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№3 (11), 15 February 2016  
Ukraine-Germany: How to Turn Situational Partnership into Priority One
This paper describes the complex interests that Ukraine and Germany possess when dealing with each other. Despite common interests, there are still numerous obstacles that they will have to face, if they want to fully cooperate. 
The Rule of Law in Ukraine. State and Ways of Implementation
In this policy brief, the author proposes changes to Ukrainian law in order to ensure that Ukraine's Constitution is in accordance with it's obligation to protect human rights and promote the rule of law.
Events in Ukraine (reports):
04.02.2016. Kyiv, DiXi Group Presentation: "Why is Energy Community Important to Me?”
09.02.2016. Kyiv, Institute of World Policy Discussion: "Ukraine-Germany: How to Turn Situational Partnership into Priority One?"
11.02.2016. Kyiv, Institute of World Public Debate: "Conflict Settlement Practices Around the World. Lessons for Ukraine"
Russia's Long War on Ukraine
In this policy paper, the author describes the origin of Putin’s intervention in Ukraine and his failure in achieving victory. It further explains that the EU and the U.S need to reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine to challenge Russian aggression. 
Ukraine: Successful Diversification of Gas Supply
In this analysis, the author highlights Ukraine’s progress in diversifying its gas supply away from Russian sources. Despite this progress, the author also raises concerns about Ukraine’s ability to keep up with this diversification. 
From Kosovo to Crimea
The author of this report notes several distinct connections between Russia’s reaction to Kosovo in 1999 and to Ukraine in 2014-2015, noting that Russia’s current standoff with the West is rooted deeper than Russia's actions in Crimea. 
Political Risk Insurance for FDI in Ukraine
This article presents a detailed strategy for Western powers and Ukraine to pursue in order to ensure economic and political stability. The author suggests that this stability could arrive through insured foreign direct investment.
Upcoming Events in Brussels and the EU:
25.02.2016. Brussels, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: "Eastern Partnership Revisited Georgia, Moldova & Ukraine on their way to the EU?"
25.02.2016. Brussels, Centre for European Policy Studies: "CEPS Ideas Lab: Is EU fit for purpose?"
25.02.2016. Brussels, European Policy Centre: "The European Security Order after Crimea"
29.02-2.03.2016. Brussels, European Parliament: "Ukraine Week in the European Parliament"
Ukraine Week in the European Parliament 

From 29 February until 2 March 2016, for the first time, the European Parliament is organising a Ukraine Week - a three day high-level conference on capacity-building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, featuring more than 50 Ukrainian parliamentarians, including the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada. Members of the European Parliament, Speakers and representatives of EU National Parliaments, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society, will share their experience with the Ukrainian parliamentarians on good parliamentary practices and coordinate their support to the Verkhovna Rada. 

Debate “Verkhovna Rada and Civil Society: Collaboration for Reforms in 2016”, 1 March 2016

In the framework of the Ukraine Week in the European Parliament, Parliamentary Association Committee, Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels and European Endowment for Democracy are organising a debate “Verkhovna Rada and Civil Society: Collaboration for Reforms in 2016”. The debate will bring together members of the Ukrainian Parliament and experts from civil society of Ukraine to examine the potential of greater cooperation between the Ukrainian civil society and the Verkhovna Rada on the challenges for Ukraine in 2016.

Greater synergy between Ukrainian government and civil society is needed to promote Ukraine in the EU

On 11 February 2016, the 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place in Brussels. Participants adopted a Joint Declaration and two reports on energy policy and on the rule of law, that determined the agenda of civil society for both sides for the future.
On 12 February 2016, the members of the Ukrainian side of the EU – Ukraine Civil Society Platform met with Lubov Nepop, Acting Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU, diplomats of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU and Olena Prystayko, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels.
The Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels congratulates the members of the Platform with the start of their work in 2016!


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