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In a few years, 50% of Ukrainians might emigrate abroad – Klimkin

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin fears that in a few years half of Ukraine’s population is likely to migrate outside the country. He expressed his concern during a meeting with war veterans in eastern Ukraine. “We used to have a homeland and a diaspora… What is happening now, when millions of Ukrainians […]

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British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough completes her diplomatic mission in Ukraine

British diplomat Judith Gough has left her position as the UK Ambassador to Ukraine. She held the post for four years and will shortly be replaced by Melinda Simmons, a diplomat with a strong background in security and conflict resolution. “Four years as the Ambassador of Great Britain have passed quickly. During this time, my […]

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The issue of security in Ukraine is among priorities of Poland’s one-month presidency of the UN Security Council in August

UN: Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz presided over Friday’s UN debate on children in war and conflicts – the first session with Poland as the UN Security Council president – saying that the protection of children in Eastern Ukraine and the Middle East is a priority for Poland. “Children are the first victims of war and […]

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Ukrainian Days at De Hoge Veluwe National Park

Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands: Ukrainian Days will take place at De Hoge Veluwe National Park on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of ther independence in Ukraine. The organisers has planned for their visitors an interesting music program, master classes and presentations. Guests will have a chance to try delicious Ukrainian cuisine (borscht, […]

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Europe’s young people call for equal access to social rights

CoE: Over 300 young people and youth workers from all Council of Europe member states and beyond gathered in Strasbourg for the ENTER! Youth Week. In a joint message they called upon member states to guarantee the protection of their rights. “All young people must have equal access to their rights recognized in the European […]

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European Parliament adopted a resolution on Russia, notably the situation of environmental activists and Ukrainian political prisoners

EU Parliament: The European Parliament calls on the Russian authorities to release without further delay and unconditionally all illegally and arbitrarily detained Ukrainian citizens, both in Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and to provide for their safe return, including Crimean Tatars, the recently detained Red Square peaceful demonstrators of 10 July […]

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EU-Ukraine summit

Council of the EU: At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders will reaffirm the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They will also discuss the way ahead on EU-Ukraine relations. President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the EU at the summit. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will […]

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Ukrainian Greek-Catholic leaders met with Pope at the Vatican

VaticanNews: A two-day meeting with leaders of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, convened by Pope Francis, began Friday at the Vatican. Present for the encounter are the Greek Catholic Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, Sviatoslav Shevchuk; the members of the Permanent Synod and the Metropolitans of the Church; and the heads of various discasteries of the Roman […]

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) regrets Ukrainian Parliament’s decision to withdraw election observation invitation

CoE: Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has expressed regret at the Ukrainian Parliament’s decision to withdraw its invitation to the Assembly to observe the 21 July early parliamentary elections. Responding to a letter from the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the President said the Assembly had […]

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Marija Pejčinović Burić elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

CoE: The Assembly elected Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term beginning on 18 September 2019. In the first round of the election Marija Pejčinović Burić obtained 159 votes, an absolute majority, and Didier Reynders (Belgium) 105 votes. There were 264 votes cast. Ms Pejčinović Burić is […]

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Combating violence in all its forms against migrant children

CoE: The Assembly expressed its concern about the “serious threats” faced by migrant children on their way to Europe and important gaps in the policies and procedures, which limit the legal opportunities for migration in Europe. “Once in Europe, migrant children can also be subject to abuse in detention centres or transit zones, sexual assault […]

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Steve Jobs and Vincent Van Gogh remind public to drive safely in latest phase of ‘Kerui’ campaign

EUAM: The Beatles and legendary Ukrainian opera singer Solomiya Krushelnytska stand on a zebra crossing to remind drivers to give way to pedestrians. And the head of Ukraine’s Parliament in 1917-18, Mikhailo Hrushevsky, gives way on the road to an ambulance driving Vincent Van Gogh to hospital, reminding people to always let emergency vehicles pass. […]

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Amélie de Montchalin: ‘We must preserve the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe’

CoE: “As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can measure the progress made since 1949 and the fact that this organisation is more essential than ever to promote our common values and foster economic and social progress on our continent,” said Amélie de Montchalin, French Secretary of State in charge of European […]

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Summer Session: report on PACE decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

CoE: A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 June. During the session, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, PACE will […]

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Workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts

CoE: A workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts will be organised in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Council of Europe Guidelines (2017) on the protection of victims of terrorism and to share good practices regarding their implementation at national […]

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Russian gas transit through Ukraine is a guarantee of Ukraine’s and Europe’s energy security – Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President.gov.ua: The energy security issue in Ukraine and Europea was one of the key issues at the meeting of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, that was held on 18 June in Berlin. During the meeting with the German Chancellor, President Zelensky emphasized that Ukraine’s position is […]

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the Chairman of the German Bundestag

President.gov.ua: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany met with the Chairman of the Bundestag of Germany Wolfgang Schaeuble. The President informed about the first legislative initiatives which he wants to implement after the election of the new parliament. These include, in particular, the creation of the […]

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XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum: building inclusive, open and transparent societies

CoE: The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising, jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) and international partners from the United States and Canada, the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum from 18 to 20 June, in Odesa, Ukraine. It will bring together more than 400 mayors from all […]

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GRECO: looking ahead after 20 years fighting corruption

CoE: The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) is organising an international conference in Strasbourg on 17 June to mark its 20th anniversary. Held under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the event will discuss GRECO’s achievements in assisting states to improve their capacity to prevent and combat corruption, assess current challenges […]

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Munich hosts Ukrainian-German Conference on Judicial Proceedings

MFA: On June 14-15, Munich hosts the conference “Introducing the Rule of Law through Fair Trial Standards: A Comparative Approach”, jointly organized by the Ukrainian Free University, the German-Ukrainian Bar Association in Hamburg and the New Human Rights Program in Kyiv. Keynote speeches were delivered by Professor Holger Matt, former President of the European Criminal […]

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The U.S. Board on Geographic Names considered to recognize “Kyiv” as the correct name for the capital of Ukraine

Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America: Kyiv Not Kiev. Officially in the United States and internationally! The United States Board on Geographic Names considered the appeal of Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly and unanimously decided to remove “Kiev” as a conventional name and to recognize only one official […]

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Better work-life balance for parents and carers in the EU: Council adopts new rules

Council of the EU: The Council today adopted a Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers which aims to increase the participation of women in the labour market and the take-up of family-related leave and flexible working arrangements. The new act also provides opportunities for workers to be granted leave to care for relatives […]

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Hate speech and xenophobic populism remained major concerns in Europe in 2018

CoE: Xenophobic populism and racist hate speech continued to make their mark on the contemporary political climate in Europe in 2018, says the annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published yesterday. The growing public anxiety about economic, geopolitical and technological changes was exploited by those scapegoating migrants and minorities, in particular populist politicians […]

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The EU and its six Eastern Partners agree to develop better transport links

Council of the EU: Marking 10 years of cooperation within the Eastern Partnership (EaP), transport ministers from the 28 EU countries and the 6 EaP countries met in Luxembourg to discuss cooperation in the area of transport. The main topics for discussion were road safety and infrastructure, including investments linked to the extended trans-European transport […]

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Corn tableware: ukrainian​ eco-friendly alternative to plastic

Uryadovy Courier: A startup competition was held at Uzhgorod National University. The best student innovative idea was about producing disposable tableware from corn husk, grain straws, and food industry waste. The creators, Ivan Zub, a student at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, and Taras Gryadil, a post-graduate student at the Department of Therapy and […]

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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met with President of Ukraine Volodimyr Zelenskyy

EU: High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met with President of Ukraine Volodimyr Zelenskyy Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met with the President of Ukraine, Volodimyr Zelenskyy, during his first visit abroad since taking office. The High Representative congratulated President Zelenskyy on his election victory and underlined that […]

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Call for grants “Supporting the integration of internally displaced persons: human rights protection, empowerment, and capacity building”

CoE: This call for proposals is launched within the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”. The purpose of this call is to fund projects to enhance the successful integration of internally displaced persons, addressing crucial issues they face and promoting mid- and long-term solutions for IDPs and affected […]

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

COE: The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 4 to 6 June. Information on the cases to be examined during the meeting is available here. Decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers will be […]

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‘Chernobyl’ Quietly Becomes IMDB’s Highest Rated Show In History

IMDB: HBO’s Chernobyl, a five-episode miniseries  begins with a man hanging himself, then jumps backward in time two years, to show the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what was then still the Soviet Union. The first episode ends with children laughing and playing, oblivious to the songbird that just dropped dead at their […]

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EUAM Ukraine: new head of mission appointed

Council of the EU: On 4 June 2019, Antti Hartikainen was appointed as new head of mission for the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine). He will take up his duties on 1 July 2019 and his mandate will last until 30 June 2020. Antti Hartikainen is currently Director General […]

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The mysterious caves of the Vassilian Monastery

HromadskeUman: A new tourist route – the “mysterious dungeons of the Vassilian Monastery” – was recently opened in Uman. At the entrance, tourists are welcomed by a guide dressed as a monk, who tells about the monastery of the Basilians – one of the educational centers of the XVIII century, built in 1764-1766, which used […]

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Human trafficking: Experts underline the need to help victims

CoE: The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has stressed the need for states across Europe to provide a wide range of assistance to victims of human trafficking. In its latest annual report, published today, GRETA sets out a series of legal requirements included in the Council of […]

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Award-winning films supported by Eurimages in Cannes

CoE: The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which came to a close on Saturday evening, saw a total of 7 co-productions supported by the Eurimages Fund with 9 prizes. In official competition, the GRAND PRIX was awarded to Atlantique by Mati Diop (FR, SN, BE) and the prize for BEST DIRECTOR to the […]

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Verkhovna Rada officially recognized the Scout Organization “Plast”

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the draft law on state recognition and support of the National Scout Organization of Ukraine “Plast”. A total of 228 deputies voted for the bill. The document identifies the Plast as a single national scout organization of Ukraine and recognizes the contribution of the movement to the education […]