“Can Decentralization Lead to Peace in Ukraine?”


Tuesday, 1 December 2015


Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


About the event

The Minsk II Agreement serves as foundation for finding a peaceful solution for the conflict in Ukraine. Apart from specific conditions on maintaining ceasefire and security in the East of the country, the Agreement also seeks after a constitutional reform. Decentralizing state power is a key element in it.

Increasing Europe-oriented elements of subsidiarity is regarded as an important means to fight corruption and create stability in the country. However, the idea of the further distribution of powers is met with a critical eye in the centralized country: will stronger local and regional decision-making powers in fact work in favour of pro-Russian separatists? What about the special status the war-ridden regions in Eastern Ukraine receive within this reform?

Decentralization can ultimately have an impact on the success of the Minsk II Agreement as a whole. Following recent local elections, the panel will discuss the Status Quo of decentralization and its impact on peace in Ukraine and the region.

Hans H. Stein
Director, European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Sean O’Curneen
Secretary General, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Committee of the Regions

Diana Sergiienko
City Council Member Tatarbunary, Odessa Region, Ukraine

Yuriy Bova
Chairman of Trostianets Municipality; Mayor of Trostianets, Ukraine

Dr. Volodymyr Oliinyk
Project Coordinator, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Kyiv

Kindly register for this event by 25. November at http://tinyurl.com/decentralization-ukraine

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