Public Debate in Helsinki on the State of Reforms in Ukraine

02:25 PM 20-1-2016

On January 20, the Institute of World Policy together with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs organized a public debate “The State of Reforms in Ukraine”.In 2014-15 international attention was mostly drawn to the conflict in Ukraine’s east. However, as hopes are growing for the stabilization of the situation – though not yet for conflict resolution – it is high time to return to the core questions posed by Ukraine’s Euromaidan, or “revolution of dignity”.

The participants of the event discussed what has changed and what has yet to change in the country to make it a functional economy and a mature democracy. Are the authorities still able and willing to carry out the reform agenda? Is Ukraine capable of fighting corruption and the power of oligarchs? Do the necessary transformations still enjoy the support of the people and what are the biggest risks?


Daria Kaleniuk, Executive Director, Anticorruption Action Centre, Kyiv

Iryna Bekeshkina, Director, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Kyiv

Chair & Comments: Arkady Moshes, Programme Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Фото: Mattias Lehtinen

The event was held within the “The Ukrainian Think Tank Development Initiative” conducted by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) in association with the Think Tank Fund (TTF) with financial support of the Swedish embassy in Ukraine (SIDA).

IWP already held a similar debate in a number of capitals of EU member states, such as Rome, Berlin, Paris and Vienna. The IWP’s project “New European Policy: Filling the Awareness Gap” 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.