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

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 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

We will return this land to life: EU-supported demining of territories makes people’s lives safer

An agglomeration of towns Severodonetsk-Rubizhne-Lysychansk is located in the picturesque floodplain of Siversky Donets in Luhansk region. They are surrounded by genuinely picturesque places. Chalk deposits emerging from the surface, hills, small woods, lakes, ponds and valleys with vast and fertile farmlands. Villages and small towns are scattered among them. Their names are as beautiful names as the landscape itself – Zolote (Golden), Bila Hora (White Mountain), Myrna Dolyna (Peaceful Valley). Even mine heaps which have been here for ages cannot spoil the picture. Read more

Everyone deserves a chance to rebuild life

The seizure of Dokuchaievsk by militants has deprived them of their homes, work and property. At their new location, displaced persons got an empty half-destroyed house and a land plot. The hope and desire to rebuild a peaceful life turned them into farmers. Grant programs of the European Union have helped them to master breeding and become successful producers of poultry and eggs in three years. New projects and expansion of the farm are planned. Read more

When we started, there were three photos in Google and Soviet-era books – Eko Ulitka farm owner Dmytro Butenko about European prospects of Ukrainian snail business

The Ukraine-EU Association Agreement came into force, and that made it much easier to establish cooperation in the education, culture, business and many other sectors. More and more products “Made in UA” make their way to European markets, and Ukrainian specialists come home with degrees from leading European universities. The opportunities offered by open borders erase boundaries and open new space for personal, commercial and social achievements. As part of the information campaign “European Integration: the Power of Opportunities”*, The Point will tell the stories of people who experienced that firsthand. Read more

30 years of Uzhgorod seamstresses’ European experience. About the way from cheap cherry polka dot dresses to Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana

Under the rubric “Reforms in the Regions” we continue publishing the information about Transcarpathian exporters to the EU. The heroine of this article is Myroslava Kalamuniak, the Director of the Uzhgorod Clothing Factory PrJSC. The company headed by her has been operating in the European coordinate system for 30 years now! Recently the factory sends 400-450 thousand pieces of clothing to Europe annually. Read more