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Co-organised by Gorshenin Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-StiftungUkraine & Belarus


VII National Expert Forum


15 June 2017

Kyiv, Parus business centre, 2 Mechnikov St. (2 floor)


09:15 - 10:00 – Registration of participants and guests of the Forum

10:00 - 10:15 – Opening of the Forum. Keynote speech by Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

10:15 - 11:45 – Discussion panel “SUSTAINABILITY OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM”

Questions for discussion:

  • Reform of the Constitution: path to sustainability or turbulence?
  • Best architecture for the political system of Ukraine;
  • Leadership’s agenda for 2017;
  • Likelihood of early legislative and presidential elections: pros and cons;
  • Political process locally: major trends;
  • Decentralisation: point of growth or disintegration?
  • How to unite Ukrainians around a shared goal?


- StepanKubiv, First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine;

- Iryna Heraschenko, First Vice Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament;

- HuguesMingarelli, EU Ambassador to Ukraine;

- Oksana Prodan, Member of Ukrainian Parliament;

- Mustafa Nayem, Member of Ukrainian Parliament;

- Olena Sotnyk, Member of Ukrainian Parliament.

DISCUSSION PANEL MODERATED BY: Sonya Koshkina, LB.UA editor-in-chief

11:45 - 12:10 – Coffee break and informal networking

12:10 - 13:40 – Discussion Panel “ENERGY SECTOR: POINTS OF GROWTH”

Questions for discussion:

  • Investment attractiveness of Ukraine’s energy sector;
  • Reforming the energy sector: key to energy security of the State;
  • International standards in organisation and functioning of energy markets: implementing in Ukraine;
  • Energy consumption and tariff composition in Ukraine: how to achieve balance of interests between producers and consumers?
  • Unbundling in the energy sector: new opportunities for growth and investment;
  • Ukraine’s place in Europe’s energy security.


- JérômeVacher, IMF Permanent Representative in Ukraine;

- TorstenWoellert, European Commission, Support Group for Ukraine, Team Leader Energy & Environment;

- Roman Opimakh, Executive Director at the Association of Gas Extraction Companies of Ukraine;

- Roman Nytsovych, Head of Programmes at DiXi Group.

DISCUSSION PANEL MODERATED BY: Oleksii Leschenko, Vice President Gorshenin Institute

13:40 - 14:30 – Break and buffet lunch. Informal networking

14:30 - 15:50 – Discussion Panel UKRAINE IN THE CHANGING WORLD”

Questions for discussion:

  • European integration through comprehensive reforms: a way to modernise Ukraine and implement European standards;
  • Western and eastern vectors of Ukraine’s foreign policy. Unrevealed opportunities:
  • Will Ukraine be able to remain unchanged in a world that is changing?
  • Impact of changes across Europe on Ukraine’s foreign policy;
  • New political face of Europe. Analysis of favourable and threatening factors for Ukraine;
  • Has united Europe overcome the crisis of centrifugal and isolationist processes (Europe of “different speeds”, Brexit, migration crisis, far left and far right uprising, Russian influence)?
  •  A Marshall Plan for Ukraine: how feasible is an implementation of the EPP proposal? Will Ukraine use that chance?
  • Is Ukraine’s experience of internal transformations a competitive strength in a world that is changing at an accelerated pace? How similar experiences were used by other countries: Israel, South Korea, China?


- IvannaKlympush-Tsyntsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration;

- MatthesBuhbe, Director of FES Ukraine&Belarus;

- LucJacobs, Ambassador of Belgium to Ukraine;

- Jean-BaptisteJeangèneVilmer, Director of IRSEM, French Ministry of Defence;

- Heorhiy Lohvinskyy, Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Deputy Head of Permanent Delegation to PACE.

DISCUSSION PANEL MODERATED BY: Gerhard Gnauck, journalist, Die Welt

15:50 - 16:00 – Closing of the VII National Expert Forum. Final address by a Gorshenin Institute representative

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