Ukrainian EU-integrators on a study visit to Brussels get inspiration, advise and exchange experience with the key EU institutions Event Date: 20.07.2017

15 successful graduates from GIZ “EU-Trainer” programme were visiting key EU institutions in Brussels from 20.-24.6. This is a study trip finalising the 6-months training program for the heads of EU-Units of Ukrainian governmental institutions, implemented on behalf of the German government and the active support of the Government Office for European integration (GOEI).

During this training,  participants deepened their knowledge on the EU project cycle management and management of the EU aid to Ukraine,  EU legal harmonisation, EU reporting, and are now eligible to further multiplicate  their knowledge. In the course of the program they developed 4 EU- skills modules that are now ready to be used for further training of civil servants. The alumni are expected to conduct up to 30 trainings in their institutions till the end of 2017.

In Brussels the group visited all relevant stakeholders on Ukraine’s EU Association. The group was warmly welcomed by Mr. Siegfried Leffler, Director of GIZ Brussels Representation.

Participants particularly noted constructive working atmosphere at “Support Group for Ukraine” , where Head of the SGUA Mr. Peter Wagner described upcoming challenges and priorities for EU support to Ukraine. On a separate note, impressive and memorable meeting with Member of European Parliament Michael Gahler (European People’s Party – rapporteur on Ukraine) who underlined the importance of the psychological moment of visa-free regime followed by concentrated work on implementation of the Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine.

Further meetings allowing for technical and open exchange at Directorate General (DG) on Trade, DG Agri, European Parliament Secretariat of the EU-UA Parliamentary Association Committee, The Centre for European Policy Studies etc.

The study visit was concluded with a visit to the European External Action Service and a very constructive seminar on Norway’s EU Association at the Mission of Norway top the EU.

Content –wise the study visit has been prepared and implemented by GIZ Brussels Representation, Reform Advisory Fund project professional Tetyana Ventsel and Anne Bercio, Senior Advisor on behalf of GIZ on implementing the Association Agreement and EU-Ukraine FTA (Free Trade Agreement), Trainers for the whole EU-trainer module, which now concluded the 2nd generation of the “EU-trainers” and successfully continues with training for specialists of EU-Units of Ukrainian governmental institutions.


Reform Advisory Fund is implemented by the federal enterprise, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, that supports the German Government in achieving the objectives of international cooperation for sustainable development. Priority areas of German cooperation with Ukraine are democracy, civil society, public administration, decentralization, energy and sustainable economic development. In addition to priority areas, the German cooperation includes, among other things, the support for overcoming the crisis in eastern Ukraine, as well as cooperation in the field of HIV / AIDS prevention.