The crisis in Ukraine has stimulated impetus to accelerate closer relations with the EU reflected in the recent signing of the political part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. It is hoped that the package will help steer Ukraine closer to the EU whist promoting democracy, territorial integrity and constitutional reform - including the strengthening of local self-governance.
Topic: The crisis in Ukraine and decentralisation reform
Where: European Commission, Berlaymont Building (VIP corner, ground floor)
When: 2 April, 5:30pm
Interpretation: Ukrainian – English – Spanish
At CoR plenary: moving on from the crisis?
On 2 April (4pm-5:30pm) during the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) plenary session, CoR President Valcárcel, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Enlargement Commissioner Füle, will debate how decentralisation and local self-government reform are crucial to Ukraine's path to joining the EU. The debate comes shortly after the Commissioner's visit to Ukraine where he stressed that decentralisation was one of the key pillars for reform.
Exploiting initiatives such as the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) – a platform for cooperation between local and regional authorities from Europe and its Eastern Neighbours – will be considered to foster relations between the EU and Ukraine.
Following the debate, media will be able to address the three speakers during a press conference at 5.30 pm.
The Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP)
CORLEAP was established by the Committee of the Regions in 2011 to bring a regional and local dimension into the EU's Eastern Partnership and to promote decentralisation, local autonomy and territorial cooperation. It gathers 36 regional and local politicians from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, including three Ukrainian members (Sergey Chernov, Chairman of Kharkiv regional council and President of the Ukrainian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, Svitlana Bogatyrchuk-Kryvko, Member of Rivne City Council, and Vitaliy Oluyko, Councillor of Khmelnytska Regional Council).
CORLEAP is co-chaired by Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the EU Committee of the Regions, and Mamuka Abouladze, Member of the Rustavi City Assembly (Georgia) and President of the Georgian Association of Local Authorities.
To confirm attendance:
Nathalie VandelleTél. +32 2 282 24 99