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VIII National Expert Forum "Ukraine: Seeking Balance"

The event was co-organized by Gorshenin Institute and the Representative Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for Ukraine & Belarus.

The VIII National Expert Forum "Ukraine: Seeking Balance" organised by the Gorshenin Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belarus with the support of the National Committee for Industrial Development was held in Kyiv on 28 November.The event was divided into three thematic panels.

Yevhen Kurmashov, director of political programmes at Gorshenin Institute, is opening the forum.
Photo: Max Trebukhov
Yevhen Kurmashov, director of political programmes at Gorshenin Institute, is opening the forum.

The first discussion panel - "Formula of Ukraine's security" - was devoted to the current situation in Donbas, key priorities of the national security policy in Donbas, using global experience in the field of security and reforming Ukraine's uniformed agencies and army.

The panel's speakers included Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the head of NATO Representation to Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, the deputy secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Lytvynenko, the deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Viktor Kononenko, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker (by video link). 

The panel was moderated by Sonya Koshkina, editor in chief of LB.ua.

Among the guests of the economic panel – "Strategy for industrial growth as the basis for economic growth" – were Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, the executive director of the National Committee for Industrial Development, MP Anatoliy Hirshfeld, and the CEO of the investment company Concorde Capital, Ihor Mazepa.

They discussed the main factors for recovery of Ukraine's economy, prospects for the development of processing industries and Ukraine's place in the global economy system, the ways for Ukraine to preserve its labour potential and the financial base for its economic growth.

The panel was moderated by Oleksiy Leshchenko, vice-president of Gorshenin Institute.

During the third discussion panel, "Ukraine's subjectness in Europe's new landscape", the speakers and participants in the forum discussed Ukraine's current place on the world map, foreign policy, prospects for developing ties with the EU, reforms needed for Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU and its relations with the countries of Eastern Europe.

The panel speakers included Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Ukraine & Belarus, Marcel Roethig, the editor in chief of the Rzeczpospolita newspaper (Poland), Boguslaw Chrabota, the chairman of For a Free Ukraine NGO, Jason Smart.

The panel was moderated by Dmytro Ostroushko, director of international programmes at Gorshenin Institute.

Apart from the official part of the forum, guests and participants in the forum engaged in lively discussions on the sidelines.

Yevhen Kurmashov and Jason Smart (right)
Photo: Max Trebukhov
Yevhen Kurmashov and Jason Smart (right)

Oleksiy Leshchenko and Kostyantyn Vynokurov (right)
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Oleksiy Leshchenko and Kostyantyn Vynokurov (right)

Sonya Koshkina and Dmytro Kyrychenko
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Sonya Koshkina and Dmytro Kyrychenko

Arsen Avakov
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Arsen Avakov

Alexander Vinnikov is taking journalists' questions.
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Alexander Vinnikov is taking journalists' questions.

Ihor Zarubinskyy and Marcel Roethig
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Ihor Zarubinskyy and Marcel Roethig

Pavlo Klimkin
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Pavlo Klimkin

Boguslaw Chrabota (left)
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Boguslaw Chrabota (left)

Jason Smart (right)
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Jason Smart (right)

Sonya Koshkina and Inna Holovanchuk
Photo: Varvara Svezhentseva
Sonya Koshkina and Inna Holovanchuk

Ilya Ponomarev
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Ilya Ponomarev

Viktor Kononenko (right)
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Viktor Kononenko (right)

Eduard Simson (centre)
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Eduard Simson (centre)

Viktor Sokolov and Oksana Prodan
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Viktor Sokolov and Oksana Prodan

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Photo: Max Trebukhov

Oleh Bazar and Ihor Solovey
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Oleh Bazar and Ihor Solovey

Inesa Blazovska
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Inesa Blazovska

Dmytro Ostroushko (right) and Ihor Kohut (left)
Photo: Varvara Svezhentseva
Dmytro Ostroushko (right) and Ihor Kohut (left)

Alexander Vinnikov
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Alexander Vinnikov

Hennadiy Plis (right) and Viktor Subbotin (centre)
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Hennadiy Plis (right) and Viktor Subbotin (centre)

(left to right) Yevhen Kurmashov, Sonya Koshkina and Viktor Sokolov
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(left to right) Yevhen Kurmashov, Sonya Koshkina and Viktor Sokolov

Hennadiy Druzenko (right)
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Hennadiy Druzenko (right)

Filon Morar (left) and Alexander Vinnikov (right)
Photo: Varvara Svezhentseva
Filon Morar (left) and Alexander Vinnikov (right)

Sonya Koshkina
Photo: Varvara Svezhentseva
Sonya Koshkina

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Chief correspondent of Chinese People's Daily in Ukraine
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Chief correspondent of Chinese People's Daily in Ukraine

Oleksandr Chub and Kostyantyn Vynokurov (right)
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Oleksandr Chub and Kostyantyn Vynokurov (right)

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Photo: Max Trebukhov

Sonya Koshkina and Oleh Bazar
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Sonya Koshkina and Oleh Bazar