EU helps repair dormitory in Kramatorsk to accommodate IDPs

95 IDPs living in Kramatorsk received new housing. An old municipal dormitory was reconstructed, and now it has 32 separate apartments. Financing for this project was provided by the European Union back in 2015. The reconstruction work was delayed, and in Sloviansk, it stopped altogether. The authorities admit that one dormitory would surely not solve the problem of housing for IDPs, and count on further help from abroad. Read more

How Ukrainians make black caviar and export it to the EU

For seven years, black caviar of Ukrainian origin has been produced in Trypillia and Rzhyshchiv near Kyiv. Last year, Bester Caviar House began to export its products to France. Anton Yaremenko, the founder of Bester told MC Today, with the support from UopenEU project of the EU Delegation to Ukraine about the prospects and advantages of the free trade area between Ukraine and the EU, about how a catastrophic decline of sales may prompt a company to enter the European market. Read more

Ukrainian startup Raccoon receives 50,000 euros from Horizon 2020 for development of rehabilitation equipment

The Ukrainian startup Raccoon, a developer of virtual interaction technologies, is tackling a technological solution for rehabilitation of patients with hand injuries. To finance the new project, Raccoon received 50,000 euros from Horizon 2020, a EU program of financing science and innovations. In the past, a similar grant was issued to another Ukrainian startup, Ecoisme for its environmental solutions. Read more

Yarn manufacturer Oleksandr Hnatush speaks about his business and the prospects of Ukrainian manufacturers in the EU

Before the crisis of 2014, Oleksandr Hnatush had for 10 years been importing yarn. But because of political and economic upheavals, the business became unprofitable. Instead, Oleksandr and his partner have launched their own factory under the VIVCHARI brand, and began to export. An MC Today correspondent, with the support from UopenEU project of the EU Delegation to Ukraine about the prospects and advantages of the free trade area between Ukraine and the EU, asked him about how his company was able to enter the European market in a short time and establish trade with the EU. Read more

EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine opens “Corruption Park”

In addition to the financial and advisory support of anti-corruption agencies – NABU, NACP, SAPO and ARMA – the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine has opened the “Corruption Park” – the first interactive museum of corruption for Kyiv residents and guests. A 100-meter golden loaf, a rare car, a statuette worth EUR 30,000 seized from corrupt officials, NABU’s secret laboratory – you can see all this in the Kyiv Botanical Garden. Read more

Course towards the EU: Ukrainian company is preparing to provide Europe with its milk

After the signing by Ukraine of the Association Agreement with the European Union and the free trade agreement, great opportunities have opened up for Ukrainian producers. Now, domestic enterprises have the opportunity to export products to Europe without customs duties, taxes and quantitative restrictions. This requires a little – complying with international standards. Read more

How Ukrainian design bureau ODESD2 sells furniture in EU states

Student architects Sviatoslav Zbroi and Dmytro Bulhakov opened the design bureau ODESD2 in 2012. Today, their furniture can be found not only in Ukraine – for example, in the Kyiv confectionery The Cake and the Theater in Podol – but also abroad: in a hotel in Jamaica, a techno-hub in Paris, a shopping mall in Milan. The editors of MC Today supported by the project of the EU Delegation on the Prospects and Benefits of the Free-Trade Zone of Ukraine with the EU UopenEU learned from designers how much it costs to produce furniture in Ukraine and how to export it to the EU. Read more

EU launches mobile Administrative Services Centers

Almost any certificate or administrative service, for example, registration of a marriage, registration of a subsidy can be obtained in one place – the Administrative Services Centers (ASC). Here, without queues and unnecessary bureaucracy, one can not only quickly submit documents, but also get the result in time. At the end of last year mobile ASC occurred in Ukraine. They serve residents of small settlements. Segodnya found out how the decentralization and reform of administrative services that are actively supported by the European Union (EU) are changing the lives of Ukrainians. Read more

EU and Ukraine changing lives in country’s east

A conflict in the east was a blow to the whole Ukraine. Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts split into two parts. More than a million Ukrainians left the uncontrolled territory. First of all, they moved to the nearest cities, closer to their homes.  Internal migration became an impulse for the development of many small towns in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The International Organization for Migration and the European Union provided 2,500 internally displaced persons with grants for business development as well as professional and technical assistance. Thousands of Ukrainians in the east of Ukraine received an opportunity to make their dreams come true. Read more

Civil service reform: new faces — drivers of change

New departments have been established in 10 ministries, in the Office of the Cabinet of Ministers and in 2 state agencies – policy making directorates and strategic planning, and European integration directorates. The EU Project “Support to strategic communication and awareness raising on Ukraine’s public administration reform” introduces heads of new directorates and their ambitious plans. Read more

EU4Business provides cheap loan to Dnipro pasta maker to cover operating costs

The Dnipro producer of flour, cereals and pasta “SamRiz” needed a quick affordable loan to pay wages to its workers and buy food stock. The company was able to cover these expenses thanks to a cheap loan from ProCredit Bank, a Ukrainian partner of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), within the framework of the EU4Business initiative. Read more

How Ukrainian entrepreneurs are changing world industries with EU grants

Energy-efficient houses, 3D metal printing, solar smart blinds – these technologies will change the global economy and our everyday lives in the very near future. Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the creators of these innovative products. Read more

Legislative changes in waste management in Ukraine are stalled

“How can the public help promote behaviour changes for waste management in Ukraine?” Workshops addressing this question were held in late September in Kyiv and Lviv in the context of the EU-funded project, “Ukrainian civil society for European-Style Waste Management”. The civil society organisations, “Environment-People-Law” (EPL) and “Ecological Initiatives” are implementing the project. Read more

Heat for high-rise buildings: owners’ associations preparing for the launch of the Energy Efficiency Fund

Residents of one multistory apartment building in Lviv have taken out a public loan for energy saving initiatives. With the money, they have installed a heat metre, replaced old windows, and insulated the building.

The improvements are documented in a video produced with the assistance of the European Union. The initiative may not be extreme, but for Ukraine, it is a kind of revolution. Read more

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”: EU Study Days convenes an alumni forum

Over the past few years in Ukraine, there has been no shortage of workshops, seminars, and other training events dedicated to the European Union and its relations with Ukraine. However, even in this saturated environment, the recognised leader is the EU Study Days: an initiative of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. The “days” are unofficially known as the “EuroSchool.” Read more

Kessler: The audit of NABU might be conducted just as a reason to dismiss the bureau head

Giovanni Kessler, the current Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has 12 years of struggles against the Sicilian mafia behind him. In addition, he has extensive experience conducting anti-corruption work with other international and national structures, including the Italian Parliament.

Kessler is also well-known in Ukraine, due in large part to his membership on the selection board for the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Read more

The most important thing now is to focus on implementing approved energy legislation – Johannes Baur

June has been an eventful month for reforms in the energy sector in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government approved laws on the Energy Efficiency Fund, commercial accounting of utilities, and energy efficiency of buildings, and a law on the electricity market has been signed. Ukraine also celebrated a sustainable energy week, and a number of Ukrainian cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors: an EU initiative aimed at counteracting climate change. Read more

Collecting sparkles of real life and splicing them together: documentaries about displaced persons filmed in Ukraine

Hromadske TV and the Thomson Foundation have produced two documentaries about the lives of forcibly-displaced people from Donbas and Crimea. The documentaries were made within the framework of the “Regional Voices” project funded by the EU. Read more

How to be selected out of 25,000 people? Insight from a traineeship at the European Parliament

Every year, around 25 000 people apply for a traineeship at the European Parliament and 600 of them are selected. Only 10% of the trainees may be nationals from countries beyond the EU and applicant countries, which makes the competition especially tough for Ukrainians. Yet impossible is nothing. A fresh Ukrainian alumnus of this traineeship tells about her long way to the heart of EU law making. Read more