Civic School for Sound EU Practice: Opening Conference in Lviv

The third component of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice was success­fully launched in Lviv on 23 November, 2015. Its beginning was marked with a conference on Ukraine’s EU associ­ation in general and its impacts for Western Ukraine in particular. The event was opened by Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Ms Myroslava Dyakovych, who delivered sincere greetings from HE Ambas­sador Weil.

A compre­hensive key note on the state of imple­men­tation of the Associ­ation Agreement was held by Mr Mykola Kuzio, First Deputy Director of the Government Office for European Integration. His infor­mative speech was followed by a vivid panel discussion on the scope and effects of the EU Associ­ation for the Western border regions of Ukraine. Among the panelists were Ms Oksana Yurynets, Sub Committee Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Regional and Cross-Border Cooper­ation between Ukraine and the EU, Mr Mr Markiyan Malskyy, Director of the European Business Associ­ation, Mr Andriy Moskalenko, Director of the Mayor’s Admin­is­tration in Lviv City Council, as well as Mr Lev Zakharchyshyn, Director of the Inter­na­tional Department of Lviv Oblast Admin­is­tration. The Panel was moderated by Mr Hennadiy Maksak, President of the Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies.

The conference was followed up by an intriguing workshop for members of Civil Society Organ­i­sa­tions from Western Ukraine from 24–26 November, 2015. The seminar was imple­mented by Constanze Aka, Project Manager at Institut für Europäische Politik and was part of the workshop series “Civic School for Sound EU Practice” (CiSEP), a capacity building project for members of Civil Society Organi­za­tions in Ukraine. The project is organized by the IEP and imple­mented in cooper­ation with Civil Network OPORA (Lviv, Ukraine), the Odessa regional organi­zation of All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”, and Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies (Chernihiv, Ukraine). It 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.