After Euromaidan followed by Russian aggression in 2014, the Ukrainians see European integration as the only path for Ukraine. Support of EU membership grew from 42% of Ukrainians in 2013 to 57% in June 2017 (“Democratic Initiatives” Foundation poll). Now only 8% prefer closer ties with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
This change took place too fast to be accompanied by a deep europeanization of the Ukrainian society. A good example of this is a fight between Ukrainian civil society and deeply entrenched corrupt system, which took its roots from the Soviet regime. While corruption is perceived as #1 domestic issue, tolerance to corruption throughout the society is still very high.
Centre for Economic Strategy, in partnership with RPR, with the support of the Open Society Foundations, initiated the project “Europeanization Beyond Process: Ukraine”.
The objective of the project is to initiate a discussion about all-European political challenges based on analytical studies. Twinning format of cooperation between the Ukrainian experts and their EU counterparts will be the most effective for capacity building. Focus on public events will help reaching the audience which is usually detached from the policy development process. An additional focus on advocacy will attract attention of current EU member states to the problem of low support of EU-Ukraine association. The European audience will receive an explanation on the reforms course in Ukraine, which will help to avoid “Ukraine`s fatigue” that usually appears when the reforms slow down.
As part of the project, CES experts and other RPR member organizations will hold a series of advocacy meetings in selected EU countries and will study the acute issues of European policy together with their EU counterparts. The project shall result in three studies:
- What should the state do to create opportunities for transforming medium-sized businesses into leaders in the global market? (based on Germany’s experience). The Berlin Policy Hub, the Institut für Europäische Politik project, support project activities of this research group.
- Which factors influence public confidence to judiciary and which leverages could be employed by different players to strengthen its credibility in Ukraine (based on the Netherlands’ experience). This work is supported by the Center for International Legal Cooperation.
- How to rescue the anti-corruption reform in Ukraine (based on Romania’s experience)
The results of the studies will be presented in summer-autumn 2019 in Kyiv and three EU member state capitals.