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12.11.2014

As provisional application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has started on 1
November 2014, institutional setup envisaged by the Association Agreement has been launched.
Civil society organizations were the first to take action and start building up the EUUkraine
Civil Society Platform, which will be established in accordance with the Articles 469-
470 of the Association Agreement.
The process was formally launched in May 2014, when an initiative group gathered. In
July, after the Association Agreement was signed, the Steering Committee of the Constituent
Assembly of the Ukrainian side of the Civil Society Platform (CSP) was formed.
On 7 November, the Constituent Assembly of the Ukrainian side of the CSP, which was
held in President Hotel (Kyiv), has finalized preparatory work.
According to the Association Agreement, the CSP “consists of members of the European
Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the one hand, and representatives of civil society on
the side of Ukraine, on the other, as a forum to them to meet and exchange views.” The Platform
should be informed about the decisions and recommendations of the Association Council
(bilateral governmental body of the Association), as well as provide its own recommendations
which should be considered by official bodies of Ukraine and the EU.
The process of establishment of the Ukrainian side of the CSP was transparent, public,
inclusive and open. More than 250 NGOs took part in establishing the Platform, while 165
participated in the Constituent Assembly directly.
The European side that is responsible for establishment of the CSP is the European
Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and to sustain cooperation with the EEAC was one of
the priorities of the constituent process.
As a result of preliminary consultations with the EESC, number of the CSP members will
be 30 (15 + 15), equal number from both sides. So, the main goal of the constituent process was
to propose transparent and inclusive procedure which would enable to elect 15 representatives of
civil society and social partners who would constitute the first composition of the CSP from the
Ukrainian side.

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16.04.2014

On April, 14.
In Kyiv it have been organized a meeting of regional representative EFFAT Mary Kurzina with Deputy Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Trade Union of Workers of the tourism, sanatorium and hotel industry  Svetlana Vnuchko. Also this meeting attended the chairman Ukrainian Alliance of Trade Unions , Chairman Federation of Trade Unions of workers in small and medium enterprises of Ukraine Viacheslav Roi.
During the meeting they discussed real situation of the trade union movement in Ukraine, Ukrainian trade union cooperation with tourism EFFAT, prospects of integration into EFFAT.
During this discussion, Viacheslav  Roi told the history of development ( over 24 years) of the Federation of Trade Unions of Small and Medium Enterprises of Ukraine, history of Ukrainian Alliance of Trade Unions. Also he noticed that today Ukraine face the reformatting of the trade union movement. He voiced the problems of collective bargaining in small businesses , the need to prepare professional organizers, social issue in investment projects, importance of international cooperation.
Svetlana Vnuchko focused attention on paydays in "envelopes", seasonal work, inability to dialogue with the international tourism industry nets, reducing the number of employees in connection with the occupation of the Crimea, the inability to defend the interests of more than 5 thousand salaried employee - union members - facing redundancy due to the transition of the Crimea under Russian jurisdiction, disrupt the tourist season in the resort regions.
M. Kurzina told about the history and development of EFFAT and IUF, the specifics of the trade unions of the tourism industry affiliates to EFFAT.
Following the meeting, participants agreed on the need for a round table in Lviv (Ukraine) and the need to participate in EFFAT Tourism Sector General Assembly on 25 April 2014 in Brussels  as observers for ukrainian trade union representatives.

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23.11.2013

                                                    Statement
of the Presidium of the
Federation of trade unions of workers of small and average enterprise of Ukraine

Recently implemented reforms in Ukraine looked promising. Signing the agreement with  EU was to set Ukraine’s position for reforms. Thus, it would become a signal for investors and international institutions worldwide, that Ukraine takes its modernization seriously and country becomes predictable and reliable partner.

European integration is not a short-term solution for our country. It's a path where Ukraine has to apply modern European social standards (decent job conditions and salaries, education, retirement provision, work security), reach the economics competitiveness level, rule of law, and, as result, better quality of life of all its citizens.

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21.11.2013

Proposals to the meeting with representatives of
European Economic and Social Committee
Kyiv, 21 November 2013

Most part of the debate around signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Ukrainian civil society has until now been focused on the civilizational aspect of this step and the opportunities arising to strengthen democratic institutions and practices in Ukraine. Along with such considerations, a critical component of the Association Agreement is a Deep Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Ukraine.
This agreement will have specific short- and long-term socio-economic impact on the Ukrainian economy and, consequently, employment and economic well-being of every wage worker in Ukraine. While in the long run we can talk about opportunities arising for Ukrainian companies in the single market and new jobs creation, in the short term we can also expect a number of adaptive risks for certain sectors of the Ukrainian economy and the labour market as a whole. Therefore, during the adaptation period after signing the Agreement, trade unions should play a key role to develop mechanisms to protect and promote the rights of employees during possible reorganizations or liquidations of some enterprises under new competitive pressures.
We are convinced that specific socio-economic consequences for every wage worker in Ukraine will determine the attitudes of the population and support for  further European integration processes.

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