Human rights situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group [KHPG], working in cooperation with the German NGO ‘European Exchange’ and representatives of NGOs from the Russian Federation and Germany with the support of the German Foreign Ministry, carried out an international mission to monitor human rights in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in the areas that have been returned to Ukrainian control. The aim of the visit was to investigate the situation in regards to the observance of personal, political and social rights on territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The mission involved three visits to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts: October 16, November 16-18, and December 25. The monitoring group documented cases of rights infringements in the social sphere, with respect to unlawful detention, unlawful deprivation of liberty, unlawful seizure of people’s property, and disappearances.

The full report as: PDF (EN) | PDF (RU) | PDF (DE)

Public Discussion “Between Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda. The Danger of Disinformation in Europe ”

Berlin, December 17, 2014

European Commission Representation in Germany, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin

European Exchange invites you to a public discussion with a focus on the dangers of disinformation in Europe with following leading meadia-experts from Ukraine, Russian and the EU: Ann-Dorit Boy, Ivan Rodionov, Peter Pomerantsev, Maria Stepanova.

More information on the event you can find here

Please, confirm your attendance until December 15th 2014 per email to: assistenz@kiev-dialogue.org

Round Table on Human Rights

Berlin, December 16, 2014.

With support of German Bundestag, European Exchange together with Kharkiv  Human Rights Protection Group organizes a round table on human rights issues in East Ukraine, Russia and  Crimea.

The event will be held on December 16, 2014, Deutscher Bundestag, Unten den Linden 71, Room 123. The round table gathers about 15 human rights defenders, representatives of deifferent NGOs and Think Tanks from Ukraine, Russia and the EU. Michael Brand,German Bundestag and SPD Faction are among the speakers.

By invitation only.

Public discussion with civic observers from Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, Warsaw, 11 December, 19.00, Club Chmury

Berlin, 3 December 2014

European Platform for Democratic Elections cordially invites to a public discussion on the recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine and Moldova. The discussion will be held on 11 December 2014 at 19.00 hours in Club CHMURY, St. 11 Listopada, House 22, Warsaw-Praga, Poland. Speakers: Serhiy Tkachenko, Comitee of Voters of Ukraine, Donetsk; Nicolae Panfil, Promo-LEX, Chisinau and Lilia Shibanova, GOLOS, Moscow. The discussion will be held in Russian with Polish translation. After the event there will be an opportunity for further talks and informal networking. For interviews and all other inquiries please contact EPDE team: info@epde.org.


Election Party on the Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

Berlin, October 26, 2014

On Election Day the European Exchange together with the Euromaidan Wache Berlin organized an election party at the “Club der polnischen Versager” in Berlin. About one hundred guests, participants of the Ukrainian Community and social activists, watched the election results and listened to the comments of Serhij Tkachenko, Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Kiev (Donetsk) and Anastasija Matvienko, Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Odessa. The first election results and the possible coalition formations in the Ukrainian Parliament were discussed together with Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange, Inna Melnykovska, Free University of Berlin and Oleksandra Bienert, Euromaidan Wache Berlin.

More information on the event you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/events/305381206328356/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar


Civil Society Actors Call for Reform of "Petersburg Dialogue"

Berlin, October 14, 2014

European Exchange together with other German civil society organisations and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation has declared not to participate this year at the annual German-Russian "Petersburg Dialogue" conference that was to be hold this year in Sochi. The "Petersburg Dialogue" needs substantial reform in order to become a real forum for civil society discussions between the two countries. Declared to be a forum for citizens' dialogue the "Petersburg Dialogue" was from the very beginning a meeting point for politicians and business much more than for civil society.


Kiev Dialogue: 10th Annual Conference

Berlin,  September 22, 2014

From 22nd-23rd September the tenth annual confernce of "Kiev Dialogue" took place at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin. The conference participants - ca 200 civil society activists, politicians, journalists and scientists from Ukraine, Germany and other European countries - discussed how to support the reform process in Ukraine despite the existential crisis in the country. Find the conference programme  here


Ukraine Between Elections 2014

Berlin, June 24, 2014

On a panel  panel discussion "Ukraine after the Presidential and before Parliamentary elections. Developments in the East of the country" election experts Serhij Tkachenko (Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Donetsk) and Piotr Andrusieczko (Polish journalist currently working in the East of Ukraine) shared their views on the current situation in Eastern Ukraine and on the perspective for civil rights and civic activism in the coutry. The panel discussion reflected the results of the EPDE civil experts’ mission prior to the Presidential elections in Ukraine.

EPDE conducts election observation of the Presidential elections in Ukraine

Berlin, May 26, 2014

From May 16 on the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE)  together with its Ukrainian partners OPORA and Comittee of Voters run an International Media Centrein Kiev. International journalists received updated information on the conduct of civic election observation through 6000 election observers of OPORA, CVU and EPDE. From 22nd to 27th of May, EPDE organized an international mission of short-term observers invited from interested organizations and groups. The observers were deployed into 8 out of 25 regions of Ukraine.   Find more on the activities of EPDEduring the Ukrainian elections on the EPDE web page

The EU is neglecting the demands of Russian civil society

Berlin, April 22, 2014: Whilst EU financial aid for civil society in the countries of the Southern and Eastern Partnership has continually risen over the past years, funding and administrative capacities for Russia have been dramatically reduced. In spite of protests from non-governmental organisations and calls from the European Parliament, the European Commission is continuing to pursue this policy, as can be seen in the new EU budget up to 2020. The EU is therefore weakening one of the few instruments at its disposal for supporting those institutions and individuals in the Russian Federation who strive for the democratic transformation of the country, for human rights and for European unity.

Read the analysis by Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange and Thomas Vogel, assistant to Werner Schulz, MEP here


Ukraine - Myths and Propaganda around Maidan

Berlin, April 9, 2014

A common enterprise with Euromaidan Wache Berlin, "Kiev Dialogue", Internationale Renaissance Foundation and Schwarzkopf foundation Berlin. Participants at the panel discussion:Ali Hamsin, Speaker of the Medzhlis of Crimean Tatars, Simferopol, Krim, Viacheslav Likhachev, expert on right-wing extremism in Ukraine, Israel, Anton Shekhovtsov, expert on right-wing parties, Sevastopol, Krim – UK, Josef Zissels, President of the Association of Jewish organisationsin Ukraine discussed current challenges for the democratic movement in Ukraine through anti-ukrainian propaganda and discussed the nature of right-wing extremism in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Einladung zur Podiumsdiskussion

Ukraine between Revolution and Crisis

Public Discussion in Kiev

Kiev, March 24, 2014

The German Embassy in Kiev, the Internationale Renaissance Foundation, the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and the Europäische Austausch gGmbH organised the public discussion in the framework of "Kiev Dialogue" - "Ukraine between Revolution and Crisis" in the German Embassy. Experts discussed the relationship between Maidan and new government, the influence of the new civic activists in the ukrainian government, the consequences of the geo-political crisis on the internal situation in Ukraine.