4.11. 2014, Brussels. Сonference “Assessing the Parliamentary Elections: Has Euromaidan Transformed the Ukrainian Political Landscape?”
On the 4th November 2014, Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in cooperation with the Wilfried Marten’s Centre for European Studies and Pact Ukraine organized a discussion with newly elected members of the Verkhovna Radа
Svitlana Zalishchuk, Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Hanna Hopko, Self-Reliance Party / Samopomich Party, Alona Shkrum, All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna”, Ukrainian political analyst and Head of Programme at the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research – Svitlana Kononchuk and Member of the European Parliament, Head of the European Parliament Observer Mission to Ukraine – Andrej Plenkovic. The event attracted high number of 140 participants.
On the 26th of November, millions of Ukrainians voted for a new Parliament, a Parliament they hope will function according to the new post-Euromaidan reality and new principles. The people of Ukraine expect and will demand immediate reforms from their elected representatives. This is a chance for the new coalition to completely restart dysfunctional political, economic and social systems and the urgency of implementing these changes is beyond doubt. What remains questionable is however, whether the behaviour and the values of the new Parliament will be fundamentally different to the values of the previous ones and whether the new Parliament is capable and willing to deliver reforms that are expected of it both inside and outside of country? These have been the main questions that the newly elected members of the Verkhovna Rada were asked to reflect on during the conference.
Main message to be taken from this event is that the new members of the Parliament understand the need to cooperate and to put aside personal ambitions in order to serve the country. Furthermore, they expect the EU and the Western allies to help Ukraine on the complicated path of reforms, because success of Ukraine is also their success and the stability and prosperity of Ukraine is fundamental prerequisite for the future development of the region as a whole.