New home for the EU in Kyiv

EU Delegation's new office, 101, vul. Volodymyrska, Kyiv
EU Delegation’s new office, 101, vul. Volodymyrska, Kyiv

On Nov. 19, the EU Delegation to Ukraine began working at its new location at 101 Volodymyrska Street after 14 years on Kruhlo-Universytetska Street and a four-year search for a new home.

EU Ambassador Jan Tombinski stresses the significance of the move.

“Our ‘new home’ enables us to better fulfil our role to represent the European Union as a whole. This is a major step towards a long-held ambition to co-locate all sections of our Delegation. It will now be easier to speak with one voice. I am looking forward to working more closely with EU member states and colleagues from all sections, and jointly assist Ukraine on its European path.”

Around 100 people from two different locations moved to the new space over about eight days.

“This was possible due to the hard work of a super team, who managed the move on top of their everyday work duties,” emphasised Iiris Rouholamin, head of administration.

Jan Tombinski, the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
Jan Tombinski, the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine

Although it was hard to say farewell to the main historic building, Rouholamin explains that the growing number of staff members made the move necessary.

“The new office building will conduce better interaction among the many sections of our big delegation,” she said.

Since early 2011, when the building was first considered as a possible location, intensive negotiations have resulted in many changes. Natalia Tsirfa, an EU Delegation liaison, communicated with Kyiv landlords and Brussels headquarters to select and refurbish the new office building.

EUMS flags at Delegation's new office
EUMS flags at Delegation’s new office

Tsirfa underlines that construction work was “just the tip of the iceberg.” Adhering to European safety standards was one of the biggest challenges of the project.

“The new office is a great example of how Ukrainian and European benchmarks come together to form a crossroad of two different legislative worlds,” Tsirfa concludes.