Football’s Triumph Over War: How children football games built peace for over 20 years in crisis zones across world

Denmark’s Anders Levinsen has left a senior position at the UN Refugee Agency to travel to conflict zones and build peace through children’s football matches. In 2017, with EU funding, the Open Football Fun School project was launched in Ukraine to help boys and girls from eastern Ukraine adapt to host communities. The project has hosted football festivals for nearly 14,000 children from nine regions, attracting more than a thousand adult volunteers, including psychologists and international experts. Read more

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EU supports Vesele hromada in Zaporizhia region

Residents of Vesele amalgamated territorial community are not afraid of being active, offering cooperation and implementing experimental projects. They built a solar power plant in the place of abandoned landfill. An administrative service center was opened in Vesele, modernized with the help from Swedish experts. The community has bought and operates the first mobile waste sorting line in Ukraine. Schoolchildren are able to grow vegetables in school greenhouses, learn to manage the community using table games, and record their own programs for the local radio station. Read more

EU supports probation system reform in Ukraine

One of the probation clients got into a traffic accident, while driving the customer’s expensive car. The other started a drunken brawl with the patrol police. A hunter got his unregistered gun confiscated, a homeless person was accused of a petty theft… Previously no other option than going to prison was available to most of them. For a long time, the majority of the prisoners have ended up behind the bars, they had no other option. However, the things changed 2 years ago. Thousands of people now are rehabilitated and corrected on the basis of their community rather than imprisoned.  But not many people know about this transformation in Ukraine.  Meanwhile, in 2 years of the probation functioning, more than 200,000 convicts got the chance to correct without deprivation of liberty. Currently, 65,000 people are serving community-based sentences.

The European Union Project Pravo-Justice, which involves Western and domestic experts in this work, helps to introduce the probation in Ukraine. They provide advice to the probation staff, conduct trainings, and introduce volunteer programs. To which extent are they succeeding to reform the post-Soviet system and change the society’s attitude towards the convicts, with the support of European countries? Read more

EU helps protect Ukrainian rivers

As of 2018, there are 13 European-standard basin councils operating in Ukraine. They include representatives of central and local governments and at least 30% of water users, including entrepreneurs, farmers and civic activists. Together, they solve the problems of Ukrainian reservoirs. And they are assisted in this by the European Union Water Initiative Plus and the Environmental Reform Support Team under the Ecology Ministry, which is co-financed by the EU – through consultations on European legislation, training of Ukrainian civil servants, monitoring of surface and groundwater status of Ukraine, etc. Read more

EU supports Trostyanets ATC in Sumy region

The Trostianets urban amalgamated hromada was established in Sumy oblast in 2017. Having a solid financial foundation, after amalgamation, Trostianets received a powerful strategic development resource. This hromada embodies projects that are qualitatively and geographically beyond its borders. They took a district hospital on the balance sheet and make overhaul major repairs of its inpatient department here; festivals of music and historical reconstruction attract tourists from all over Ukraine. They also plan to restore the biathlon base for international competitions in Trostianets. Read more

How a Small Town from Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Surprised Europe with Energy-Efficient Achievements

Dolyna is the only Ukrainian town in this-year list of finalists for the award of the European Union on Sustainable Energy among Eastern Partnership. For a district centre of Ukraine with a population of 20 thousand people such a recognition is a great achievement. It became achievable due to the strategy of sustainable energy development supported by the town authorities, million-euro project and citizens who are ready to actively participate in development of Dolyna. Read more