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VI National Expert Forum "Key issues of the year"

The agenda included the issues of decentralisation, energy and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

On 12 October, Gorshenin Institute hosted VI National Expert Forum, entitled "Key issue of the year". Honorary guests, experts and journalists, who joined three panel discussions, discussed what Ukraine had come through in the past year and what challenges it is about to face.

Among the speakers at the first panel entitled "Decentralisation and state integrity" were Ivan Miklos, co-chairman of Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR), Oleh Synyutka, head of the Lviv regional state administration, Yuriy Harbuz, head of the Luhansk regional military and civil administration, and Roman Bezsmertnyy, deputy prime minister of ukraine for administrative and territorial reform in 2005.

Other participants in the discussion were MPs Viktoriya Ptashnyk and Ruslan Demchak, Kharkiv city councilor Taras Sytenko; Vitaliy Kulyk, director of the Centre for Civil Society Studies; ex-MP Taras Chornovil; Mariya Repko, deputy director of the Centre for Economic Strategy; Yuriy Hanushchak, director of the Territory Development Institute.

The panel focused on the issue of building an effective model of governance under decentralization and the role of local communities in it.

(Left to right) Moderator Sonya Koshkina, Oleh Synyutka, Yuriy Harbuz, Ivan Miklos and Roman Bezsmertnyy
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(Left to right) Moderator Sonya Koshkina, Oleh Synyutka, Yuriy Harbuz, Ivan Miklos and Roman Bezsmertnyy

The second panel entitled "Components of energy security" discussed energy issues and the coming heating season. Its speakers included Serhiy Chekh, advisor to the minister of energy and fuel industry of Ukraine; Karel Hirman, expert on energy sector at the Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR); Torsten Wollert, head of the Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission; Olha Byelkova, member of the Ukrainian parliament, deputy head of the parliamentary committee for fuel and energy, nuclear policy and security; and Vitaliy Butenko, commercial director at DTEK.

Oleh Zarubinskyy, a former MP of four convocations, and Ivan Plachkov, the president of the Alll-Ukrainian Energy Assembly and former energy minister of Ukraine, also shared their opinions on the issue.

(Left to right) Serhiy Chekh, Karel Hirman, Torsten Wollert, Vitaliy Butenko, Olha Byelkova and moderator Oleksandr Kharchenko
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(Left to right) Serhiy Chekh, Karel Hirman, Torsten Wollert, Vitaliy Butenko, Olha Byelkova and moderator Oleksandr Kharchenko

During the last panel, entitled "Ukraine in Europe and the world", the speakers discussed the issues of European integration and the implementation of the Minsk agreements on a settlement in Donbas.

Pavlo Klimkin, minister of foreign affairs of Ukraine; Isabelle Dumont, ambassador of the French Republic to Ukraine; Juris Poikāns, ambassador of the Latvian Republic to Ukraine; Michael Emerson, associate senior research fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (Brussels); and Ihor Kohut, director of the USAID RADA Programme, kept the discussion lively with the expert help from Mykhaylo Pashkov, co-director of foreign policy and international security programmes at the Razumkov Centre, and Olesya Yakhno, a political expert.

(Left to right) moderator Dmytro Ostroushko, Pavlo Klimkin, Juris Poikāns, Isabelle Dumont, Ihor Kohut and Michael Emerson
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(Left to right) moderator Dmytro Ostroushko, Pavlo Klimkin, Juris Poikāns, Isabelle Dumont, Ihor Kohut and Michael Emerson

Yevhen Kurmashov, director for political programmes at Gorshenin Institute, and LB.ua editor in chief Sonya Koshkina
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Yevhen Kurmashov, director for political programmes at Gorshenin Institute, and LB.ua editor in chief Sonya Koshkina

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Photo: Max Levin

Moderator Dmytro Ostroushko
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Moderator Dmytro Ostroushko

Ruslan Demchak
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Ruslan Demchak

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Sonya Koshkina, Gorshenin Institure Vice-President Oleksiy Leshchenko (left), Kharkiv city councillor Taras Sytenko
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Sonya Koshkina, Gorshenin Institure Vice-President Oleksiy Leshchenko (left), Kharkiv city councillor Taras Sytenko

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Photo: Max Levin

Sonya Koshkina
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Sonya Koshkina

Yevhen Kurmashov
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Yevhen Kurmashov

Isabelle Dumont
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Isabelle Dumont

Michael Emerson and Juris Poikāns
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Michael Emerson and Juris Poikāns

Torsten Wollert
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Torsten Wollert

Moderator Oleksandr Kharchenko
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Moderator Oleksandr Kharchenko

Olha Byelkova
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Olha Byelkova

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Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

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Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

Viktoriya Ptashnyk
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Viktoriya Ptashnyk

Mariya Repko
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Mariya Repko

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Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

Photo: Max Levin

Ivan Miklos
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Ivan Miklos

Ivan Plachkov (centre)
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Ivan Plachkov (centre)

LB.ua lead editor Oleh Bazar
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LB.ua lead editor Oleh Bazar

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Vitaliy Kulyk (centre)
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Vitaliy Kulyk (centre)

Serhiy Chekh (left) and Oleh Zarubinskyy
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Serhiy Chekh (left) and Oleh Zarubinskyy

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Taras Chornovil (right)
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Taras Chornovil (right)

Oleksandr Davydenko (right)
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Oleksandr Davydenko (right)

Sonya Koshkin and Anton Herashchenko, an adviser for the interior minister
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Sonya Koshkin and Anton Herashchenko, an adviser for the interior minister

Interfax-Ukraine director-general Oleksandr Martynenko and DTEK Anticrisis HQ press secretary Anton Kovalyshyn
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Interfax-Ukraine director-general Oleksandr Martynenko and DTEK Anticrisis HQ press secretary Anton Kovalyshyn

Olha Shaternyk and Dmytro Ostorushko
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Olha Shaternyk and Dmytro Ostorushko

MP Lev Pidlisetskyy (centre)
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MP Lev Pidlisetskyy (centre)

Anton Herashchenko
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Anton Herashchenko

Lev Pidlisetskyy (left) and Vitaliy Butenko
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Lev Pidlisetskyy (left) and Vitaliy Butenko

(Right to left) DTEK press secretary Anton Kovalyshyn, the supervisory board chairman at the Institute of Energy Strategies, Yuriy Korolchuk, and the director of energy programmes at the Centre of Global Economy and International Relations, Valentyn Zemlyanskyy
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(Right to left) DTEK press secretary Anton Kovalyshyn, the supervisory board chairman at the Institute of Energy Strategies, Yuriy Korolchuk, and the director of energy programmes at the Centre of Global Economy and International Relations, Valentyn Zemlyanskyy

ATO veteran association head Taras Kostanchuk (right) and Kyiv regional councilor Oleksandr Kachnyy
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ATO veteran association head Taras Kostanchuk (right) and Kyiv regional councilor Oleksandr Kachnyy

Oleksandr Kachnyy
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Oleksandr Kachnyy

MP Hryhoriy Shverk (centre)
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MP Hryhoriy Shverk (centre)

(Left to right) Yuriy Hanushchak, Sonya Koshkina and Valeriy Karpuntsov
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(Left to right) Yuriy Hanushchak, Sonya Koshkina and Valeriy Karpuntsov

Georgia's former ambassador to Ukraine and the president of the Taxpayers Association of Ukraine, Grigol Katamadze
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Georgia's former ambassador to Ukraine and the president of the Taxpayers Association of Ukraine, Grigol Katamadze

Yuriy Harbuz (left) and the head of the first national portal of open-source information on cities and districts of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danylov
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Yuriy Harbuz (left) and the head of the first national portal of open-source information on cities and districts of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danylov

Roman Bezsmertnyy (left) and Oleh Synyutka
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Roman Bezsmertnyy (left) and Oleh Synyutka

The leader of the Self-Reliance faction in the Kharkiv city council, Taras Sytenko (left0, and the head of the communications department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Academy, Yaroslav Poznyak
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The leader of the Self-Reliance faction in the Kharkiv city council, Taras Sytenko (left0, and the head of the communications department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Academy, Yaroslav Poznyak

Malaysian ambassador to Ukraine Chuah Teong Ban
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Malaysian ambassador to Ukraine Chuah Teong Ban

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Photo: Max Levin