The Executive Committee (Presydiya) of AUGB's Governing Council (Rada) met in London today for its first meeting after the AGM. The wide-ranging agenda covered many current issues as well as plans for the future, including: AUGB finances and financial processes; Sydenhurst, the Association's residential care home in Chiddingfold; progress on the Association's building at 156 Holland Park Avenue; a review of activity and issues across branches, including plans for renovations and repairs; the forthcoming workshop on grants; co-operation on a Chatham House conference to be held in December; and longer term plans in relation to the 80th anniverary of the Holodomor in 2013 and the bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko's birth in 2014. There are also plans for a wider meeting for all Branch Chairs, and a conference of all community organisations to discuss common issues and future development and dates will be proposed in due course.

The meeting also spent some time discussing the election results in Ukraine, particularly the reports from independent observers on how free and fair the elections were, and the disappointingly low voting turnout amongst Ukrainian citizens in the diaspora. AUGB will continue to watch the political scene in Ukraine closely and, as always, continue to support the development of Ukraine's democracy, human and social rights, and closer ties with Europe.

At the end of the meeting, AUGB Chair, Zenko Lastowiecki, recorded a greeting from AUGB to the World Congress of Ukrainians which will be celebrating its 45th anniversary later in November at an event in Canada.

In the meantime, there are two key dates for everyone's diary:

  • 1 December 2012 - Grants workshop to be held at the Ukrainian Centre in Manchester from 11.00 - 16.00. AUGB branches and other community organisations have already received information about the workshop, and anyone interested is welcome to attend;
  • 9 March 2014 - national commemoration of the bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko's birth.

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