CiSEP trained civil society advocates for sustainable development in Ukraine

19 Fellows of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) successfully completed the training series on “Trade and Sustainable Development”.

The final workshop of the training series took place between 10-12 September 2018 in Lviv, Ukraine. The focus of this meeting lied on advocacy strategies for civil society organisations and how they can promote sustainability in Ukraine’s economic development as well as in the EU-Ukraine trade relations.

Experts from the Responsible Business Forum from Poland introduced CiSEP Fellows about the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, how can it help to achieve some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as well as how to practically promote it with business representatives. Other activities of the Responsible Business Forum, like coordinating the EU Diversity Charter and promoting non-financial reporting of big companies, were also discussed.

Together with an expert from a Zagreb-based Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR) the Fellows learned how to prepare an advocacy campaign. Concentrating on topics like energy poverty, waste management and nature protection, the Fellows prepared their own action plans for an advocacy campaign that they discussed in groups.

A final exam on the last training day served as a way to check the Fellows’ knowledge after the whole CiSEP Level B “Trade and Sustainable Development” training series, which consisted of four seminars and took place between June and September 2018. 19 Fellows successfully passed the exam and will participate in a study trip to Berlin in October 2018.

Civic School for Sound EU Practice is implemented by Institut für Europäische Politik in cooperation with Lviv organisation of the Civil Network OPORA. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Level B training cycle on Intellectual Property Rights in Ukraine concluded

The fourth seminar dedicated to the DCFTA Chapter 9 “Intellectual Property” of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement took place end of March in Chernihiv. 19 fellows successfully graduated from the training series implemented by the Institute for European Politics within the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP).

Between 26 and 28 March the Capacity Development Team of the Institute for European Politics together with local partner organization Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies implemented in Chernihiv the fourth and last of the CiSEP Level B (specialization) trainings on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Previous trainings took place in December, January and February in Kyiv and Chernihiv.

Within the program, a group of Ukrainian civil society representatives with different professional backgrounds (lawyers, scientists and journalists among them) studied the provisions of Chapter 9 “Intellectual Property” of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Apart from the documents’ provisions, the trainings concentrated on EU acquis on IPR, state of Ukrainian intellectual property system and main challenges on the way of Chapter 9 implementation.

Using the Project Cycle Management methodology (problem and objective trees) thorough the training cycle CiSEP fellows identified two main areas of Ukraine’s IPR system which need further improvement: public awareness as well as enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. Experts from EU trained them on designing effective public awareness campaigns and discussions with representatives of Ukrainian enforcement agencies helped to narrow down the areas needing action from the civil society. In the seminar in March they also learned on practical cases how to identify counterfeited products.

The training cycle ended with an exam. 19 successful alumni of the program will take part in the study trip to the EU in the beginning of June in order to learn more about the blocque’s acquis in the IPR field and learn about the work of relevant EU stakeholders in the field.

The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) is a training programme for active citizens and change-makers in Ukraine. It creates a network of Association Agreement specialists with the common goal of enhancing Ukraine’s European integration. CiSEP is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

“Reforms! Changes! Really? Civil Power for Stronger Results” – CiSEP conference in Chernihiv, Ukraine

From 29-30 March around 60 alumni of our Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) followed th invitation to take part in the interactive conference “Reforms! Changes! Really? Civil Power for Stronger Results” in Chernihiv, Ukraine. 1,5 years after the start of our CiSEP training series, the conference brought the civil society members together to discuss Ukraine’s EU association process and their role in it (in the past, present and future).

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