UAA in support of the initiative by British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce to establish a Judicial Ombudsman
With the judicial reform law passed by parliament recently important progress has been achieved.
“However, this is only one initial step within a bundle of measures necessary to arrive at a comprehensive and sustainable reform. Besides, it will take a long time indeed – even if things will be developing in the right direction – in order to see and feel the effects, as at least for several years to come there will be a long series of (il)legal issues requiring appropriate action by the judicial authorities which may not come about easily” – said President of Ukrainian-Austrian Association Alfred F. Praus.
Therefore, UAA is supporting the initiative by British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (BUCC) and its head Bate C. Toms to establish a Judicial Ombudsman.
Lecture of UAA President for Internship Programme at the Verkhovna Rada
Last Thursday, per invitation to contribute to the Internship Programme at the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine) and share some beneficial knowledge with the young generation, Alfred F. Praus gave a lecture on Intercultural Communication and Management as an essential proviso to integrate with the EU.
Alfred F. Praus: “You have to understand the culture, and apply your knowledge, be open and soundly adaptive when dealing with a culture you are requesting cooperation with”.
We are truly grateful to the audience for their bright engagement during the lecture and thought-provoking questions.
To see the presentation demonstrated during the lecture, please check here.
UAA Jour Fixe held!
Being inspired by the finally decreasing covid numbers, we decided to resume a UAA tradition of Jour Fixe, and so after a long break, we celebrated the opportunity on June 16, 2021.
Alfred F. Praus, President of Ukrainian-Austrian Association, President of Rotary Club Kyiv International Business, and recently appointed Ukrainian Chair of the newly-created Rotarian Inter-Country Committee Ukraine-Austria, opened the evening and set the mood by informing the audience on the recent positive developments for Ukrainian-Austrian Association in the light of Rotary District 2232 and Rotary Inter-Country support.
He also highlighted the importance of Ukrainians thinking and acting Western- and Central-European: "Ukraine is Europe. Ukrainians have to think more European, count in Euro and not dollars, and feel themselves a true part of Europe".
Prof. Ihor Zhaloba, member of UAA Supervisory Council, Chairman of Paneuropa Ukraine, against the backdrop of his co-chairmanship of the Austrian-Ukrainian Commission of Historians, gave a truly exciting overview on the joint roots of Austria and Ukraine, a historic development of Ukrainian-Austrian relations, and the modern times status.
Speaking about the situation in Austrian political arena regarding Ukraine, Prof. Zhaloba bittersweetly specified only Dr. Erhard Busek as a truly bright Austrian political figure standing for Ukraine in the last thirty years.
Note: Dr. Erhard Busek was a Vice-Chancellor of Austria until 1995, and now still is President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe in Vienna, who sees Ukraine as an integral part of (Central) Europe, and who among his numerous honorary positions, is also a President of UAA Supervisory Board. In December 2019 UAA had an honor to host the presentation of Ukrainian translation of book "Central Europe Revisited" by E. Busek and Ambassador E. Brix, with the discussion on the role of Ukraine for Central Europe.
To mark the positive transition of Ukraine from Soviet heritage into European paradigm, Prof. Ihor Zhaloba indicated the recent establishment in Kyiv of a monument to Vasyl Vyshyvanyy [Archduke Wilhelm von Habsburg-Lothringen], the youngest son of Archduke Karl Stephan and Archduchess Maria Theresia and a colonel of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen [a Ukrainian unit within the Austro-Hungarian Army during the First World War], who did a lot for Ukraine's independence in the first half of XX century and lost his life persecuted by USSR. Ukraine is slowly but surely rediscovering its links to Western-European tradition...
We wholeheartedly thank Prof. Ihor Zhaloba, who, being a brilliant speaker and thought-provoker, at once made the audience actively involve in the discussion and so it stayed the whole evening.
We thank our wonderful guests - both UAA members and potential members - from Parliament, Rotary, Rotaract, OSCE, cultural sector, CEOs, entrepreneurs, talented youth, i.e. all those interested in the development of Austrian-Ukrainian relations, for coming and contributing to making our Jour Fixe the way it happened - joyful & insightful.
And we hope that next time, for balance purposes, we will have more Austrians at our Ukrainian-Austrian Jour Fixe!
Next UAA Jour Fixe is planned for September 2021.
UAA Jour Fixe on June 16, 2021!
Dear members of Ukrainian-Austrian Association,
Dear all who are interested in Ukrainian-Austrian relations,
Herewith, we would like to cordially invite You to UAA Jour Fixe, which will take place on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7 PM in the restaurant The Chef (30, Symona Petlyury Str.).
Please see the invitation and kindly take a note that the registration is mandatory.
We hope to see you there!
Besides, we are delighted to inform you that Alfred Praus, being President of Rotary Club Kyiv International Business, was unanimously appointed to be a Ukrainian Chair of the Rotarian Inter-Country Committee Ukraine-Austria, which he will build up together with his opposite in Austria, Ambassador (retired) Bernhard Zimburg.
This will certainly enhance the impact of UAA!
UAA Online talk with Karl von Habsburg
Yesterday the President of Ukrainian-Austrian Association Alfred F. Praus hosted an online-talk with Karl von Habsburg, the grandson of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor as well as, among a series of other missions and appointments, the President of the Pan-European Movement in Austria.
We thank Mr. Habsburg for a truly insightful speech about the Paneuropean Movement and its significance for Ukraine, and the participants for a very interesting discussion.
To watch the recording of the meeting, please check here
To read the report by Ukrinform, please check here.
Ukrainian-Austrian Association - Online talk with Karl von Habsburg on March 11, 2021 at 07:00 PM (EET)
Dear members and friends of Ukrainian-Austrian Association, UAA has been granted a privilege to host an online-talk with the grandson of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor and President of the Paneuropean Movement in Austria, Karl von Habsburg on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 07:00 PM (Kyiv time)
The speech of Karl von Habsburg on Paneuropean Movement and its significance for Ukraine will be followed by a Q&A-session.
We kindly ask you to register: email@example.com. Only registered participants will be permitted to ask questions to Karl von Habsburg.
ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83145828894. Language of the event: English
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Privatization in Ukraine to be started in 2021
On 13 January 2021 the International Council of Business Associations and Chambers in Ukraine (ICBAC) invited for a mostly online-meeting and discussion with the CEO of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU), Dmytro Sennychenko, at the Coliseum Hall of UCCI. UAA President and ICBAC General Secretary Alfred F. Praus was moderating this event.
The full event can be watched at youtu.be/C9TMR4vTA2U
The photos can be watched here.
A professional, ambitious and, most of all, necessary approach by SPFU to break up the resistance of some stakeholders, to create conditions acceptable for potential investors in privatisation of state companies not being of strategic importance for Ukraine and finally to see to the straight-forward and transparent offer-, bidding - and hopefully selling process. Political decisions in Verkovna Rada concerning the list of companies are aimed at for spring 2021. Focal points in the factual discussion following, among others: involvement of international IFIs and auditing companies; due diligence processes, guarantees by SPFU (or the state); how to deal with wrongdoers in the previous management; how to handle overstaffing at many of those state companies. ICBAC expressed its continued interest in this initiative and will support SPFU in that.
Privatization in Ukraine in 2021:
Discussion with Mr. Dmytro Sennychenko, CEO, State Property Fund of Ukraine
Online Meeting on January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM (Kyiv time)
We would like to call your attention to the Online Discussion with the Head of State Property Fund of Ukraine held by the International Council of Business Associations and Chambers in Ukraine (ICBAC), where UAA is a member, on January 13, 2021.
End of December a bill aimed at comprehensively modernizing privatization legislation in Ukraine was passed in the Parliament (full name of the bill – “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine in the cases of Improvement of the State Policy of Management and Privatization of State and Municipal Property, as well as the Institutional Principles of activity of the State Property Fund of Ukraine”). Its purpose is to simplify and expedite privatization procedures, protect and encourage investment and restore investors’ trust in Ukraine and its state institutions.
During the meeting ICBAC-members will discuss with Mr. Dmytro Sennychenko the implications of such bill and of the privatization programme.
The discussion will be held in English.
Please see the Programm enclosed and join us!
To join the streaming of the event: youtu.be/C9TMR4vTA2U
Dear Members and Friends of Ukrainian-Austrian Association,
As this challenging year is coming to an end, we would like to wholeheartedly thank you for being with us and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As Alfred F. Praus has said "Inner peace is the most important. Inconveniences will pass."
We are looking forward to seeing You in 2021 (hopefully, offline)!
Alfred F. Praus, Marianna Kordun, Stefan Haböck
UKRAINE: INVESTMENT HARBOR IN THE TIME OF CHANGE
On December 11, 2020 the First Annual International Online Conference UKRAINE: INVESTMENT HARBOR IN THE TIME OF CHANGE was held by the UkraineInvest Investment Promotion Office.
The leaders of three members of ICBAC have participated in the conference: Alfred F. Praus, ICBAC General Secretary and President of Ukrainian-Austrian Association, in the panel on relocation of manufacturing, moderated by Gennadiy Chyzhykov, President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Zenon Potoczny, President of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce about building investment bridges between regions of Ukraine and international business.
"President, government and agencies like UkraineInvest are spending substantial and dedicated efforts to improve the business climate for FDI. Such climate, however, is marred by actions of anti-reform minded, partly malicious powerbrokers. Media have been amply reporting on such activities.
In order for Ukraine to be in a position to exhaust its tremendous potential in terms of attracting FDI, TRUST has to be built up.
For that, among others, predictability, stability, rule of law, institutional reliabilty, compliance and fair competition conditions are needed." - said Alfred F. Praus.
The recording of the Conference can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=91eDwb_s8DM
UKRAINE: INVESTMENT HARBOR IN THE TIME OF CHANGE
Online Annual Conference on December 11, 2020
We would like to call your attention to the First Annual International Online Conference UKRAINE: INVESTMENT HARBOR IN THE TIME OF CHANGE held by the UkraineInvest Investment Promotion Office on December 11, 2020.
The event will serve as an interactive platform aimed at informing the international and Ukrainian investment community on Ukraine’s reform progress and investment climate development in 2020, and respective strategic plans of the state for the year 2021.
The Conference will feature 10 interactive panel discussions with over 30 speakers.
Kindly note that General Secretary of the International Council of Business Associations and Chambers in Ukraine (ICBAC) and President of Ukrainian-Austrian Association, Alfred F. Praus, will be speaking in the panel MANUFACTURING RELOCATION TO UKRAINE about relocation criteria and selection process of location as well about the issue of local content at 04:15 PM.
Please follow the link for more details.
The Conference will be held online in two languages: Ukrainian and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during broadcasting.
Please follow the link to register for the event.
New partnership: UAA and SFII!
Today UAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Finance Institution for Innovations (SFII) which is receiving a relaunch, reporting to Ministry of Strategic Industries in Ukraine. UAA-President Alfred F. Praus and SFII-Chairman Volodymyr Stavniuk have ambitions plans for future cooperation going beyond UAA. Looking forward to that.
Precondition for Future Investment: Modern Education
"Only with a modernized system Ukraine can succeed in keeping the younger people in the country and potentially attracting additional talent from abroad."
On November 19, 2020 International Council of Business Associations and Chambers in Ukraine has hold the online Forum "Precondition for Future Investment: Modern Education" with an aim to exchange views regarding the priorities, on which Ukraine should focus in order to develop a modern education system that would meet the needs of the economy and promote domestic and foreign investment in it. Among the topics discussed were also vocational professional training and specifically the development of dual education in Ukraine, the employer branding capability, and labor law reforming.
It’s worth noting that the International Council of Business Associations and Chambers in Ukraine represents 9 foreign chambers and business associations as well as the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In that, it unites over 9,000 businesses under its roof, representing the majority of employers in Ukraine as well as the companies, which have made most foreign investments in Ukraine.
ICBAC and its members would like to express their gratitude to sponsors of the Forum DTEK and Bosch , as well as to the brilliant speakers Mykola Kyzym, Andrii Dligach, Іnna Sovsun, Volodymyr Vlasyuk, Maria Kholoshniuk AIESEC Ukraine, Taras Derkach CSR Ukraine (Центр «Розвиток Корпоративної Соціальної Відповідальності»), Valeria Zabolotna Academy DTEK, Tim B. Peters Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Iryna Shumik, Natalia Starodub AHK Ukraine, Vitalii Bulda and Oleksandr Tcherevko Bosch Ukraine, Monika Mott OeAD, Bogdan Volchok and Victoria Shatan SKF, Yulia Zhovtyak DCZ, Dmitriy Kisilevskiy, Margarita Karpenko DLA Piper, Natalya Halunko Ukrsibbank BNP Paribas Group, Olena Chepizhko Eurocar, Miyako Ikeda OECD, and to the audience.
The Programm for your convenience.
With support of:
Precondition for Future Investment: Modern Education
ICBAC FORUM on November 19, 2020
Dear members and friends of Ukrainian-Austrian Association, We are cordially inviting you to ICBAC Online-FORUM on November 19, 2020 - Precondition for Future Investment: Modern Education.
Professional education under international standards undoubtedly is one of the crucial prerequisites for attracting investment. Therefore ICBAC, where UAA is a member and Alfred F.Praus serves as General Secretary, has developed a respective forum mainly in digital format with a two-language live streaming, ensuring a safe space for attendance.
The Programm is enclosed hereto for your attention.
We anticipate your interest in the Forum and encourage you to share this invitation with your business community.
Your registration will be highly appreciated at
(please indicate your name, the company and your contact email).
The event is happening with the support of:
Concert and Meet & Greet "Una Serata Italiana" with Susanna Chakhoian & Vitaliy Bilyy scheduled for 26 April 2020 in Vienna has to be postponed due to coronavirus developments.
We will notify new date in due time.
UAA Jour Fixe on February 11, 2020!
Dear members, partners, friends and people who are interested in Ukrainian-Austrian Association (UAA),
We are cordially inviting you to a UAA Jour Fixe at the restaurant QUANTO COSTA at 30, Simona Petlyuri street in Kyiv, on February 11, 2020 at 07:00 P.M.
We will inform you about the development of UAA in 2019 as well as about our plans for 2020.
Last not least we will be welcoming the prominent Ukrainian writer and publicist Andrei Kurkov. He will tell us his views concerning the actual political situation in Ukraine and its prospects.
Kindly inform on your participation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing you there soon!
We are looking forward to enjoy the Ukrainian Ball on 15 February 2020 at Palais Ferstel in Vienna.
It goes without saying that UAA is supporting the organizer of this beautiful event TUMA, the organization of Ukrainian youth in Austria.
Highlights will include the opening by soloist of National Opera of Ukraine, Susanna Chakhoian and Peter Keller from Vienna Staatsoper and of course dancing and dancing … in this so elegant and beautiful atmosphere.
The Ball brochure is enclosed hereto for your attention.