EU4Youth helps entrepreneur from front-line Marinka to expand quail farm

Until 2014, Yurii Shamrai from Marinka did not even know about the existence of quails. After the outbreak of the armed conflict, he lost his job and began looking for business ideas. Over time, Yurii and his father began to breed quails for sale. They started with a foam incubator for 170 eggs. However, the homemade equipment used to break and did not provide a stable temperature and humidity. Thanks to a grant from the EU EU4Youth project, the entrepreneur purchased a modern and easy-to-operate automatic incubator for 3,000 eggs and plans to develop the business further, as the demand for products is growing. Read more

EU supports photo exhibition about schools in eastern Ukraine

Since the beginning of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, more than 750 schools have been damaged or destroyed, and dozens of children and teachers have been affected by the shellings. Every day, 670,000 children have to make extra efforts to pursue their studies in the areas near the demarcation line. Their stories formed the basis of the photo exhibition “Schools as a territory of peace for children”. Read more

EU project helps Hutsul cow bryndza get geographical indication

Hutsul cow bryndza (cheese) has recently received a geographical indication. From now on, to get this name, the product must be made from the milk of cows of only two breeds from the highlands at an altitude of more than 700 meters above sea level. This will help preserve the almost 500-year-old tradition of production, promote the cheese on the market and guarantee its quality. Read more

EU funds project aimed at overcoming gender stereotypes in military

Going by her life principle: “Do everything you can with what you have and where you are”, Sergeant Khrystyna Boichuk, a cadet at the humanities faculty, has for the sixth year of her study at the National Guard Academy been conveying her stance, multiplied by modern and creative approach and experience in military service. This way, step by step, the cadet proves once again that it’s quite possible to implement changes if you believe in yourself and receive support from like-minded persons. And recently, Khrystyna brought another good news, winning a grant for implementation of her original mentorship project, #ТІЩОЗМОГЛИ (#THOSEWHOCOULD). Read more

EU funds catalogue of authentic recipes from Rivne region

Exactly one month ago, Agency for the City’s Sustainable Development CSO presented an electronic version of the culinary catalogue of traditional dishes of our land: Taste Rivne’s: Authentic Dishes and Beverages, which was developed as part of the international project “Cultural heritage of cuisine: promoting culinary traditions by professionalizing the gastronomic offer of Lublin and Rivne” with financial support from the European Union under Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 transborder cooperation program.

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EU helps Ukraine increase enforcement of judgements

The reforms which Ukraine committed itself to in exchange for the EU’s macro-financial assistance include permitting private enforces to collect debt under small (up to 100,000 hryvnias) claims against public bodies and state enterprises. For the first time in history of Ukraine, a representative of an independent private profession will be able to act against the state, using powers delegated to them by the state itself and compelling the government to fulfil its contractual and other financial obligations to any natural or legal person. Read more

EU reveals secrets of Black Sea

The Black Sea is among the oldest ones on the planet. Due to the low level of salinity and the relatively cold climate, it is inhabited by half as many living organisms as in the neighbouring southern seas – 5,600 species. There are more than 200 species of fish, including spiny dogfish and rays, dolphins and 30 species of jellyfish. Find out more interesting facts from the book “Secrets of the Black Sea”, which was published with the support of the EU-UNDP project “Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea: Special Measures” (EMBLAS-Plus). Read more

EU funds exhibition about interwar architecture in Rivne

An exhibition was opened in Rivne to convey information to the city’s residents about buildings in the city of the interwar period. The organizers say that they tried to present the most interesting, from the standpoint of architectural stylistics, buildings of the 1920s-1930s which survived in the urban landscape. The exhibition was presented on Saturday, 22 August in the building of the union of artists at 16 July Street.

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Creative Europe supports ARCHIKIDZ! festival for children

A city project begins with an idea, and it can be built even during a quarantine. The participants of the IV ARCHIKIDZ! All-Ukrainian Festival of Architecture for Children proved that. During 20 days of the festival, from 27 June to 23 July, they created 20 unique architectural projects. A separate team worked on each of these projects. This year, the children’s architectural festival did take place despite quarantine restrictions, but in a new format. Master classes were held off/online in a large pavilion at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy (EANE), where the atmosphere of creativity and inspiration reigned every day. Read more

EU supports Ukraine in fight against misinformation

Disinformation is not an uncommon occurrence happening only in Ukraine. For decades, the fight against false information continues at national and supranational levels all over the world. How do the European Union on the whole and its particular member states, such as Lithuania, Germany and France, combat disinformation? How can Ukraine benefit from NATO’s communication strategy? What valuable lessons could be learned from Facebook? The fourth nationwide forum “Independent courts and free media: combating disinformation”, held at the initiative of the Higher Council of Justice with the support from the EU’s project Pravo-Justice, discussed Ukrainian and international experience in combating false information. Read more

EU4Business trains Ukrainian producers to move forward during pandemic

Together with the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, we continue a special project concerning the opportunities provided by the EU to small and medium-sized enterprises under EU4Business initiative to tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article will tell you how one of the Centers for Information Support to Businesses, created in Ukraine under EU4Business initiative with the support from EBRD, helps Ukrainian manufacturers tackle the consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Read more

EIB Resident Representation head on bank’s activities in Ukraine

This year, the European Investment Bank, the EU bank, plans to provide Ukraine with more than EUR 1 billion in loans for infrastructure projects, energy efficiency in state and municipal buildings, and support for internally displaced persons and their host communities. The EIB in Ukraine is also actively working to finance healthcare, small and medium-sized businesses. Find out more from the interview with Jean-Erik de Zagon, Head of the EIB Resident Representation for Ukraine. Read more

EU supports development of Kreminna town in Luhansk region

Fifty kilometers of new water pipes, reconstruction of a pumping station, a pump room with drinking water, new sidewalks and roads are the outcome of an EU grant project in Kreminna, Luhansk region. In addition, the EU and UNDP helped to purchase furniture, equipment and software for the local ASC, as well as donated a mobile ASC to promptly provide quality administrative and social services to the locals.  Read more

EU and WHO provide Ukraine with equipment for better COVID-19 testing

WHO and the European Union have delivered the total of EUR 3.5 million worth of equipment, reagents and expendable materials for 27 laboratory centers performing COVID-19 tests in Ukraine, Frederik Coene, Head of Operations Section 2 “Local and Human Development” of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, said at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. Read more

EU supports probation system in Ukraine

Hryhoriy from Chernihiv had eight prison terms for theft and had been using drugs for years. The point of no return was probation, which was prescribed by the court. For three years, Hryhoriy worked to change his life together with a probation inspector. Probation is being implemented in Ukraine with the help of the EU Pravo-Justice project. Read more