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Published:January 22nd, 2006 14:35 EST
Ukraine-NATO digest

Ukraine-NATO digest

By Ann Poludenko

Real information about events of real importance.

“Those who possess the information – possess the world”... we want to help you to possess the right and objective information on the topic of Ukraine-NATO partnership.

Content:

1 On the NATO-Ukraine arena
(news from Ukraine)

2 Notes from abroad
(news from other countries)

3 Did I miss something?
(events that have recently took place)

4 What is planned?
(events that are going to take place)

5 Think over
(Grants and projects)

 

On the NATO-Ukraine arena

Time for Ukrainian’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community is a matter of soon coming time
The Defence Minister of Ukraine Anatoly Hrytsenko said so during his meeting with Visegard counterparts. He visited NATO peacekeeper training base in the Hungarian town Sol’nok. There, he has admitted the high level of battle-readiness that Hungarian troops have achieved after their country joined NATO.
The Defence Minister came to Hungary, where he met with his counterparts from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic on Thursday and stayed there until Saturday.

The choice of Western path with the goal to join EU and NATO falls behind, according to an opinion poll.
The party of opposition led by Viktor Yanukovych held a nearly 10 percentage-point lead two months before the parliamentary elections, according to the Razumkov research center poll published Friday.
In 2004, according to the results of the president’s elections, the leader of the Region Party, Viktor Yanukovych, had the backing of 24.7 percent.
The pro-presidential bloc Our Ukraine, with its Western-leaning plans, falls behind. The president’s position has been weakened by the resignation of the first cabinet of ministers and voting for the head of the second cabinet of ministers. Also, by the recently accepted controversial gas deal with Russia.

The party of opposition led by Viktor Yanukovych

Right from Brussels - some words about NATO-membership for Ukraine

At the press-conference on the topic of priorities of NATO work in 2006, the chief secretary Jap Sheffer in the context talked about partnership with Ukraine. He mentioned that NATO will attentively observe all the events inside the country. The greatest attention will be paid at the parliamentary elections that will become (as he mentioned) decisive for the future of the country. The chief secretary said that Ukraine may be at the list of the countries NATO-members after the next wave of broadening in 2008. But he said that terms for getting the membership mainly depend on the achievements of the county and that depends only on Ukraine.
Answering the questions of journalists about the attitude of alliance towards the dialog between Kyiv and Moscow on the topic of gas export, Jap Sheffer said that NATO watched the situation attentively and expressed delight about the thing that countries have made a deal. To sum up everything that was said about NATO-Ukraine partnership, the chief secretary said”… if the government wants -it is possible to get NATO membership”.

Ukraine-NATO

On January 19 the chief of the Ukrainian mission in NATO, ambassador K.Morozov had a meeting with the chief secretary of NATO Jap Sheffer. He said about the necessity of strengthening NATO-Ukraine partnership and determined positive work of Ukrainian government towards the realization of the national strategic course on getting the membership in the alliance.

Hungary will support Ukraine in its moving towards NATO
On January 19, the Defend Minister of Ukraine Anatoli Grutsenko went with the official visit to Hungary. There he met with the Minister of foreign affairs of Hungary and discussed the way of cooperation on the way of Ukrainian’s moving towards the NATO membership. There was also stated about the necessity of supporting the NATO membership by most of the Ukrainians.

On January 19, the Defend Minister of Ukraine Anatoli Grutsenko went with the official visit to Hungary. There he met with the Minister of foreign affairs of Hungary and discussed the way of cooperation on the way of Ukrainian’s moving towards the NATO membership. There was also stated about the necessity of supporting the NATO membership by most of the Ukrainians.

The North Atlantic alliance is going to spend 500 hundred thousand Euros for retraining of Ukrainian reservists.
The money will be spent on foreign language and technology training. According to Patrick Arduan, aide to the NATO general secretary, the training will include special courses in management and business. He said that 70 percent of graduates of the NATO training program are able to quickly find gainful employment.

Notes from abroad

NATO summit -2006
The minister of foreign affairs of Latvia A.Pabrics announced that countries NATO– members have made a decision to hold the alliance summit on Nov. 28-29 in Riga.
The Participation of Britain in ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

According to the British press, Prime Minister Tony Blair is going to make a decision about increasing the quantity of British military forces on the South of Afghanistan

Did I miss something?

“Youth” (Molod) - world cooperation is the main purpose .

On January 17, 2006 the presentation of a program “Molod”, organized by European Union started at 16.00 in the building of Ukrainian Catholic University. Leaders, journalists, representatives of social organizations took place in the presentation.

Participants got to know about plans, projects that are supported buy the program. There were presented examples of successful youth projects that took place in Ukraine.

The program “Molod” was started by the European Commission, European parliament and the countries-members. Its main aim is make the young people to integrate into the international cooperation and to support partnerships with the countries of Eastern Europe and Caucasus

What is planned?

Law and society - problems of cooperation.
18-20 May in Vinnitsa city will take VI annual international conference “Law and society: Actual problems of cooperation – ways of European integration”. The main purpose of the conference is to present achievements and problems of European integration and to find the ways of productive international affairs in today’s economical globalization. It is also planned to talk over the experience of Ukraine in training the experts of different topics.
Pre-registration is required.

“The world of youth – youth of the world” VI students international conference.
On April 20-22, 2006 in Vinnitsa, the students international conference will take place.
The aim is to discuss the experience of youth movements of different countries, ways of preparing specialists in different fields: informational technologies, international integration, science and education in the XXI century, business and youth, culture and ecology. The conference will be held under the motto - Youth in the unite Europe.

Grants and projects Ukrainians take part at:

Swedish international center of Freedom
The main purpose of the grant is to support organizations and individuals that work for democracy and civil right.
For more information: silc@liberal.se
No deadline.

International center of civil rights and development of democracy
A Canadian organization with the international mandate finance projects on four main topics: democratic development, women rights, globalization and human rights, also plus special topic: international protection of human rights.
For more information: ichrdd@ichrdd.ca.
No deadline.

Project “ Knowledge about Europe. Polish experience in entering the European Union: recommendations for Ukrainian politics and experts”
The main purpose of the project is to create in Ukraine independent group that will consist of leading representatives of the parliament, mass media and analytical centres that will inform their colleagues and so on thus Ukrainian society in general will get full information about European integration, experience and “lessons” that have already been studied by new members.

Project: Warsaw School of Journalism named after Melchior Wañkowicz
The aim of the project is to advocate for Ukraine’s closer integration with the European Union and to increase Western Europe’s understanding of Ukrainian problems and issues related to Polish-Ukrainian cooperation. A preparatory seminar was organized in Poland and a study-tour to Ukraine conducted for twenty young journalists from leading German media outlets.
For more information: info@wsd.com.pl
Editor in-chef Ann Poludenko