EWB uses multiple channels to reach the relevant policy-makers: we are member of advisory bodies, communicate withrepresentatives of central government, business, public activists, local authorities.
Advisory and Expert Bodies were experts from Europe without Barriers took part
- Public Council under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011)
- EU-Ukraine Joint Committee of Experts on Implementation of the Visa Facilitation Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union (2008)
- Public Council under the State Migration Service of Ukraine (since 2016)
- Interagency Working Group on Integrated Border Management (since 2019)
- Working Group on the Common Aviation Area Agreement under the Ministry of Infrastructure (2016-2017)
- Migration Expert Council at the National Institute for Strategic Studies (2019)
Legislation developed with the participation of EWB
- National Visa Liberalization Action Plan (2010-2014)
- Migration Profile of Ukraine (2011)
- Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine amending the Agreement between the European Community and Ukraine on the facilitation of the issuance of visas (2012-2013)
Europe without Barriers joined the Ukrainian part of the Joint Committee of Experts of Ukraine and the European Union on the Analysis of the Implementation of the Visa Facilitation Agreement. We have developed recommendations that supplemented the current Agreement by extending the list of special categories of persons who had preferences and right to multiple entry visas. Recommendations were fully taken into account in the Agreement in 2013.
- Local Border Traffic Agreements with Poland, Hungary and Slovakia
Experts from the Europe without Barriers initiative participated in the evaluation of the texts of the Agreements
- The concept of National Migration Policy (2013 – 2014)
- Action Plan for the Preparation of the Common Aviation Area of Ukraine with the European Union and its Member States (2017) (link)
The plan was developed with the participation of EWB experts within the framework of the Working Group on the Common Aviation Area Agreement under the Ministry of Infrastructure.
- New EU-Ukraine Agenda on Justice, Freedom and Security (2018)
- Action Plan on the Implementation of the New EU-Ukraine Agenda on Justice, Freedom and Security (2019)
- Integrated Border Management Strategy of Ukraine (2019) (link)
- Position Book of Ukraine’s Integration into the EU and NATO (2019)
Our messages in public discourse
- Implementation of the provisions of the Common Aviation Area Agreement without signing it
Presented in report Prospects of Ukraine’s Accession to the European Common Aviation Area in 2017, this message was later used by government officials in their publications and implemented in Action Plan for the Preparation of the Common Aviation Area of Ukraine with the European Union and its Member States (2017).
- We are born visa-free!
A slogan from one of the EWB’s booklets (developed in partnership with Internews-Ukraine) was widely used by politicians during the campaign to grant Ukraine a visa-free regime. It was quoted in 2015 by then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and in European Parliament during debates on visa-free regime for Ukraine.
- Unilateral implementation of the Schengen acquis
This idea presented by EWB in some of its publications, was implemented in New EU-Ukraine Agenda on Justice, Freedom and Security (2018).
Organizing public discussions and closed consultations is an integral part of our advocacy work. You can learn more about such venues in the Events section.
In 2017, after obtaining a visa-free regime with the European Union Executive Director of Europe without Barriers Iryna Sushko was awarded the Order of Merit of the 3rd degree.
In 2019, EWB’s Creative Youth Education for Responsible Mobility project became one of four candidates to the 2018 Visegrad Fund Project of the Year award, and was ranked second by online-voting.