Guest Lecture "Ukraine and its Relationship with the EU"

On Wednesday 6 March 2019, the LLM-Programmes and the Centre for EU Studies are pleased to welcome Mr. Mykola Tochytskyi, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belgium, to give a guest lecture to our students and staff.

Title of the lecture: "Ukraine and its Relationship with the European Union"

Ukraine has since long been an important partner for the European Union, especially within the EU's Eastern Partnership. In recent years, cooperation between the EU and Ukraine has intensified significantly with the signing of the Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), in 2014.

This Agreement has enhanced EU-Ukraine cooperation on human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law; political dialogue and reforms; and movement of persons. The Association Agreement has also strengthened cooperation in a number of sectors, including energy, the environment and climate action, agriculture and rural development, fisheries and maritime policies, consumer protection and civil society.

In the meantime, since spring 2014, Ukraine has embarked on an ambitious reform timetable aiming to stabilise its economy and improve the livelihoods of its citizens. Ukraine and the EU have jointly defined a reform agenda - the Association Agenda, and follow the progress of this closely. The fight against corruption, reforming the judiciary, constitutional and electoral reforms, the improvement of the business and investment climate and energy efficiency, as well as reform of public administration, including decentralisation, are among the top priorities on the agenda.

In his lecture Ambassador Tochytskyi will talk about these issues, as well as the visa liberalization regime and other manners in which the EU has stepped up its support for economic and political reforms in Ukraine.



Wednesday 6 March 2019
Universiteitstraat 4, Ghent - Auditorium B

Programme:
18:00 - 19:00 - Introduction / Lecture by Ambassador Tochytskyi / Q&A session
19:00 - 20:30 - Reception (at the Faculty Council Room)

Participation is free of charge. Please confirm your attendance before Friday 1.03.2019 via https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/tochytskyi.