In order to analyse the first year of Poroshenko’s presidency, 10 key points, based on his presidential election program, were identified by the experts of the International Centre for Policy Studies. These points, almost entirely, were later copied for the parliamentary campaign of the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko”.

During his election campaign, Poroshenko repeatedly stated that it was necessary to reform public administration, create a professional body of public servants, improve social welfare and enhance responsibility.

This issue contains articles and interviews of the Razumkov Centre’s experts, dealing with most topical issues in Ukraine’s current affairs. In particular – domestic politics, security sector, the situation in the Ukrainian economy and energy sector.

In the latest publication “Ukraine in Focus” of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, you will find an overview of political events for the week 11-15 May 2015, as well as analytical reference titled: “Three Months of Minsk Agreements: Illusory Political Regulation”, in which experts of the Foundation are trying to find an answer to the following questions:

What dictated the activation of diplomatic efforts regarding the Minsk agreements? What are the prospects of implementation of their political clauses?

Director of the Institute of World Policy Alena Hetmanchuk, recently came back from Moldova, where she witnessed a growing frustration with high level of corruption among the representatives of the pro-European movement in the country. Her impressions from the journey she shared in the blog on “Ukrainska pravda”.

The draft law “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning improvement of regulation of relations in the field of road safety” (№2562) abolishes the presumption of innocence for anyone who is suspected of administrative offence, not only for the violators of traffic rules. This norm, according to the experts, violates human rights standards and the Constitution of Ukraine.

This issue contains articles and interviews of the Razumkov Centre’s experts, dealing with most topical issues in Ukraine’s current affairs. In particular – domestic politics, security sector, the situation in the Ukrainian economy and energy sector.

Ukrainian leaders need to stop the political rhetoric of Europeanness and move to practical steps in political, security, trade and economical spheres, as well as sectoral or humanitarian cooperation, believe experts of the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS)

In the run-up to the EU-Ukraine Summit scheduled for April 27, 2015, Ukrainian civil society organisations (led by Reanimation Package of Reforms and Stronger Together Initiative, together with European integration experts) appealed to the President of Ukraine, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and the Prime Minister of Ukraine to appoint the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European integration.