The Ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine, Jan Tombiński, together with French Ambassador Alain Remy and Croatian Ambassador Tomislav Vidošević, will open a photo exhibition entitled “Homo Urbanus Europeanus” on May 14. The event is the official launch of European Cultural Week in Kyiv.
Andrew Rasbash, Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Ukraine, talked to Ukrainian students during EU Study Days, an education programme on European studies launched by the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
On April 26, the European Union announced a new call for proposals to support Ukraine’s regional development policy. Through the call for proposals regional and local authorities shall be provided with an additional budget to implement priorities and objectives as defined in the regional development strategies of their respective regions.
The new law on access to public information pushes local authorities throughout Ukraine to create the conditions within which citizens can fully exercise their rights. However, today the majority of small city councils still lack the highly-skilled professionals and technical equipment necessary to put the new legislation in practice.
In one of his final acts as Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Moldova and Ukraine, Mr Udo Burkholder presented on April 16 details of EUBAM’s annual report (December 2011 – November 2012) to members of the Mission’s Advisory Board. Mr Burkholder will retire at the end of May.
Since the Chernobyl accident, the EU has been working to cope with the aftermath by improving nuclear safety and dealing with the legacy of the disaster. On April 26, 2013, a new EU-funded health and ecological project worth €4 million was inaugurated in Ivankiv, a town neighbouring to the Chernobyl zone.
Most Ukrainians feel the European Union is an important partner, and would like it to play an even greater role in their country, across a range of areas. This is one of the key findings of the recently released Autumn 2012 EU Neighbourhood Barometer for Ukraine