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№9 (17), 15 June 2016  
Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-France
 
The objective of this policy brief is to examine the real situation in relations between Ukraine and France in three partnership areas: political, security and economic. Beyond that, the paper seeks to find possible avenues of closer cooperation between Ukraine and France, as well as potential risks.
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Judicial Reform: Cognitive Dissonance with a Hope for Advancement
 

Ukraine’s parliament had launched the long-awaited judicial reform by amending the Constitution and adopting a new version of the law on the judiciary. Despite the cognitive dissonance, the new legislation introduces far-reaching changes to the organisation of the judicial system.
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Special Report «The Coverage of the Conflict in the East by the Ukrainian Media»

Detector Media NGO has conducted a research of journalistic practices, journalists’ views on their role in the process of reporting the conflict, and the values that determine their practice.
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Decentralization and Local Democracy in Ukraine

The digest offers the summaries of analytical briefs on the urgent problems of local government reforms, the development of self-organization and forms of participatory democracy at local levels in Ukraine.
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The Initial Situation Before Conducting Security Sector Reform in Ukraine

Security sector reforms in Ukraine have a long track marked with some progress and shortcomings taking into consideration the internal and external circumstances. Maksym Bugriy of Razumkov Centre, co-authored the article on the issue.
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Events in Ukraine (reports):
09.06.2016. Kyiv: Expert discussion by Razumkov Centre: “Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the context of domestic processes in Russia and Ukraine”
09.06.2016. Kyiv: Public debate by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation: “The future of Crimea: Is reintegration possible, when and how?
09-10.06.2016. Seminar by Institute of World Policy: “Border Security in Eastern Europe: Lessons for NATO and Partners”
Upcoming events:
23.06.2016. Kyiv: Presentation by IWP: "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Romania"
23.06.2016. Kyiv: Conference by IER: "Defining vulnerable sectors in Eastern Partnership countries"
30.06.2016. Kyiv: Presentation by IWP: "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Italy"
Ukraine, Russia and the EU: Breaking the deadlock in the Minsk process
 
Given the persistent deadlock in the Ukraine crisis, the leaders of the EU ought to agree to prolong the sanctions against Russia, push for the renegotiation of the Minsk II agreement, widen the ‘Normandy format’ to include the US and bolster reforms in Ukraine.
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Ukraine’s Oligarchs May Own the Media, but Public Broadcasting is Shaking Things Up
 
Last year, after years of debate and lobbying on the issue, public broadcasting was established in Ukraine. In a country suffering from a serious crisis of trust in the media, it looked like a chance to regain people’s faith.
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Nord Stream II - yes or no? Political decision of a political Commission
 
Annika Hedberg argues that the European Commission’s assessment of Nord Stream II is ultimately a political decision. Should President Juncker and the Commission give in to German pressure and fail to recognise the wider implications of the project, the state and future of the EU and the Energy Union could be called into question.
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The beginning of reforms to the Ukrainian judicial system

On 2 June, Ukraine's parliament adopted an amendment to the constitution concerning the judicial system, as well as a law connected with the amendment concerning courts and the status of judges. These acts are intended to reform Ukrainian justice, which is presently completely corrupt, and is regarded by the public with suspicion.
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Events in Brussels and the EU (reports)
01.06.2016. Brussels: Seminar by ECIPE: “How to understand Ukraine today?”
14.06.2016. Brussels: Public Hearing at EP: “Reform of the Judiciary in Ukraine”
 
Upcoming Events in Brussels and the EU:
15.06.2016. Brussels: Event by New Direction: “Strengthening Eastern Europe’s Flank - Prospects for the NATO Warsaw Summit”
16.06.2016. New York: Event by International Peace Institute: “Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire” (video live stream)
17.06.2016. Brussels: Roundtable by EaP CSF: “Shaping priorities for the Slovak 2016 Presidency in the Council of the European Union"
20.06.2016. Berlin: Annual Conference by „Kiewer Gespräche“: "Neu gegen Alt: Die Ukraine im Wandel”
21.06.2016. Brussels: Event by Bruegel: “China-Russia relations and their impact on Europe”
Ukrainian Think Tank Liaison Office in Brussels joins #visafree campaign
 
On the 4th of June 2016, the Ukrainian Think Tank Liaison Office in Brussels joined the rally in support of Ukrainian and Georgian citizens being allowed to travel visa-free to the Schengen area.
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Ukrainian Visa Liberalisation and Migration Policy Reform

On the 4th of July, the Office in cooperation with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies will hold a discussion on the state of implementation of reforms in Ukraine in visa liberalisation and migration policy areas.
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