Interview with Andrea Matteo Fontana - Eastern Partnership supporting ‘homegrown’ reforms
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative seeks to boost the EU’s relations with its eastern neighbours. The main goal is to support reforms in Eastern European countries and promote closer political association and economic integration with the EU. The EaP offers a range of tangible cooperatio...
Mayors pushing for more energy efficiency
Ukraine is effectively the leader of the Covenant of Mayors movement outside the European Union, with Ukrainian mayors increasingly committed to local sustainable energy. As many as twenty five Ukrainian cities have already become signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, the EU initiative bringing to...
EuropeAid feature: Peace and capacity building - EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine
Effective border management should facilitate, not hinder, trade and contacts across borders. The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005, after a joint request made by Presidents of Moldova and Ukraine. It was a response to smuggling and other illicit cross-...
EuropeAid feature: Rural wholesale markets in Ukraine - directly from the farmer to the consumer
Agriculture is the main source of income for the majority of Ukraine’s rural population. Producers usually sell their goods at poorly organised and often unlicensed wholesale markets, most of which are seasonal. Moreover, producers tend to use outdated technologies for storing and transporting...
The Danube Wreath Festival: Noah’s Arc Odessa Style
Pottery and weaving, embroidery and beadwork, blacksmiths’ works and rag dolls – but also dancing and cooking… From this year on, the 130 nationalities living in the Odessa border area have one more place where they can showcase their crafts, display the products of their extraord...
To handle football fans border guards learn English
Ukraine is getting ready for Euro 2012, and its border guards are happily back in class. On April 2011 a very special English course started in the port city of Odessa: 150 hours of intensive study were offered to border inspectors with little or no knowledge of English. Such sessions will be held i...
“Don’t litter, it’s a sin” Even the Church goes Green
In the battle to raise environmental awareness, Church and children are strong allies of the Ukrainian authorities. The waste management problem is acute in some regions, and an overall strategy for ecological education as well as illegal waste disposal has been put in place. The government is suppo...
From skiers to cyclists: BikeLand is transforming the Ukrainian Carpathians
Two years ago, people in Yaremche, Western Ukraine, started thinking about an alternative to the traditional skiing, and borrowed the idea of bicycle tourism from Europe. Several enthusiasts - supported by a Cross Border Cooperation programme funded by the EU to the tune of €512,000 - decided ...
Managing water resources
Why does water stop running from the tap? Sometimes it is because it just stops flowing in the river. In order to prevent this from happening, the EU has developed its Water Framework Directive, which is aimed at restoring rivers in their original state. And because water does not have any boundar...
EUBAM feature - Cross border football
Two days, with teams from the Moldovan and Ukrainian Customs and Border Guard Services, the Romanian border police, the Odessa Law academy, Odessa regional authorities, FRONTEX, Management of the Southern Regional Directorate of State Border Guard Service and EUBAM, the EU-funded EU Border...
Carbon footprints leading into the future
Everyone seems to agree that coordinated international efforts are needed to tackle climate change. The task now is to translate this conviction into real actions. Countries have to develop climate change strategies, get their citizens and industries interested in energy saving clea...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Thibault Raisson - Better regulations for safer air travel in TRACECA Partners
The Civil Aviation Safety and Security Project, funded by the EU under the broader TRACECA Transport Programme, may focus on the details of standards and regulations, but ultimately it aims to help save lives in the air, according to Project Director Thibault Raisson. The project aims to improve ai...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Rene Meeuws - TRACECA training: teaching the teachers to teach
Behind the development of modern transport infrastructures and services lay well-trained, qualified and competent staff . This is the target of the EU-funded project, Strengthening Transport Training institutes in the NIS, part of the broader TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) program...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Marc Abeille - Maritime highways to unlock a key transport route
‘The Motorways of the Sea – Black and Caspian Sea’ project, funded by the EU as part of its broader efforts to consolidate a direct transport corridor from Europe to Asia through the Caucasus, was launched at the beginning of 2009. These maritime highways aim to establish “...
The People behind the projects - Interview with Captain Fernando Pardo- Improving maritime safety and battling pollution in the Black and Caspian Seas
Since August 2009 an EU-funded project has been working to improve maritime safety in the Black and Caspian Seas and to prevent and better tackle maritime pollution in case of accident. Part of the broader TRACECA transport programme, the €3.5 million two-year project, ‘Development...
Saving the Black Sea
The Black Sea countries have long exploited ample resources of the sea they share. Over time, pollution, coastal development and overfishing undermined the unique ecosystem. The SCBSea project contributes to the sustainable development of the Black Sea Basin by preventing and reducing the input of...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Dr. Ashraf Hamed -TRACECA - IDEA - Transport
For an initiative as wide-ranging as the EU-funded TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) programme, coordination is all-important. This is the role of the €6.6 million Regional Transport Dialogue and Networks Interoperability (IDEA) project, the current phase of which began in May ...
Civil Society - Consumer Society and Citizen Networks
The Consumer Society and Citizen Networks project (CSCN) is a joint initiative of the European Union and UNDP started in 2006. Its goal is to increase civil society's role in sound economic governance in Ukraine according to the European standards. Specifically CSCN aims at promoting access of cit...
Migration and asylum - Capacity Building of Migration Management (CBMM)
The EU is supporting Ukraine's efforts to restructure its migration management approach that includes the operational framework related to the detention of irregular migrants. Within the framework of the EU-Ukraine Readmission Agreement, ratified by Ukraine on 15 January 2008, Ukraine was given a 2 ...
Nuclear Safety - Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF)
The Chernobyl Shelter Fund is a major project to cope with the consequences of the 1986 accident. It aims at making the site environmentally safe. The European Community has so far provided €190.4 million to the Fund, representing roughly 35% of the original estimated cost of the...
Eastern Partnership – Questions and Answers
1. Why is the EU proposing the Eastern Partnership? Because the time is ripe to step up our relations with our Eastern neighbours. Events in the countries in Eastern Europe and in the Southern Caucasus affect the EU. Successive EU enlargements have brought these countries closer to the EU and...
Sustainable Integrated Land Use of the Eurasian Steppes
The steppe is a rare ecosystem; one of the rarest in Europe. It is sustained by insects, large animals, fire and the local climate. The last century saw the reduction of large animals and fire. Now the steppe needs to be stabilised through a combination of agricultural management and nature conserva...
European Union Border Assistance Mission
Borders are a vital tool in promoting a safe environment in which trade and people to people contacts can flourish. Effective border management should facilitate, not hinder, trade and contacts across borders. The European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) was established by the EU at the join...
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