The ECMI sends Minority experts of the Danish German Border region to Ukraine

The ECMI´s newest project in Ukraine is called DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/ short DMD (2018-2019). By fostering
the approach of local self-governance and democratic empowerment of its
citizens, DMD supports the administrative and territorial reform in Ukraine.

Picture of  Linda Pieper (Schleswig-Holstein Chancellery), Harro Hallmann (Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger) and Gosta Töft (Vice President, FUEN)

©Maryna Vereshchaka

In the frames of this project, the ECMI organises several training-workshops
on minority management and socio-economic development in the country. After two
training courses in Chernivtsi and Uzhgorod this month, the next training course
will take place in Odesa (18.02.-19.02).

The invited experts and speakers for these workshops come, among others, directly from the surrounding areas of the ECMI HQ in Flensburg: Linda Pieper (Schleswig-Holstein Chancellery), Harro Hallmann (Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger) and Gosta Töft (Vice President, FUEN). Further, they have already previously given talks as part of the training in Uzhgorod and Chernivtsi and are aware of the minority situation in the country:

“The current structure of minorities and majorities in the country is quite different from the one we have in the Danish-German Border region today, but I believe for further stabilisation of the country, it is crucial that different ethnic groups cooperate and peacefully respect each other”,

states Harro Hallmann, head of communication at Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger. He continues:

“In this context, the minority-model that has been implemented in North Schleswig and South Schleswig can serve as an inspiration with regard to successful minority management – that is why we are here.”

– and that is also the reason why the highlight of the first training-day in Odesa will be a panel discussion on minority-majority cooperation in the Danish-German Border region:
L. Pieper, H. Hallmann and G. Töft will speak about their experiences regarding the German-Danish border region and elaborate on minorities as capital and drivers of the local economy and regional development.

The panel discussion will be followed by a world café on diversity management and regional socio-economic development. During this workshop format, the participants will have the chance to speak to the invited experts in smaller groups.

DMD is supported by giz (Deutsche Gesellschaft für International
Zusammenarbeit) and the U-LEAD with Europe Programme.

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