IWP sent letters to highest authorities of Ukraine where it explained the importance of signing the Association Agreement and addressed with request to inform civil society about the progress of implementations of EU recommendation for signing the Association Agreement at the at the Summit of “Easter Partnership” in Vilnius.Letters were sent to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, NSDC Secretary Andriy Klyuyev, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, the Chairman of the Parliament Volodymyr Rybak, Minister of Justice Oleksandr Lavrynovych and other representatives of Ukrainian authorities.
Institute of World Policy informed Ukrainian politicians about the start of the advocacy campaign in support of the European integration.
The authors of the letter the Head of the supervisory board of the IWP Victor Shlinchak and the director of the IWP Alyona Getmanchuk called Ukrainian government for active participation in this area. “We recognize that the action of civil society will not be sufficient if approximation to Ukraine’s strategic goal blocked at the highest level. We very much hope that the Ukrainian government would do everything possible for signing the Association Agreement in 2013,”
The Institute of World Policy underscored “Every day of political uncertainty of where has to moves deprives our society of European prospects.”
Also, the IWP sent the representatives of Ukrainian authorities “Vilnius calendar” that indicates time that is left until the Summit of the Eastern Partnership, which will take place in Vilnius where as it is expected the Association Agreement might be signed.
In this regard the IWP urged Ukrainian authorities to report on the steps already taken to implement the recommendations to the Association Agreement.
“Vilnius calendar” is one of the components of the advocacy campaign “There is a better side for Europe!” Specially, Four layouts were designed to demonstrate the advantages of integration of Ukraine into the European Union. Among them:
“There is better side of Europe! Where a policeman respects you;” “There is a better side of Europe! Where a bribe is a ticket to jail;” “There is a better side of Europe! Where roads are built for cars and not for those who repair them;” “There is better side of Europe! Where market and not government regulates business;”There is better side of Europe! Where a policeman respects you;” “There is a better side of Europe! Where a bribe is a ticket to jail;” “There is a better side of Europe! Where roads are built for cars and not for those who repair them;” “There is better side of Europe! Where market and not government regulates business;
This campaign is part of the project “Soft Power of Ukraine in the European Union” that is implemented under “Ukraine National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms” (UNITER), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Pact in Ukraine