Training series on DCFTA chapter 13 “Trade and Sustainable Development” completed by study trip to Berlin

For 19 repre­sen­ta­tives of the Ukrainian civil society our study trip to Berlin from 15–20 October 2018 marked the end of their successful partic­i­pation in our Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) training series on “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment”.

The CiSEP training series focused on the DCFTA chapter 13 “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment”. It not only incor­po­rated the three compo­nents of sustain­ability: “Trade”, “Environment” and “Social Policy” and their state of imple­men­tation in Ukraine, but also offered intro­duc­tions in the monitoring and advocacy work in this sector.

The study trip served as an additional measure to explore topics such as energy and waste management and sustainable forest management, which were only rudimen­tarily touched during the training sessions. As for the chosen desti­nation, Germany seemed like the ideal pick, as it pursues its way of becoming more sustainable, especially on its transition to non-nuclear energy. Therefore, the main goal was to support the participant’s knowledge of the German approach by visiting state insti­tu­tions, research facil­ities, NGOs and other important stake­holders. While doing that, the study trip also enabled the partic­i­pants to strengthen their profes­sional networks. Different organ­i­sa­tions and experts, such as the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the House of Repre­sen­ta­tives, the German Eastern Business Associ­ation, BUND Friends of the Earth Germany and the German Trade Union Confed­er­ation welcomed our partic­i­pants warmly. Apart from those visits, insights on how the concept of sustain­ability can be practi­cally imple­mented, which were offered by “Das Baumhaus Berlin”, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Devel­opment and the waste-fueled power station Ruhleben can be seen as highlights of this trip. During the discus­sions, the members of our group had the oppor­tunity to ask numerous questions from a Ukrainian point of view and thus entered into a stimu­lating exchange with the German experts. After five successful days new ideas for creative projects in Ukraine already came up.