“EU at a glance: how Association can work for you“ – Opening Workshop in Odessa, Ukraine

On 9–13 November, 2015, Martin Stein, project manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP), imple­mented a successful workshop in Odessa, Ukraine, for members of Ukrainian Civil Society Organi­sa­tions (CSOs).

The workshop was opened with an intri­guing panel discussion on the scope and effects of Ukraine’s EU association. Ms Nataliia Hnydyuk, Deputy of the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine/Head of the Government Office of the European Integration in Ukraine, Prof Dr Mathias Jopp, Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik as well as Iurii Vdovenko, Member of the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, gave insight into the Association process from their respective spheres of activity. The panel was moderated by Mr Anatoly Boiko, Director of the Odessa regional organiz­ation of All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”.

The workshop is part of the workshop series “Civic School for Sound EU Practice” (CiSEP), a capacity building project for members of Civil Society Organiz­a­tions in Ukraine that is organized by the IEP and imple­mented in coope­ration with the Odessa regional organiz­ation of All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine” as well as Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies (Chernihiv, Ukraine). The project takes place over a two-year period in the form of a progres­sively struc­tured training program in the cities of Chernihiv, Odessa and Lviv. The training cycles convey compre­hensive knowledge on consti­tuent parts and effects of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Compre­hensive Free Trade Area. Furthermore, parti­ci­pants study and practice approaches for sustainable monitoring of the association process. They are instructed in methods of strategy develo­pment, monitoring, campai­gning, etc.

The trainings are led by experts from adminis­trative bodies and civil society organiz­a­tions in EU member and candidate countries. The long-term project creates a sustainable network and synergies for the coope­ration of parti­ci­pating Civil Society Organiz­a­tions.

The project is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany.