How do Ukrainians see the future of the Crimean peninsula? Should there be a change of the status of the Crimean autonomy during the constitutional reform in Ukraine? What Ukrainians think about autonomies in unitary states? These and other questions were submitted to focus groups surveys conducted by UCIPR in summer of 2016 in three regions of Ukraine, whose participants included representatives of civil society, journalists, scholars, members of municipal councils, government officials, political scientists, including internally displaced persons from Crimea. The study examined issues such as changing the status of Crimea in a referendum, pros and cons of the status of Crimea, and suggestions on the content of the constitutional amendments.

Democratic Initiatives Foundation published an edition of analytical news bulletin about the latest political news in Ukrainian context. First part of the bulletin is dedicated to the analysis of the first wave of e-declarations, which was followed by many obsatcles and drawbacks. Next, Oleksii Garan’ discusses the issue of latest developments in Ukraine-Netherlands consensus on Ukraine’s Association with EU. Finally, the bulletin concludes with the article about the geopolitical risks of perspective election of a pro-Russian candidate for the President of Moldova

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In October, the Cabinet of Ministers announced an open call for the positions of state secretaries in the eight ministries and this month a special Commission will hold competition for these positions and present winners for the appointment.

The adoption and implementation of the new Law on Civil Service will live up to expectations of experts that the government in Ukraine will develop on the European scenario, ensure sustainable and dynamic development of society and exercise of civil rights.

The introduction of these positions is related to the need to distinguish between political and administrative functions of the Ministry, to eliminate the problem of overloading ministers with everyday administrative matters.

Cabinet of Ministers adopted an action plan for implementation of National Strategy of Civil Society Assistance in Ukraine for 2016-2020, which includes the adoption of two bills: “On Community Self-organization Institutions” and “On General Councils (Conferences) of Local Governance Members”

Head of Association for Community Self-organization Assistance, Anna Trepalyuk claimed:

The essence of these bills entails the possibility for citizens to take part in local governance and community development. This will enhance decentralisation from ‘below’. Current legislation, for now, does not give citizens to legitimately take important decisions.

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Electronic govern ance remains the hottest topic in the state government sector since the last year. Centre of Policy and Legal Reform announced a publication of a book by Centre’s expert, Anna Barikova, on the topics of e-democracy, e-governance, open data and data security. “E-state: new management effectiveness” will be useful for academics and experts in areas of information law, civil servants, journalists, professors, students and for everyone else who researches the topic of data protection and administrative law.

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“82% of Ukrainians do not trust parties. It is even less than in pre-Maidan period and we have to do something about it”, wrote Irina Bekeshkina, Director of Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Fundation. In her opinion piece on sociological research on party support results, Bekeshkina discusses the illusiveness of national support noted in pre-elections polls and marks a necessity of changes and creation of real party system.

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Poland was one of the first Ukraine’s partners on the beginning of reforms process in 2014 and has given a valuable expertise in many areas, namely in decentralization sector. From September 29th to October 1st, Lublin (Poland) hosted a Congress of Eastern European Initiatives, where one of the panel discussions was dedicated to implementing Polish practice to the process of decentralization in Ukraine.

The aim of the discussion was to evaluate expectations of Ukrainian administration and non-governmental organizations about Poland development aid to Ukraine. The conclusions made during the discussion will be processed by a group of Ukrainian and Polish experts and given as recommendations to Ukrainian government.

Judicial reform is one of the highest priority tasks for Ukrainian parliament since the June 2016 when Verkhovna Rada passed a measure allowing amendments to Constitution in judiciary. On September 30th these amendments took effect and Centre of Policy and Legal Reform prepared series of infographics about what will change in the judicial system. Visual materials explain the changes in the corps of judges, appointment of judges, status of procecutor’s office and institutional shifts.

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Institute of Social Sciences of Odessa Mechnikov National University published a collective monograph “International Relations and Policy of States under Conditions of Global Transformations: the Analysis of Modern Political Though”. The publication presents new trends in research on how international relations are changing during global transformations. Academic experts from Institute conducted the analysis of international relations’ systems and researched the development of conflict resolution studies and the phenomenon of “new regionalism”.

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Association for Community Self-Organization Assistance prepared the second issue of the analytical digest.