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Educational Institute for Democracy and Civil Society in Eastern Ukraine


CDK (Centre for the study of democracy and culture), 2010

MFA finantial support: 850 000,- Kč

In 2009, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported a long-term CDK project in Eastern Ukraine. The main goal of the project was to establish an educational centre for democracy, civil society, and EU integration issues.

In 2010, the main outputs of the educational field of study "Democracy and Civil Society" were finalized. The program of lectures was composed of ten blocks of lectures (monthly from Friday till Sunday). The first four blocks were held between September and December 2009. The second six blocks were held between January and June 2010. The project was designed for 50 participants, but by October 2009 the project had attracted 124 participants. The program of study is accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport as a lifelong educational program (the accreditation holder is the International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University). 80 participants (from more than 120) obtained the certificate (they attended at least 80 % of the lectures and scored at least 50 % correct on the tests) and the best three of them were invited to the Czech Republic.

From May 30th to June 8th 2010, the study visit for three best students was organized. Olga Provotorova, Iuliia Sadula and Maryna Ponomarenko visited in the framework of rich program aimed at collection of first-hand experiences for example the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, the Supreme Administrative Court, The Public Defender of Rights, the South Moravian Region, Masaryk University (Faculty of Social Studies, Faculty of Arts), the office of Mladá fronta Dnes Newspaper.

Lecture Titles of 2010

  • Enlargement of the EU: the Czech Experience (January 2010)
  • Economic Transformation, Markets, and Economic Crisis (February 2010)
  • Security Policy, Extremism, Radicalism, and Religious Fundamentalism (March 2010)
  • International Relations and the Law: the Concept of the Public Administration Control (April 2010)
  • Political Parties, Elections, and Electoral Systems (May 2010)
  • The Civil Society and Its Importance for Democracy, Interest Groups, and the Czech Political Experience (June 2010)


  • Petr Fiala, chair of CDK, rector of Masaryk University
  • Kateřina Hloušková, CDK projects coordinator
  • Jan Holzer, vice-dean of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
  • Mojmír Jeřábek, head of the international relations department, City of Brno
  • Lubomír Kopeček, associate professor of the Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
  • Kateřina Kopečková, assistant to the Supreme Administrative Court judge
  • Oldřich Krpec, director of the International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University
  • Ondřej Krutílek, CDK research fellow
  • Zdeněk Kříž, associate professor of the International Relations and European Studies Department, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
  • Petra Kuchyňková, CDK research fellow
  • Marek Loužek, director of the publishing department of the Centre for Economics and Politics
  • Miroslav Mareš, associate professor of the Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
  • František Mikš, director of the CDK Institute for Politic and Culture
  • Josef Mlejnek, assistant professor of Faculty of Social Science, Charles University
  • Ivo Pospíšil, head of the analytical department of the Czech Constitutional Court