EU Delegation to present Team Europe initiative in Odesa

On March 18th Team Europe experts and the EU Delegation will publicly launch a new initiative to bring the EU closer to media and business community in Odesa. The first Team Europe Odesa meeting with the local press will focus on the vital reforms for Ukraine and on the opportunities for Odesa business to expand to the EU markets.

DSC_8123What it takes Ukrainian business to fully benefit from the Deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA)? How DCFTA will influence Odesa region ports and local economic growth? Is Odesa region using the full trade potential with the EU? How media could learn more about Europe driven reforms and get update explanations from experts on topical issues? Media are warmly invited to discuss these issues and other issues with Team Europe experts, the EU Delegation to Ukraine and expert of the EU trade issues Taras Kachka.

Join our discussion:

What?                  Presentation of the Team Europe over coffee and snack, followed by informal discussion

When?                18 March 2016, 16.00-18.00

Where?               Impact Hub (1A Hretska Str.), Odesa

Participants:      Taras Kachka, deputy head of International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), key expert on the EU-Ukraine relations; Jurgis Vilcinskas, head of Press and Information Section at the EU Delegation to Ukraine; Jocelyn Guitton, trade affairs manager of the EU Delegation to Ukraine; Martti Lutsar, communications manager of the EU Delegation to Ukraine; Oleksandr Slavsky, cofounder, program director at Impact Hub, Odesa; Iuliia Serbina, head of the Social-Political Programs of the NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation”, analyst of Ukrainian Peace-Building School Project, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” board member; Pavlo Kolotvin, head of the NGO ‘Institute of political information’ in Odesa; Andriy Fedotov, blogger, journalist, member of the board of ‘Hromadske TV.

Team Europe experts networks will operate in Kharkiv and Odesa. Its members will help to make sense of European agenda for the city’s and region life, promote European values and discuss the priorities of the EU assistance to Ukraine.

To take part in the event, please fill in the registration form by 17:00 March 17th. For more information, please contact Ms. Vira Tubaltseva at tel. (067) 233 80 36, e-mail: vtubaltseva@internews.ua

Background Information: Team Europe is to unite experts and professionals from different fields, which have expertise in the EU-Ukraine relations. The mission of Team Europe is to bring the EU-Ukraine dialogue to the regions and assist the EU in understanding the needs of local communities, support Ukrainian reforms and bring EU’s financial and technical assistance to every corner of Ukraine.

How one can use the educational opportunities of the EU? How is the free trade area between the EU and Ukraine affecting business, regional development or jobs? Many countries neighbouring Ukraine faced these and other issues prior to their accession to the EU and Team Europe there provided answers to these questions.