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Гранты ЕС и финансирования – отсутствие информации в Украине/EU Grants and financing – Lack of information in Ukraine

July 25, 2013

После вчерашнего очень усталый и короткий вход, касающиеся грантов ЕС для культуры, в которой украинские лица могут обращаться к нации EaP партнерства, я получил удивительное количество писем с просьбой, что другие гранты ЕС предоставленные к которым украинские лица могут обращаться.

Сегодня я провел много часов, ища среди слишком многочисленных веб-сайтов для ЕС консолидированной и всеобъемлющих списоков грантов к которым украинские организации могут обращаться – без такого списка  на английском, немецком или французском языке. Поэтому не удивительно что  ничего на украинском либо русском!

Таким образом, вы удивляетесь, почему Есть огромное количество грантов, доступных для Украины как EaP нации, от культуры до малого и среднего бизнеса, инновации в образовании и т.д., ни один из которых не консолидируются в одном месте – или на языке, который большинство украинцев (и других стран EaP партнерства) поймет.

Разве что вина в ЕС? Это бездействие Миссии ЕС в Украину – часть, роль которого заключается обратиться к украинскому обществу содействия ЕС (и это должно быть сказано, он терпет неудачу)? Это провал украинского правительства не иметь всеобъемлющий список публично доступен на украинском? Украинское правительство, мы должны предположить, зная о том, предоставлять доступ ЕС сделать доступными для украинских предприятий.

Это проблема, когда все думают, что кто-то другой несет ответственность за распространение этой информации – и таким образом ему удается проваливаются трещины в асфальте?

Я должен тратить недели пройдя через все гранты ЕС и право финансирования для украинских организаций, писать краткий обзор каждого на русском языке (мой украинский просто не хорош для этого) и обеспечивать ссылки на соответствующие процессы приложения?

Возможно, я должен сделать это в сотрудничестве с другими в рамках гражданского общества и СМИ в Брюсселе  и Украины, с которыми у меня есть отношения, чтобы сократить исследования / следственных часа вниз, – но если она попадет к нам должны исследовать, собирать, подтверждать и распространять такую ​​информацию на знакомом языке для тех рамках EaP народов?

Совершенно очевидно, что спрос на такую ​​информацию там данный емеил ответил на очень усталый пост в России в области культуры гранты вчера

Following yesterday’s very tired and short entry relating to EU grants for culture to which Ukrainian entities can apply being an EaP nation, I received a surprising amount of emails asking what other grants the EU provides to which Ukrainian entities can apply.

Today I have spent many hours searching the far too numerous EU websites for a consolidated and all-encompassing list of grants to which Ukrainian organisations can apply – with no such list apparent in English, German or French.  Therefore unsurprisingly nothing in Ukrainian or Russian either!

You therefore wonder why there are a vast number of grants available to Ukraine as an EaP nation, ranging from culture to SME’s, innovation to education etc., none of which are consolidated in a single location – or in a language that the majority of Ukrainians (and other EaP nations) would understand.

Is that the fault of the EU?  Is it an omission by EU Mission to Ukraine – part of whose role is reach out to Ukrainian society promoting the EU (and it has to be said it is failing miserably)?  Is it a failure of the Ukrainian government not to have an all-encompassing list publicly available in Ukrainian?  The Ukrainian government, we must presume, is aware of what grant access the EU has made available to Ukrainian entities.

Is this an issue where everybody thinks somebody else is responsible for the dissemination of this information – and thus it manages to fall through the cracks in the pavement?

Should I spend weeks going through all the EU grants and eligible funding for Ukrainian organisations, writing a brief overview of each in Russian (my Ukrainian is simply not up to it) and providing links to the relevant application processes?

Perhaps I should do it in collaboration with others within the civil society and media bubble in Brussels and Ukraine with whom I have relationships to cut the research/investigative hours down – but should it fall to us to have to research, collate, corroborate and the disseminate such information in a familiar language to those within the EaP nations?

Quite obviously the demand for such information is there given the email response to a very tired post in Russian relating to culture grants yesterday.

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Financial stabily assured in Ukraine – Really?

August 6, 2011

Now you expect leadership and reassurance from those you put in charge.  If you didn’t, in a democracy, you wouldn’t put them in charge.  At least that is the theory we all assume to be the case with fairly democratically elected officials.

Therefore it is quite natural for Ukrainian officials, in this case Ukrainian Prime Minister Azarov, to come out and state that there is no threat to the national currency even during the current uncertainty over the global economic situation.

Expected reassurances aside, the question is how much truth there is in his statement “Once again I want to stress that citizens and businesses can count on the financial stability in Ukraine, the stability of the national currency.”

One is immediately reminded of those luminary statements of his predecessor Yulia Tymoshenko who, at the commencement of the financial crisis in 2008, informed the Ukrainian nation that Ukraine would not be affected by those events.  Those global events, needless to say, kicked the stuffing out of Ukraine far harder than most other nations and in the process displayed an economic awareness of Ms Tymoshenko equal to that of my cat.  However, I do not wish to dwell on porr judgment or Ms Tymoshenko.  She has enough problems right now.

The question is, does Mr Azarov, given the fact that the global money is in a panic with both US and Euro under extreme pressure due to loss of confidence in governmental/organisational economic management?  Ukraine is hardly an island with a closed economy from the rest of the world.  It is a major exporting nation, albeit most growth being reported at the moment is domestically driven.

Prime Minister Azarov

The pension reform and current unwillingness to address the raising of utility prices to the public by reducing subsidies, both requirements for further IMF borrowing remain unresolved.  Whilst Ukraine is currently holding record currency reserves and may not need the IMF money tomorrow, the stand-off with the IMF will have a causal effect of raising the interest cost to Ukraine on the bond market if IMF demanded reforms stall.

The local currency is, in effect, unofficially pegged to the US$ value.  That said, whilst the US$ has lost value against major currencies around the world it has remained steady in Ukraine with almost no fluctuation, due no doubt, to intervention here.

How long can domestically generated growth make up for the lack of global demand in Ukrainian major export markets?  Long enough to maintain financial stability in Ukraine as Mr Azarov claims?  We are looking at quite a number of years for reliable, non-derivative/non-bubble driven, sustainable growth to come back to the world economy with the inherent positive effects for an exporting economy such as Ukraine.

However, if you want to look at the fundamentals of Ukraine through rose-tinted glasses, it would appear quite a sound proposition compared to many other nations.  In truth, it generally is doing quite well and has huge potential if the fundamentals are supported through transparency and effective, universally applied rule of law.  Whist the fundamentals are good, the risks are fairly high without effective structural and agency support or a very good and connected guide through the labyrinth of bureaucracy, vested interests and regional patrons.

Writing a raft of acceptable laws in parity to those of other nations is one thing – applying them is quite another, and application rather than legislation is one of the major difficulties in Ukraine due to the influence of the national and regional patronage.  Nevertheless, the new legislation has generally been steps in the right direction, even if unpopular with society on several occasions.

So, returning to the question, will Mr Azarov be right?  I would have far more belief if those words had left the mouth of Irena Akimova to be honest.  In the immediate term he probably will be.  Six months from now may be a very different matter and those circumstances with which the Ukrainian leadership will have to deal, will largely be created by external actors.

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