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Fourth interview of the series “Klartext“: The EU-Ukrainian Association Agreement and the role of think tanks in its implementation

Within the framework of the project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC), the fourth interview of the “Klartext” series with Ukrainian think tanks was published. Liubov Akulenko, founder and director of the think tank “Ukrainian Centre for European Policy” (UCEP), answers questions about the Associ­ation Agreement and UCEP’s role in the implementation.

In the interview, Akulenko addresses the following subjects: Which areas show the greatest success in the imple­men­tation of the Associ­ation Agreement and in which areas catching-up is needed? Do state struc­tures – including the Government Office for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration – have enough capac­ities to establish and monitor the alignment to European legis­lation? How does the Ukrainian government and civil society work together on the imple­men­tation of the Associ­ation Agreement? And why should regional think tanks be supported in regard to the Associ­ation Agreement?

The “Ukrainian Centre for European Policy” (UCEP) was founded in 2015 and since then focuses exclu­sively on the Associ­ation Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union to provide profes­sional support in the imple­men­tation process. UCEP was a key actor in devel­oping the online platform “Navigator” which monitors the conver­gence of laws.

The interview series “Klartext” aims to increase the presence and public awareness of Ukrainian think tanks, both within Ukraine and Germany. Additionally, the series engages to convey an image of the overall think tank landscape and general devel­op­ments within Ukraine. Particular attention is set on the challenges that Ukrainian think tanks are facing regularly, as well as their role for the imple­men­tation of domestic reforms.

The project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC) is conducted by the Institute for European Politics e.V. (IEP, Berlin), in cooper­ation with the Inter­na­tional Renais­sance Foundation (IRF, Kiev), the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kiev) and the think tank initiative “think twice UA” (Kiev), supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Read the full interview in German here.