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The European Business Association held a meeting with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine last week

10/ 06/ 2024
  Last week, the European Business Association met with Oleksandr Porkhun, Acting Minister of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine. The discussion focused on creating effective veteran policies in the country, building relevant infrastructure, and fostering cooperation between businesses and authorities. Mr. Porkhun outlined the Ministrys key areas of work concerning veterans, their families, and the families of fallen defenders: rehabilitation and psychological support, adaptive sports development, education and retraining for employment, veteran entrepreneurship, housing provision, digital services, and remembrance policies. The Acting Minister noted that the labor market has shrunk by an estimated 30%, making the development of veteran policies increasingly important. Over 60% of veterans are interested in starting their own businesses, and opportunities for entrepreneurial development exist. The Ukrainian Veterans Fund, under the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, provides financial and informational support, having backed over 600 veteran business projects totaling 300 million UAH. This year alone, a record 219 applications were submitted, with 85 winners receiving assistance ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 million UAH to start their own businesses. A crucial aspect is developing an effective and flexible strategy for creating and coordinating veteran businesses. This involves not only financial and consulting support but also integrating veteran businesses into public procurement. Negotiations are ongoing with the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Strategic Industries. Additionally, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs promotes veteran businesses in the consumer market through the Created by Defenders project, which brands veteran products and services. Currently, 31 businesses have been granted the right to use this brand for promoting their goods in retail chains. There are plans to integrate Created by Defenders with the Made in Ukraine project initiated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Businesses are also keen to support veterans by offering employment and creating conditions for their smooth reintegration into the workforce. The EBA has launched a Working Group on Veteran Practices and Policies within its ESG Hub to facilitate the exchange of experience between businesses on veteran reintegration, consult on legislative changes, develop legislative initiatives, and collaborate with relevant ministries, the Employment Service, communities,local governments, and civil society institutions providing veteran services. The Ministry also plans to launch a Map of Veteran Enterprises, allowing veterans to connect and exchange products/services, fostering business growth and expanding networks. Additionally, an Electronic Certificate of Veteran status has been launched in the Diia mobile app in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Transformation. By the end of 2024, a mobile app for veterans will be introduced, providing access to all necessary services. Furthermore, the Ministry is prioritizing the expansion of veteran spaces, aiming to establish one in every community with over 20,000 residents. These spaces will offer a comprehensive range of services and opportunities for transitioning from military to civilian life, including information, retraining, training, social support, psychological and sports rehabilitation. Rehabilitation through sports is recognized as an effective recovery tool, as evidenced by the participation of wounded veterans in international sports competitions like the Invictus Games. The Ministry recently concluded the national selection for the Ukrainian team to participate in the winter games in Canada, with 35 participants to be announced by the end of June. Regarding cooperation with businesses, the Ministry is ready to assist in developing special employment programs for people with disabilities. While subsidies for staff retraining are not currently available, the Ministry is open to collaborating on creating relevant legislation. Both the Ministry and the EBA emphasized the importance of cooperation in making veteran policies effective in Ukraine and agreed on continued dialogue and interaction. The EBA expressed gratitude to the Ministry and Oleksandr Porkhun for the meeting.

Last week, the European Business Association met with Oleksandr Porkhun, Acting Minister of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine. The discussion focused on creating effective veteran policies in the country, building relevant infrastructure, and fostering cooperation between businesses and authorities.

Mr. Porkhun outlined the Ministry’s key areas of work concerning veterans, their families, and the families of fallen defenders: rehabilitation and psychological support, adaptive sports development, education and retraining for employment, veteran entrepreneurship, housing provision, digital services, and remembrance policies.

The Acting Minister noted that the labor market has shrunk by an estimated 30%, making the development of veteran policies increasingly important. Over 60% of veterans are interested in starting their own businesses, and opportunities for entrepreneurial development exist. The Ukrainian Veterans Fund, under the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, provides financial and informational support, having backed over 600 veteran business projects totaling 300 million UAH. This year alone, a record 219 applications were submitted, with 85 winners receiving assistance ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 million UAH to start their own businesses.

A crucial aspect is developing an effective and flexible strategy for creating and coordinating veteran businesses. This involves not only financial and consulting support but also integrating veteran businesses into public procurement. Negotiations are ongoing with the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Strategic Industries.

Additionally, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs promotes veteran businesses in the consumer market through the “Created by Defenders” project, which brands veteran products and services. Currently, 31 businesses have been granted the right to use this brand for promoting their goods in retail chains. There are plans to integrate “Created by Defenders” with the “Made in Ukraine” project initiated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Businesses are also keen to support veterans by offering employment and creating conditions for their smooth reintegration into the workforce. The EBA has launched a Working Group on Veteran Practices and Policies within its ESG Hub to facilitate the exchange of experience between businesses on veteran reintegration, consult on legislative changes, develop legislative initiatives, and collaborate with relevant ministries, the Employment Service, communities,local governments, and civil society institutions providing veteran services.

The Ministry also plans to launch a Map of Veteran Enterprises, allowing veterans to connect and exchange products/services, fostering business growth and expanding networks. Additionally, an Electronic Certificate of Veteran status has been launched in the Diia mobile app in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Transformation. By the end of 2024, a mobile app for veterans will be introduced, providing access to all necessary services.

Furthermore, the Ministry is prioritizing the expansion of veteran spaces, aiming to establish one in every community with over 20,000 residents. These spaces will offer a comprehensive range of services and opportunities for transitioning from military to civilian life, including information, retraining, training, social support, psychological and sports rehabilitation. Rehabilitation through sports is recognized as an effective recovery tool, as evidenced by the participation of wounded veterans in international sports competitions like the Invictus Games. The Ministry recently concluded the national selection for the Ukrainian team to participate in the winter games in Canada, with 35 participants to be announced by the end of June.

Regarding cooperation with businesses, the Ministry is ready to assist in developing special employment programs for people with disabilities. While subsidies for staff retraining are not currently available, the Ministry is open to collaborating on creating relevant legislation.

Both the Ministry and the EBA emphasized the importance of cooperation in making veteran policies effective in Ukraine and agreed on continued dialogue and interaction. The EBA expressed gratitude to the Ministry and Oleksandr Porkhun for the meeting.

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