Successful Completion of CiSEP Level A2 in Dnipro

The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) Level A2 training series has success­fully come to an end in Dnipro. The training series focused on basics concerning the Associ­ation Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union (AA) and the accom­pa­nying Deep and Compre­hensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

Over the course of four workshops, our partic­i­pants, who represent active citizens from civil society organi­za­tions within Ukraine, learned about the values, the political system and the bodies of the EU. They learned how civic partic­i­pation can function within the EU integration and also got a systematic intro­duction into the AA and DCFTA and an approach on how to read them.

The last two workshops have taken place from 20–22 May and 24–26 June 2019 in Dnipro. The workshop in May focused on the imple­men­tation and civic engagement aspect of the EU-integration, further approaching the topic by using examples from neigh­bouring countries and their experi­ences with the EU associ­ation, such as Serbia and Georgia. Themat­i­cally, an emphasis was made to Intel­lectual Property Rights (Chapter 9) and Trans­parency (Chapter 12).

The last workshop of the training series combined different aspects: Firstly, it focused on Chapter 3: Technical Barriers to Trade. It further stressed the impor­tance of regional civic engagement and the oppor­tu­nities decen­tral­ization can bring. Organizing civil society in local hubs, as demon­strated by the example of Nis in Serbia, is very important to give a voice to civil society members and empower them, since it creates oppor­tu­nities of influence. Supporting this process, the partic­i­pants also learned more about Project Cycle Management and how it can be of help to them. A highlight of the training was visiting the production site of Interpipe – a Ukrainian indus­trial company for steel pipes and railway wheels.

The end of the workshop series was marked by the exams all partic­i­pants had to pass in order to success­fully complete Level A2. All of our partic­i­pants have indeed passed and we are very excited to see our CiSEP network growing. We wish our partic­i­pants all the best and hope we will be seeing them again soon.

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 supported by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).