Second Workshop “Civic School for Sound EU Practice” implemented

Participants and trainer of the Odessa Workshop

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 workshop was again aimed at conveying knowledge and skills. With regard to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in general and the Deep and Compre­hensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) in parti­cular two Ukrainian trainer presented and discussed the contents of Chapter 12 (Trans­pa­rency) and 13 (Sustainable Develo­pment and Trade) of the DCFTA and the role Civil Society can play in their respective imple­men­tation. The parti­ci­pants also learned more about cross border coope­ration with the help of a repre­sen­tative of the Joint Opera­tional Programme Romania-Ukraine-Moldova, which is funded through the European Neigh­bourhood Instrument.

As a key objective of CiSEP is the transfer of skills to foster the capacity building for CSOs in the context of the EU Association, the parti­ci­pants had some lively sessions on instru­ments to monitor the association process. The sessions were led by an experi­enced trainer from one of Polands largest NGOs with a focus on monitoring government activities. His shared experi­ences of working and not-working as well as good and bad strategies and activities for advocacy and campai­gning were esteemed by the present Ukrainian CSO repre­sen­ta­tives.

For Odessa the final workshop of the first stage of the project will take place at the end of January.

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 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, Odesa 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.