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Europe-Ukraine Forum - Economic Forum

4 TH EUROPE-UKRAINE FORUM

Kiev

26 – 28 April 2010

At the dawn of the presidential election, many observers question themselves about

the political future of Ukraine on both domestic and international fronts. Ukraine is,

and will remain, an important element of the European policy. Hence, the

transformations it is undergoing will be of great significance for Europe. The

European integration encompassed the whole continent although it often took

different forms and followed different scenarios. What the European Union offers

Ukraine is not, at this stage, a membership, but an attempt to bring Ukraine closer to

the European standards. From the Ukrainian point of view, however, such an offer is

insufficient. Moreover, there are other integration processes beyond the European

Union, which imply significant geopolitical changes in the CEE region. These will

unquestionably have an impact on the regional economy and the regional security

system. It is certainly worthy to analyse the challenges that Europe and Ukraine are

facing.

Participants

Government officials, leading politicians, businessmen, experts and journalists:

approximately 200 Ukrainians and 200 foreigners are expected to attend.

Organizers

Institute for Eastern Studies (Poland)

Foundation United World (Ukraine)

Languages

Ukrainian, English, Russian

Institute for Eastern Studies

85, Solec St. 02-382 Warsaw Phone: +48 22 583 11 31 Fax: +48 22 583 11 50 E-mail: g.sleszynska@isw.org.pl

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PROGRAMME

26 April 2010

17.00 – 18.30 PRESENTATION “Ukraine 2009. Report on Transformation” followed by

the panel discussion:

POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION IN UKRAINE IN 2009

− Global financial crisis and Ukrainian presidential election campaign – impact on internal situation in

Ukraine

− Key economic growth indicators – analysis

− Recap of Ukrainian reforms in 2009

Ukraine’s foreign policy achievements in 2009

19.00 Reception

9.30 – 9.50 INTRODUCTION

27 April 2010

9.50 – 11.30 Plenary Session EUROPEAN UNION AND POST-ELECTION

UKRAINE: WHAT FUTURE FOR BILATERAL RELATIONS ?

− Ukrainian foreign policy after the presidential election – what are the possible scenarios for the Ukraine-EU

relations in the nearest future?

− What are the prospects of Ukraine’s EU accession and Free Trade Agreement negotiations? Can they be

accelerated?

− Energy, security or space technologies – what will dominate the Ukraine-EU dialogue?

11.45 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30 UKRAINE AND ENERGY SECURITY IN THE CEE REGION

− How to increase energy security in the CEE region and how to prevent a new gas crisis ?

− Diversification of gas supply to Europe vs. Ukraine’s position in Europe

European Foreign Policy for Energy – what does it actually mean for Ukraine?

− What is the significance of European Council’s regulation on secure gas delivery?

Institute for Eastern Studies

85, Solec St. 02-382 Warsaw Phone: +48 22 583 11 31 Fax: +48 22 583 11 50 E-mail: g.sleszynska@isw.org.pl

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12.00 – 13.30 INNOVATION POTENTIAL OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN

EUROPE: ROOM FOR UKRAINE

− Innovation focused Project in CEE vs. global financial crisis

− Governments’ actions towards comprehensive development strategy

− How can we boost innovation in the CEE?

− What innovations need to be developed in Ukraine and the whole CEE?

− Ukrainian’s competitiveness in comparison to other Central and Eastern European countries?

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00 REFORMS AND TRANSFORMATION. CHALLANGES FOR

UKRAINE.

− The balance of reforms in Ukraine since its independence: economic, institutional, territorial reforms

− Barriers on the way to implementation of the EU standards in Ukraine. Is it worthy to adopt all the EU

directives with no membership guarantees?

− Social dimension of reforms – do the poorest need to bear the cost?

− Democracy vs. demagogy. How to solve political dilemma of reforms popularity decline?

− What factors are required to follow through with reforms and to speed the process up?

14.30 – 16.00 ECONOMY DURING THE CRISIS PERIOD – OPPORTUNITY FOR

MODERNIZATION?

− What are the consequences of the economic crisis for Europe and Ukraine?

− Are there any positive effects of the crisis in terms of economic and political development?

− What will be the role of the supervision of the financial institutions?

− Has Ukraine’s accession to WTO mitigated the consequences of the economic crisis?

− What was the role of IMF during the crisis in Ukraine?

16.00 – 16.20 Coffee Break

Institute for Eastern Studies

85, Solec St. 02-382 Warsaw Phone: +48 22 583 11 31 Fax: +48 22 583 11 50 E-mail: g.sleszynska@isw.org.pl

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16.20 – 17.50 FUTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT: PLANS AND

REALITY

− Ideas behind the agreement. Balance of risk and benefits

− What is the impact of the agreement on political and economic development of Ukraine?

− The state of negotiations and problems regarding the Free Trade Agreement

− The Free Trade Agreement between UE and Ukraine versus European business competitiveness.

− The Free Trade Agreement and entrepreneurs' expectations

16.20 – 17.50 RUSSIA – UKRAINE RELATIONSHIP: ACHIEVEMENTS,

CONTROVESIES AND PERSPECTIVES

Ukraine’s foreign policy after the presidential election – possible scenarios

− Room for compromise between Ukraine and Russia – Black Sea Fleet, energy security?

− A new generation of wars (trade war or information war) vs. Ukraine-Russia relations

− What are the prerequisites for improving relations between Moscow and Kiev?

19.00 Reception

28 April 2010

9.30 – 11.00 Plenary session PERSPECTIVES OF ECONOMIC COOPERATION IN

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AFTER THE CRISIS

− What is the balance of gains and losses of the economic cooperation in the CEE after the crisis?

− What will be the impact of the changes in the global economy on the cooperation in the CEE region?

− What kind of the advantages will the new model of international economy bring to the cooperation in the CEE?

− How will the cross-border cooperation and the development of the regions look like after the crisis?

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

Institute for Eastern Studies

85, Solec St. 02-382 Warsaw Phone: +48 22 583 11 31 Fax: +48 22 583 11 50 E-mail: g.sleszynska@isw.org.pl

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11.15 – 12.45 CIVIL SOCIETY AS A BUILDING BLOCK FOR DEMOCRACY

− What does the link between the civil society and democracy consist in ?

− What are the main directions of the development of civil society?

− What are the biggest constraints and perils for the civil society in young democracies?

− How to evaluate Ukrainian democracy?

11.15 – 12.45 FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN UKRAINE: OPPORTUNITIES AND

BARRIERS

− What is the investment outlook of Ukrainian regions?

− Will Euro 2012 become a good opportunity for development of the Ukrainian infrastructure? What is the

investment potential of the running projects?

− What are the worst barriers for the investment climate in Ukraine – nontransparent privatization, corruption,

unstable rules and regulations?

12.45 – 13:00 Coffee Break

13.00 – 14.30 PROBLEMS OF REGIONAL SECURITY – IS COMMON GROUND

POSSIBLE?

− Is NATO’s enlargement indispensable and feasible?

Ukraine’s participation in NATO’s missions (Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa) and its prospects for membership

Ukraine in the face of Russia’s military interventions (Georgia’s case)

− Russia and the US: two approaches to regional security

− Afghanistan and Iraq vis-à-vis the European security system

13.00 – 14.30 FUTURE OF REGIONAL CO-OPERATION IN EASTERN EUROPE

AND IMPACT OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP

− What are the common interests of the Black Sea region countries?

− Russia, its role and aspirations towards the neighbouring states

− The role of Central Europe in supporting democratization in Eastern Europe

− The rationale behind co-operation: advantages of the partnership or apprehension of common threats?

14.30 – 14.50 CONCLUSION

14.50 – 16.00 Lunch

Institute for Eastern Studies

85, Solec St. 02-382 Warsaw Phone: +48 22 583 11 31 Fax: +48 22 583 11 50 E-mail: g.sleszynska@isw.org.pl

www.forum-ekonomiczne.pl

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