Our CiSEP Alumni have plenty of project ideas with the aim to bring Ukraine closer to the EU. They deal with participatory governance, health, ICT, and cultural heritage. Yet, a good idea is never enough. After all, every project realization requires sufficient funds and administrative capacity. For this reason,
From 20 to 24 March 2018 our CiSEP “EU Association Skills” alumni discovered the world of EU-Ukraine relations in Brussels.
After having dedicated several training months to EU association monitoring and legal harmonization, it was high time to dive into the who’s who of EU-Ukraine relations.
We were warmly welcomed by experts of the European Parliament, the Support Group to Ukraine, DG TRADE, EEAS, ECOSOC, BusinessEurope, CEPS, the European Endowment for Democracy, as well as the Mission of Ukraine to the EU.
20 civic activists practice legal approximation, association monitoring and English public speaking
The third workshop of the CiSEP training series “EU Association Skills” gathered NGO members from all over Ukraine from 22 to 24 January in Odessa. Aim of the training is to provide our CiSEP fellows with a “toolbox” of methods and skills to contribute effectively to the EU association process in Ukraine.
During our first two trainings we laid our focus on EU legal analysis. Now, we introduced our fellows to the steps and methods of legal approximation. In first practical exercises our fellows got acquainted with the Table of Concordance – an obligatory tool when checking the compliance of Ukrainian legislation with EU legal provisions.
Our training session dedicated to public speaking on EU matters ensured the “feel-good-factor” of the training. Our CiSEP fellows boosted their presentation techniques in numerous practical exercises. The trainer conveyed the right attitude towards public presentations with a lot of empathy and humour.
Moreover, our group had the opportunity to discuss possibilities on regional NGO engagement with a colleague from the “National Coalition for Decentralisation” based in Niš in Serbia. On the basis of Serbian case examples they discussed topics such as regional cooperation, capacity development for smaller organisations, and communication with citizens on the one hand and national stakeholders on the other hand.
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.
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.
The new training cycle of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) started in three Ukrainian cities with workshops on facts and myths about the EU association process.
The Civic School for Sound EU Practice starts a new series of trainings in Ukraine until 2019, develops cooperation with local partners and increases its outreach. New participants looked for!
First round of CiSEP workshops successfully concluded in Chernihiv
From December 13-16, 2015, Constanze Aka, project manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), implemented the second workshop for civil society representatives from Western Ukraine in Lviv.
The workshop “Making an impact: The DCFTA and means of monitoring the association process” conveyed further knowledge on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between Ukraine and the European Union, entering into force on 1 January, 2016.
From 7-10 December 2015, four weeks after the first workshop of the project Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) was opened in Odessa, Martin Stein, project manager at Institut für Europäische Politik, returned to the port city at the Black Sea to successfully implement the second workshop of the first project stage with participants from different CSOs of Central and Southern Ukraine.
The third component of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice was successfully launched in Lviv on 23 November, 2015. Its beginning was marked with a conference on Ukraine’s EU association in general and its impacts for Western Ukraine in particular. The event was opened by Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Ms Myroslava Dyakovych, who delivered sincere greetings from HE Ambassador Weil.