EU-Ukraine Integration at a Crossroad – Opportunities and Risks of the Association Process 

A joint event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Promote Ukraine

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Ten years have elapsed since the European Union entered a new period in its evolution – one of the most complex in the history of European integration. This period started with the 2008-2009 global economic and financial crisis, which caused the Euro area crisis and the Greek debt crisis, and later spread to other, non-economic areas. This gives rise to questions regarding the future of the European Union, its integration association, as well as its impact on the development of the global economy.

Answers to these questions are especially important for Ukraine, given that since 2014 its strategic course of fundamental socio-economic and political transformations has been very closely connected with the European integration idea, and the Association Agreement with the EU has become a key mechanism that determines the pace and directions of Ukrainian reforms. Continue reading

Upcoming event: Expectations vs. Reality – The new EU Member States 10 years after Accession

flickr_johnllyman10 Years ago, the political geography of Europe changed: 10 Central and Eastern European countries joined the European Union. Much has happened in the meantime: The unresolved institutional reform in the EU after the rejection of Constitutional treaty and the global economic crisis changed the European political landscape. The sovereign debt crisis revealed cracks in the very core elements of the integration process. Worries about sustainability of public finance and the lack of competitiveness shifted the attention from Central and Eastern Europe to Mediterranean countries. Did the biggest enlargement in the EU history meet the expectations of the new members? Does it make sense to differ between new and old countries at all? Is creeping populism and euroscpeticism the new trend in Central and Eastern Europe? What are the biggest challenges before the upcoming European Parliament elections and what are the possible future scenarios for the further development of the EU-28?

Monday, 10 February 2014
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1 floor, 1000 Brussels
Find the complete Invitation here. Please register by 7 February!

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