Workshop of European policy started in Uzhgorod and went to the EU
On Monday, February 23, in Uzhgorod, on the basis of the Consulate General of Hungary, the fourth phase of the "Workshop of European politics" started. The workshop aims to form new leaders for Ukraine professing European values and seeking integration. Before leaving to the EU, the Consul General of Hungary in Uzhgorod Josef Bacskai, the head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Valeriy Lunchenko, the expert of the Institute of Political Education Oleksandr Solontay and the director of Ukraine-Hungarian Regional Development Center Josef Torpoi met with the participants.
In his speech, the Consul General of Hungary in Uzhgorod Jozsef Bacskai, opening the event said, that the country he represents supports European aspirations of Ukraine and is ready to facilitate futher. Hungary also once experienced a difficult time and we managed to achieve a lot in co-operation with the EU. You will have the unique opportunity to learn about these reforms and their consequences.
The head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Valeriy Lunchenko noted that it is important to learn the experience of European countries. And this project is a good opportunity for Ukraine to receive new knowledgeable professionals.
Josef Torpoi, the Director of the Ukraine-Hungarian Regional Development Centre in his speech said that his colleagues from Hungary envy Ukrainians saying that we have a strong intellectual potential, although many of them leave the country. Hungary has a model policy of dealing with ethnic minorities. It's also a good opportunity to gain essential experience.
The fourth phase of the project will take place within 10 days, in the form of visits to Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. This participation opens up many prospects as the countries of the "Visegrad Four" have experience in solving problems related to the European integration processes. The participants will learn about parliamentary experience and system of local self-government of these states, the work of the local police, education, justice, health care and more.
Reference: "Workshop of European politics" is a project launched by the Institute of Political Education in early 2012 with the support of the donor community and a number of diplomatic missions of foreign countries.
The project aims to create a pro-European network among the new wave of promising politicians and activists that will influence local, regional and national policy through the promotion of European integration and to generate synergy of efforts of Ukrainian participants and the European Community.
The project participants are young people, mostly under 40 years, with leadership achievements in politics, civil service, business, media, law and willingness to demonstrate the desire for change. Equal representation from different regions, different sectors and gender balance are also ensured.