CiSEP Level B “EU Association Skills”: training series completed

IEP and partner organ­i­sation success­fully complete the first Level B training series of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP).

Being a key player in the EU-Ukraine associ­ation process as a Ukrainian civil society requires not only a full under­standing of the Associ­ation and Free Trade Agreement. In addition, horizontal compe­tences in monitoring, EU coordi­nation, EU legal approx­i­mation and public speaking in English are needed. These skills were developed and strengthened within the framework of the Level B training series “EU Associ­ation Skills” of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP).

From 19–21 February, the fourth workshop with 19 members from Ukrainian CSOs took place in Kyiv and completed the training series. During three intensive days, the CiSEP fellows strengthened their presen­tation skills in English and analysed selected direc­tives using the Tables of Concor­dance. The partic­i­pants have discussed the monitoring of the EU-UA associ­ation imple­men­tation process and windows of oppor­tunity for CSO engagement with repre­sen­ta­tives from the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting. The European perspective on this question was offered by Dobrimir Hristov from the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. In his input and the ensuing discussion he highlighted concrete inter­ven­tions of the European Union supporting relevant stake­holder and the civil society involvement in the Associ­ation process.

Our fellows now have the oppor­tunity to apply for partic­i­pation in further CiSEP special­ization trainings. The third Level B trainings series will start in May 2018 in Lviv on “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment”. Detailed infor­mation on the CiSEP training structure can be found at:

Institut für Europäische Politik imple­ments this workshop series in cooper­ation with Odessa regional organi­zation of All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”. The project is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.