Why Ukraine’s Local Elections Matter

The Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels together with the European Policy Centre, the U.S. Mission to the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation are pleased to invite you to this on-line Policy Dialogue.

On 25 October 2020, Ukrainians go to the polls to elect their local authorities. These will be the first elections under the country’s new electoral code adopted in December 2019, making the results more consequential for voters. It will also serve as the first major electoral test for Zelenskyy and the Servant of the People party since his unprecedented victory last year. The ongoing decentralisation reform process has significantly strengthened the position of elected local officials. While supporters of reform see it as a step towards greater democracy, it also creates the potential for confrontation between the central government and the empowered municipal officials. If support for Zelenskyy’s party shows signs of decline, local elites may be less inclined to align themselves with the President.

This on-line Policy Dialogue will examine the possible outcome and the impact of the local elections on Ukraine, and how the elections could impact on relations with the EU.


Date: 21 October 2020

Time: 13:00-14:30 CET

Platform: GoToWebinar

Please click here to register.


  • Olena Carbou, Executive Director & Co-founder, Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels
  • Viktor Zamiatin, Director of Political and Legal Programmes, Razumkov Centre
  • Andrius Kubilius, Chairman of EURONEST and MEP, European Parliament
  • Melinda Haring, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council.


  • Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre.

This event has been organised in cooperation with the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels, with the kind support of the International Renaissance Foundation, and within the framework of the Transatlantic Challenges event series, kindly supported by the U.S. Mission to the European Union.

This event is held under the auspices of the EPC Europe in the World programme.

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