12th Europe-Ukraine Forum

Rzeszow – Jasionka, 24-25 January 2019

„Ukraine After 2019. A Change or a Continuation?”

The Europe-Ukraine Forum, organised since 2007, is one of the key events prepared by the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies. The main topic of the 12th Forum will be the continuation of the reform and modernisation of Ukraine in the situation of possible changes at the top of political power in Kiev as a result of the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 2019.

Economic and political cooperation among Ukraine and Western countries has been revived. However, the poorly visible effects of reforms, deepening political divisions, instability of the economy and widespread scarcity of resources cause growing dissatisfaction in society. Therefore, in 2019 the extremely vital question of what will be the policy of the elected authorities as a result of the elections remains. Will Ukraine take advantage of the opportunities offered by cooperation with the countries of the European Union and NATO? What next steps should Kiev and its Western partners take to ensure the country’s continued development and integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures?


Date:  24-25 January 2019 r.

Venue: G2A Arena The Exhibition & Congress Centre, Jasionka 954, 36-002 Jasionka

  • 2 days od debates and meetings
  • Report presentation
  • Plenary sessions: political and business decision-makers will talk about the cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union
  • Over 30 discussion panels about the economy, politics and society
  • 10 regional and sectoral presentations
  • 2 networking banquets
  • The Eastern Fair – an opportunity to present your company and establish new business relations

I. Plenary Sessions

A Change or a Continuation?

Eastern Neighbours of the European Union in Search of a Realistic Model for European Integration


II. International Politics

Cooperation between the Three Seas Initiative Countries. Will Ukraine Stay on the Sidelines?

Hybrid War Continues. Can It Be Effectively Counteracted?

Wspólne zagrożenie? Bezpieczeństwo Ukrainy i Gruzji a bezpieczeństwo Europy

Evolution of Germany`s Eastern Policy – Challenges and Perspectives

Poland – Ukraine. New Dimensions of Neighbourhood and Partnership

Alliance of Solidarity or Alliance of Divergencies? How to Maintain the Transatlantic Integrity?

In Search of a Peace Plan for Ukraine. Untying the Gordian Knot?

National Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe – a Link Between the Countries of the Region or a Source of Misunderstandings?


III. Economy and Development

How to Remove the Thresholds and Barriers for Trade and International Investment Cooperation?

Agricultural Investments – Prospects for International Cooperation

Prospects for Cooperation in the Field of the Arms Industry

Europa Środkowa i Wschodnia – infrastruktura w przebudowie

Impact of the Foreign Investments on the Economy and Society. Advantages and Risks

Development of the Local Flight Connections and Airports in Central and Eastern Europe

Prosperity or stagnation? Perspectives of development of economic cooperation

How to Build Innovative Economy Efficiently? Experiences – Inspirations – Strategies

Challenges for the Electricity Market in the Region

Privatization in Ukraine – A Chance for Ukrainian Exporters and Foreign Investors

NordStream2 and its Consequences for the Energy Policy of the Central and Eastern Europe


IV. Society and Reforms

Russian Aggression and Occupation Effects. Aid to Refugees, Reconstruction of War Damages and Restoring Social Ties

Journalists on Both Sides of the Border – International Cooperation or Competition?

Cultural Heritage as a Development Factor for the Borderland Areas

Investigative Journalism – Can Journalists be Protected?

Tourism and the economic development of cities and regions. What is needed to achieve success?

Art, Show Business and Neighborly Relations

Ukrainian Economic Migration in Europe – the Present and the Future

At War with Disinformation – What is Fake News and How to Defend Against It?

Civil Society and the Elections. Possibilities and Tasks

Access of Foreigners to the Labor Market – a Factor of Economic Development or a Form of Dumping?


V. European Integration and Reforms

Is it Possible to Protect Economy Against Populism? A Challenge for the Region and the Entire Continent

Cooperation of Central and Eastern European Capital Markets as a Chance to Increase Investments?

Eastern Partnership: New Ideas for a New Reality

Cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe – the Role of the Regions in Building Mutual Relations

Youth Cooperation – a Wasted Opportunity?

Environment and its Preserving as a Matter of International Cooperation

National Health Service’ s reforms – why is it so difficult to reach success?

Investing in the Future – International Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education

Ukraine 2027

1989-2019. Thirty Years of Freedom in the Central and Eastern European Countries – Sources of Successes, Causes of Failures

Culture as a Space of Dialogue Between Nations

Investing in the Future – International Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education

Does the Decentralisation Reform Change Ukraine?

Investing in the Future – International Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education


* The topics are subject to modification


Over 800 participants from Poland, Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries, the EU and the US, including government members, politicians, businessmen, regional officials, representatives of international organisations and think tanks.


In order to participate in the Forum please fill in the registration form which is available at www.economic-forum.pl. Please be advised that the registration consists of two stages. Additionally, we offer accommodation packages that can be booked in the second stage of the registration.


Maramureș County Council

Rzeszow Regional Development Agency is a non-profit joint institution. The objective of the RRDA is to support the development of Podkarpackie Region, to improve the quality and standard of life of its inhabitants, to advertise the possibilities offered by the region.

Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park AEROPOLIS is now one of the most attractive investment locations in southeastern Poland. Its concept is to encourage modern businesses and technologies while mobilizing the potential of local universities and research centers. AEROPOLIS is now one of the most attractive investment locations in southeastern Poland.


LOT Polish Airlines is a modern airline connecting Central and Eastern Europe to the world.
Every year  hosts on board nearly 9 million passengers, providing them with possibly the most efficient and most comfortable journeys from Warsaw to 110 destinations worldwide. As the only airline in the region LOT Polish Airlines offers  direct long-haul flights from Warsaw to New York, Newark, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapoure, from Krakow to Chicago, from Rzeszow to Newark and also from Budapest to New York and Chicago.

The Industrial Development Agency Joint Stock Company (IDA) is a state-owned company. It has played an important role in the transformation of the Polish economy by responding to the most vital needs of industry, saving thousands of jobs and modernizing large and medium-size enterprises. Today, within the Group of Polish Development Fund, IDA cooperates with key Polish institutions supporting entrepreneurs and provides solutions for current needs and business challenges.

Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) works to increase the inflow of investments to Poland and the outflow of Polish FDI. It also does it best to intensify the Polish exports. Supporting entrepreneurs, the Agency assists in overcoming administrative and legal procedures related to specific projects as well as helps to develop legal solutions, find a suitable location, reliable partners and suppliers.

PCO S.A. is a main Polish producer of the optoelectronic devices with use of night vision, thermal imaging and laser technology. All products are a result of the Company’s research and development activity. PCO S.A. produces wide range of optoelectronic observation and aiming devices for the military and other uniformed services. PCO S.A. produces also observation systems for various vehicles. PCO S.A. is a member of the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. consolidating polish defence industry.

Highest standards in the field of human resources management, effective recruitment procedures and focus on legal employment and payroll – it’s what identifies us. We are specialists in supplying professional workforce to polish factories, especially from Ukraine. Employees are the growth engine of every business – we find the best ones in order to improve activities and to reduce costs for our Clients. We were trusted by the biggest, international companies.

National Support Centre for Agriculture (KOWR) pursues state policy in the area of: creating and improving the area structure of family farms and development of strategic companies of the State Treasury, implementation of innovations in agriculture and agri-food industry, stabilization of agricultural markets and promotion of Polish agri-food products.

American Heart of Poland SA (AHP)  is the largest network of units that specialise in highly skilled, cross functional training combining cardiology and vascular surgery in Europe. It also offers outpatient care, early cardiac and sanatorium rehabilitation. AHP provides scientific activity organized by Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Development (CCRD), this center is unique of its type in Poland. Founded in 2000 by a group of highly reputable, internationally renowned physicians from Poland and the US with extensive experience and know-how in cardiovascular medicine.

IQ (Eleven Zett Productions brand) – a leading PR agency specializing in the promotion, image creation and organization of events in the fields of health, science, social affairs and new technologies.

Work Service provides employees on demand. What we do for living is we recruit and hire  external employees on behalf of our Customers. Our external employees produce cars, white and brown goods, work in supply chain management or in call centers. In fact we produce almost everything in this world, providing our clients with the right employees whenever they need it.
Our scale, expertise and specific solutions make us unique and so irreplaceable that our 20 years market journey positioned us #1 CEE HR services supplier successfully competing with big international champs of human resources industry.