Danube Day 2018 / 2019 in Ukraine

Planning is underway for Danube Day celebrations in 2019, including a Ukrainian press conference and events working in conjunction with JDS4. 

Danube Day Festival

Location: Kiliya City Park
Date: 29th June 2019, 16:00pm

This event will include live performances from some of the participating children, an "environmental quest", and plenty of tasty traditional fish soup.

Finally – an additional special feature of the event will be a photozone for the “Danube citizen passport”.

Press Conference

Location: Kiliya, Danube bank

Date and time: 29th of June, 14:00pm


A press conference on the new WFD-compliant surface water monitoring system in Ukraine will take place on 29th June 2019 at 14:00, at the banks of the Danube River in Kiliya.

Water managers at national and regional level will present and answer questions in Kiliya, regarding new national WFD-compliant system of surface water monitoring, which entered in force from 2019. Experts from the Dnipro basin within the frame of the EU's Water Initiative project will share the information on the status of the Dnipro RBMP preparation. At the same time, the concept of JDS 4 will be presented along with the role of Ukraine in it. Special attention will be paid to the connection of JDS4 and Joint Black Sea surveys which take place later this summer in framework of EU / UNDP project, “Improving Environmental Monitoring of the Black Sea: selected measures” (EMBLAS-Plus).

The speakers include:

  • Mykola Kuzyo – Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
  • Iryna Ovcharenko – Head of State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine
  • Johannes Baur – First Counsellor, Head of Operations Section, Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, Delegation of European Union to Ukraine
  • Yunona Videnina – thematic communication leader EUWI+
  • Jaroslav Slobodnik – coordinator of Joint Danube Surveys 4 and Joint Black Sea surveys


Joint Sampling

Location: Kiliya, Danube bank
Date and time: 29th of June, 13:00pm

Additionally, Danube Day will be celebrated with the public Joint sampling of Danube water for non-target chemical screening, ecological DNA and microplastic and on-job training for Ukrainian water management.

In frame of JDS4 a team of international experts will take samples for further innovative methods of analysis, such as ecological DNA and NTS. Special attention will be paid to the extraction of – for the first time in Ukraine – samples for microplastic (which will be accumulating suspended particles for the two weeks before the event). The real-time sampling will be united with explanations, plus a Q&A session.

Further information

To see how all the countries celebrated in 2018, go to Review 2018. You can also revisit 15 years of Ukraine's Danube Day via the general Review page.

Read the latest news on Ukraine's Danube Day Facebook page or contact the country coordinator:

Olena Marushevska (+380 67 9 062 061) of the All-Ukrainian Ecological League; pripyat@i.kiev.ua; bluerivers@ukrpost.ua; and view Facebook.