International Centre for Policy Studies held a final briefing for the diplomatic corps. They gathered to generalize and systematize “Ukraine in 2016: Achievements and Challenges”. Analyst Vyacheslav Golub presented the progress of implementation of reforms, in particular the main results and failures of the civil service reform, anti-corruption, health, local government reform and decentralization.

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On the 6th of December 2016, Iryna Bekeshkina, Director of Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiative Foundation was invited by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) to present the main findings of her recent study: “Ukraine three years after Maidan: the main trends and political development”.

Economic provisions constitute the biggest part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. “Today Ukraine is at the initial stage of the implementation of this part and has already made substantial progress – particularly in the areas of public procurement and technical barriers to trade” – says Veronika Movchan, Research Director of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting. What is currently done in the implementation of the Agreement, how Ukraine implements it and for how long will this process continue – these were the three topics of discussion of three conferences “Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU: First Lessons”. Conferences were held in Lviv (15/11/2016), Kyiv (11.16.2016) and Kharkiv (11/17/2016) and gathered scientists, citizens’ representatives, diplomatic and business circles’ representatives.

International Centre for Policy Studies held an annual conference on European integration of Ukraine, summarizing and defining next steps for the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU. The event identified current tasks in the context of European integration, the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU in political and economic sectors, and revealed the potential risks and threats along the implementation progress. During the conference, experts of the International Centre for Policy Studies prepared analytical report EU-Ukraine Relations: Durability Test, and infographics.

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This week a group of journalists and experts launched a USAID project “Transparent Energy” which is implemented by DiXi Group.

The coalition aims to gather available information on the energy sector, organize it in a convenient format for ordinary users, and to identify gaps in publicly available data. Members of the coalition call these gaps “black boxes” and seek to ‘open’ them during the project. Detection of “black boxes” will be the basis of investigative journalism that relies on the expertise of industry experts. Finalized online map of the energy sector will allow anyone to understand the flow of energy sources from production to consumption and financial routes that accompany them.

On November 11 the Institute of World Policy held a public discussion and presented a discussionpaper on the Ukrainian-Poland relations within the project “Ukraine’s Foreign Policy Audit”.

The research paper was written by Kateryna ZAREMBO, Deputy Director, Institute of World Policy. To read the paper click here.

Diplomats, policy and decision makers, experts have been invited to take part in the discussion, in particular,Jan PIEKLO, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine, Lukasz ADAMSKI, Deputy Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, Yaroslav ROMANCHUK, President of the Association of Ukrainian business in Poland, Oksana YURYNETS, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Co-chairman of the inter-parliamentary friendship group with Poland, Oleg MUSIY, MP, member of of the inter-parliamentary friendship group with Poland, and others.

Volodymyr Dubovyk has paid a visit to Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa on October 27th, 2016, where he delivered three lectures for the various courses there. One lecture was for the class on comparative politics and it was focused on post-Soviet Eurasian space, with an emphasis on what is common and what is different and why the existing political systems vary there.

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Institute of World Policy coordinated the “Index of European Integration of ENP Countries” project on behalf of Ukraine. On the November 1st, an experts’ meeting was held in Kyiv, where prospects of the future research were discussed.

The aim of this initiative is creating awareness about the pace of reforms’ implementation in the Eastern Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) countries via publication of complex monitoring report and maintaining the advocacy campaigns in the ENP countries.

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Global experience shows that greater involvement of women staff to work at law enforcement agencies is a key to substantial reduction of violence of these agencies’ towards citizens. This topic was discussed at a panel discussion “Woman at reformed and non-reformed law enforcement bodies: problem or solution?”, which was held on October 28th in Kyiv. The discussion was organized in the framework of International Centre for Policy Studies’ project “Modernization of Ukraine through Gender Equality”

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Experts of Centre of Policy and Legal Reform took part in the seminar “Means for Reforms in Post-Soviet Countries, Seized by Oligarchs”, which was held on October 19th-27th in Prague and was organized by Czech organization «Prague Civil Society Centre».

Experts presented ideas about reforms and overviewed the examples of Ukrainian reforming process in constitution sector, as well as the sectors of public administration, justice, and prosecutor’s office.

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