Participation of Ukraine in the EU Programmes and Agencies
EU Programmes and Agencies
In the context of European integration aspirations, Ukraine pays special attention to a practical content of sectoral cooperation with the European Union and approximation to effective forms of interaction with EU institutions and Member States within the framework of thematic programmes of the European Union.
The Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement on a Framework Agreement between Ukraine and the EU on the General Principles for the Participation of Ukraine in Union Programmes, signed on 22 November 2010 during Ukraine-EU Summit, established the legal basis for bilateral memorandums on Ukraine’s access to certain EU programmes.
With the approval of a new EU financial perspective for the period until 2020 and invitation of countries that currently are not Member States to participate in the various thematic programmes of the Community, Ukraine has determined for itself a number of EU programmes which are of increased interest for the scientific academic thought, cultural and creative industry, future development of industrial and business potential.
EU Erasmus+ programme - http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm.
In 2014 Ukraine joined the EU Erasmus+ programme as a partner country. The programme provides for the setting up of international and inter-university academic cooperation, educational exchanges between higher education institutions, encouragement to study abroad, reform of the higher education system and learning process management. In order to enable monitoring of announcements and submission of applications for participation in competitions, the European Commission has established information portal of the programme www.ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/ which contains all necessary information for interested Ukrainian audience.
EUROSTUDENT programme - http://www.eurostudent.eu/
In October 2015 Ukraine joined the sixth cycle of research programme - EUROSTUDENT VI, the idea of which is to organize long-term sociological researches by interviewing and carrying out content analysis of the socio-economic conditions of studying in Europe, ensure regular monitoring of differences in educational systems and find optimal solutions to eliminate obstacles to the formation of a single European education space. The researches of the project on analyzing European education systems constitute an important information basis for consideration and decision-making at the level of countries participating in the Bologna Process. Ukraine has been a participant in the project since 2013.
Horizon 2020 programme - http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
On 20 March 2015 Ukraine officially joined the most promising EU programme on research and innovation - Horizon 2020 - with a budget of almost 80 billion EUR, as it signed the Agreement on the participation in the programme in the presence of EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Serhiy Kvit. The Horizon 2020 programme opens new opportunities for Ukraine: mobility for the purpose of education (scholarships under Maria Sklodowska-Curie, promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises, innovative grants to facilitate scientific support for projects). Ukraine occupies 33rd place in the TOP 50 most innovative countries.
In the context of the implementation of provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, the Ukrainian side works on the basis of bilateral agreements and memorandums with a number of European agencies and improves contacts with others to promote the implementation of sectoral reforms:
- European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA);
- European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX);
- European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency of the Galileo navigation system (GSA);
- European Environment Agency (EEA);
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);
- European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA);
- European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA);
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC);
- European Railway Agency (ERA);
- European Training Foundation (ETF);
- European Medicines Agency (EMA) and others.