EU supports Trostyanets ATC in Sumy region

The Trostianets urban amalgamated hromada was established in Sumy oblast in 2017. Having a solid financial foundation, after amalgamation, Trostianets received a powerful strategic development resource. This hromada embodies projects that are qualitatively and geographically beyond its borders. They took a district hospital on the balance sheet and make overhaul major repairs of its inpatient department here; festivals of music and historical reconstruction attract tourists from all over Ukraine. They also plan to restore the biathlon base for international competitions in Trostianets. Read more

How a Small Town from Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Surprised Europe with Energy-Efficient Achievements

Dolyna is the only Ukrainian town in this-year list of finalists for the award of the European Union on Sustainable Energy among Eastern Partnership. For a district centre of Ukraine with a population of 20 thousand people such a recognition is a great achievement. It became achievable due to the strategy of sustainable energy development supported by the town authorities, million-euro project and citizens who are ready to actively participate in development of Dolyna. Read more

How to take part in Erasmus+ youth exchanges

Studying abroad, communicating with people from various European countries and gaining new experience and impression is not a fantasy, but reality that can become a part of your life. Within project “Education on Maximum” we talked to people who participated in Erasmus+ EU youth exchange program. We are sharing their stories and telling how to find courage to apply, what to do and which “baggage” to bring back. Read more

EU4Business helps Ukrainian entrepreneurs to streamline their production

Lviv company “Progress Service” has been making shoes for Ukraine for 30 years, and has recently started exporting them to Moldova and Poland. A three-week course on cost-effective production held under the EU4Business initiative has helped the company to triple its efficiency and increase its financial indicators fivefold. Now they produce a pair of shoes in 30 seconds, whereas the quality of the product has improved, and its cost has fallen. Read more

How to go for business exchange to Europe 

It is worthwhile to do internship in Europe even in order to see the experience of others, compare opportunities and learn practical approaches to classic business theories, because entrepreneurship is a non-stop learning. Definitely, Ukrainian business schools provide a significant theoretical foundation to those who wants to learn business processes. However, not always they can ensure a practical experience that supports creativity, ability to invent and think out of the box, as well as create personalized organizational culture. Read more

5 Risks of the Implementation of the Probation System in Ukraine

After the penal system reform in Ukraine, as in American serial movies, petty criminals can go back home without wristbands after the court. A new system of probation is being established for it: the system that allows a convicted person avoid the jail, but not the punishment for the crime. This system is widely used in the West and has already allowed reducing both the number of crime victims and the level of crimes. The same results are expected also in the Eastern Europe. Will Ukrainian probation system cope with such tasks and challenges? Won’t the convicted people who were freed from the jail become an additional burden on the law-enforcement bodies and distress for their families and neighbours? Valeri MacNerney, an international expert of the European Union project “Pravo-Justice” on the implementation of volunteer institute in probation and improvement of the cooperation with public organizations. Read more

EU helps preserve traditional Huysul cheese − bryndzya

From spring until the beginning of autumn the fire always keeps burning on Carpathian meadows as the old hutsul legend warns that the fire that went out is a bad sign. In the days of the artificial intelligence and smartphones here in the highest region of the Carpathians, Rakhiv Raion, hutsuls still hallow this belief, shepherd and produce cheese under the traditional recipe taught by their grandfathers and great grandfathers. They call this product “bryndzia” and you should not mix it with the famous brynza: hutsul cheese has a special technology of production. In the high mountain regions of the Ukrainian Carpathians the tradition of producing bryndzia goes back to the XIV century and is transferred from the shepherd to shepherd from generation to generation. Read more

EU finances translation of European books into Ukrainian

In 2018, the Lviv publishing house Astrolabe became Ukraine’s first publisher to win a grant of the Creative Europe programme for translation and printing of eight works of classical and modern European literature. These include works of Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages, which give Europeansan insight into their origins and thus help them better understand each other. They also published books by well-known European modern authors who won prestigious literary awards. These works have not yet been translated into Ukrainian, some of them haven’t been published in Russian either. Read more

How Ukrainian university creates aviation of future for EU grants

M.Y. Zhukovsky National Aerospace University “Kharkiv Institute of Aviation” (KIA) was founded in 1930. The university, which has 11,000 students from 50 countries of the world, designs unmanned aerial vehicles and is a renowned research center for aerodynamics, composites and engine technologies. KIA has designed AN-225 Mriya, the largest cargo aircraft in the world.

In addition, the university is the most successful participant of Horizon 2020 framework program in Ukraine. It has received over EUR 1.8 million in grant financing for its six projects. Five of these projects are devoted to aviation, and the other one to cybersecurity. AIN.UA Editorial Office about why KIA has managed to do it and how. Read more

EU provides grants for development of unique Tustan Reserve in Carpathians

In 1971, architect and archaeologist Mykhailo Rozhko discovered a Kyivan Rus-time fortress — Tustan, near the Boykos village of Urych in Lviv region. After the death of Mykhailo, his son Vasyl founded a reserve and headed the museum of the fortress. Read his story about the history of Tustan and how 11 artists from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia in the summer of 2018 created 12 interesting art objects there using a grant from the EU Creative Europe programme. Read more

EU provides grant to study work of German theaters

“Critical” theaters have been actively developing in Ukraine in recent years. During the performances poignant and sometimes tabooed topics are raised: domestic violence, LGBT rights, etc., and the viewers can discuss them. Actress Oksana Cherkashyna from Kharkiv learnt how Ukrainian independent theatre differs from the German one. Thanks to the EU Culture Bridges’ grant, she worked at the ArtiSchocken Theater in Nuremberg for one week and attended four theater and art festivals in Berlin. Oksana is currently planning a summer school in Germany for Ukrainian and German students from theater colleges and other joint projects. Read more

How to attract affordable loan under EU4Business initiative

The “Agrotem” farm grows oilseeds, breeds sheep and produces elite cheeses in Lviv region. In 2019, the company attracted a cheap loan of UAH 1 million from the Bank “Lviv” under a German-Ukrainian Fund loan programme for small and medium enterprises implemented under the EU initiative EU4Business. The loan went to replenish their working capital and purchase agricultural machinery. The farm monthly pays interests on the loan and will repay the loan itself after the harvest. The company plans to attract a second loan to expand cheese production. Read more

Conquerors of the European Union. Tips for a successful business with Europe

Read inspirational stories of the Dnipro cardboard manufacturer, which found partners from six EU countries at the exhibition in Italy, the owner of the largest plantation of organic blueberries in Kyiv region, which after the trip to Chile under the EU4Business initiative is going to conquer the markets of Asia and the UAE; manufacturer of stylish lunch-bags Pack & Go, which are sold in Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Australia.

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The procedure is important: what is the difference between obtaining permits in Ukraine and the EU

In Slovenia, queues for medical certificates are long gone. Different departments interact with each other, saving citizens’ time. Because the task of the state is to solve problems, not to create obstacles. Adoption of the Law “On Administrative Procedure” will ensure the provision of admin services in a simple and predictable procedure, will protect citizens and businesses from possible arbitrariness of officials. What is the difference in relationship between the state and citizens in Ukraine and the EU, read in the column by Gregor Virant, former Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia, key expert of the project “Support to Comprehensive Reform of Public Administration in Ukraine” (EU4PAR). Read more

EUAM ex-head on lack of reforms in SBU and need to depoliticize Prosecutor General’s Office

To hold the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine, which involves limiting its functions, demilitarization and depoliticization, Ukraine needs a new leadership that will start to introduce these changes. Similarly, the Prosecutor General’s Office should be headed by a prosecutor who does not represent any political force. How does the EU assess the progress of the reform of the law-enforcement system in Ukraine, and what further steps are needed, read in an interview with Kestutis Lancinskas, former head of the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine. Read more

Six medical facilities renovated in Kharkiv thanks to EIB loans

In Kharkiv, six medical facilities were opened after a major reconstruction. Major repairs of buildings lasted from 2018-2019 and included the replacement of roofs, windows, heating systems, lighting, water supply and electricity. This became possible due to UAH 53.8 million of long-term loans with low interest rates from the European Investment Bank within the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme. Read more

How EU helps to remedy consequences of conflict in Ukraine’s east through Early Recovery Programme

Between 2014 and 2018, the European Union and its Member States have contributed over EUR 677 mln in humanitarian and early recovery aid. The EU addresses the needs of people in the areas directly affected by the conflict, the internally displaced people and refugees who have fled the conflict areas, and the returnees. EU-funded humanitarian projects include assistance with food and water, providing and repairing shelter, protection activities, health assistance, education in tackling emergencies, demining activities and distribution of essential household items. Read more

How does EU help Ukraine in science and innovation

From 2014 to 2018, the EU Horizon 2020 programme provided 184 projects of 110 Ukrainian private and public enterprises, research institutes and universities with grants worth a total of nearly EUR 21.7 million. The National Aerospace University “KhAI” received the largest funding of more than EUR 1.8 million in Kharkiv. The university implements several projects to make airplanes more powerful, reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Read more

EU supports reform of vocational education and training reform in Ukraine

There are seven vacancies for one skilled metalworker, and ten vacancies for one welder. This is evidenced by the monthly vacancy-CV ratio on the job search website Rabota.ua. And according to another job search portal Headhunter Ukraine, vocational professions were in the top five most demanded in 2018. If for one vacancy of a lawyer there are 6.8 CVs, then for labor vacancies, this figure is 0.8. Read more

How state and municipal agencies sell property through transparent auctions with EU support

Buy a multicooker online from the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection in Kharkiv oblast. Or special permission to extract amber in Zhytomyr oblast. It’s not a joke – public and communal property is sold  at the online auctions of small privatization. You can find anything – from home appliances or cars to real estate or the whole factory. Read more

EU helps make food products safer in Ukraine

The new legislation protects consumers from misleading information about the food product and the risk of allergy in a restaurant – a menu should say if a dish contains any allergens. Scheduled business checks have resumed , producer responsibility increased. From January 2020, fodders will be checked for antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals. Bills are being prepared for new food products, such as chia grains and dietary supplements, a bill on packaging materials. The EU project “Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine” helps to align Ukrainian food legislation with European standards. Read more

EU helps displaced women from Crimea to open mini bakery in Kakhovka

In 2016, two residents of Alushta, researchers of the Crimean Natural Reserve moved from Crimea to Kakhovka in the Kherson region. Iryna Mamrotska and Olena Burziieva decided to start it from scratch. And if in Crimea they once explored trees and insects, they are now cooking dishes of the Crimean Tatar cuisine and implementing their own mini-business project. They are happy with their business. They bake 400 pirozhki, yantiks and chebureks each every day. Read more

How a Ukrainian toy manufacturer attracted European investments

Two years ago, Vip-Toys launched production of children’s toys in Rivne under the Doloni-Toys trademark. Production immediately began to grow quickly. At the time of launch, the range of products was small. The company manufactured and sold 4 types of toys with 15 people working and using 2 units of equipment. And now, the range includes dozens of items, employing 65 people and using 14 units of equipment. The amount of the company’s production over the past year has doubled, and 80% of the structure of sales is export. Read more

EU help Ukraine fight unfair competition

For the first time the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has adopted clear rules for calculating fines. It also simplified the procedure for obtaining permission for mergers and acquisitions of companies, increased the financial threshold, above which businesses should apply to the AMCU for permission. This allowed to investigate more economically and socially important cases. Experts from the German and Lithuanian competition authorities consulted the Antimonopoly Committee on improving its work and aligning Ukrainian competition law with EU standards under the EU Twinning project. Read more about the new rules for protecting economic competition here. Read more

EU finances demining of Luhansk region

Thorns keep getting into boots, burrs stick to legs. The fragment protection visor gets in the way, constantly sliding down from the head: it’s heavy, and it doesn’t stay in place on the face when you are not used to it. Keeping fast pace, we traverse a hilly terrain, trying not to fall behind the four people carrying a stretcher and the paramedic. The team is training to evacuate a wounded deminer: the medical vehicle is waiting on a clear site, and we are walking to it on the crispy grass among different-color spikes. Read more

The EU project opens first shelter for women in Kyiv region

Even if a woman wants to leave her husband who beats her, she often has no place to go. There are few shelters, and the state-owned ones have serious restrictions. Our story is about one of such shelters in Kyiv Oblast – it welcomes everyone who needs protection, rest, rehabilitation.

– I suffered four types of violence, Ania says.

She lists: physical, psychological, sexual, economic. Read more

The EU helps to protect electoral rights of Ukrainians

Ukraine has the framework exercising parliamentary control over the observance of human rights, which is the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. An “ombudsman” in accordance with the European terminology. They cooperate with him on the issues of observing the rights of persons at places of confinement, discrimination, protection of the rights of children, women, etc. However, the ombudsman does not have a structure that would deal with the electoral rights of citizens for now. Read more

How EU helps Ukrainian scientists make world-class discoveries

As you know, to reach the horizon, an imaginary line of the earth touching the sky, is physically impossible. Since the earth is round, as much as we try to get closer to it, it gets farther anyways. However, some people sometimes manage to prove that impossible is nothing. Physicists of Uzhhorod National University, for example, managed to achieve almost a fantastic result: to be recognized by the leading European research centers, and get a significant financial “bonus” with it. Read more

“Creative Europe” finances translation of Ukrainian literature

In recent years, modern Ukrainian literature is experiencing rapid development. Every year, latest releases in the two main forums of the country (Kyiv’s “Book Arsenal” and Lviv’s “Book Forum”) number in dozens. Some of them even filmed, such as the much-talked-about The Wild Fields based on Serhii Zhadan’s novel “Voroshylovhrad”. But not by domestic market alone, promotion in the international cultural field is equally important. We are talking not only about presentations at world book fairs (primarily Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs) and translations, but also about the promotion of Ukrainian literature in the world in general. This is a tool of cultural diplomacy, the effect of which was described by one of the publishers as “strengthening the sound of Ukrainian voices in the world.” Read more

EU project expert: judicial reform to produce results only in 5 years

Having worked for many years as a judge in Austria, Georg Stawa chaired the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) from 2014 to 2018, whose experts study the quality of work of representatives of the judicial system in different countries. In particular, in Ukraine. He is currently the head of the Department of Strategic Planning at the Austrian Ministry of Justice and an international expert of the EU Project “PRAVO-Justice”. Read more