Lviv Society

Skoda at New Cars Fest 2018

Issue 114, July 2018.
Leopolitan car aficionados and guests of the city were excited to take in last July’s New Cars Fest, an event featuring innovations from some of the world’s leading automobile makers, including Skoda.

Aria Motors Opens New BMW and Mini Dealership in Lviv

Issue 113, June 2018.
Aria Motors, Lviv’s official dealership for BMW cars and motorcycles as well as the BMW Mini, recently opened a new conceptual auto-centre. With over 1850 m2 on a one-hectare territory, the two-storey building features nine demo cars in its spacious showroom. The maintenance area has 11 work stations for repairs and detailing, while over 2000 spare parts and accessories are on site in the new warehouse. High-speed Wi-Fi and a comfortable leisure area is available on the first floor and more than 60 cars can fit easily into the centre’s expansive parking area.

Batyars Ride Bikes

Issue 113, June 2018.
Batyar culture was on full display on 9 June as Leopolitans dove into Batyar style and culture on the annual Batyars on Bicycles retro bike ride. Participants cycled by the city’s most iconic landmarks dressed in retro outfits and took a short ‘tea time’ for a picnic in the park.

Prince of Liechtenstein Visits Lviv

Issue 113, June 2018.
The Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein Alois and his wife Princess Sophia paid an official visit to Ukraine and Lviv in particular on 7 June at the invitation of President Poroshenko. The visit was the first since the two states established diplomatic relations.

Leopolis Grand Prix 2018

Issue 113, June 2018.
Summer season in Lviv officially kicked off with the running of the Leopolis Grand Prix on 1-3 June. Each year since 2011, Ukrainian retro car enthusiasts mark the first running of the legendary Leopolis Grand Prix, first held in the city in 1930 – before Lviv was even part of Ukraine. Today the retro car festival promotes motor tourism in Lviv and Ukraine and popularises the restoration of classic cars.

Lviv’s First Bike Patrol Hits the Streets

Issue 113, June 2018.
Lviv’s very first bike units set off on their maiden patrols of the city on 21 May. Equipped by the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine, a civilian CSDP mission, the patrols are tasked with enhancing order and security on Lviv’s streets. The EUAM donated the bicycles, uniforms, and other equipment to Lviv’s police officers. The first shift was conducted together with participants of the Lviv Bicycle Marathon to celebrate the city’s annual VeloDay (bike day). Lviv becomes the 12th city in Ukraine to launch the police bike units.

German President Steinmeier Visits Lviv

Issue 113, June 2018.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was in Lviv for an official visit on 30 May, where he met with Lviv Region Head Oleh Syniutka and representatives of Lviv Regional Council and Lviv City Council. Steinmeier noted that Germany has always been willing to support the process of Ukraine’s internal transformation and that “little has been done” in this regard over the past few years.

Ukraine Draws Closer to Europe

Issue 113, June 2018.
Ukraine took a major step in closer integration with Europe by opening the new Beskyd Tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains on 24 May. The new tunnel crosses the mountains between the towns of Beskyd and Skotarske and connects the Ukrainian rail network with Corridor V of the pan-European transport network through a double-track link. Corridor V stretches from Venice / Trieste in northern Italy to Lviv via Slovenia and Hungary.

Olena Dats’ Gallery Celebrates Spring

Issue 112, May 2018.
As has become a Spring tradition in Lviv, the Olena Dats Gallery presented the cruise collection of the namesake designer last month. Charming models - friends and clients of designer -full of colour, romance, and the spirit of travel wowed those lucky enough to be in attendance.

Lviv’s First Shared Service Centre Forum

Issue 112, May 2018.
Ukrainian and regional shared services (SSC) and business process outsourcing (BPO) experts gathered for the Ukrainian Shared Service Centre Forum at Lviv’s SoftServe Headquarters on 26 April. Organised by PwC Central & Eastern Europe with Lviv City and Regional governments, the forum attracted SSC practitioners, advisors, technology providers, and other experts to discuss the opportunities stemming from Ukraine’s emergence as an attractive destination for SSC and BPO operations in the region. For example, Lviv attracted Nestle’s SSC five years ago and the company now employs over 1100 employees. VEON (Kyivstar) is also pleased with the success it has seen with its SSC in Lviv.