Ukrainian movie hitting European film and animation forums

Ethno music, endangered species, costumes from leading fashion designers, and animation inspired by nature and traditions. That is what the upcoming Ukrainian animated film “Mavka: The Forest Song” is all about. The film tells the story of a magical creature, Mavka, who is based on the fairy play “Forest Song” by Lesia Ukrainka and Slavic mythology imagery.

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Toxic problem: ecologists call for European standards for pesticide control

“Are pesticides that are recognised as toxic in Europe  safe in Ukraine?”  This alarming question was the topic of a round table held in December by the international charitable organisation, Environment-People-Law, and the Reanimation Package of Reforms. Read more

A made-in-Ukraine miracle house may change the construction industry

In November, seven outstanding Ukrainians made it into the annual “New Europe 100” rating published by Financial Times. The New Europe 100 is a list of 100 people from Central and Eastern Europe who, “are changing the region’s societies, politics or business environments.” Read more

Life without borders: What it means to be an Erasmuser

This year, Europe’s most popular education programme, Erasmus, celebrated its 30th anniversary. One of the programme’s biggest advocates, Umberto Eco, believes Erasmus created the first generation of young Europeans. Now the programme’s successor, Erasmus+, continues to unite young people from around the world under its umbrella of opportunities, ranging from university exchanges to volunteering. Read more

Wheale and Dobidovska: Only Businesses Can Ensure Food Safety

Ukraine is now adapting its food safety system to the realities of the market economy and European norms. We talked to Tony Wheale, the team leader of the EU-funded ‘Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine’ project, and Yana Dobidovska, the project’s deputy team leader, about the differences between the old and new systems, changes already accomplished, and the way forward. Here are the highlights of our conversation. Read more

How Ukrainian entrepreneurs are changing world industries with EU grants

Energy-efficient houses, 3D metal printing, solar smart blinds – these technologies will change the global economy and our everyday lives in the very near future. Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the creators of these innovative products. Read more

Legislative changes in waste management in Ukraine are stalled

“How can the public help promote behaviour changes for waste management in Ukraine?” Workshops addressing this question were held in late September in Kyiv and Lviv in the context of the EU-funded project, “Ukrainian civil society for European-Style Waste Management”. The civil society organisations, “Environment-People-Law” (EPL) and “Ecological Initiatives” are implementing the project. Read more

Heat for high-rise buildings: owners’ associations preparing for the launch of the Energy Efficiency Fund

Residents of one multistory apartment building in Lviv have taken out a public loan for energy saving initiatives. With the money, they have installed a heat metre, replaced old windows, and insulated the building.

The improvements are documented in a video produced with the assistance of the European Union. The initiative may not be extreme, but for Ukraine, it is a kind of revolution. Read more

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”: EU Study Days convenes an alumni forum

Over the past few years in Ukraine, there has been no shortage of workshops, seminars, and other training events dedicated to the European Union and its relations with Ukraine. However, even in this saturated environment, the recognised leader is the EU Study Days: an initiative of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. The “days” are unofficially known as the “EuroSchool.” Read more