EU supports science reform in Ukraine

A report on independent audit of Ukraine’s research and innovation system was presented in Kyiv two years ago. The audit, requested by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, was performed by European experts using instruments of political support provided by Horizon 2020 program. The report contained 30 recommendations for the Ukrainian government and scientific community. Today, it seems prudent to recall these recommendations and make a brief analysis of what has been done over the past 24 months to fulfill these recommendations and what still needs to be done in the nearest future.

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How EU helps to make tours more interesting

We spoke about creative approach in tourism with the Kievite Natalia Gudkova, a certified coach in heritage interpretation and an interpreter guide. She recently came back from an international conference on heritage interpretation in Reims, France, which she visited thanks to a grant from the European Union’s Culture Bridges project. And she is ready to share her observations.

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Ukraine implements care for orphans in accordance with the European model

The adherents of deinstitutionalization ideas – international organizations, politicians, public and religious leaders, human rights activists, volunteers, artistes, former pupils of these institutions and their close ones – cite numerous proofs in favor of abolishing institutional care. We see the Sumy region actively implementing new forms of working with orphans and children deprived of parental care. This year, the patronage family program is being actively implemented, and we have numerous examples of families responding to children’s problems.

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EU finances initiative on transparent school budgets

One does not go to parent’s meetings at school without a wallet. That’s a simple truth of school life our parents knew by their own experience, and today, reminders about monthly contributions are disseminated via parent groups in Viber. According to data by the State Treasury Service, parents invested almost a billion hryvnias in Ukrainian schools in 2014-2016. Nobody knows how these moneys were spent, though, for detailed consolidated reports are nonexistent.

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EU project experts: reform of judgement enforcement in Ukraine slows down

A court judgment is worth nothing if it can’t be enforced. No matter how many lawsuits a person wins, without an efficient enforcement service it won’t be carried out. And Ukraine is among the leaders in terms of unenforced court judgmentsSo, after judicial reform went underway, the Justice Ministry began reforming the enforcement service by enlisting private enforcers.

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Energy cheaper and more reliable: how the EU helps Ukraine improve energy infrastructure

How the effectiveness of the energy sector bears upon the wellbeing of the country’s citizens? And how the European Union helps Ukraine become energy-independent and energy efficient?

These were some of the topics discussed by Energy Community experts during the seminar on improvement of energy infrastructure planning, held in Kyiv.

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How IDP gets EU grant for mobile coffee shop

Mykyta Kurylko is 25 years old. In 2014, he moved from Luhansk to Zaporizhzia. To provide for his family, Mykyta began selling coffee in a coffee shop attached to a bicycle at concerts, forums and fairs. In 2018, the entrepreneur won at the investment fair of the EU project “Bridging Gaps for Inclusive Civic Engagement” and received a grant for the development of his business. Read more

The village school in Dnipropetrovsk oblast: when hromada is involved and business is responsible

The Solone community in Dnipropetrovsk region was established in 2016. Due to the budget increase, the village school has already been reconstructed: the roof, windows and communications have been replaced, interactive whiteboards and new furniture have been purchased. There are ramps and lifts, a physical therapy room, sports grounds and halls with locker rooms and showers. Read more

A bicycle for the community: why the village is even more advanced now than the city

A bicycle in Ukrainian towns and villages is a part of life and the main mode of transportBut for the time being, it remains a spontaneous phenomenon often caused by the absence of any other transportation alternativeThey lack conditions for development of bicycle traffic: bike paths, bike parks and the knowledge of basic road traffic rules by bicyclists. Read more

EIB finances modernization of Myrnohrad hospital

For the first time in 40 years, Myrnohrad city hospital is undergoing major repairs. The therapeutic unit has been already winterized, a modern X-ray machine has been installed, repairs of a surgery unit will finish soon. The city also plans to renovate housing for internally displaced people and a social center. The European Investment Bank finances these and hundreds of other projects in the east of Ukraine under the Early Recovery Programme. Read more

EU helps to introduce new financial reporting system for businesses

A new, simplified system of preparing and filing XBRL-compliant financial statements is being implemented for public-interest entities. This decision was made by the National Securities and Stock Market Commission with the support from international partners: USAID’s Financial Sector Transformation Project and EU-FINSTAR program. In the context of development of Ukraine’s financial market, such a precedent is unique, and it would have far-reaching consequences. Therefore, let’s find out what the new financial reporting system is going to change. Read more

EU project digitizes Pinzel’s sculptures in 3D format

Sculptures of baroque sculptor Johann Georg Pinsel decorate the facade of St. George’s Cathedral in Lviv and other cultural heritage buildings in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil regions. The EU programme Culture Bridges co-finances the Pinsel_AR project to digitize his works in the Lviv Museum for everyone to see. Future plans include scanning the sculptor’s heritage in Ukraine and abroad. Read more

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