What we do

April 2018 - we won a tender for preparation and conduction of a study tour to Poland which was announced by the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO. The study tour "Studying the Polish experience in carrying out the reform of local self-government and decentralization of power" was aimed to familiarize the best graduates of DESPRO "Local Self-Governance School" with the Polish experience of local self-government reforms and the best practices of self-governance. The Study-tour was financed by the International Technical Assistance Project “Skat Consulting Ltd./ Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project DESPRO”.

2016-2018 - as part of the UK Government's Good Government Financial Assistance Program, European Cooperation Centre fulfills the tasks of an alliance partner of organizations responsible for managing the program and its implementation. Namely:
  • Markijan Żelak, the ECC`s Head of Board, served as a Program Manager in the Program Management Unit for Ukraine in 2016-2017 (also implemented in Moldova, Georgia, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Tasks: general program management, development and monitoring of individual projects, reporting, contacts with the donor (Embassy of the United Kingdom), the Government of Ukraine, the National Bank of Ukraine, etc.
  • UA36 - the objective of "Supporting the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to implement the assessment process for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status" project is to give Ukrainian enterprises the opportunity to participate more effectively in the global chain of goods turnover by introducing a system of granting status of an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). ECC`s expert, Key International Expert Jiri Martis, Representative of the Czech Customs Administration, advised the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the effective implementation of the AEO on the basis of EU experience.
  • UA54 - in the frame of "Promoting economic stability in Ukraine by developing a pension reform modelling toolkit" project ECC`s expert, Team Leader, a former representative of Poland at the International Monetary Fund, Ludwik Kotecki, is developing an application model for Ukrainian Ministry of Finance to simulate the impact of various pension reform scenarios on public finances in Ukraine.
  • UA64 - in the frame of "Promoting economic stability in Ukraine through transformation support for the Pension Fund of Ukraine" project ECC`s expert, Team Leader, Former Head of the Polish Pension Fund Zbigniew Derdziuk manages a group of experts who assist the Pension Fund of Ukraine in conducting an internal transformation.
  • GE43 - The goal of "Corporate financial reporting support for micro, small and medium enterprises" project is to modernize the reporting system for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Georgia based on the best international experience and international standards of corporate accountability. ECC`s expert Alexander Ritko, Deputy Team Leader, is responsible for working out recommendations and drafts of normative acts for the Tax Administration of Georgia.
March 2017 - study tour to Poland on "Regional and Local Development: Knowledge Management Systems and Human Resources" was prepared and conducted at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, which was acting on behalf of and funded by the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO and the International Technical Assistance Project "Skat Consulting LTD."

May 2017 - we start implementing our next project “Citizens dialogue: cooperation of self-government bodies of amalgamated local communities for development”. Thanks to the grant of the “Support for Democracy” program of the International Solidarity Fund, we support local governments in Ukraine again. The project is a continuation of our efforts from 2015. It responds to the problem of insufficient support in the process of management and development of the newly-formed Ukrainian amalgamated communities. The project aims to support the process of changes and decentralization reform; we want to contribute to the increase of competences of local self-government officials in the planning and organization of public services from the municipal, educational and medical sectors as well as planning and monitoring of finance in local government units. It is addressed to self-government officials from amalgamated communities from two Ukrainian regions: Chernihiv and Cherson districts. As part of the project, participants will receive support in the form of stationary trainings in Ukraine, webinars and online expert consultations, and study tours to Poland.

Implementation period: May - November 2017

Implementers: Center for European Cooperation as a project leader and Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies as a Ukrainian partner (Czernihiv)

The granter: International Solidarity Fund PL

Financing: The project is co-financed from the funds of the “Support for Democracy” Program financed under the Polish development cooperation program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

2015-2017 - the project "Intersectoral partnership for border territories development: V4 experience for Ukraine and Belarus" was developed and implemented on the order of the International Visegrad Fund, funded by the governments of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Within the framework of the project three workshops in Ukraine and three workshops in Belarus, a study tour to the Visegrad Group countries, and the closing conference were prepared and conducted.
November 2016 – study tour to Poland on "Strategic Planning in Local Self-Government Bodies" was prepared and conducted at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, which was acting on behalf of and funded by the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO and the International Technical Assistance Project "Skat Consulting LTD." Tutaj wpisz swój tekst...
February 2016 – study tour to Poland on "Fiscal decentralization and local self-government finances" was prepared and conducted at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, which was acting on behalf of and funded by the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO and the International Technical Assistance Project "Skat Consulting LTD."

January 2016 – study tour to Poland on "Implementation of self-government control and supervision in Poland with a special emphasis on implementation of the government commissioners institution" was prepared and conducted at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, which was acting on behalf of and funded by the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO and the International Technical Assistance Project "Skat Consulting LTD."

2016 – we developed and implemented the project "Institutional Support: Activating Local Media for Informing about the Decentralization Reform in Ukraine" at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, the State Program for Technical A ssistance Assistance "Polish Development Aid", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Within the framework of the project, workshops in Ukraine and study tours to Poland were organized and conducted for journalists of Ukrainian regional media covering issues of decentralization reform in Ukraine.

April 2016 - Project MSZ 160/2016 / PPR2016 "Development of rural tourism clusters in Moldova. Strengthening the non-agricultural entrepreneurship in rural areas" implemented within Polish Development Assistance financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The project realized in cooperation with a local partner - the Association of Tourism Development in Moldova. The aim of the project is to support the transformation of rural areas, creating work places outside of the traditional agricultural activities, to introduce European standards in the field of tourism development. Objectives of the project include providing model solutions for the development of cooperation between SMEs by initiating pilot projects for rural tourism clusters and their promotion. Support is directed to a group of 20 people, acting in the area of widely understood tourism. Thanks to training and study visit, that will contain with the presentation of sample clusters (business associations) will be enhanced opportunities for non-agricultural SMEs in rural areas. Gained knowledge and experience of the recipients will be disseminated through publication and a conference in Chisinau. An additional a benefit of the project is to create a marketing study on the value of local products in Moldova.

 

July 2015 – study tour to Poland on "Studying the experience of developing, establishing and functioning of local self-government bodies associations" was prepared and conducted at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, which was acting on behalf of and funded by the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO and the International Technical Assistance Project "Skat Consulting LTD."
June 2015 study tour to Poland for key Ukrainian experts, civil servants and parliamentarians responsible for the preparation and implementation of the decentralization reform was prepared and conducted at the request of the "Swiss-Ukrainian project Decentralization Support in Ukraine" DESPRO and the International Technical Assistance Project "Skat Consulting LTD."

May 2015 - the project "We are citizens. Promoting civic attitudes among young people in Georgia" (No. KD016 / WD / 2015) funded with  the grant competition for Democracy Support Programme for International Solidarity Fund. Project participants are Georgian teachers of the subject "Civic Education", who teach children and young people aged from 13 to 18. The project aims to increase the ability of attitude change among young people as a way of solving local problems and promoting civil society. The project is implemented in cooperation with a local partner Bridge of Friendship "Kartlosi" from Georgia in cooperation with the Foundation "Innowatorium".

March 2015 - the project "Agritourism – investment in development. Building rural extension services’ potential for the rural development in Moldova through agricultural tourism" is implemented within Polish Development Assistance financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Project aimed to help to resolve problem of low standards of living in rural areas that derives from small salaries for traditional villagers' work and low level of development of small and medium business in those areas in particular of agritourism. The goal of the project is to reinforce modernization and implementing European standards in Moldavian villages particularly in Moldavian agritourism facilities. In long-term perspective it must lead to enhancing the quality of life of Moldavian villagers thanks to boosting and promotion agritourism as well helping with professional advices in opening new and managing existing agritourism objects by experts, who already have experience in that field. That would lead to greater interest in nonagricultural activity in countryside, rise in tourist flow and enhancing financial situation of agritourism facilities, local authorities and village inhabitants.

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2015 - we developed and implemented the project "Civic Dialogue: self-government cooperation - better quality of public services" at the request of the International Solidarity Fund PL, the State Program for Technical A ssistance Assistance "Polish Development Aid", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Within the framework of the project, workshops in Ukraine and study tours to Poland were organized and conducted for journalists of Ukrainian regional media covering issues of decentralization reform in Ukraine. Within the framework of the project, workshops in Ukraine, two study tours to Poland and internships in Poland for representatives of Ukrainian local self-government bodies were organized and conducted.
December 2014 - the project: “Civic dialogue – self-government cooperation – better quality of public services“ prepared by the Association, has been recommended for funding by the Grant Commission of the Solidarity Fund. The main aim of the project is to increase the capacity of Ukrainian local governments to improve the quality of public services provided by cooperation of local authorities and civil society.
October 2014 - Mr. Patryk Hałaczkiewicz has been elected as the new President of the Association. The Members of the Association has expressed their appreciation to Mr. Zhelyak, the outgoing President, for his hard-work and commitment to development of the European Cooperation Centre.
2014 - the project: "Innovation, Information, Development. Expanding cooperation and increase the investment attractiveness of the small towns of Ukraine. Stage II" (MSZ 168/2014) The aim of the project is the development of investment attractiveness of cities to 50,000 residents in Ukraine. Organizers pay special attention to the implementation of the Polish experience and solutions to develop the potential of the investment regions to attract foreign investors and create an environment conducive to investment. The direct recipients of the project are representatives of Ukrainian cities, business environment institutions and peripheral administration whose professional skills are related to the area of investment development. The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland under the "Polish development cooperation 2014" program.
2013 – 2014 Mr. Markiyan Zhelyak, the President of the Board of European Cooperation Centre Association, was a Member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The forum is a multi-layered civil society platform working for democratic reforms and participatory policymaking in the Eastern Partner countries and for increasing European integration of the partner countries and the EU on the political and economic level. The Steering Committee is the representative body of the Civil Society Forum with a mandate from civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries and EU member states. It serves as the governing board of the Forum. It meets four times per year to develop strategies for future development and guide the activities of the Forum.
More information at the http://www.eap-csf.eu
2013 - the project "Innovation, Information, Development. Increasing the investment attractiveness of small towns of the Chernihiv Oblast in Ukraine" (MFA 315/2013)- implementation period: March - October 2013. The project was implemented by the Association of European Cooperation Centre and its partners. Its main aim was to develop the investment attractiveness of cities to 50,000 residents in the Chernihiv Oblast, located in the north-eastern Ukraine. The direct recipients of the project are representatives of Ukrainian cities, business institutions and peripheral administration whose professional skills are related to the area of investment development. A crucial part of the project were workshops conducted by experts with extensive knowledge and experience in the subject, such as Jacek Piechota, President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and former Minister of Economy, Mr. Dariusz Ostrowski, CEO of Wrocław Agglomeration Development Agency, Mr. Marek Piorun Mayor of Dzierżoniów and Mrs. Wanda Ostrowska Secretary of the City Dzierżoniów. The project was co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland under the "Polish development cooperation 2013" program.
2012 – the project titled "We are citizens. We are Europeans. Promotion of civic attitudes among Ukrainian youth". The main purpose of this project is to promote democratic values, civic attitudes and skills related to participation in public life, among young people in Ukraine. Financial support was granted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Support for Democracy 2012 is a programme of Solidarity Fund PL financed within the framework of the Polish foreign aid programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in 2012. The programme will encompass projects of Polish non-governmental organisations which, in cooperation with local partners, will start common initiatives aimed at supporting pro-democratic transformations in societies which, due to the political systems they are embedded in, are not able to determine their own fate. This applies especially to countries whose political systems include only few elements commonly regarded as democratic, as well as to countries undergoing systemic transformation. The objective of the Programme is to provide support for pro-democratic institutions and democracy in countries included in the DAC/OECD list of beneficiaries of development aid and marked as “partly free” or “not free” in the Freedom in the World report by implementing projects of Polish non-governmental organisations.
2011 – the project titled "Start your business in a rural area. Non-agricultural business to upgrade Ukrainian rural dwellers (agro-tourism)". Project deals with problem of low income of Ukrainian population working in traditional agricultural business. The project goals are to promote the upgrade and adjustment to European standards of non-agricultural economic activities in the Ukrainian villages (agro-tourism). Financial support was granted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2010 – the project titled "Citizen Initiatives School: promotion of activity merged with learning for rural area development", aimed for people living in rural areas, with an overall objective to increase participation of those people in taking industrious initiatives. The project supports rural leaders in organising active and creative citizen initiatives. The project is co-financed with the governmental FIO Civic Initiatives Fund programme.
2010 – the project titled "We know where we go. Local authorities cooperation for development of Carpathian Tourist Information System". We know where we go. Local authority cooperation for development of Carpathian Tourist Information System (CTIS) The main goal of the project is to improve access to tourist information in Ukrainian Carpathians. In a long term perspective it will contribute to fostering and systemising tourist traffic in the region, which would speed up economic development of Carpathian regions. Financial support was granted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2010 – the four partner project "The Euronetwork NGO's is effect". The project objective was creating conditions for participation of citizens and civil society institutes in local authorities of Northwestern Russia through the organization of network cooperation of the NGO from Baltic region countries for increase of efficiency of local authorities and involving of the population and NGO in decision-making process at local level within the framework of reforming local authorities in Northwestern Russia. The project partners were: the Russian NGO “Karelian Resource Center of Public Organizations” (project leader), the University of Oulu (Finland) and Varanger Museum Vardř (Vardř, Norway). Financing: the Nordic Council of Ministers Support Programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region.
2009"Important Decisions – Cool Heads. EU and NATO Reliable Information for Ukraine". The project was a wider continuation of the project “Important Decisions – Cool Heads. EU and NATO Reliable Information for Northern Ukraine” implemented in 2008 (the project has been financed by the Stefan Batory Foundation). The project goal is to mobilize civil society and public officers to engage Ukraine in dialogues on European integration as well as NATO issues and to enhance public awareness in the Ukraine on issues of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The project was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
2009 – organization of a study visit to Poland for Moldavian agricultural councilors for the Agroinform Federation as a part of Polish-Moldavian project "Sustainable Development of Moldavian Agricultural Sector". The aim of the Polish component of the project was to share Polish experience of extended services to farmers to increase the development of Moldavian agricultural sector. The project was financed by ICCO & NOVIB, Netherlands.
2009 - the Polish-Ukrainian project "We are citizens – promoting civic attitudes among young people in Northern Ukraine". Project objectives: transparency of public life and fighting corruption, improving quality of teaching, enhancing efficiency of justice, legal education. The above-mentioned objectives has been implemented under the project by way of promoting a methodology for civic and European education of youth in Northern Ukraine by Polish and Ukrainian experts, by sharing its experience and by training a professional group of trainers active in shaping civic attitudes. Furthermore, representatives of NGOs and institutions responsible for youth, schools, educational authorities or youth organizations has been ensured an access to professional literature on shaping civic attitudes. The project has been financed by the Stefan Batory Foundation (Soros-Poland).
2008 - Polish-Ukrainian project "Important Decisions - Cold Head. Reliable information about EU and NATO for Northern Ukraine". The aim of the project was to provide access to accurate and truthful information regarding EU and NATO for citizens of the Chernihiv and Poltava regions. Actual target group of the project was a circle of Ukrainian journalists from the regions mentioned above. A contest for the best article on European and EuroAtlantic issues was organised in the course of the project. The prize for contest winners as well as the encouragement for further initiatives was an educational visit to Poland. After the visit, Ukrainian journalists published a number of materials and reports. Project was financed by the Stefan Batory Foundation.
2008 - in June the President of the Association, Mr Zhelyak, took part in a meeting with Russian NGOs in Pskov, Russia. The meeting consisted of 2 parts: a seminar, which was devoted to discussion on the third sector development in Poland and Russia and workshops, devoted to the development of cooperation and conception of joint projects. Mr Zhelyak was one of the trainers in the part of the seminar devoted to local community activation. Organizers of the meeting were the Stefan Batory Foundation and the Russian Foundation "New Eurasia".
2007 – the possibility to develop a successful cooperation with the Russian “NGOs School” from Moscow was a result of Polish-Russian NGOs meeting “Development and challenges. The Third Sector in Poland and in Russia”, held in Warsaw by the Stefan Batory Foundation between 25 and 26 July 2006. The contact that has been established during this meeting resulted in a common project, implemented by our organisations at the second half of 2007. Consequently, according to the previously identified needs of some Russian NGOs, a series of lectures “The worldwide practice in studying problems of a civil society and non-profit sector; opportunities for the Russian researchers” for representatives of a number of Russian NGOs was held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Velikii Novgorod and Kaliningrad, headed by a well-known Polish third sector expert, Jan Jakub Wygnanski. There was a few main topics that the representatives of the Russian third sector found interesting, i.e. development of the Polish third sector after 1989, local societies activation for local societies, as well as cooperation between NGOs and local authorities.
2006 – in August we started implementation of the Project "SCHOOL FOR YOUTH INITIATIVES: promoting youth initiatives for Wschowa community development". The project is addressed for the youth, particularly if rural origin, and it is aimed to expand their participation in undertaking the development oriented initiatives. The project has been funded with the government programme “CITIZEN INITIATIVES FUND” resources.
2006 – Polish-Ukrainian project "Contemporary Poland: What Do We Know about Her?". The aim of the Project is to promote the positive image of contemporary Poland in Ukraine, dissemination among Ukrainian society of knowledge about creation of democratic system and economical change in Poland after 1989, informing about Poland as an important and proven partner of Ukraine at international affairs and last but not least strengthening the foundations of cooperation between neighbouring civil societies. The project, being currently implemented, has been funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2006 – a representative of the Association Mr Zhelyak participation in a meeting with Russian NGOs devoted to the third sector development in Russia and Poland and the workshops for entering into cooperation and development of common project conceptions. The meeting was hosted by the Stefan Batory Foundation and the Russian New Eurasia Foundation.
2004-2005 – second Ukrainian edition of the "Island of Opportunities…". Answering the great attention 2,000 copies of new Ukrainian manuals were printed and distributed among Ukrainian beneficiaries. There were also promotion conferences organized in Kyiv (the Kiev-Mohyla Academy) and Lublin (the European Ph.D. College of Polish and Ukrainian Universities). The project was supported by the Freedom House and PAUCI.
2006 – Polish-Ukrainian project entitled "Encouraging citizens to the governing process through the access to public information". This project, being currently implemented, has been funded by the RITA Region in Transition Programme (managed by the Education for Democracy Foundation).
2003 – first Ukrainian edition of the "Island of Opportunities…". The goal of the project was to share the best Polish practice of three-sector cooperation in developing and implementing local development strategies with Ukrainian readers. In cooperation with our Ukrainian partners we translated, adapted and published 1,000 copies of the manual in Ukrainian. The project was supported by the Freedom House and PAUCI.

 

Who we are

The European Cooperation Centre was founded in 2001. It has been an organisation of people always willing to work for the sake of citizen participation. The main goals of the association are: undertaking activities aiming at implementation of the citizen society, promoting the idea of citizen participation – an active way of citizen involvement in public life. The association realises its aims predominantly through preparation, publication and dissemination of social science materials, preparation and coordination of learning programmes, organisation of conferences, seminars, studies, information campaigns and constant cooperation with media, public institutions and private organisations concerned with the similar problems. Our team consists of the respected Polish experts, who participate in numerous projects and take an active role in building the modern citizen society.

 

The activities undertaken by the association have proven successful, mostly due to cooperation with the experts being the best possible specialists in their disciplines. The members of our Association are respected Polish experts, taking an active part in successful projects for local authorities, NGOs, journalists. SMEs, academics and wider groups of beneficiaries

 

We have been frequently participating in developing local development strategies for local authorities, organised training, workshops, both in Poland and abroad. Or manual “Islands of Opportunities. How to create local development strategies?” is an unique publication among the books concerning self-government issues. Currently it has been recognised unofficial handbook for local authorities and is widely used in every day practice not only by the authorities, but also by the self-governmental higher managing personnel.

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