On September 14, 2013, the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombiński, officially presented the “Building Europe in Ukraine” information campaign in Bila Tserkva. He also inaugurated a new EU Information Centre, which will operate at the site of the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.
The information campaign was presented to Bila Tserkva citizens as part of a communications event “Imagine a European Ukraine, it starts here!” Writing on a wish wall, city dwellers and event guests expressed their visions of a “European Ukraine.” The improvised wish wall reflected the way citizens see the European vector of their country and allowed the public to express what European values and standards the country currently lacks. “Freedom of speech,” “fair courts,” “open borders,” “accessible healthcare,” “good scholarships,” and “high-quality roads” are just a few of the examples of values and standards Ukrainians would like to achieve on their way to EU membership. “Europe starts with you,” EU Ambassador Jan Tombiński wrote on the wish wall, calling on citizens to help build Europe in Ukraine together.
500 representatives from Ukrainian universities also joined in the event as part of a congress of student government leaders. Giving words to their visions on the wish wall, they expressed a need for European standards of living. They also confirmed that they see their future in the European community. The event became a call for Ukrainian citizens to join together their efforts with the goal of living in a European country.
On the same day as the “Building Europe in Ukraine” launch, Tombiński, jointly with the rector of Bila Tserkva University, Anatoliy Danylenko, officially opened the 15th EU Information Centre. Operating at the site of the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, the EU Information Centre will become an instrument for improving knowledge about the European Union and fostering relations between the EU and Ukraine. For Bila Tserkva dwellers, the Centre will also become a window through which they can gain insight into EU integration. The Centre will produce and distribute a wide range of publications and materials related to the EU, its policies, social standards and standards of living, education opportunities in the EU, and EU-Ukraine cooperation.
The “Building Europe in Ukraine” information campaign will involve a number of informative and educational events conducted in 2013-2014. The events are aimed at explaining the importance of the signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, spreading European values, and raising awareness about EU-Ukraine relations. The EU Delegation to Ukraine invites citizens interested in these issues to participate in information campaign events.