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

EU supports decentralization in Ukraine

The problem was neither simple nor complex. Just the one that needs to be solved.
What we have: plastic bags, fabric bags, initiatives, village council and villagers.
Additional conditions: Actions take place in these days in Krynychky ATC, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
Special conditions: responsible local entrepreneurs and initiative youth.
What needs to be found: opportunities to do important things regardless of the circumstances, different consciousness and surrounding conditions. Read more

How Carpathian toys and products conquer EU markets

Ukraine path to the European Union was long and thorny. By the way, for our country it is still not finished, but Ukrainians can already be proud of tangible changes. One of the most notable changes is the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The controversy surrounding it have even led to EuroMaidan, the Revolution of Dignity and power shift in the country. As a result, after 10 years of discussion, Ukrainians were able to get closer to the European Union and open borders for themselves. ‘Halytskyi Korespondent’ shares the success stories of those who work with Europe and are oriented on it in business. Read more

EU project supports canistherapy in Ukraine

Do you know what canistherapy is? This is treatment with the help of dogs, which has really shown good results. How does a dog treat and whom can four-legged friends help?Canistherapy is an amazing therapy with dogs, which has already approved itself in the world. How a dog treats, how canistherapy can help, and what types of psychological help dogs can provide – read in Hanna Pervak’s article. Read more

EU supports youth projects in Ukraine

Several hundred people gathered at the presentation of the participants of UPSHIFT programme – a joint project of the European Union and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) – UPSHIFT Ukraine to watch the opening, but after a few laconic introductory speeches and briefing the hall turned into a huge buzzing hive: visitors crowded around the demonstration booths, where participants confidently, without a hint of modesty, described their initiatives. Now and then there were heard promises to make the world better and surprised shouts. Someone demonstrated robots and innovative skateboards, the others limited themselves to placards and flyers, and right in front of the entrance stood a medical dummy depicting the torso of a man with removable internal organs. It was one of the first ones that attracted our attention. Read more

EU finances pensioner education in Mariupol

The last session in semester. Students take the exam: they read the resume in English and send it by email. They already know how to pay bills using Privat24, place advertisements for seedlings on OLX and send documents via Google Drive. Maybe there is nothing to boast about, but what seems simple and ordinary to us, these students are learning only now. They are from 56 to 81 years old, and all 30 persons study at the “Third Age University”. Read more

EU supports school cinema clubs

Imagine yourself as a sixth-grader, who is offered during the lesson of Ukrainian literature to write an essay about happiness. Not really interesting, right? And now imagine yourself as a sixth-grader who is offered by the teacher to watch a movie. In that movie, the new clothes of the main characters, your peers, have an amazing property: each time, they slip their hand to their right pockets they can pull out money. In general, the movie says that happiness is not in the money, and tells about charity, friendship and mutual help. And only now you are offered to write an essay about happiness. Read more

EU supports science reform in Ukraine

A report on independent audit of Ukraine’s research and innovation system was presented in Kyiv two years ago. The audit, requested by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, was performed by European experts using instruments of political support provided by Horizon 2020 program. The report contained 30 recommendations for the Ukrainian government and scientific community. Today, it seems prudent to recall these recommendations and make a brief analysis of what has been done over the past 24 months to fulfill these recommendations and what still needs to be done in the nearest future.

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How EU helps to make tours more interesting

We spoke about creative approach in tourism with the Kievite Natalia Gudkova, a certified coach in heritage interpretation and an interpreter guide. She recently came back from an international conference on heritage interpretation in Reims, France, which she visited thanks to a grant from the European Union’s Culture Bridges project. And she is ready to share her observations.

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Ukraine implements care for orphans in accordance with the European model

The adherents of deinstitutionalization ideas – international organizations, politicians, public and religious leaders, human rights activists, volunteers, artistes, former pupils of these institutions and their close ones – cite numerous proofs in favor of abolishing institutional care. We see the Sumy region actively implementing new forms of working with orphans and children deprived of parental care. This year, the patronage family program is being actively implemented, and we have numerous examples of families responding to children’s problems.

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EU finances initiative on transparent school budgets

One does not go to parent’s meetings at school without a wallet. That’s a simple truth of school life our parents knew by their own experience, and today, reminders about monthly contributions are disseminated via parent groups in Viber. According to data by the State Treasury Service, parents invested almost a billion hryvnias in Ukrainian schools in 2014-2016. Nobody knows how these moneys were spent, though, for detailed consolidated reports are nonexistent.

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EU project experts: reform of judgement enforcement in Ukraine slows down

A court judgment is worth nothing if it can’t be enforced. No matter how many lawsuits a person wins, without an efficient enforcement service it won’t be carried out. And Ukraine is among the leaders in terms of unenforced court judgmentsSo, after judicial reform went underway, the Justice Ministry began reforming the enforcement service by enlisting private enforcers.

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Energy cheaper and more reliable: how the EU helps Ukraine improve energy infrastructure

How the effectiveness of the energy sector bears upon the wellbeing of the country’s citizens? And how the European Union helps Ukraine become energy-independent and energy efficient?

These were some of the topics discussed by Energy Community experts during the seminar on improvement of energy infrastructure planning, held in Kyiv.

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How IDP gets EU grant for mobile coffee shop

Mykyta Kurylko is 25 years old. In 2014, he moved from Luhansk to Zaporizhzia. To provide for his family, Mykyta began selling coffee in a coffee shop attached to a bicycle at concerts, forums and fairs. In 2018, the entrepreneur won at the investment fair of the EU project “Bridging Gaps for Inclusive Civic Engagement” and received a grant for the development of his business. Read more

The village school in Dnipropetrovsk oblast: when hromada is involved and business is responsible

The Solone community in Dnipropetrovsk region was established in 2016. Due to the budget increase, the village school has already been reconstructed: the roof, windows and communications have been replaced, interactive whiteboards and new furniture have been purchased. There are ramps and lifts, a physical therapy room, sports grounds and halls with locker rooms and showers. Read more

A bicycle for the community: why the village is even more advanced now than the city

A bicycle in Ukrainian towns and villages is a part of life and the main mode of transportBut for the time being, it remains a spontaneous phenomenon often caused by the absence of any other transportation alternativeThey lack conditions for development of bicycle traffic: bike paths, bike parks and the knowledge of basic road traffic rules by bicyclists. Read more

EIB finances modernization of Myrnohrad hospital

For the first time in 40 years, Myrnohrad city hospital is undergoing major repairs. The therapeutic unit has been already winterized, a modern X-ray machine has been installed, repairs of a surgery unit will finish soon. The city also plans to renovate housing for internally displaced people and a social center. The European Investment Bank finances these and hundreds of other projects in the east of Ukraine under the Early Recovery Programme. Read more