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.

The war in the east of Ukraine continues, Crimea and part of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces are still occupied. The evaluation of the progress of social and economic policy implemented by the existing authorities is split. Regardless of the crisis, we can see clear signs of improvement in the economic situation. Economic and political cooperation with Western countries has also 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?

VENUE

Date:  24-25 January 2019 r.

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

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
PROGRAMME*

 I. Plenary Sessions

  • The Future of Ukrainian Transformation. A Change or a Continuation?
  • Eastern Neighbours of the European Union in Search of a Realistic Model for European Integration

II. International Politics

  • Europe After 2019 – Integration or Disintegration? When the Further Enlargement of the EU is Possible?
  • Evolution of Germany`s Eastern Policy – Challenges and Perspectives
  • National Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe – a Link Between the Countries of the Region or a Source of Misunderstandings?
  • Eastern Partnership: New Ideas for a New Reality
  • Poland – Ukraine. New Dimensions of Neighbourhood and Partnership
  • Russian Hybrid Aggression Against the Free World and Democracy Continues. Can It Be Effectively Counteracted?
  • 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?
  • Common Threat? Security of Ukraine and Georgia – Security of Europe
  • Cooperation between the Three Seas Initiative Countries. Will Ukraine Stay on the Sidelines?
  • Cross-Border Cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe – the Role of the Regions in Building Mutual Relations

III.          Economy and Development

  • Is it Possible to Protect Economy Against Populism? A Challenge for the Region and the Entire Continent
  • Central-Eastern Europe – Infrastructure in Reconstruction
  • Rural Investments – Prospects for International Cooperation
  • How to Build Innovative Economy Efficiently? Experiences – Inspirations – Strateg
  • How to Remove the Thresholds and Barriers for Trade and International Investment Cooperation?
  • NordStream2 and its Consequences for the Energy Policy of the Central and Eastern Europe
  • Cooperation of Central and Eastern European Capital Markets as a Chance to Increase Investments?
  • Prospects for the Arms Industry Cooperation
  • Development of the Local Flight Connections and Airports in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Impact of the Foreign Investments on the Economy and Society. Advantages and
  • Challenges for the Electricity Market in the Region

IV. Society and Reforms

  • Does the Decentralisation Reform Change Ukraine?
  • Cultural Heritage as a Development Factor for the Borderland Areas
  • Investigative Journalism – Can Journalists be Protected?
  • A Lesson from the Past. How to Pursue a Historical Policy Wisely?
  • Public Opinion within the Region – Similarities and Differences
  • Russian Aggresion and Occupation Effects. Aid to Refugees, Reconstruction of War Damages and Restoring Social Ties
  • Civil Society and the Elections. Possibilities and Tasks
  • Ukrainian Economic Migration in Europe – the Present and the Future
  • Environment and its Preserving as a Matter of International Cooperation
  • Medical Tourism – New Cooperation Opportunities
  • Youth Cooperation – a Wasted Opportunity?

* The topics are subject to modification

PARTICIPANTS

Over 600 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.

PARTICIPATION

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.

ORGANISERS

Organiser

Co-organiser