6th Europe-Ukraine Forum: Important topics, influential guests
The 6th Europe-Ukraine Forum will be dominated by discussions on key issues of relations between the EU and Ukraine in the context of the possibility of signing the Association Agreement and the Agreement on the Deep Free Trade Area. The issue of the agreement is even more vital, as signing the EU Association Agreement will be one of the Lithuanian Presidency's priorities at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November.
Presentation of the study Ukraine 2012 – Report on Transformation will serve as the introduction to the forum in Budapest. The study on the one hand summarises the main political and economic trends of 2012, whereas on the other shows to the most important challenges that Ukraine faces in 2013.
The second day of the Forum will begin with a plenary session, Ukraine– EU: New approaches to old challenges, in which participation has been announced by: Peter Burian, Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Suzana Grubješić, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration of Serbia, Leonid Kozhara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, János Martonyi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Maja Pandzikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
The programme of the forum anticipates 11 debates, including: The European Neighbourhood Policy – Eastern Dimension: Progress with Reforms; Ukraine’s political landscape – is a consensus possible?; Ukraine’s financial market – today’s solutions vs. tomorrow’s challenges; Ukrainian foreign policy directions; European and Ukrainian energy security; Investment climate versus economic reforms; The rule of law – prospects for the progress of democracy.
The discussions will be attended by politicians and experts from EU member states, countries participating in the Eastern Partnership and Russia: Tibor Navracsics, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary; Ms. Natalia Korolewska, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, Mr. Pawel Kowal, Head of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Ukraine, Mr. Mikulas Dzurinda, Prime Minister of Slovakia (1998-2006), Mr. Paweł Kowal, MEP, Chairman of the EU Delegation for relations with Ukraine, Poland; Mr. Rolandas Kriščiūnas, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania; Mr. Sándor Fasimon, Chief Operating Officer of Mol, Member of the Executive Board, Hungary; Mr. Rolandas Kriščiūnas, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania; Mr. Sándor Fasimon, Chief Operating Officer of Mol, Member of the, Executive Board, Hungary; Mr. Gleb Pavlovsky, President, Foundation for Effective Policy, Russia; Ms. Gordana Comic, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly, Serbia.
PLENARY SESSION: Ukraine– EU: New approaches to old challenges.
PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT: Ukraine 2012. Report on transformation.
DISCUSSION PANELS: POLITICAL BLOC
The European Neighborhood Policy – Eastern Dimension: Progress with reforms
Ukraine’s political landscape – is a consensus possible?
The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and free trade area. A window of opportunity or just a game of deception?
Ukrainian foreign policy directions.
The rule of law – prospects for the progress of democracy.
The Media in Ukraine: between business and politics.
DISCUSSION PANELS: ECONOMIC BLOC
European and Ukrainian energy security
European Social Standards in Ukraine. Reality or wishful thinking?
Ukrainian financial market – today’s solutions vs. tomorrow’s challenges.
Investment climate vs. economic reforms.