Independent Ukraine:Europe Balance - Local Event in Poznań, Poland

02/12/2016 02/12/2016 10.00-14.00| Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, ul. Umultowska 89a, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
Upon the initiative of Marek Wozniak, President of the Wielkopolska Region and Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions, and in partnership with the European Committee of the Regions and Europe Direct Poznan, a political debate will be organised on December 2nd, between 10am and 2pm in the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism. This event is also supported by the European Parliament, the Representation Office of the European Commission in Poland, the Socio-Cultural Association 'Poland-Ukraine' in Poznan, the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, and the Association of Polish Cities.
 
2016 marks 25 years since Ukraine gained independence, but the atmosphere in Kiev does not encourage celebration. There is ongoing armed conflict in Donbas, although global media coverage is dominated by the migration crisis and the situation in Syria. The EU and its Member States have got involved in support of a change by the Dnieper, but there is a noticeable lack of coordination among these efforts. Within the EU institutions alone there are three separate bodies; the European Commission's Support Group for Ukraine, the European Parliament's Delegation for Ukraine, and the European Committee of the Regions' Working Group on Ukraine.

This event aims to maintain interest in Ukraine and its relations with the EU among local and regional communities. The panel debate will pose several questions: What's next for Ukraine? Is it possible to coordinate aid activities for Ukraine? How can local and regional EU authorities get involved in support for Ukrainian partners?

An audience of local and regional authorities, researchers, students and representatives of NGOs will work together to build recommendations for the coordination of aid activities in Ukraine and suggestions of how to generate support for Ukrainian partners in Poland.

The debate will be accompanied by an exhibition, entitled '25 Years of Independence of Ukraine - Ukraine we do not know!'. Speakers will include Marek Wozniak, President of the Wielkopolska Region and Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions; Robert Godek, Head of the Strzyzow District and European Committee of the Regions Alternate Member; Witold Horowski, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Poznan; Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv; Sergii Chernov, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council and CORLEAP Bureau Member; Andrzej Porawski, Office Director of the Association of Polish Cities; and Piotr Andrusieczko, Correspondent for 'Gazeta Wyborcza' in Ukraine as Moderator.

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