UKRAINE AND THE EU ON THE BRINK OF THE NEW ASSOCIATION AGRE EMENT: FREE TRADE, ENERGY SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY January 25-26th, 2012 | PARUS Business Centre, vul. Mechnikova 2a, Kyiv P R O G R A M M E
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 19:00
OPENING High Level Expert Opening Session, at the same time Session of the Club of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Moderation: Nico Lange, Head of the Kyiv Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ukraine Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine F. Stephen Larrabee, RAND, Distinguished Chair in European Security, Washington Friedbert Pflüger, Executive Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King’s College London Petro Poroshenko, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
What are the strategic implications of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement for the European Union and for Ukraine? How do domestic developments in Ukraine influence the integration into the EU? How should the EU approach the question of Energy security with regards to Ukraine? What do Association and DCFTA of Ukraine mean for Russia-Ukraine and EU-Russia relations? What is the strategic outlook for developments in the European Union and the Eastern Neighborhood for 2012?
Thursday, January 26th, 2012 09:00
REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
OPENING Key Note Speeches Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament (20092011)
PANEL 1: EU-Ukraine Relations Moderation: Oleh Rybachuk Head of the Civil Expert Council at the Ukrainian Part of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Committee, Former Deputy Primer Minister for European Integration Borys Tarasyuk, Chair of the Committee for European Integration, Ukrainian Parliament Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Kataryna Wolczuk, Deputy Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham Hannes Schreiber, Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine
What is the state of affairs between the EU and Ukraine after the summit in December 2011 and the delay of the Association Agreement? How can the process of initialing, signing and ratification be continued? How can the EU influence the development of rule of law and democracy within Ukraine? What will be the influence by the parliamentary elections and Euro 2012? How can civil society participate and have influence on the process?
PANEL 2: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: Prospects of Implementation Moderation: Janusz Bugajski, Director of the New European Democracies Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, USA Oleksandr Sushko, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Ukraine Igor Popov, First Deputy Head of the Agency for Civil Service, Ukraine Yevgen Perelygin, Head of Department of European Integration of the Administration of the President of Ukraine
What are the legally binding commitments for Ukraine within the new agreement? What kind of legislation needs to be passed and are there stable majorities in favor? Is the Ukrainian administration ready to implement the commitments? What timeframes and roadmaps for implementation of the agreement’s chapters are desirable and realistic? Who are the major stakeholders from economy, society and administration and how will the influence the implementation process? How can the implementation of the agreement be monitored and measured?
PANEL 3: Energy Community, Energy Dialogue and Energy Security Moderation: Mykhailo Honchar, Centre “NOMOS” Jury Boyko, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry, Ukraine Slavtcho Neykov, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna Jonas Grätz, researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
What are the main factors of EU-Ukraine Energy cooperation within the new agreement and inside of the European Energy Community? Should the EU be part of a consortium concerning the Ukrainian Gas Transit System? What are the perspectives for Russia-Ukraine relations in the gas sector and what kind of impact do they have on EU-Ukraine relations? How can Ukraine improve European Energy Security?
PANEL 4: Economic Development, Business Relations and Business Environment Moderation: Neil Buckley, Eastern Europe Editor, Financial Times Iryna Akimova, First Deputy Chief of Administration of President of Ukraine Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director of the European Business Association Marius Vismantas, Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Ukraine Ihor Burakovsky, Director of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, Kyiv
What are the economic gains and losses for Ukraine
and the EU over short-, mid- and long term perspective through the DCFTA? What major changes for Ukrainian business will the DCFTA bring? Is Ukrainian business ready to be competitive within the DCFTA? What are the expectations of foreign investors? Which priorities for implementation of the DCFTA should be set from the perspective of Ukrainian economy?