About the Project

About the projekt

Essence of the project Information for citizens and cooperation is the development of communication flows between Slovakia and Ukraine with emphasis on bordering regions as an important tool for supporting civic activities, participation in public affairs and the wide spectrum of slovakia-ukrainian cooperation.

Necessity of the project rests in the fact that civic activities, deepening of democracy and participation are unthinkable without continuous information and networking of the key actors of this process – citizens, and their organizations and communities.

The same also applies for all spheres of cooperation, whether it is on national, regional or local level. In all of those direction, the project aspires to create and develop informational tools which will help in reaching set goals and are specifically aimed to effectively influence individual target groups. Project does not remain only within the realm of information streams themselves, but aims to directly support them by realization of events which are showing and stimulating civic activities and/or slovakia-ukrainian cooperation.

The meaning is in the unique connection of regional media into this project and connection of educational and media activities on national, regional and international level. We engage all the major communication tools on all levels into the development of such informational flows. Besides electronic communication, which is able to connect all of those levels simultaneously, we will also use outputs in periodical press on national, regional and local level as well as programmes in local and regional television broadcasts.

However, it is not only about information and media. Within the project and its’ activities we organize and encourage several different events and activities, which are a source for information and contacts that will allow fullfilling the needs of individual activities of the project. Those will be conferences dedicated to Slovakia-Ukrainian cooperation on national, regional and local level, also with a few examples of international coperation and several meetings, workshops and discussions. Such events will be joined by representatives of relevant subjects and civic organizations of both countries to exchange their experience and knowledge from their practice.

This is to create mutually connected and complex aggregate of activities which will include wide range of topics that are important for civil society and its’ initiatives in the interest of development of participation on public affairs and in interest of improving the slovakia-ukraininan cooperation. Connecting wide spectrum of participants and combination of informational and media activities with many impulses for practical activities in different spheres is also important for the projects long-term goals and its’ sustainability.


Complex activities

However, it is not only about information and media. Within the project and its’ activities we organize and encourage several different events and activities, which are a source for information and contacts that will allow fullfilling the needs of individual activities of the project. Those will be conferences dedicated to Slovakia-Ukrainian cooperation on national, regional and local level, also with a few examples of international coperation and several meetings, workshops and discussions. Such events will be joined by representatives of relevant subjects and civic organizations of both countries to exchange their experience and knowledge from their practice.

This is to create mutually connected and complex aggregate of activities which will include wide range of topics that are important for civil society and its’ initiatives in the interest of development of participation on public affairs and in interest of improving the slovakia-ukraininan cooperation. Connecting wide spectrum of participants and combination of informational and media activities with many impulses for practical activities in different spheres is also important for the projects long-term goals and its’ sustainability.


Civil society and municipalities

Project and its’ indivitual activities organically follow the experience and results of pilot project for encouragement of slovakia-ukraininan cooperation in year 2010. Besides that, the project is a reaction on roles of regional press in Slovakia as well as Ukraine in terms of development of civic society and regional development in general. That is why we closely cooperate with Association of Publishers of regional press and with several regional and local titles in eastern Slovakia.

Important target group are non-government organizations (NGOs). In Slovakia, including regions close to Ukrainian borders, NGOs and civic
society already progressed significantly. However, their reach, member base, impact and capaticites are still not on the level of more developed countries. Project has the goal to strengthen mainly their options and capacities in spheres of information and communication and strengthen the potential of their networking. Importantly, the fact that civic society in Slovakia is, we can say, at the halfway, gives them good options to provide their experience of this developing stage to the civic organizations in ukraine, where they are in general less
developed. This is where we include municipalities as well, which besides their own cooperation activities create infrastructure for cooperation in economic, cultural as well as educational spheres for individiual groups of citizens (youth, seniors, sportsmen, schools..)


Main implementors

Key implementor and applicant for the project is company Clinicum from Kezmarok, which has long-term experience in field of regional and local press. That is reflected in close cooperation with Association of regional print publishers in Slovakia /AVRT/ and connection of several regional and local newspapers into the project, which are preparing series of insets regarding cross-border cooperation of Slovakia and Ukraine. Coordinator of the project is Michal Beňadik, who is the chairman of AVRT.

Partner responsible mainly for publicity in national press and realization of conference activities is Bratislava based publishing and communication company Nautilus DJ, which has practical experience with publishing nationwide titles and organizing conferences, including several significant international events. Manager of publicity is Miloš Nemeček, veteran journalist and publisher, honorary chairman of Association of press publishers of Slovakia.


Press club Uzhorod

Key partner of the project is Press club in Uzhorod. Press club Uzhorod is an organizator of journalist and medial activities in Zakarpattia region as well as of conferences, seminars and other events supporting civil activities, democracy and freedom of information and speech. They have very good contacts with Zakarpattia media, non-government organiations and entrepreneurial subjects. Such technical and professional prerequisites will be used as a key factor while organizing activities of the project in the area of Zakarpattia region – both civic and media activities.

Partnership with Press club has an important significance for activities in Zakarpattia region – it will improve cross-border flow of information, exchange of experience between Slovakian and Ukrainian media experts, journalists and civil activists, and it will also improve already existing and making of new partnerships. The partnership is key for organization of educational events in Uzhorod interested in international cooperation as well as in supporting the development of civic society in Ukraine, which will bring much needed information also for activities of the project in Slovakia and their expansion.

Press club has wide impact between journalists, publishers and non-government organizations in Zakarpattia Ukraine. Activities within the project will also influence other actors of international cooperation. This partnership will also allow for activities not only within the project, but will also create premises for substantial expansion of such activities in international cooperation, for cooperation of media and publishing organizations of regional press of Slovakia, Ukraine and Norway and for mutual preparation of more broadly conceived projects in the future.