On the 31st of May 2016 in Brussels Executive Director of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels Olena Prystayko welcomed a group of students from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Strasbourg, 21 May 2016 – Executive Director of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels Olena Prystayko participated in the second edition of the European Youth Event (#EYE2016), which took place in the European Parliament on 20-21 May.

On the 8 – 11 May 2016, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (the Office) organised a visit of the Ukrainian energy experts – Olena Pavlenko, President of the DiXi Group think tank, and Roman Nitsovych, Program Manager of the DiXi Group, to Berlin.

On the 28th of April 2016 in Kyiv the Freedom House in cooperation with the International Renaissance Foundation presented its latest “Nations in Transit – 2016” report, which is a research project on democracy in the 29 formerly communist countries from Central Europe to Central Asia.

On the 14 of April 2016, within the frameworks of the 9th Kyiv Security Forum, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels held a discussion: “Promoting Ukrainian Interests in the EU: What did we Learn from the Dutch Referendum on 6 April 2016?” The event brought together Ukrainian officials, analysts, representatives of media and donor organisations to discuss the lessons learnt from the referendum in the Netherlands and how this experience could help Ukraine promote its interests in future.

The conference “From Euromaidan to the Dutch referendum: What’s the EU’s Strategy for Ukraine?” – organised by the Young European Federalists [JEF] on the 4th of April 2016 in Brussels, brought together members of the European Parliament, foreign policy advisers, analysts and the wider public to discuss the Dutch referendum on the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement. Although the referendum is consultative, its results may have implications for the EU’s authorities in the area of foreign policy, and for the future of the EU – Ukraine Association agreement.

Nearly 80 participants from Ukraine and 11 EU member states took part in the first Brussels UkraineLab 2016, which was organized by the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels on the 29th of February 2016 with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation, the European Endowment for Democracy, Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union and Mission of Canada to the European Union.

On the 1st March 2016 during the Ukraine Week in the European Parliament the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (the Office) in cooperation with EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee and the European Endowment for Democracy held the Debates “Verkhovna Rada and Civil Society: Collaboration for Reforms in 2016”.

From 28 February until 2 March 2016 23 leading Ukrainian experts – representatives of the partners and the members of the Ukrainian Think Tank Liaison Office in Brussels visited Brussels.

On 11 February 2016, the 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place in Brussels. Participants adopted a Joint Declaration and two reports on energy policy and on the rule of law, that determined the agenda of civil society for both sides for the future.