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.
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.
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.
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.
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 judgments. So, after judicial reform went underway, the Justice Ministry began reforming the enforcement service by enlisting private enforcers.
OTP Leasing and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have launched the joint program “EU4Business-EBRD Line of Credit”. The grant assistance amounts to 10% of the financing amount.
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.
How the European Union helps Ukrainian cities reduce energy consumption by 20% while spending almost no own money on it, and establish efficient monitoring of energy consumption in small cities across the country
Air recuperation systems, thermal insulation using hemp, alternative types of household power plants and “smart” homes – all that are Ukrainian startups known not just in Ukraine but also abroad.
Natalia Solovian has three daughters: the eldest takes contemporary dance classes, the middle one loves oriental dance, and the youngest does rhythmic gymnastics.
And all three need costumes.
The mom makes costumes for all of them.
Before the war, Valentyna lived in Horlivka, working at the Horlivka Mechanical Engineering Plant that manufactured coal cutters. Her position was titled a “chief specialist for stock management at the production support department”. In fact, she oversaw 12 large storage facilities employing 28 persons.
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
Imprisonment is a very expensive way to make bad people even worse, European experts say. The system of probation, which has been in operation in Ukraine for two years with the support of the EU Pravo-Justice project is aimed at cutting short the number of prisons, along with increasing security in the society. Read more
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
Pilot Vitaliy Yaryhin established a successful business for the production of light airplanes and aerial treatment of agricultural land in the Shyroke amalgamated community in Zaporizhia district. He became an investment advisor to the head of the community, and he plans to establish a flying school here in the future. Read more
ElectroVesti and Greencubator explain how Ukrainian companies could receive irrevocable EUR 20 000 for their development. Read more
In 2018, the Ukrainian road sector experienced a transition, because it was the first year of the sector decentralization and of the Road Fund activities. In addition, with the support of European banks, structural repairs of highways from Kyiv to Odesa, Kharkiv, Chop, Chernihiv and other cities will be made. Read more
In 2019, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine will purchase 227 buses, 153 trolleybuses, 56 trams and 35 underground carriages for 8 cities of Ukraine using the EIB and EBRD loans. Also, the funicular in Kyiv will be reconstructed and modern systems of travel fare will be installed. Read more
The European Union provides Ukrainian small and medium-sized businesses with affordable loans, grants for research and innovation, consultations on business development and partner search abroad. Go to “Small and Medium Business Map” to learn how to get this support. Read more
An improvisational theatre against various forms of violence, including physical, psychological, sexual or financial, has been operating in Kharkiv since 2018. During the performances, actors stage real-life stories of viewers who are ready to share their experiences. There is a psychologist at the performances, who provides advice to those who need it. Read more
20 Ukrainian students, together with peers from other countries, took part in the Space Leaders School under the Erasmus+ program. During three weeks in Poland and Slovakia, they attended astronomy and aviation lectures at three universities, observed planets in a telescope, traveled on airplanes and trained on flight simulators. Read more
Ukraine joined eTwinning Plus program in 2013. This allows Ukrainian teachers to share their experiences with European colleagues, implement creative projects on various subjects. For students, it is a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of foreign languages, learn about the culture of other countries and make new friends. Read more
In autumn 2018, old and buzzing light bulbs were replaced in Severodonetsk school number 20 in Luhansk region. Instead, 250 LED-lamps worth almost a million hryvnias were installed. These and hundreds of other projects in the east of Ukraine are being financed by the EIB under the Early Recovery Programme. Read more
The satellite city of Kyiv has accepted about 4,000 internally displaced people. A joint project of the EU and the International Organization for Migration supports the local IDP relief center. Here people can get clothes and household items, talk to a psychologist, find work and a kindergarten or a school for children, attend courses and creative classes. Read more
Kateryna Lytvynenko from Mykolaivka, Donetsk region, with the support of the EU and UNDP, helps people in wheelchairs to freely move around the city. She also created a coworking space, where women, seniors and migrants learn to use computer and other gadgets. Read more
A bicycle in Ukrainian towns and villages is a part of life and the main mode of transport. But for the time being, it remains a spontaneous phenomenon often caused by the absence of any other transportation alternative. They lack conditions for development of bicycle traffic: bike paths, bike parks and the knowledge of basic road traffic rules by bicyclists. Read more
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
Olena Kushchenko, S.I. Group Regional Personnel Manager from Makiivka moved to Dnipro in 2014. Since then, she became a craftswoman making felt items, having already made over 160 of them and actively keeping a Facebook page. Olena speaks about the search of self and self-realization on the eve of her first personal exhibition. Read more
The law obliges local authorities to report to their communities about all revenues and expenditures of the local budget. Sometimes, it is extremely difficult to navigate through piles of complex financial documents, especially without specialized education. Still, there are available services today, where budget information is presented in a simple and comprehensible form. Read more
The idea of establishing a business in the production shop format typical for Lviv has been naturally conceived, Yurashky pryanik production shop’s co-owner Illya Verkholiak says. But the concept and all business processes have been developed from scratch, as well as the product itself. Read more
A new, simplified system of preparing and filing XBRL-compliant financial statements is being implemented for public-interest entities. This decision was made by the National Securities and Stock Market Commission with the support from international partners: USAID’s Financial Sector Transformation Project and EU-FINSTAR program. In the context of development of Ukraine’s financial market, such a precedent is unique, and it would have far-reaching consequences. Therefore, let’s find out what the new financial reporting system is going to change. Read more
Sculptures of baroque sculptor Johann Georg Pinsel decorate the facade of St. George’s Cathedral in Lviv and other cultural heritage buildings in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil regions. The EU programme Culture Bridges co-finances the Pinsel_AR project to digitize his works in the Lviv Museum for everyone to see. Future plans include scanning the sculptor’s heritage in Ukraine and abroad. Read more
A loan is only an instrument for business development, the cofounder of Dis-Art Printing Works in Lviv says, explaining to delo.ua why entrepreneurs should not be afraid of borrowing money. Read more
A waste processing plant in Lviv at vul. Plastova 13 is expected to become operational in two years’ time. With the processing capacity of 240 thousand tons of waste per year, it will be the first complex of this kind in Ukraine built to a European design. Read more
Decentralization allowed Koryukivka ATC in Chernihiv region to finally repair the district hospital, purchase equipment and arrange a children’s room. Four families of physicians have received housing for the first time in 11 years. Read more
On December 5, a new Administrative Service Center (ASC) was officially opened in Sloviansk (Donetsk Oblast) after a month-long operation in the test mode. The project’s total cost is US 510 thousand, including 88 thousand dollars paid from the local budget. Read more
In May 2018, a modern centre for the provision of administrative services opened in Chmyrivka ATC in Luhansk region. Now one can quickly and comfortably receive 70 kinds of services: register place of residence, register a marriage, get a passport, etc. Funds for repairs and equipment have been allocated by the EU within the framework of the UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme. At present, the local administration is planning to clean up the lakes around and bring swans back there. Read more about these and other positive changes in Chmyrivka here. Read more
A tiny, for several dozen houses, village of Horihuvatka, Sloviansk Raion, was lost among the expanses of the Donetsk ridge dissected along and across with ravines and beams. An inconspicuous settlement actually plays an important role in the infrastructure of the Donbas region. The vital waterway, a strategic object, namely the channel “Siverskyi Donets – Donbas”, supplying water to half of the region, almost goes through the village. Read more
Did you know that old shoes, for example, decay for 10 years? And fragments of brick, concrete, car batteries, foil – 100? Rubber tires – about 180-200 years. The most dangerous waste is aluminum cans and glass. In order to decay, it takes 500 years in the first case, and in the second one – almost 1,000. It means that 10-12 generations will be born, live and die, and the glass, which is broken and lying in our paths, fields, parks, will keep lying there. Read more
One positive story, which allows losing no faith in humanity. Snizhana Diachenko, not a police officer. And she never was. She is the head of the land department in the village council. Read more
New administrative services centers in communities allow getting documents done close to home. For example, a large family of Lebedevs in the village of Yerky in Cherkasy region has registered their tenth baby, its place of residence, applied for monetary aid and the “Mother-Heroine” title – all in one go. You can read success stories of other communities here. Read more
Thanks to the implementation of several energy-saving projects in the city of Zhovkva with the population of 13 thousand people, which is 30 km far from Lviv, it was possible to significantly reduce gas consumption. According to the outcomes of last season, 45% of the heat in the city was received from alternative sources during the winter period by burning crushed wood. Read more
There are certain types of food in the world that have always been elite, due to the lack of their mass production, in particular black caviar, meat of certain species of fish and crustaceans. An important place in this list, of course, has such a kind of mushroom as a truffle. In Europe, they began actively collecting these mushrooms for eating in the Renaissance. Now, thanks to its exquisite taste, the demand for truffles is growing all the time. Restaurants are willing to pay a lot of money for this product. Read more
Export for a Ukrainian company is the same standard daily work as building sales within a country. Delo.UA has collected tips for entrepreneurs, who want to enter the EU market, from experts and consultants. Read more
Ukrainian business can sell its products to the European Union countries without paying high import duties. This rule works within the Free Trade Area (FTA), which has been in action for 2 years. Entrepreneurs perceive the agreement as an opportunity to enter the markets of European countries. Read more
How to overcome competition in a modern society full of stereotypes and biases? How to realize your professional potential having a disability? This was discussed by the joint project of the EU and the Renaissance Foundation “Civic Synergy” with Viktoriia Skrypnyk, Broadcast Editor of the I’m Ashamed of My Body program on STB TV Channel. From the age of 9, she was moving on a wheelchair because of a genetic disorder that is associated with bone fragility. Read more
Some 85,000 Ukrainian children need palliative care, which would save them from unbearable pain and suffering. But there is no clear legislation in this area, and doctors are reluctant to prescribe strong painkillers. The new EU project will provide free legal support to seriously ill children and their parents over the period of 2018-2020. Help centres already operate in seven cities: Rivne, Vinnytsia, Sumy, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Mykolayiv and Mukacheve. Read more
For two years now, as the six lucky parties that passed to the parliament in 2014 are able to get several dozens or even hundreds of millions of hryvnias a year from the state budget. According to the Eidos Center, which is an executor of the EU project on informing citizens about political parties’ financing, due to state financing, the amount of parliamentary parties’ expenses increased 16.5 times compared with 2016. How do they utilize the money and what is included in the list of favourite spending of parliamentary parties? Read more
Before the 2019 election, most of the political forces accumulate their financial and human resources, replenish their cash from available sources, and prepare for a low start to storm the 9th convocation of the parliament. According to the Eidos Center, which is an executor of the EU project on informing citizens about political parties’ financing, the state currently provides over 98% of parliamentary parties’ funds. Find out which parties are funded by taxpayers. Read more
UPSHIFT Ukraine, a project of UNICEF’s global innovative program supported by the European Union started in Kharkiv in early August. According to the project’s local partner, Foundation for Professional Development of Kharkiv, this project is aimed at helping the youth not only prove themselves and change their social status but also solve a particular problem in their community. We discussed this project with Maryna Ladyzhenska, the head of project in Kharkiv. Read more