Ukraine has entered a new political era since the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The recent parliamentary elections have meant that new faces have joined politics, including a number of civic activists. While reform is very much on the agenda, democratic accountability remains challenging. Civil society and the media are now reviewing their role within this new status-quo.
Join us for apanel discussionon the new Ukrainian reality on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at EED's premises, Rue de la Loi 34, 1040 Brussels.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, 14 November
9:00 - Registration
9:15 - Breakfast
9:30 – Intro | Richard Tibbels, Head of the European External Action Service Eastern Partnership Bilateral Relations Division
9:45 - Panel 1| From activists to politicians and back? Re-thinking the role of civic activists
Three quarters of the new Ukrainian MPs have been elected for the first time. Many are former activists either at the national or local level. While activists can protest, push and demand changes, politicians must accept compromise and take different interests into account. Will civic activists be successful drivers of change? Will they serve as a bridge between government and the wider society? Is Ukraine’s civil society sufficiently independent, or has it become too politicised with quick transfers from civil society to parliament and government and back?
11:15 - Coffee break
11:45 - Panel 2 | Find the politics behind the PR: the role of media in the changing political landscape
Zelensky’s team’s media campaign played an important role in the election outcome, although for many, it seemed to be more PR than substance. Both Zelensky’s and Poroshenko’s political strategies were controversial during the elections. Can journalists continue to dig out the truth? How can traditional and new media become or remain advocates for democratic reform in Ukraine?
The panels will be moderated by EED and DRI.
13:15 - Light Lunch
This event is co-organised by DRI and EED.
The Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a Berlin-based NGO that promotes the political participation of citizens and accountable democratic institutions around the world. DRI’s Ukraine country office focuses on helping grass roots initiatives monitor and advocate for reforms and engage with local policy and decision makers.
The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union (EU) and its member states as an autonomous fund to foster democracy in the European Neighbourhoods and beyond.Event Report