Second Workshop for Civil Society implemented

From December 13–16, 2015, Constanze Aka, project manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), imple­mented the second workshop for civil society repre­sen­ta­tives from Western Ukraine within the project Civic School for Sound EU Practice.

The workshop conveyed further knowledge on the Deep and Compre­hensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between Ukraine and the European Union, entering into force on 1 January, 2016. In particular, the Ukrainian experts Ms Svitlana Zaitseva and Ms Zoriana Mishchuk presented and discussed the contents of Chapter 12 (Trans­parency) and 13 (Sustainable Devel­opment and Trade) and the role of Civil Society in their respective imple­men­tation. Furthermore, the partic­i­pants got insight into the Cross-Border Cooper­ation Joint Opera­tional Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine which is funded through the European Neigh­bourhood Instrument. And finally, facil­i­tated by Ms Maja Bobić the group discussed advocacy tools and instru­ments based on case examples from the Republic of Serbia. In this context, the partic­i­pants trained their problem analysis and objective setting skills.

We are looking forward to continue our work during the third workshop in this training series, taking place from 1–4 February, 2015. We wish all our partic­i­pants a prosperous New Year!

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 Voters Committee in Odessa and Civil Network OPORA in Lviv. 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, amongst others, methods of strategy devel­opment, monitoring, and campaigning.

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.