Reforms and Communication – Strengthening of democratic governance and building capacity of communication in regions of Ukraine


An international project spanning 2 years which focused on supporting Ukraine on its path to closer integration with the Euro-Atlantic area has recently drawn to a close. The main activities addressed strengthening good governance, enhancing understanding and communication of reforms related to Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, and improving the professional capacity of regional media and law enforcement communication specialists.

Together with the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, ECEAP media experts trained over 200 media representatives and journalism students from Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhia regions on topics covering democratic values and standards of journalism. The trainings were carried out in three parts – workshops in the regions, roundtables and presstours in Kyiv, and study visits to Estonia and Brussels.

The project activities also included trainings in Estonia and Ukraine to build the professional capacity of law enforcement communication specialists from Ukrainian Fiscal and Border Guard Service, Police Service and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine in cooperation with the EU Assistance Mission to Ukraine (EUAM) and the NATO Information and Documentation Center.

Estonia’s experiences and know-how on good governance practices including on strengthening cooperation between local government and civil society were shared with representatives from Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv and Ternopil.

Finally, an up-to-date communication manual was compiled, translated and distributed among relevant state institutions of Ukraine.

Different stages and components of the project were financed from the funds of development cooperation by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Emerging Donors Challenge Fund and Government of Flanders.