AMBASSADOR'S BLOG - INSPIRATIONAL IRISH, WELSH AND SCOTS IN UKRAINE

Kyiv
05.03.10



Kyiv

Friday morning starts with a meeting with NI-CO, a non-profit public body based in Northern Ireland; representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport; and the embassy projects team.  It's inspiring to see enthusiastic and dedicated experts from the top left and bottom right corners of Europe getting together to improve the quality of social services.  The plan is to develop project ideas, using experts from the UK and Ukraine, to share best practice in delivering a range of social services to the most vulnerable members of the community.  I support the project strongly: as a European country, Ukraine should be able to benefit from the exchange of expertise in social services as in many other fields, and the European Union is well-placed to help make that happen.

Project spending in the Foreign Office, like many other areas of public spending in the UK, is under great pressure.  But we are keen to do what we can with our limited funds, including by leveraging larger projects.  In another part of the woods, I commend the guest blog of Svita Yavorska in this embassy (excellent photos and links, Svita!) about her monitoring trip to Eastern Ukraine for two FCO projects designed to generate job opportunities for young people with disabilities, and to improve energy efficiency.  That blog also highlights the role Welshmen and Scots played in developing the industrial heartland of Eastern Ukraine.

Leigh Turner
British Ambassador to Ukraine

NOTE:  You can read all of Ambassador Turner's blogs by visiting: http://blogs.fco.gov/roller/turner 



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