The Institute of World Policy organized the study visit of the 26 thought leaders from key EU member states on March 1-2, 2016.The visit is aimed at explaining the real situation in Ukraine, in particular latest security and political developments, implementation of the reforms, and realization of the Minsk II agreements. Our goal is to inspire them to comment/cover the events in Ukraine and not rely on the statements of Russian propaganda machine. As a result of discussions in Kyiv, a number of publications will be published in the EU media.
During two days the delegation met with the Ukrainian officials, civil activists, experts, and business representatives. Some meetings were held ‘off the records’ in order to ensure frank and open discussion of the most sensitive issues. Besides IWP also organized a visit to St. Sophia Cathedral, guided tour to the main places of the Revolution of Dignity and movie night. The participants watched a documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”, nominated for Oscar 2016.
Members of the delegation were editors and journalists from influential EU media and well-known experts from the leading EU think tanks, many of whom provide consultations to their governments and the European Commission. There were representatives from France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
Leonid Litra, Senior Research Fellow at the IWP, welcomes the participants
The first day started on the Independence Square (Maidan), where Ostap Kryvdyk showed the main places of the Revolution of Dignity while sharing his memories about these events.
Ekaterina Zguladze-Glucksmann, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, told about police reform in Ukraine.
Rostyslav Pavlenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, and Ihor Zhovkva, Chief of the Head Department for Foreign Policy and European Integration of the Presidential Administration
Working lunch with business representatives
Svetlana Mikhaylovska, Deputy Director, European Business Association
Alexander Markus, Delegate of German Economy in Ukraine
Meeting with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Natalie Jaresko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine
Meeting with representatives of Reanimation Package of Reforms, civic initiative that unites together leading Ukrainian NGOs for the development of key reforms.
Second day of the visit. Photos
The visit was organized within the IWP’s project “New European Policy: Filling the Awareness Gap”. This project is carried out within the National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms (UNITER) project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Pact in Ukraine. The visit was also supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.