“EU at a glance: how Association can work for you“ – Opening Workshop in Chernihiv, Ukraine

On 21–24 September, 2015, Anne Bercio, project leader of “Capacity Building for EU Associ­ation in Ukraine” at the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP), together with her colleagues Constanze Aka and Martin Stein, imple­mented a successful workshop in Chernihiv, Ukraine, for members of Ukrainian Civil Society Organ­i­sa­tions (CSOs). The workshop was opened with a keynote by Wolfgang Bindseil, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine, followed by a joint panel discussion with Wolfgang Bindseil, Nataliia Hnydyuk, Deputy of the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine/Head of the Government Office of the European Integration in Ukraine, Dr. Mathias Jopp, Director of the Institute for European Politics, Hennadiy Maksak, President of Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies in Chernihiv and moderated by Andriy Kulakov, Program Director at Internews Ukraine. The event was well visited, with repre­sen­ta­tives from local CSOs, businesses, the media, local politi­cians and inter­ested citizens. The Chairman of the Chernihiv Regional Council, Mykola Swjerjew, also expressed his appre­ci­ation of taking the topic of the EU Associ­ation to the regions in a brief impromptu speech.

The workshop is part of the workshop series “Civic School for Sound EU Practice” (CiSEP), a capacity building project for members of Civil Society Organi­za­tions in Ukraine that is organized by the IEP and imple­mented in cooper­ation with Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies (Chernihiv, Ukraine). The project takes place over a two-year period in the form of a progres­sively struc­tured training program in the cities of Chernihiv, Odesa 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.

The project is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany.