Project is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe

The Programme contributes to the implementation of obligations and commitments of Ukraine before the Council of Europe, of the Association Agreement with the European Union and of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan with the European Union.



To strengthen the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms through :

  • greater freedom, diversity and pluralism in the media,
  • an open, inclusive, sustainable, people-centred and human rights-based approach to the Internet,
  • an effective system of protection of individuals with regard to their right to privacy and right to control their personal data.




  1. To help in developing a strategy/action plan until 2015 for the approximation of media legislation to the European regulatory framework, focusing on the EU-Ukraine association related terms and the Council of Europe standards. 
  2. To provide targeted expert assistance to the stakeholders as to the implementation of the strategy/action plan.
  3. To provide assistance in establishing the right of access to information via enhancing the stakeholders’ capacity to implement the law.
  4. To strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian public officials, civil society and Internet private sector in governing the Internet as they could better promote the open and unimpeded free flow of information and expression based on the relevant CoE standards.
  5. To raise the civil society’s public awareness and monitoring capacity on the rights of Internet users.
  6. To strengthen open, inclusive and transparent multi-stakeholder Internet governance dialogue in Ukraine based on CoE human rights standards.
  7.  The legal framework with regard to data protection is enhanced complies with international standards in the field.
  8.  The independence and capacity of public authorities overseeing data protection is secured and developed.
  9.  Data protection safeguards and mechanisms are better implemented in all relevant sectors, in full respect of other rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression.


Beneficiaries and Partners of the Project


State TV and Radio Committee of Ukraine, National Broadcasting Council of Ukraine, Ombudsperson (Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights), Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information, Parliamentary Committee on human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations, Parliamentary Committee on informatization and information technologies), National Commission for the regulation of state communications and informatization, Presidential Administration, Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers, training institutions, professional associations, judicial authorities, civil society organisations, journalists, bloggers, private sector.

Expected results


  • A strategy/action plan for approximation of media legislation to the European regulatory framework until 2015 is developed and implemented.
  • Progress is made as regards the elimination of the state or authority-owned media.
  • The safeguards for fair and balanced media coverage of elections are developed in line with the European standards and the EU-Ukraine association-related criteria.
  • Journalists’ work conditions free from threats and actual violence are promoted via exposure to best practices and reforming legislation on the protection of professional activity of journalists
  • The legal framework for access to public information is further improved.
  • Internet governance and human rights courses are included in the Curricula of national institutions.
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of Internet users and Internet service providers
  •  on Internet Governance and human rights in line with the CoE standarts.
  • Enhanced participation of the Ukraine key stakeholders in the international Internet governance and human rights debates.
  • The data protection law is reviewed and aligned with international and European standards in the field.
  • Independence and capacity of the Ombudsperson (Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights) overseeing data protection is built up.
  • Data protection is implemented by sectors.
  • the Recommendations on the protection of privacy in the media coverage are  disseminated and training carried out.
Project team



Roman Chlapak, Team Leader, Project Manager

tel.: 044 425 60 01 (int.132), e-mail:


Olena Rodionenko, Project Officer

(data protection and access to information)

tel.: 044 425 60 01 (внутр. 119),  e-mail:

Galyna Smirnova, Project Officer

(Internet governance and media freedom)

tel.:: 044 425 60 01 (внутр. 137),  e-mail:


Iryna Ostapa, Project Assistant

tel.:: 044 425 60 01 (int. 139),  e-mail:



Orysya Fedorchuk, Project Assistant

tel.:: 044 425 60 01 (int. 138), e-mail:



Ganna Katasonova, Financial Project Assistant

tel.:: 044 425 60 01 (int. 140), e-mail:



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04070 Kyiv Ukraine