CiSEP goes green! Level B training series on Trade and Sustainable Development launched in Lviv

The first CiSEP workshop of the new Level B training series “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” took place in Lviv from 14–16 May and was dedicated to the respective DCFTA Chapter 13.

A trade policy favoring sustain­ability makes sure that economic devel­opment goes hand in hand with protection of environment and labour rights.  World leaders agreed on the Agenda 2030, a set of 17 Sustainable Devel­opment Goals (SDG) and 169 targets proposed by the United Nations in 2015. The EU is fully committed to implement the SDGs and tries to promote Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment through its foreign trade policy. Therefore all modern EU Free Trade Agree­ments (FTA) comprise a chapter on Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment (TSD).The same goes for the EU-Ukraine Deep and Compre­hensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

The respective Chapter 13 “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” envisages an active role for civil society in the monitoring of the imple­men­tation process and therefore great oppor­tu­nities for civic engagement. That is why we together with Civil Network OPORA (Lviv) decided to dedicate the next training series for 23 Ukrainian change-makers and repre­sen­ta­tives of the civil society within the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) to this topic.

What is sustainable devel­opment exactly and what are its practical impli­ca­tions? How is it incor­po­rated in EU’s foreign trade policy? How can green economy be realized in Ukraine and which oppor­tu­nities does Ukraine have when it comes to green finance? The CiSEP fellows discussed these questions with Oleksandr Sushchenko, Head of the Center for Blended Value Studies, who perfectly intro­duced the group into this topic. Natalia Andru­sevych, CEO of the Research and Analysis Center “Society and Environment” showed the place of ecological issues in the EU and Ukraine’s trade policy as well as in the Associ­ation Agreement between the two parties. In practical exercise the fellows debated about the EU’s ban on export of wood and studied the instru­ments of Sustain­ability Impact Assessment.

The next workshop will be held in Kyiv between 11–13 June in Kyiv and will focus on labour standards in DCFTA Chapter 13 and relevant stake­holders involved in the imple­men­tation process.

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.