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17th Ukraine Breakfast Debate: Electoral reform in Ukraine

Friday, 6 March 2020

Regis­tration, Coffee & Croissants:
From 8.30 a.m.

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Institut für Europäische Politik
Bunde­sallee 23
10717 Berlin

Shortly before the parlia­mentary elections in Ukraine last year, the Verkhovna Rada voted for a new Electoral Code. This code intro­duces a compre­hensive electoral reform and system­atizes the rules for presi­dential, parlia­mentary, and local elections as has long been recom­mended by the Venice Commission. The code was finally adopted on 19 December 2019 after President Zeleskyy had returned it to Parliament for several amend­ments. Its key feature is the intro­duction of a propor­tional repre­sen­tation electoral system with so called ‘open lists’. It is expected that the new electoral system will help resist political corruption and will enhance intra-party compe­tition. The upcoming local elections scheduled for 25 October 2020 will be the first test-drive for the new system.

We are therefore pleased to announce that the 17th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on “Electoral reform in Ukraine: What changes and challenges does it provide for the upcoming local elections” will take place on Friday, 6 March 2020. Together with our expert, Nazar Boyko, the director of CIFRA Monitoring-Analytics Group, Lviv, we will take a closer look at the reform strategies for the electoral system and discuss the following questions:

This event is part of the new project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN). GURN aims to establish a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior researchers, strength­ening expertise in the field of policy analysis and promoting joint research projects. GURN is conducted in close cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv), and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

Please note that the event will be held in English.

Please register by 3 March 2020 via the following link.

Terms of participation
The number of seats is limited! After a successful regis­tration and confir­mation, partic­i­pation is obligatory.

The event is held under Chatham House Rule. By regis­tering, you acknowledge that the Chatham House Rule applies.

Please note that pictures will be taken during the event. By regis­tering, you agree to their public release.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ljudmyla Melnyk via or at 030 88 91 34 32.