International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) held a roundtable “Did Putin reshape European security?”

Volodymyr Ohryzko – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007 – 2009), Konstantin Grishchenko – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2003 – 2005; 2010 – 2012), Jaroslav Voitko – Deputy Chairman of the ICPS, Anton Krut – senior analyst ICPS and other leading Ukrainian experts in international politics took part in the discussion.

Conclusions:

– Ukraine should take advantage of the ceasefire to strengthen the armed forces and begin a real transformation of the economy.

Internews-Ukraine in partnership with the Kyiv Mohyla Business School started to conduct seminars for business on “How to enter the EU market?”. About 100 representatives of Ukrainian business attended the first workshop in Kyiv held on February 10, 2015.

At the seminar, experts talked about how to get information about opportunities in the EU market, building business partnership, European regulations and requirements, electronic resources of the EU for business development.

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Coordinators of the Stronger Together information campaign (Center UA) held a roundtable “2015 Roadmap for Euro-integration reforms” in the Ukrainian Parliament.

The event was attended by political leaders, representatives of the European Union Office in Ukraine, experts and public activists.

Organizers of the event said the Association Agreement was an effective tool for comprehensive reforms. Public activists and experts presented the Roadmap – a list and descriptions of the key Euro-integration bills for 2015 and signed a Memorandum of cooperation.

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Podil Agency of Regional Development (PARD) became an organizing partner of the two-day seminar “The role of the public in a budget process at the local level”

During the event, participants discussed the following issues: the role of the public in the budget process; effective mechanisms for getting information about the execution of the budget; the formulation of budget propositions; public participation at different stages of the budget process; cooperation with the city authorities etc.

Also, Polish experts participated in the seminar and shared experiences in matters of active participation of the public.

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Experts of the Centre for Political and Legal Reforms (CPLR) spoke at a press conference in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center on the topic of biometric passports.

Participants noted that the process of obtaining biometric passport was made with the lack of transparency from the side of the State Migration Service in Ukraine.

Among the major problems the experts noted the additional taxes to get biometric passport, refusal of Centers of providing administrative services to take documents. Added to this article infographics shows that according to the law each citizen of Ukraine may get a biometric passport for 300 UAH. Instead, Ukrainians usually pay 796 UAH. Experts highlights that the production of a biometric passport in Moldova, which is also in the process of implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, costs 7 EUR (around 135 UAH).

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Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) co-organized Research “Public opinion on the quality of administrative services”. 2008 respondents expressed their opinion on the releated topic in the survey conducted in December 2014.

24.12.2014, ICPS. Research “Effect of changes in excise taxes on tobacco products at some of the economic and social indicators in the context of the Association Agreement with the EU”

International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) and Ukrainian Center of Tobacco Control conducted discussion on latest research “Effect of changes in excise taxes on tobacco products at some of the economic and social indicators in the context of the Association Agreement with the EU (AA)”. This event brought together representatives of public administrations engaged in policy on tobacco taxation, economists, MPs, representatives of international organizations of technical assistance, business associations and public activists.

Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) organized the informative discussion “Citizens by compulsion: about the current problems of Crimeans”. The event brought together leading experts, activists, representatives of public administrations and analysts. Participants discussed issues such as violations of human rights in the annexed Crimea, compulsion to acquire the Russian citizenship.

The experts of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation presented the results of the survey of residents from cities in Donetsk region – Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. The survey was conducted in November 2014.

OPORA in Zaporizzia initiated the presentation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans in the city until 2030.