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№6 (16), 1 June 2016  
Ukraine's Export to the EU 
By Institute of World Policy 
                                           
The infographics show Ukraine's export to the EU in 2015 and first quarter of 2016 – the ten top EU countries importing Ukrainian goods and the top ten agricultural goods exported from Ukraine.   
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Two Years of President Petro Poroshenko in Office: Changes in Public Opinion
By Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and Razumkov Centre 


Trust in government institutions remains extremely low and the trust in the president continues to fall: from +5% in December 2014, -40% in December 2015 to -48% in May 2016.
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Opinion Poll: The Association Agreement with the EU: 2 Years On
By Institute of World Policy 
 
Answering the question what should the Ukrainian government do, if the EU does not offer the prospect of membership to Ukraine in the nearest future, almost half of respondents have unanimously given priority to reforms. 46% of them have chosen the "they have to carry out the reforms first, and only then to talk about EU membership" option.
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Return of Savchenko: First Conclusions and Potential Consequences
By Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation

Freeing the Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko who was abducted from the territory of Ukraine in 2014 and illegally detained in Russia for nearly two years, had international resonance. There are at least two dimensions of the significance of this event: international in the context of Russian aggression against Ukraine and internal – potential emergence of such a figure as Savchenko in Ukraine's political life.
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Events in Ukraine (reports):
20.05.2016. Kyiv: International Conference by Institute of World Policy: “Ukraine – EU: Turning Challenges into Opportunities”
24.05.2016. Odesa Security Forum: Hybrid Solutions for Security in the Black Sea Region"
25.05.2016. Kyiv: International Conference by Razumkov Centre: "Governing and Reforming National Security and Intelligence Services: Best Practices"

Upcoming events:
06.06.2016. Kyiv: Youth Forum: "Format: EUROPEAN"
07.06.2016. Kryvyi Rih: Event by EU in Ukraine: «Eurobus: Building Europe in Ukraine»
08.06.2016. Kyiv: Presentation by IWP: "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Belarus"
14.06.2016. Kyiv: Presentation by IWP: "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-France"
Will the EU prolong economic sanctions against Russia?
 
Will they or won’t they? EU sanctions on Russia are up for renewal this summer. And Brussels is increasingly playing its favourite parlour game of guessing whether the sanctions will be extended.
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Europe's Humanitarian Fatigue Threatens to Engulf Ukraine
 
The article highlights the paradox of the post-national idea: Juncker and Schulz claim that it is time to “fight” for a “shared Europe,” but when was the last time anyone was prepared to carry the twelve-star flag of the European Union into battle, except for the Ukrainians?
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Anti-Corruption Measures in Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity: Key Legislative Aspects
 
Focusing on key legislation, this publication maps the general aspects of the recent legal reforms in Ukraine aimed at preventing and investigating corruption. Intended to improve public service integrity and prevent corruption, the success of the overall anti-corruption measures remains a focus of attention at national and international levels.
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Russian military in Eastern Partnership countries
 
A strong military presence helps Russia to maintain control over the ex-Soviet republics of eastern Europe, which it sees as its legitimate sphere of influence. The main recent changes are the military build-up in the occupied territory of Crimea and an alleged Russian presence in the Donbass.

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Events in Brussels and the EU (reports)
23.05.2016. Brussels: Presentation by CEPS: "Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and its Neighbours"
31.05.2016. Brussels: Presentation by Chatham House: "Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighbourhood"

 
Upcoming Events in Brussels and the EU:
01.06.2016. Brussels: “How to Understand Ukraine Today?”
01.06 – 02.06.2016. Brussels: “Improving Conditions for Civil Society in a Shifting Environment”
02.06.2016. Vienna: “The Ancient is the Modern”
02.06-03.06.2016. Wroclaw: “Wroclaw Global Forum“
08.06.2016. London: “Should Ukraine Privatise its Energy Companies?”
08.06-10.06.2016. Berlin: “Looking Inside-out: Strategies for Transforming the Neighbourhood”
The Office discusses EU-Russia relations at the European Parliament
 
Strasbourg, 21 May 2016 – Executive Director of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels Olena Prystayko participated in the second edition of the European Youth Event (#EYE2016), which took place in the European Parliament on 20-21 May. The panel “EU-Russia relations: Breaking Bad…” primarily focused on Ukraine crisis and how the EU should proceed with its foreign policy towards Russia.
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Ukrainian students visit Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Brussels, 31 May 2016 – Executive Director of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels Olena Prystayko welcomed a group of students from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. The trip was organized by the
“Kiev Dialogue” with support of the Foreign Ministry of Germany and the Greens/ European Free Alliance in the European Parliament within the project “Supporting youth as an impulse for strengthening democracy”. 
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