How administrative services centers are changing life of Chmyriv community

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

EU is demining farmland in Donetsk region

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

How to start sorting waste: experience of ATC in Khmelnytskyi region

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

How Zhovkva is becoming an energy efficient city and is refusing from gas

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

Gold under the feet: Ukraine restored ancient traditions of growing truffles bit by bit

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

How a girl in wheelchair made a career on national TV channel

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

EU project to help seriously ill children in Ukraine

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

How do parliamentary parties spend state funding?

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

Where do parliamentary parties get funds to fill their budgets

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

Assistance to youth social initiatives in Kharkiv

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

Why farmland moratorium cancellation is inevitable

Today, there are few among politicians, economists and experts who would deny that the most important step for rural development and land reform is the opening of the agricultural land market and that this step is inevitable. Despite the approaching of election campaigns, there are reasons to hope that it will be this Parliament that goes down in history as the one that has adopted the law on the circulation of agricultural land, i.e. it has introduced about 40 million hectares to the full economic circulation, restored the constitutional rights of 6.9 million citizens being the owners of shares and restored economic growth in the countryside. Read more

What is Horizon 2020, and how to get a EUR 50,000 grant for development of your project?

Ihor Arkhypenko, Head of Projects and Programs at Kyiv IT Cluster and application evaluation expert for Horizon 2020, speaks about what Horizon 2020 is, what the program’s benefits are and how to file a grant application the right way. In 2018, applications are accepted until 7 November, so if you’re looking for an investment, you should check out this grant option. Read more

EU financing mine clearance in Donbas

I found a tripwire grenade at Ozerne in the Lyman Raion, near the popular beach called Varadero. Of course, working as a deminer, I have already found other unexploded ordnance as well, but that particular one has struck me. It was on the beach where I loved to spend time with my family. Next are the places where I was often fishing. And suddenly, I saw everything in a totally different light. Instead of bringing fond and pleasant memories, that place began to emanate mortal danger. That was when I came to realize that becoming a deminer paid itself off… Read more

How Ukrainian student earned 4 western university diplomas in 2 years under Erasmus+ programme

Oleksandr Ivanov joined Erasmus program in 2013, and a two-year master’s program at four European and American universities paved the way toward not only the quality knowledge in a new field – system analysis – but also helped him visit unforgettable places and see how diverse the world can be even within the single border; and also, realize that interesting acquaintances often go beyond a mere list of contacts and find their continuation in joint international projects and initiatives. And as it turns out, understanding each other despite the language barrier is much easier when you reserve the right to a mistake.

Oleksandr told us which students most often decide to stay in Europe and who goes back home, how he saw Ukraine after two years of absence, and how he now helps prospective students improve their chances to enroll. Read more

International experts to watch over contest to Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine

In August 2018, the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine announced a competition for the position of judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court. 12 reputable international experts will monitor its course. Together with the High Qualifications Commission, they will check the integrity and professionalism of the candidates and consider eligibility of each candidate for the competition criteria. Read about this in an interview with Head of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine Eka Tkeshelashvili. Read more

How Lutsk University of Third Age makes retired people happy

These students can even be kindly envied, because their life is rich and vivid: they bring medals from sports competitions from abroad, they extremely interestingly spend all holidays, work for charitable causes and, of course, attend lectures. Most of them have modern gadgets. They easily use Privat-24, pay for utilities on the Internet, chat with Skype and have profiles on Facebook. And the oldest student is almost 90 years old. Read more

Will Verkhovna Rada become modern European-style parliament?

Since 2014, MPs have registered around 6,000 bills, 90% of which have not been passed into laws. “Legislative spam”, populism and corruption have led to the lowest level of trust in parliament among citizens of other European countries – only 5%. What has been done to rectify the situation and what else needs to be done by lawmakers and the parliamentary administration. To read an interview with Jonathan Murphy, Project Manager, EU-UNDP Rada za Evropu.  Read more

How to get master’s scholarship in Europe

Ukrainian Yulia Hudoshnyk won a grant from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and received her master’s degree in global studies in Denmark and Germany. Any Ukrainian of any age and status with a bachelor’s degree or a fourth year student can apply for a master’s programme. Yulia explains how to choose a programme, what to say in a motivation letter, what should be your English level, how studies in Germany and Denmark differ and how to use the knowledge acquired in Europe upon return to Ukraine. Read more

European administrative services in Ukrainian ASCs

If you need to register your place of residence, register the birth of your child and his or her place of residence, get permits for business or real estate, you can quickly and comfortably do it at modern Administrative Service Centers (ASC). They cannot be found in all cities and villages and may differ in the number of services or the level of service. Therefore, the European Union helps Ukraine open new ASCs and improve the existing ones. We present the main possibilities of ASCs that are worth knowing and using in practice. Read more

How Ukraine is predicting radiation threats thanks to EU

From now on, Ukrainian experts will be one of the first in the world to learn about radiation emissions in different parts of the planet and can rather accurately predict their expansion, emphasize representatives of the EU, who assessed the introduction in Ukraine of RODOS, a pan-European system for forecasting, monitoring the consequences of radiation accidents and decision-making. Read more

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