The EU Delegation presented its information campaign “Building Europe in Ukraine” in Bila Tserkva (17/09/2013)

On September 14th, 2013, in Bila Tserkva, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombiński has officially presented information campaign “Building Europe in Ukraine”. He has also inaugurated a new EU Information Centre, which will be operating on the basis of the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.

The information campaign has been presented to Bila Tserkva citizens during a communication event “Imagine a European Ukraine, it starts here!” Drawing on a wish wall, city dwellers and event’s guests expressed their visions of a “European Ukraine”. The improvised wish wall reflected the way how the citizens see the European vector of their country and which European values and standards they currently lack. “Freedom of speech”, “fair courts”, “open borders”, “accessible healthcare”, “good scholarships”, “high-quality roads” are examples of those values and standards which Ukrainians would like to achieve on their way to the EU. “Europe starts from you”, EU Ambassador Jan Tombiński wrote on the wish wall, calling to build Europe in Ukraine together.

500 representatives of universities throughout Ukraine have also joined the event. They gathered on a congress of the leaders of student self-governance. Giving words to their visions on a wish wall, they expressed support to the European life standards. They also confirmed that they see their future in the European community. The event has become a call for Ukrainian citizens to joint their efforts in their intention to live in a European country.

On the same day, the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombiński, jointly with the rector of Bila Tserkva University Anatoliy Danylenko, have officially opened the 15th EU Information Centre. The Centre will be operating on the basis of the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.

The EU Information Centre will become an instrument to improve knowledge about the European Union and relations between the EU and Ukraine. For Bila Tserkva dwellers it will also become a window to the EU integration. The Centre will propose a wide range of publications and materials related to the EU, its social standards and standards of living, education in the EU and EU-Ukraine cooperation. The Centre is aimed at distributing information about the EU and its policies among the Bila Tserkva citizens. It will also facilitate studying and research related to the EU integration, and will involve students into EU-related debates. “Young people have to lead the way to Europe, and their wishes, skills, intentions and knowledge have to change Ukraine,” said Anatolity Danylenko, the rector of the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.

Information campaign “Building Europe in Ukraine” embraces a number of informative and educating events to be conducted during the year. The events are aimed at explaining the importance of signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as well as spreading European values and raising peoples’ awareness on the EU-Ukraine relations.  The EU Delegation to Ukraine invites citizens interested in these issues to join the information campaign’s events.