The Russian-Ukrainian Conference at the European Parliament was organized by Promote Ukraine and MEP Mark Demesmaeker in frames of the Belgian Platform "Peace for Ukraine" Main theses:
1. With its acts Russia made an attack on the legal system of the human rights - Ella Polyakova (Russia) 2. Statistics shows that support of the European integration in Ukraine dropped by 10% since last year. It means that Europe does not encourage Ukrainians to become a full-right member of the European family - Oleksandr Solontay (Ukraine) 3. There are three main points on which Putin makes Russians believe theyare doing right thing by conducting war with Ukraine: 1) Dignity: "Crimea is ours! We have it back. This way we restored our dignity"; 2) Help brothers: "We will give our last shirt but we help our brothers to get rid of the neo-nazi" 3) It is fight with Fascism: "Our grandfather did so in 40s, so its our mission to continue their cause" - Svetlana Gannushkina (Russia) Actually there are no counterarguments to these points. It is all about belief. That is why Putin's propaganda is winning in Russia. 4. There is a new Russian project "Ukraine with your own eyes": the Russian activists organize trip of Russians to Ukraine so that they can see everything themselves
Round table on Human Rights in Crimea Today, European Parliament 24/06/2015 Round table on Human Rights in Crimea Today, University Antwerp 24/06/2015 Screening of the Film Haytarma followed by a discussion with international lawyers on human rights in Crimea, De Stroming Antwerp 24/06/2015
A complex question of human rights in a present-day Crimea was addressed in a round table discussion organised by a NPO ‘Promote Ukraine’ in the European Parliament (MEP Mark Demesmaeker) and University Antwerp (Prof. Koen De Feyter) on 24 June 2015. Three international lawyers, Ivanna Bilych (USA), Olena Sharvan (Ukraine) and Matheus de Moura Sena (Brasil) presented the results of a joint research paper on legal status and the situation of human rights in Crimea, as well as their concrete recommendations for both an internal improvement of the Crimean reality and the eventual interventions from the international community. The presentations were followed by two other contributions by a representative of a civil society, an initiator of the “Free Crimea” project Taras Berezovets, and by Volodymyr A. Vasilenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, former judge of the International criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The experts’ voices were joined by the audience in a dynamic and engaged discussion about this important case, while searching for ways to bring more clarity to the issue from both legal and humanitarian perspectives.
The lecture was initiated by Promote Ukraine and organized by Vesalius College 4/12/2014 The lecture brought together four different perspectives of active civil society groups in Belgium, each looking at different approaches to the Ukraine Crisis. For example, the role of media, communications, and raising awareness in Belgium. The speakers included: Bogdana Depo, Marie Curie Fellow and former advisor to Standing Rapporteur on Ukraine, gave a powerpoint lecture on EU-Ukraine’s current on-goings and the potential future of institutional relations. Anna Yavorska, Head of NGO Bridge EU-Ukraine, focused her presentation on how Ukrainians’ patriotism has changed before and after the Crisis. Marta Barandiy, is the Head of NGO Promote Ukraine looked at how the achievement of peace is connected to awareness and familiarisation with Ukraine and Ukrainians. Vilyen Pidgoryy, a member of the board of Ukraine Crisis Media Centre and provided information on current data, figures and statistics regarding the current situation. The presentations were followed by an interactive and engaging Q&A session, which was then proceeded by a light reception. Source here
Promote Ukraine organised a round table "Ukraine in the EU-institutions: view from inside" 28/11/2014 in De Stroming Antwerp.
Representatives of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU as well as Ukrainians of Belgium had an opportunity to exchange experience and thoughts on improvement of the cooperation between the official institutions of Ukraine abroad and the activists in order to use the full potential of such cooperation with the goal to promote Ukraine to the EU. The activists are eager to help, they have relevant education, experience and contacts. There is hope that in short period of time Ukrainian diplomacy will get modernized and it will open the way to the Ukrainian activists abroad for mutual support.