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

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