On August 22, the office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation was opened in Kharkiv. Former German Bundestag president, the head of the fund, Norbert Lammert attended the event.
This office is their second in Ukraine. The first one commenced operation in Kyiv in 1994. “The opening of the second Ukrainian office indicates that we are paying a lot of attention to your country and the Kharkiv region in particular,” noted Norbert Lammert at the ceremony.
Tim Peters, head of the Kharkiv office, has pointed out that the foundation aims to support reforms in Ukraine. “Together with our Ukrainian partners, politicians and civil society representatives, we are going to support the process of reforms, in particular in the east of the country, drawing on German experience,” Peters said.
Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna also attended the event. In her speech, she has stressed that the Kharkiv region actively cooperates with German partners. This year, with the support of various German organizations and funds, about 50 social and humanitarian projects have been implemented in the region. They included a provision of housing for internally displaced persons, construction and renovation of health service and educational facilities. Further expansion of such cooperation will give more opportunities for Kharkivites, primarily for students and active youth.
At the end of the celebration, 28 students from five Ukrainian regions received a scholarship of €1,000 each.
Reference: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation was created in 1955 and is represented in 80 countries worldwide. The organization finances political and social studies supporting gifted young people. Since 1994, it has successfully implemented more than 500 projects in Ukraine. The Foundation has been actively cooperating with the Kharkiv region since 2017. During this time, a number of projects have been developed in the region, including training workshops for local council representatives and for journalists specializing in conflict.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Kharkiv Regional State Administration