What we do
- 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.
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.
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.
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".
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.