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№5 (13), 18 April 2016  
Key Legal Reforms 2014-2015: How Have the European Standards Been Implemented? 
 
For two years, the experts of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform have been measuring the progress in three reform areas — constitutional reform, judicial reform, and prosecutorial reform. The report focuses on key events that influenced the development of legal reforms and their significance for European integration.
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Coverage of the conflict in the east by Ukraine’s media: study of journalists’ values, attitudes and practices
 
Telekritika NGO conducted a research of editorial practices, journalists’ opinions about their role in the conflict coverage as well as of the landmarks defining the journalists’ practices.
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Although the hryvnia is strengthening, Ukraine currently cannot give up cooperation with the IMF

Director of Economic Programmes of the Razumkov Centre Vasyl Yurchyshyn explains why despite continued lack of new tranches from the International Monetary Fund, the Ukrainian hryvnia is showing a trend towards strengthening.
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Economic Monitor Ukraine: Public Procurement 
 
Public procurement legislation was revamped four times and amended over seventy times since 2008.  All four revisions aimed at increasing efficiency of public sector spending, widely known for high level of corruption.
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Events in Ukraine (reports):
01.04.2016. Kyiv, public debate by Institute of World Policy: “Do the Minsk Agreements have a future?”
08.04.2016. Kyiv, roundtable by Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting: “Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova: first results of the implementation”
08.04.2016. Lviv, debate by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation: “Internal Political Party Discipline: Dictatorship of Leaders or Democratic Practice?”
13.04.2016. Kyiv, public discussion by Institute of World Policy: "Ukraine-Turkey: New Black Sea Union?" 

 
Upcoming events:
18.04 -19.04.2016. Kyiv: "Euro-Atlantic Forum 2016" 
20.04.2016. Kyiv: Public discussion by Institute of World Policy: “Ukraine-Hungary: Toward a Balanced Partnership”
Constitution Making in Ukraine: Refocusing the Debate
 
Gwendolyn Sasse says that Ukraine’s reformers have largely ignored the key issue of the separation of powers. The EU should help put this important priority back on the agenda.
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Can Ukraine Achieve a Reform Breakthrough? 

The key question is whether Ukrainians themselves can overcome the chief impediment to reform – the capture of the state by a narrow class of wealthy business people and their associates. 

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The Dutch Referendum on the EU- Ukraine Association Agreement: Legal options for navigating a tricky and awkward situation

In this article Guillaume Van der Loo sheds some light on the issue of the legal implications of the advisory referendum held in the Netherlands on the 6 of April 2016.
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Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighbourhood

Orysia Lutsevych says that the Kremlin had developed a wide range of proxy groups in support of its foreign policy objectives, which are particularly active in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – countries that have declared their intention to integrate with the West.
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Events in Brussels and the EU (reports)
14.04.2016. Brussels: Discussion by German Marshall Fund of the Unites States: "New Transatlantic Strategy"

Upcoming Events in Brussels and the EU:
From Euromaidan to the Dutch Referendum – What’s the EU’s Strategy for Ukraine?

The conference “From Euromaidan to the Dutch Referendum: What’s the EU’s Strategy for Ukraine?” – organised by the Young European Federalists [JEF] on the 4th of April 2016 in Brussels, brought together members of the European Parliament, foreign policy advisers, analysts and the wider public to discuss the Dutch referendum on the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement. Although the referendum is consultative, its results may have implications for the EU’s authorities in the area of foreign policy, and for the future of the EU – Ukraine Association agreement. 
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Promoting Ukrainian Interests in the EU:  What did we Learn from the Dutch Referendum on 6 April 2016?

On the 14th of April 2016, within the frameworks of the 9th Kyiv Security Forum, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels held the discussion “Promoting Ukrainian Interests in the EU:  What did we Learn from the Dutch Referendum? The event brought together Ukrainian officials, analysts, representatives of media and donor organisations to discuss the lessons learnt from the referendum in the Netherlands and how this experience could help Ukraine promote its interests in the EU in the future. 
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