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European Think-Tankers Meeting for a Sustainable Democratic Ukraine

04:46 20.05.14
Institute of World Policy together with the Barcelona Center for International Affairs organized a visit of 20 leading European experts to Kyiv on the 14-16 May, 2014.

"We have invited European colleagues to Kyiv to give them firsthand information about situation in Ukraine, so they would not draw their conclusions on the basis of Russian propaganda or information disseminated by different lobbying structures in the West. We've set ourselves the ambitious goal of widening the range of experts on Ukrainian issues in the West. We hope they would give an adequate response to the hundreds of Sovietologists, who even at the time of blatant Russian aggression are looking how to justify Russia's actions, "- said Alyona Getmanchuk, Director of the Institute of World Policy.

Participants: Michael Emerson (Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels), Gerald Knaus (European Stability Initiative, Vienna), Ivan Krastev (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia), Nicu Popescu (EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris) Andrew Wilson (European Council on Foreign Relations, London) and others.

During the visit foreign experts met with the representatives of the Ukrainian government, leading Ukrainian political scientists and experts, regional leaders of public opinion from Donetsk, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, representatives of civil society initiative "Reanimation package of reforms" and others.

Welcome dinner with IWP crew and Ukrainian think-tankers.

Acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Deshchitsa and expert of the European Council on Foreign Relations Andrew Wilson

European analysts also took part in an international high-level conference "The new European policy: from words to action" organized by the IWP in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the 15th of May, 2014.

Meeting with ex-member of Ukrainian team of negotiators on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and DCFTA Taras Kachka.

Meeting with Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Igor Kabanenko.

Meeting with Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Ostap Semerak.

Meeting with Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy.

Meeting with representatives of Ukrainian Jewish Committee.

Meeting with regional opinion leaders from Odessa, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk.

Meeting with Minister of Economical Development and Trade of Ukraine Pavlo Sheremeta.

Farewell photo.

Visit of European think-tanks is organized with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation and Ukraine National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms (UNITER) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Pact in Ukraine; Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine.

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