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

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