Strategy of EWB for years 2016-2018


The organization exists because the problem of barriers in Europe is growing despite the globalization and progress in implementing the visa-free regime.

Dilemma “security-freedom,” in particular regarding the freedom of movement of persons, will be one of the cross-cutting themes of European and Ukrainian policies in the next decades, as well as countering discrimination and protection of human rights both in the country and abroad that accompany looking for balance between freedom of movement and security. The organization will have a clear thematic niche in the sphere of migration and border management, asylum and refugees policies, policies of equality and right protection for sensitive groups of foreigners and Ukrainian citizens.

As populist pressure on freedom of movement will intensify, the trend toward greater closeness of societies will include a desire to play back European achievements not only in terms of open borders, but also regarding reforms started in the framework of visa liberalisation and Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. At the same time, Ukraine is already becoming a part of common European field. The organization will build a sustainable bridge between the European and Ukrainian agendas. In this area, not only traditional forms of international public cooperation are possible, but also the formation of a new culture and practice of civic cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.


To find a new balance between freedom of movement, human rights and security (national and human security) in an effort to see Europe without barriers and Ukraine being a part of this Europe.


Our aim is to see the world, where:

  • Ukraine is a safe and friendly country
  • Ukrainians use the visa-free entry to the EU, which is backed by statistics of mobility, the number of visa-free countries increases
  • The risks of restoring the visa regime with the EU are eliminated
  • Stability of reforms within the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisationis achieved
  • Ukraine meets obligations in the field of asylum refugee, anti-corruption, and anti-discrimination
  • Local authorities and communities are aware of and implement in regions National Action Plan for Human Rights
  • Citizens of Ukraine and foreign nationals are aware of their rights and are able to defend them on the basis of principles of equality and non-discrimanation
  • A public discourse that opposes a fear of immigrants is created and stays maintained
  • Ukraine successfully overcomes the challenges caused by the conflict in particular regarding IDPs and border control
  • Ukraine successfully uses existing political and legal instruments of freedom of movement including the Association Agreement, the Common Aviation Area Agreement with the EU, etc
  • The queues and corruption factors at the Ukrainian borders with the EU are overcome
  • Control and security on the eastern border is enhanced. Ukraine effectively implements new rules of border crossing, including border with Russian Federation. Balance between security and human rights is kept


  • Equality of rights
  • Public usefulness, service
  • Independence, neutrality
  • Accountability: transparency and publicity
  • Partnership and cooperation
  • Balance and social responsibility

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Strategy updated as of July, 2017 (in Ukrainian)

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