In Ukraine cross-border cooperation (CBC) is seen as a powerful driver for regional development, deepening European integration processes at the local level and solving common problems in the border regions. Despite the efforts of central and local authorities in Ukraine, the civil society and foreign partners, the use of this tool, as well as the impact on social and economic processes in the border areas, still remain inefficient.
Given the low societal awareness of cross-border cooperation projects and their added value ‘on the ground’, the current project aims to analyze the involvement, expectations and perceptions vis-à-vis the cross-border processes in the six oblasts of Ukraine (Volyn, Lviv, Transcarpathia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Odesa).
The project is based upon the research with the use of methodological triangulation, which helps to identify the coherence/conflict of CBC priorities in the way they are officially framed, on the one hand, and perceptions and expectations vis-à-vis CBC priorities ‘on the ground’, on the other hand. Stemmed from this, policy recommendations are developed on how to better consider the needs and expectations regarding CBC in the regions in order to further facilitate the usage of the neighbouring instruments in Ukraine.
- Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’ (Kyiv).
- NGO ‘Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation» (Odesa).
- Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies (Chernihiv).
The project is implemented with the support of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation within the framework of the EU4USociety project. The contents of the present page are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation.