CiSEP fellows studied social aspects of sustainable development

Labour standards, govern­mental imple­men­tation plans and planning own monitoring projects were in the focus of the second and third CiSEP Level B trainings on „Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” that took place in June and July.

The second training took place on 11–13 June in Kyiv, in which 22 CiSEP fellows dealt in detail with social compo­nents of the concept of sustainable devel­opment. The fellows studied standards and documents of the Inter­na­tional Labour Organ­i­sation (ILO), which serve as basis for many provi­sions of DCFTA Chapter 13 “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” in the EU-Ukraine Associ­ation Agreement. They also became familiar with the work of the organi­zation in Ukraine by working with its “Decent Work Country Programme 2016–2019”.

Furthermore, CiSEP fellows learned about the formats of civil society cooper­ation envisaged in Chapter 13 – Domestic Advisory Groups and Civil Society Forum. Since the Ukrainian side of the DAG is still not estab­lished, a repre­sen­tative of Georgian DAG shared her experience of its work.  In the meeting with repre­sen­ta­tives of several Ukrainian ministries the fellows discussed the imple­men­tation plans of DCFTA Chapter 13 and current challenges.

These imple­men­tation plans were put to the test in the third workshop, which took place on 16–18 July in Lviv. The partic­i­pants discussed what monitoring means, received many tips from our trainer’s hand-on experience when conducting monitoring on the local and national level and finally designed their own monitoring projects of Ukraine’s EU associ­ation in the sphere of sustainable devel­opment. Another focus lied on Environ­mental Impact Assess­ments (EIA) and Strategic Environ­mental Assess­ments (SEA) – CiSEP fellows learned how they are conducted step by step and discussed the role of the civil society in this process.

The latter is important since in many countries it is the civil society organi­za­tions that control the correct appli­cation of EIA/SEA studies. In this context, the experience of Western Balkan CSOs presented by an expert from Bosnia and Herze­govina proved to be especially useful.

The CiSEP training series on “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” is a special­ization training consisting of four seminars that started in May 2018. The final workshop will take place in September in Lviv. The Civic School for Sound EU Practice is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.