Communication is not only the exchange of information and ideas but an important precondition for successful coordination and cooperation. In the framework of the EU-UA Association Agreement the civil society is often struggling with finding an effective communication strategy towards the citizens on the one hand and the local and/or national authorities on the other hand.
Therefore, the Level B Training “EU Association Skills” dedicated its second workshop to “EU Coordination and Communication and English Speaking on EU Association Matters” which took place from 18-20 December in Kyiv. During the three intense days our expert from Serbia introduced our participants to the Serbian communication strategy of the government in the SAA process and stressed that transparency and access to all important documents were key to the success in communication and collaboration between government and civil society. A sensible connection was made by the expert discussions with representatives of the GOEEI and the Verkhovna Rada. In particular, the meeting with the representatives of the GOEEI was very enlightening and illustrated the importance of trust and openness when it comes to cooperating with civil society. The public speaking training focused on speech structure and target audiences. Thus, an important basis for the development of self-confident communication and presentation skills of the participants was laid.
Another highlight this time: A joint get-together event with the CiSEP Level B “Intellectual Property Rights” fellows and our CiSEP alumnis having Dinner and Christmas Trivia on Orthodox St. Nicholas Day!
The next workshop will be held in Odessa in January and will introduce our fellows to methods and instruments of legal harmonisation, focus on monitoring on the local level and deepen the Public Speaking skills.
Institut für Europäische Politik implements this workshop series in cooperation with Odessa regional organization of All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”. The project is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.