IEP/GIZ EU trainer programme for Ukrainian Civil Servants completed: Study visit Berlin, Zagreb, Belgrade


From 24 to 31 January 2016 Ms Anne Bercio, project leader at IEP, a group of 15 civil servants of the Ukrainian Government Office for European Integration and various line ministries attended a study visit to Germany, Croatia and Serbia.

The main objective of the visit was to further consolidate knowledge and networks from the three-month EU trainer programme previously implemented in Kyiv.

To this end participants visited the central EU coordinating bodies in all three capitals (Auswärtiges Amt, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, MFA in Croatia, Serbian European Integration Office). Appointments at the Representation of Sachsen-Anhalt to the Federal level, the National Assembly of Serbia as well as with Civil Society Activists in Zagreb and Belgrade complemented the visit.

In the context of training the current and future officials of Ukrainian ministries and agencies to cope with the challenges associated with the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, the objective of this study visit for GOEI was to foster knowhow and competences of key stakeholders in the field of EU coordination and strengthen networks among EUIOs as well as with relevant German, Croatian, and Serbian stakeholders.

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