Advisory group of Ukraine on Sustainable Development was created according to the requirements of Article 299 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine on the one hand and the European Union in order to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of Chapter 13 "Trade and sustainable development" of the Association Agreement. To this end, the Advisory Group: expresses its position and makes recommendations on matters related to the implementation of Chapter 13 of the Trade and Sustainable Development of the Association Agreement. Recommendations could be provided on its own initiative or at the request of the EU-Ukraine Subcommittee on Trade and Sustainable Development or the Trade and Sustainable Development Board or an expert group set up under the provisions of Article 301 of the Association Agreement.
   In order to prepare its statements or recommendations, the Advisory Group may identify from its staff responsible persons who can hold consultations with scientists, independent experts, representatives of Ukrainian, European, international and other organizations that have the appropriate authority and experience and are not part of the Advisory group.

The 10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was held. The peculiarity of this year's conference is the symbolic celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national independence of the five Eastern Partnership countries - Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, which in turn is a good reason for self-reflection and revaluation not only in matters relating to the Eastern partnership, but also the European Union, and in a wider context. This historic date is litmusing paper about systemic changes in the countries of Eastern Europe, which balance between democracy and authoritarian regimes. At the same time, one year before the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative, as well as mid-to-final (2020) implementation of the 20 expected achievements of the Eastern Partnership, this is an important opportunity for the European Union to seriously evaluate its own policies in the region.

The principles on which the Eastern Partnership is based remain relevant, with today's geopolitical challenges requiring more ambitious approaches and more active engagement of citizens in the protection of democratic rights and freedoms that the European Union supports and develops.

Motherhood protection  and gender aspects in social security - name of the 5-day training organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO) for representatives of the National Tripartite Social and Economic Council, social services, trade union associations, NGO`s including Bureau of Social and Political Developments and Institutions of the higher education. During the training, participants from different fields, in cooperation with international experts, had the opportunity to compare maternity protection conventions 103 and 183 and evaluate how much national legislation respond to the needs of working mothers. "I am particularly concerned about the problem of women's slowed down career development compared to the men. After studying with the ILO, I  plan to conduct trainings for employers to ensure maternity protection at their enterprises. Now business becomes more socially responsible, therefore, they are ready to accept new knowledge and correct deficiencies, "says Olga Dunebabina, consultant of the NGO " La Strada-Ukraine ". "For us to be here means gaining knowledge with the purpose of bringing Ukrainian legislation closer to the EU directives and the ILO Conventions, in particular regarding parental leave, maternity protection, harmonization of professional and family responsibilities of workers in Ukraine that requires normative regulation and practical steps towards implementation, taking into account necessity of  the implementation of EU labor standards in this area, which is essential part of the Association Agreement with the European Union, "said Rostyslav Dzundza, chairman of the Bureau of Social and Political Developments

The Advisory Group on Trade and Sustainable Development has established, in accordance with Article 299 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one hand, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the other hand (hereafter UAA) and consists of independent representative non-governmental organizations, the Advisory Group includes organizations of employers and trade unions, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties. The selection of participants of the Advisory Group was carried out by the Council on Trade and Sustainable Development, established in accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated June 13, 2018 No. 478, in accordance with the Basic Criteria and Procedure for the Selection of Independent Representative Non-Governmental Organizations approved at the meeting of the Trade and Sustainable Development September 10, 2018. The general list of independent non-governmental organizations that form the Advisory Group on Trade and Sustainable Development (hereinafter the Advisory Group) was approved by the Council on October 26, 2018, which includes:

Public organization "Bureau of Social and Political Developments"

Association "Transport, forwarding and logistics organizations in Ukraine" Ukrzovnishtrans ": All-Ukrainian NGO" Living Planet "

Within the framework of the project "Social Partnership for Equity", which was implemented with the support of the European Union , the NGO "Bureau of Social and Political Developments" hosted a visit of representatives of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The delegation included: Raisa Liparteliani, Coordinator of Working Group # 5 of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum "Social and Labor Policy, Social Dialogue" and Nugzar Kokhreidze, co-founder of the Research-Intellectual Club Dialogue of Generations , Coordinator of the Employment Subgroup and counteracting the discrimination of the WG5 National Platform of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership.

On the first day of their visit, on October 10, delegates took part in parliamentary hearings on "Countering Discrimination Against Women from Vulnerable Social Groups." Parliamentary hearings took place in the Verkhovna Rada's premises, in the plenary session hall, at the parliamentary hearings, the Georgian delegates got acquainted with the Ukrainian daily diary on anti-discrimination.

On the second day, on October 11 in the first day of the day, representatives of the Georgian delegation and the Bureau of Social and Political Developments met with the top-management of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. The event was attended by specialists of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, representatives of trade union organizations and NGOs from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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