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№5 (15), 17 May 2016  
Ukraine’s Gas Sector Reform: A Future Win-Win for Ukraine and Europe

The DiXi Group latest policy brief presents the picture of the recently undertaken reforms in the gas sector and proposes recommendations on how both Ukraine and the EU can already benefit from their results.
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Ukraine and the Ukrainian Crisis as Viewed from Greece

Iannis Carras gives an insight into the way Greeks relate to Ukraine. In order to attain a fuller understanding of Greeks’ view of the country, the author suggests going beyond opinion polls.
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Case Law of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (2004-2014)

The third edition of the Case Law of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee attempts to summarise the practices of the Compliance Committee of the Aarhus Convention for the period of 2004-2014.
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Almost There: The Carrots of Visa Liberalization as An Impetus for Domestic Reform in Ukraine

The policy brief tracks the reforms implemented by Ukraine as part of its obligations in the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan and explains why the reforms are beneficial for both Ukraine and Germany, in particular.
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Events in Ukraine (reports):
13.05.2016. Kyiv: Workshop by Institute of World Policy: “Communication Strategy for Ukraine on Association Agreement and DCFTA”
16.05.2016. Kharkiv: training course by Centre for Political and Legal Reform: “How can Ukrainians influence the reform process in Ukraine”
Upcoming events:
Democratic Civilian Control and Military Crisis in Ukraine: Legislative Aspects
 
Ukraine’s recent political troubles have revealed significant gaps in the democratic civilian control of the country’s security sector. This publication highlights the steps that must be taken to close these gaps, including legislative and legal reforms and revisions to Ukraine’s security strategy and military doctrine.
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Why EU Sanctions on Russia Are Overrated but Still Needed
 
Calls for canceling the EU’s sanctions on Russia after they expire in July 2016 have recently been gathering momentum across Western Europe. The authors suggest that Europe’s business communities and political elites should think twice before they push the EU to lift its sanctions without substantial progress by Russia in meeting its Minsk agreement obligations.
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NATO’s Eastern Exposure
 
The Ukraine crisis and Russian pressure have encouraged NATO and non-NATO countries in Eastern and Northern Europe to work more closely together. Going it alone on security issues is not an option, says Judy Dempsey.
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Information Wars: Ukraine and the West vs. Russia and the Rest
 
How does media shape the way people of different countries think of the conflict in Ukraine? In the media battle between the West and Russia over what really has been going on in Ukraine, round one went to Russia — at least among audiences in former Soviet Union republics.
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Events in Brussels and the EU (reports)
27.04.2016. Brussels: Presentation by CEPS: “Russia: The long road to recovery”
04.05.2016. Brussels: Seminar by Martens Centre: “Prospects for EU Enlargement after 2019”
Upcoming Events in Brussels and the EU:
23.05.2016. Brussels: “The Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and in its Neighbouring Countries”
23.05.2016. Vienna: “The Politics of Solitude: The Ukrainian Bartleby and his Company”
24.05.2016. London: “The Role of Values and Trust in Transforming Ukraine's Public Institutions”
Ukraine’s Gas Sector Reforms: benefits for Ukraine, Germany and the EU
 
BERLIN, 8 – 11 May 2016 – Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels organised a visit of the Ukrainian energy experts – Olena Pavlenko, President of the DiXi Group think tank, and Roman Nitsovych, Program Manager of the DiXi Group, to Berlin. 

During the visit, experts participated in the expert discussion jointly organised by the Office, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). The experts also held close-door consultations with the officials from the Federal Chancellery and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Germany and met Ukrainian diplomats in Germany.
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