Call for Participants in the New Seminars in Ukraine (Kyiv, Uzhorod, Odessa)

Call for Participants in the New Seminars in Ukraine (Kyiv, Uzhorod, Odessa)

The European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany) will continue hosting seminars under the framework of the Eastern Partnership Programme “National minorities and ethno-political issues: Belarus – Moldova – Ukraine” and is opening a call for participation in seminars to be conducted in 2016.

The fourth part of the Eastern Partnership Programme on inter-ethnic relations in Ukraine will start with the main seminar “Nation-wide dialogue, integration and national reconciliation – models and cumulative international experience”, which takes place in Kyiv on 31 October – 1 November 2016, at the National parliamentary library of Ukraine, Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska Street, 1, 3rd floor. The seminar will continue in regions – 3 November in Uzhorod and 7 November in Odessa.

Government representatives and members of other official bodies who deal with ethnic politics and human rights, along with representatives of ethno-cultural and human rights civil society organizations, including academic experts and journalists, are welcome to participate in the seminars.

The term “integration” exists in the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and other international tools; the Ljubljana Guidelines of the OSCE’s High Commissioner on National Minorities are specifically dedicated to this term. There are numerous researches conducted in Europe on inclusion of migrants and minorities in public life as well as different theoretical integration models developed. These models envisage different levels and dimensions, such as equal rights, provision of social mobility, overcoming of segregation, improvement of linguistic communication, development of tolerance, political participation, exploration of common values and cultural norms and etc. In practice, these ideas are implemented differently and not are always consistent. Moreover, politicians and official structures put different and sometimes contradicting meanings to the term “integration”.

We are glad to inform that the following prominent European experts will deliver lectures and actively participate in the follow-up discussions:

Mr. Boriss Cilevičs, Latvian MP, PACE member (Latvia) will be discussing his presentation titled “Integration of migrants and minorities – what does this term mean in Europe?”

Dr. Maurice Crul, Professor, the Free University in Amsterdam, International chair of IMISCOE (the Netherlands) will talk about meanings and implications of ‘integration’ with regard to ‘old’ and ‘new’ minorities.

Dr. Eugenia Relaño Pastor, Legal adviser at the Spanish Ombudsman Office, Professor, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) is invited to lecture in Odessa on 7 November with the presentation on “Rethinking the notion of “integration”: building the conditions for cohesive and multicultural societies.” Participants will try to strike the balance between strong policies to further social cohesion and to respect the moral autonomy of the minorities to define their own identities during the presentation.

We would like to remind you that the goals of the Eastern Partnership Programme are:

  • To discuss of the European best practices on protection of ethnic minorities and ensuring ethnic-based equality;
  • To improve levels of cooperation between state bodies and representatives from civil society and academia in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, create a platform for the improved exchange of good practices relating to the application of a legal basis for anti-discrimination, and finally to increase the level of participation of national minorities in all areas of social life through consultative mechanisms which are particular to the social conditions of these Eastern Partnership countries;
  • To look for the most optimal ways of adjusting the European standards to the specific conditions of the Eastern Partnership countries.

The seminars are based on two thematic streams: “Ethnic-based Equality (inducing protection from discrimination)” and “Participation of national minorities in public life, including co-operation with authorities in different forms.”

The seminars plan to address both the results obtained in all three countries: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, and the possibility of the application of a variety of mechanisms aimed to ensure the participation of national minorities in public life and their constructive cooperation with state authorities and local governments.

To participate in the seminars please fill in the registration forms available at the following link:

Kyiv 31 October – 1 November 2016

Please note that the participants from Kyiv can apply until 26 October 2016. Participants from other cities can apply until 20 October 2016.

Uzhorod 3 November 2016

Please note that the participants from Uzhorod can apply until 30 October 2016. Participants from other cities can apply until 26 October 2016.

Odessa 7 October 2016

Please note that the participants from Kyiv can apply until 4 November 2016. Participants from other cities can apply until 1 November 2016.

ore photos from the seminar are available on our Facebook page.

Programmes of the seminars are available here:

Kyiv: General Programme Kyiv

Odessa: General Programme Odessa

Uzhorod: General Programme Uzhorod

If you have any questions regarding participation in the seminars, please contact our Kyiv Coordinator, Ms. Natalia Mekahal: