Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Recent Ukraine-EU summit and re-affirmed mutual commitments between Ukraine and the European Union are important political achievements for President Volodymyr Zelenskyi for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is critical evidence for the Zelenskyi’s core supporters that Ukraine’s European aspirations and latest progress (like visa-free regime) are not overturned by the EU. According… » read more

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The 2020 constitutional amendment process in Russia is truly a remarkable manifestation of using quite bizarre legal drafting methodology to enhance the constitutional reform. Unlike previous endeavours, the Law of the Russian Federation on Amendment to the Constitution of Russian Federation ‘On Improving Regulation of Certain Aspects of Organisation and Functioning of Public Authority’ was… » read more

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Ukraine retains the Soviet legacy in many areas. This is especially noticeable in the law enforcement and national security sectors. The main national security actor — the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) — still operates on the model of the Soviet KGB. It is evidently in several dimensions. First, the agency has never been reformed,… » read more

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The year 2019 witnessed new developments in the geography of Ukraine’s trade in goods. Although the official annual statistics has not been released yet, trends have been very clear already, and they are not fully in line with prior expectations. There are three major changes. First, Russia lost its leading position among individual countries –… » read more

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When the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Electricity Market Law back in April 2017 it was largely welcomed by the international experts. Despite all minor flaws, the Law more or less copied the Third Package approach, promising free competition and departure from the then existing “single buyer” model. The electricity market reform was to be carried… » read more

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New political realia of contemporary Ukraine call for revising a number of novelties introduced during several previous years in the public administration sphere. One of them is the parliament’s decision adopted in November 2017 to amend legislation, specifically to exclude heads and deputy heads of local state administrations from the list of civil servants. In… » read more

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For years, Ukraine and the European Union (EU) have been hesitantly cooperating on a range of common policies, and the process has arguably been assisting Ukraine to be gradually integrating into the EU-bound structures. As of now, the cooperation, however, shows plenty of inefficiencies and drawbacks, leaving space for multiple improvements even within the existing… » read more

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The now-famous phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky released to the public in September attracted most attention around the Biden affair and possible links to US military assistance. Less noticed were Trump’s remarks that Europe did nothing for Ukraine, notable by comparison with the US. This prompts us to put the facts together,… » read more

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Over the last years, Ukraine has intensified its trade links with the EU driven by both the positive stimulus provided by the Association Agreement and a negative stimulus, namely the need to replace lost trade links with Russia. Between 2013 and 2018, the share of EU in Ukraine’s international trade in goods increased to 42%… » read more

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