Category: Vision for Ukraine

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The Second Edition of White Paper “Legal and Governance Reforms in Ukraine: Strategic Priorities – Business and Economic Sector” Has Been Released

Legal Committee of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council continues to promote reforms in the second edition of the White Paper – they have analyzed the achievements and failures of the new Verkhovna Rada and the new Government, and have shared their advice on the course of reforms for 21 sectors of the legal and governance system.

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The Anticorruption and Law Enforcement Reforms Can Be Borrowed From the Georgian Experience

Overall, it is disappointing that after one year of having been in office, the Rada and the Government have not succeeded in dismantling the current system, let alone replacing it with the new one. We have observed various sporadic attempts and efforts, some of them progressive and effective, but none of them amounting to radically reforming fundamental pillars of the current system: legislation, governance structure, public administration, institutions, judiciary, law enforcement and others. It seems that the Rada is measuring its success by how many new laws it adopted, which is an entirely wrong criterion.

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Milovanov’s Lecture: World Education on the Threshold of Revolution

On 29 October, Timofey Milovanov, professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founder of VoxUkraine, delivered a lecture on The Future of Education in FEDORIV Hub. Milovanov told the audience what’s going on in the western education system, what are the differences between good and the bad higher educational institutions, what to study now in order to have sustainable employment, and how Ukrainian universities can compete with the best Western higher educational institutions.

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A More Inclusive Democracy for Ukraine

Representative democracy is not the sole possible form of democracy. It can and should be complemented by other elements, such as direct democracy and participatory democracy. These two components are especially relevant for the latest constitutional amendment debate. These should be implemented through a bottom-up deliberation, in which every citizen participates, followed by a referendum.

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Legalizing Prostitution in Ukraine: to Be or Not to Be

On 23.09.2015 Ukrainian MP Andriy Nemirovsky registered a draft law that would make prostitution legal in Ukraine and consider prostitutes to be entrepreneurs who provide sexual services for money. These services can be provided by individuals as well as organizations (e.g. brothels). The draft law requires for regulation of these services and introduces legal entry barriers (e.g. age limits and medical checks). In this article Alexander Muravyev, Tymofiy Mylovanov, and Oleksandr Talavera are analyzing what regulatory regime would fit Ukraine best.

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Ukraine Reform Monitor: October 2015

The Ukraine Reform Monitor provides independent, rigorous assessments of the extent and quality of reforms in Ukraine. The Carnegie Endowment has assembled an independent team of Ukraine-based scholars to analyze reforms in four key areas. This second memo covers August and September 2015. During analyzed period the Ukrainian government accomplished two major breakthroughs. It succeeded in negotiating a debt-restructuring deal with creditors, and it made progress toward parliamentary approval of a decentralization package.

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Ukraine: From Evolutionary to Revolutionary Reforms. September 2015

In response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea in February 2014, the Atlantic Council launched a campaign to galvanize the transatlantic community into helping ensure that Ukraine survives as an independent nation. Ukrainian authorities are moving forward with reforms in various areas. The most prominent achievements are the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau to fight high-level corruption, the introduction of a new police force in the cities of Kyiv, Odesa, and Lviv, the reform of the banking system, and the restructuring of the natural gas sector.

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Ukraine Reform Monitor: August 2015

The Ukraine Reform Monitor provides independent, rigorous assessments of the extent and quality of reforms in Ukraine. The Carnegie Endowment has assembled an independent team of Ukraine-based scholars to analyze reforms in four key areas. To kick off a series of regular publications, this first memo offers a baseline assessment of the reform process as it stands a year and a half after the Euromaidan protests and the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s government.

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Minsk II – Simply Another Form of Russian Aggression

The recent violence in Kyiv in connection with protests over Ukrainian parliamentary consideration of some sort of special status for the separatist part of the Donbas is unforgivable. But Minsk II, the hastily cobbled together peace treaty engineered by Germany and France under Russian pressure, is no less forgivable for having placed Ukraine in a near impossible situation.