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№22 (30), 17 February 2017 

Freedom of peaceful assembly in Ukraine. Centre of Policy and Legal Reforms Roman Kuybida and Maksym Sereda, Democracy Reporting International 

Freedom of assembly plays a special role in Ukraine. Since independence, the country has seen massive demonstrations and violent suppression by authorities. The Euromaidan protests, which represent the tragic culmination of this recent history, brought a breakthrough in a citizen’s right to assemble freely. The paper analyses the long-lasting gap in legal framework for peaceful assemblies in Ukraine and recent attempts to clarify the constitutional guarantees to assemble freely.
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Ukraine 2016: Macroeconomic Stability but Slower Reforms, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting

Year 2016 in Ukraine became a year of starting on the economic recovery path. Real GDP growth in 2016 is estimated at 1.4%. Most sectors improved their performance. However, the reached progress was rather fragmented. The article highlights the major developments that influenced Ukraine’s economy in 2016, concluding that year 2017 might become a year of change for the better.
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Foreign Policy Audit: Index of Relations (2nd edition). Institute of World Policy, Truman Agency

The study evaluates on a quarterly basis dynamics of Ukraine's relations with the EU, USA, Russia, and China. An additional special theme of this release was the situation in energy sector. Aside from a qualitative analysis, the researchers prepared a quantitative analysis, evaluating every decision, meeting, statement on a scale from 0 to 10 with a plus or minus.
Anatoliy Oktysiuk from International Centre for Policy Studies discussed the project “Modeling the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the support of strategic advisers to MinTOT"
Upcoming events in Ukraine:
20-24.02.2017. Kyiv: Workshop by OPORA civic network  on "Use of parliamentary data"

02-04.03.2017. Mykolaiv: Training by Association for Community Self-Organization Assistance (Samoorg) "Assistance to local citizens of Mykolaiv"
Escalation in the Donbas: Ukraine Fights for the Status Quo. Carnegie Endowment for International peace

The paper argues that instead of implementing the deeply unpopular Minsk Agreements, Kiev has used the conflict as leverage to secure external support from the West and promote solidarity and unity at home.
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Scoring Ukraine in ‘Freedom in the World’, Freedom House

The release of Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World report last week generated considerable debate about the findings for Ukraine, and specifically about the report’s handling of Russian-occupied Crimea and the portions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions—known collectively as Donbas—that are controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
In the dialogue below, Arch Puddington, Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies, answers questions about Ukraine’s standing in Freedom in the World

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The Brussels UkraineLab 2017: Fair of Project Ideas in Support of Reforms in Ukraine
Initiated last year, the second Brussels UkraineLab will take place on 22 February 2017 to bring the 19 leading Ukrainian Think Tanks inside the Brussels’ sphere. Not only will the audience be comprised of the most important European think tanks, but we will also bring together representatives from governmental institutions, donors and foundations, academia, consultancies and business associations. To put it simply, the Brussels UkraineLab 2017 will be the place to meet everyone who is working on Ukrainian issues in Brussels, with 96 registered organisations from the EU and beyond. This event will be the opportunity for Ukraine and the EU to have these much-needed discussions about what is the current state of play of the reforms in Ukraine, and what should be done next.
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