A conflict in the east was a blow to the whole Ukraine. Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts split into two parts. More than a million Ukrainians left the uncontrolled territory. First of all, they moved to the nearest cities, closer to their homes. Internal migration became an impulse for the development of many small towns in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The International Organization for Migration and the European Union provided 2,500 internally displaced persons with grants for business development as well as professional and technical assistance. Thousands of Ukrainians in the east of Ukraine received an opportunity to make their dreams come true. Read more
The Dnipro producer of flour, cereals and pasta “SamRiz” needed a quick affordable loan to pay wages to its workers and buy food stock. The company was able to cover these expenses thanks to a cheap loan from ProCredit Bank, a Ukrainian partner of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), within the framework of the EU4Business initiative. Read more
Farmers of Khmelnytsky region have united and set up the Radodar dairy cooperative using a grant from the EU Community-Based Approach to Local Development programme. Learn how the cooperative expands its product range, plans to build new shops and get a decent profit. Read more
The dialogue around European integration in Ukraine is dominated by serious issues like the battle for a visa-free regime, the adoption of laws stipulated by the Association Agreement, preparations for the next EU-Ukraine summit, and other big-picture matters. Read more
EU allocated €4.5 million to support to cities of the EaP countries, which are signatories to the Covenant of Mayors. This is the budget of the second phase of the EU Covenant of Mayors East project until 2020.
Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, visited Kyiv on July 25-26. He and the Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman spoke at a high-level policy event in Kyiv which explored the challenges and opportunities that the European Union’s Digital Single Market (DSM) represents for Ukraine.
It is just 60 kilometres from Kharkiv to the Russian border, and nearly a thousand kilometres to the nearest EU border. The geopolitical preferences of local citizens are undoubtedly influenced by this reality, just as the foreign trade preferences of local businesses are. Despite these geographic facts, Ukraine’s current situation demands that these preferences change. We discussed potential next steps in making these changes with Oleksandr Chumak, president of the Association of Private Employees and a Team Europe expert. Read more