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Projects

Project: Destination: Transparency - New EU Member States' Best Practices for Moldova and Ukraine

EUROPEUM is a proud partner of the Destination: Transparency project leading by PISM (Polish Institute of International Affairs).

About the project:
Shortcomings in the rule of law and particularly corruption remain the main obstacles of improving the levels of democracy and prosperity even in the most advanced of the Eastern Partnership countries. Slow and ineffective reforms in this field are also a disincentive to improving business and trade relations with the neighbouring EU Member States and pose a number one barrier to advancing relations with the EU.
While the national authorities have already adopted part of the necessary legislation, there is a long way to their full implementation, which is not just a legal matter, but one of political will and public endorsement. The EU’s support comes primarily through the Eastern Partnership via both bilateral and multilateral channels. Yet the six years’ experience of the policy shows clear pitfalls and space to improve the effectiveness of the existing support mechanisms.
 
The main aim of the project is to identify possible ways to upgrade the EU’s role in improving the rule of law and fight against corruption in Moldova and Ukraine based on the experience of the V4 countries. A special emphasis will be on Brussels’ possibilities of leverage to empower civil society actors in their interaction with the authorities. The project proposes a two-dimensional approach to improve the status quo:
1) providing a platform to transfer V4 best practices to Moldovans and Ukrainians during a workshop;
2) based on research working out policy recommendations on how to upgrade the EU’s instruments to leverage on reforms in Moldova and Ukraine.

Project leader: PISM (Polish Institute of International Affairs)

Project financing: Destination: Transparency is co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund from an Extended Standard Grant.

Partners of the project:
Experts: Anita Sobják - project coordinator, Elżbieta Kaca

Project Administrator: Anna Szostak

Project: Strengthening security of the citizens active in the public space in Crimea and support of their contacts with the rest of Ukraine and the Czech Republic

Project Managers: Eva Rybkova, Vera Rihackova

Timeframe: January - December 2015 (ongoing)

Status: Project leader 

Executive Summary:
The aim of the project is to enhance the security of journalists, bloggers and activists from Crimea and eastern regions of Ukraine by strengthening their knowledge of Russian legislation related to the media and in the area of cybersecurity. The project also aims at targeted advocacy in the Czech Republic in order to provide for first-hand information about the developments in Crimea and eastern parts of Ukraine. 

Outputs:
  • Trainings in Kyiv and Prague
  • Advocacy Trip to Prague
  • On-line platform for legal assistance
Partners: Internews Ukraine

Donors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Strenghtening of security and journalist's skills of Ukrainian journalists and bloggers

Project Manager: Věra Říháčková

Timeframe: July 2014 – December 2014

Executive Summary:

The main aim of this project is to strengthen security of Ukrainian journalists and bloggers working on Crimea (generally in cyberspace and through the awareness of Russian media laws) and strengthen journalistic skills of journalists and bloggers from Southern and Eastern regions of Ukraine.

Outputs:

    • Training of 10 to 15 journalists and bloggers working on Crimea (2 days)
    • Follow-up seminar on Russian media legislation (1 day)
    • Study trip of Ukrainian journalists and bloggers from Southern and Eastern regions of Ukraine to the Czech Republic
      Partners:

      Internews Ukraine (Ukraine)

      Donors:

      Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic


      Improving the Coordination of European Policies in Georgia Based on the Practices of V4 Countries

      Project Manager: Věra Řiháčková

      Timeframe: May 2014 – December 2014

      Executive Summary:

      The project aim is to support Georgia’s integration process with the EU through strengthening its institutional and coordination capacity taking into consideration experience of the V4 countries. 

      Outputs:



      Partners:

      Georgia's Reforms Associates, GRASS (project leader)

      Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia)

      Institute for Strategic Studies (Poland)

      Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (Hungary)


      Donors:

      International Visegrad Fund


      For more information about the project visit - http://grass.org.ge/visegradfund.


      Destination: Transparency – New EU Member States’ Best Practices for Moldova and Ukraine

      Project Manager: Věra Řiháčková

      Timeframe: September 2014 – May 2015

      Executive Summary:

      The main aim of the project is to identify possible ways to upgrade the EU’s role in improving the rule of law and fight against corruption in Moldova and Ukraine based on the experience of the V4 countries. A special emphasis will be on Brussels’ possibilities of leverage to empower civil society actors in their interaction with the authorities. 

      Outputs:

      • Workshop in Warsaw
      • Report
      • Seminar in Brussels
      • Advocacy event in Chisinau
      • Advocacy event in Kiev

      Partners:

      Polish Institute of International Affairs (Leading partner, Poland)

      Center for EU Enlargement Studies (Hungary)

      Institute for Public Policy (Moldova)

      Ukrainian Institute for Public Policy (Ukraine)


      Donors:

      International Visegrad Fund


      Road to the EU of the Visegrad countries: lessons for Ukraine

      Project Manager: Věra Řiháčková

      Timeframe: August 2014 – December 2014

      Executive Summary:

      The main aim of the project is to contribute to responding to prejudices of public opinion towards European integration in Eastern and Southern regions of Ukraine by organizing public discussions on possible solutions of problems Ukraine might face on its way to the EU using experience of its neighbouring countries.

      Outputs:


      • 4 expert opinion polls
      • 6 regional round tables
      • Publication of 5 policy papers
      • Final conference in Kyiv


      Partners:

      Democratic Initiatives Foundation (Leading partner, Ukraine)
      Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia)
      Center for Social and Economic Research (Poland)

      Donors:

      International Visegrad Fund


      Publications

      • Publication: Destination: Transparency project - case studies on the anti-corruption in the V4 countries

        Corruption is the most oft-cited obstacle in relations between the EU and two of its eastern partners, Moldova and Ukraine. Seeping through public and private exchanges alike, systemic corruption impedes sectoral reforms—a crucial element of modernisation. The handbook offers concrete case studies from the Visegrad countries’ anti-corruption policy tracks and proposes solutions on how Moldova and Ukraine can best capitalise on the EU’s expertise, financial assistance and political momentum in anti-corruption reforms to minimise risk and optimise success. 


        One of the outcomes within the framework of the Destination: Transparency project - case studies on the anti-corruption in the V4 countries. 

        In this publication contributed our senior researcher Věra Řiháčková (chapter about Czech Republic with Helena Joachimsthalerová).

        You can download the publication on PISM webpage.