inventory of all the refuse dumps in southern Moldova. The next step was to close down the most hazardous ones and modernise those that could continue to be used. At the same time an extensive awareness campaign was launched… As a result, in the last two years...
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-...
Returning rivers to the fish
Major changes to river ecosystems brought aboutby mankindover the years have had a negative impact on nature’s biodiversity.Rivers have suffered immensely from timber rafting, the construction of various hydraulic facilities, intensive navigation and agriculture. Populations of migratory fish ...
Providing a home for my baby
In Ekaterinburg, every three days or so, a young mother abandons her child after birth, leaving him or her behind in the maternity ward. The key problem is always the same. There is a shortage of temporary residences where lonely, needy and often adolescent mothers can take refuge, pull themselves t...
Chisinau working hard to protect itself from flooding
The capital of Moldova, Chisinau, is surrounded by seven hills. Every time there is heavy rain, powerful streams of water rush towards the city centre. The storm sewage system in the city was built in the mid-twentieth century and has never been seriously cleaned up or repaired in the last twenty ye...
The shield of the law against the menace of war
They have faced the threat of military conflict in recent years and they know what war means for people, for cultural heritage and for humanity. Two cities, Byblos in Lebanon and Mtskheta in Georgia, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, have recently had to cope with military conflict wreaki...
Preserving a natural wonder
Lake Sevan has been fighting an uphill battle to cope with the problem of pollution for decades. Untreated sewage from towns and villages scattered along its borders has been flowing directly into the basin of this high-altitude natural wonder, creating a serious environmental problem. Sewage networ...
Regional Information and Communication Programme
The Regional Information and Communication Programme, which runs 2011 to 2014 with a total budget of 14 million euro, aims to improve knowledge of the European Union and its neighbourhood policy. The programme contributes to greater understanding of EU policies and highlights cooperation act...
Crumbling avant-garde buildings being given a new lease of life
The fate of dozens of Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde buildings dating back to the 1920s and 1930 is today hanging in the balance. They are often crumbling, generally in a dilapidated state. And yet some of them, such as the Shukhov Tower and Gorky Park in Moscow, are real masterpieces of early So...