The Government Commissioner (Plenipotentiary) for Ethnonational Policy Gennadiy Druzenko signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Centre for Minority Issues on November 17 in the House of the Government of Ukraine. On behalf of the Centre, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr. Tove Malloy, ECMI Director.
The parties “acknowledge each other’s goals and professional standards and share the conception of both parties benefiting from a closer co-operation for the purpose of supporting the activities of both institutions. The Government Commissioner and ECMI decided to co-operate in a range of areas pertaining to the protection of ethnic and national minorities, promotion of interethnic dialogue, social integration of ethnic and national minorities, promotion of equality, ethno-cultural diversity policies and capacity-building of civil society,” the Memorandum said.
Specific areas of cooperation between the parties will be:
- Mutual exchange of ideas through joint events and publications,
- Joint events including seminars, roundtables, presentations and exhibitions,
- Dissemination of information on good practices and achievements in ethno-cultural diversity policies,
- Elaboration of new agendas for academic and policy-oriented research and for public discussions,
- Search for common strategies on minority issues in international relations,
- Encouragement and enhancement of new teaching endeavours,
- Facilitation of study visits and exchange of experts and researchers,
- Teaching and training where feasible,
- Library co-operation and exchange of publications.
The EPP encompasses Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine – countries that face various challenges and also have numerous achievements in the accommodation and governance of their ethnic and linguistic diversity. The programme is to be implemented throughout 2014-2017 and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The EPP’s goal is to enhance governance and to advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European best practices in the target countries.
The EPP objectives are:
- awareness-raising and capacity-building of public bodies in charge of diversity and equality management, consultative and advisory bodies on minority issues
- dissemination and transfer of information and know-how both on European standards and good practices through training, networking and dissemination.
The programme objectives are achieved through the means of trans-regional thematically-focused training seminars, and by facilitating networking of public and civil society institutions as well as by joint activities aimed at monitoring and drafting thematic reports on the EPP focal issues. For further information on EPP, please visit the project web-page.