Ukraine: Completion of Interactive Round Tables for Initiating Dialogue

In the framework of our project Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP), four inter­active round tables have taken place in Ukraine between December 2019 and May 2020. Each of them covered one topic, which is relevant for the regional EU associ­ation: food safety, waste management, green economy and promotion of innovation. The round tables contributed to a dialogue and cooper­ation between Ukrainian civil society, business and public admin­is­tration, but also included the inter­ested public. All events encom­passed both a seminar and a public panel discussion. The activ­ities in the South and North of Ukraine took place locally whereas the ones in Western and Eastern Ukraine took place online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first of the four round tables was organised in Odessa and dealt with the intro­duction of compre­hensive food control in Southern Ukraine according to consistent inter­na­tional standards. The centrally discussed question was if the state or businesses should take on the respon­si­bility of food inspec­tions.

The second round table focused on sustainable regional devel­opment and waste management in Northern Ukraine. In the morning, the partic­i­pants of the seminar had the possi­bility to get a practical insight into waste avoidance and recycling strategies of a local company whereas the afternoon provided space for informal exchanges in small groups on central problems and possible solutions for 2020. It was under­lined how important the devel­opment of effective regional imple­men­tation plans for waste management will be.

The third round table dealt with green economy approaches in Western Ukraine (Lviv) and took place digitally. Repre­sen­ta­tives of science, politics and local businesses with sustainable concepts for success were invited as technical experts.

In May 2020, the fourth round table on the topic of promotion of innovation and export in Eastern Ukraine (Dnipro) also took place digitally. In addition to academic experts, a local businessman from Kamianske was willing to share his experi­ences in the areas of export and innovation with the audience. The event contributed to do away with myths concerning export economy and innovation.
The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) is a training programme for active citizens and change makers from Ukraine. CiSEP creates a Ukraine-wide network of specialists on questions of the EU-Ukraine associ­ation agreement with the aim to strengthen the European integration of Ukraine.

The inter­active round tables were organized in cooper­ation with our local partners Odessa Regional Agency for Recon­struction and Devel­opment (Odessa), Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies (Chernihiv), Civil Network Opora (Lviv), and the NGO “Public Chamber of Ukraine“ (Dnipro).

CiSEP is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.