IWP: European integration top priority in 2013

February 27, 2013

News Source: Institute for World Policy, Ukraine

Implementation of an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union topped a list of issues that survey respondents said the Institute for World Policy (IWP) should work on in 2013.

IWP surveyed about 180 officials, Ukrainian and foreign experts, diplomats, journalists and active citizens to compile a list of priorities for the Kyiv-based think tank. Nearly 46 percent of the poll participants named the issue of an Association Agreement in their survey responses. Visa liberalization with the EU and the implications of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) provisional implementation in Ukraine each came in second place with 41 percent.

The Institute also received almost 40 research proposals, which will be taken into consideration this year.

“In this way, the IWP is forming its agenda for 2013, based, first of all, on your expectations,” according to a statement on the IWP website. “The Institute of World Policy will be grateful to development partners for providing support in conducting research and implementation of projects on the selected issues.”

Following are the top 15 research and advocacy issues, in response to the question “On which issues should IWP conduct deeper research and advocacy in 2013? (please select maximum 5 options)

1. Implementation of the Association Agreement (Association Agenda) – 45.8%

2. Visa Liberalization process with the EU – 41%

3. Implications of the DCFTA provisional implementation in Ukraine – 41%

4. Advocacy campaign on why Ukraine should be in the EU (carried out in Ukraine with a focus on citizens) – 39.8%

5. Dismantling post-Sovietness in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – 31.3%

6. Expansion of Customs Union – 27.7%

7. Democratization: innovative global practices to revive democracy in Ukraine (e-democracy, deliberative democracy, etc) – 21.7%

8. China’s influence in Ukraine – 21.7%

9. Geopolitical priority of the middle-class in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus – 21.7%

10. NATO related issues: a “roadmap” on how to move from non-bloc policy to MAP? – 20.5%

11. Assessment of the 2013 OSCE chairmanship of Ukraine – 20.5%

12. Transnistrian conflict: what could Ukraine do? – 19.3%

13. Russia’s soft power influence in the post-Soviet area: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – 18.1%

14. Russian Orthodox Church as a tool of influence in the post-Soviet space – 16.9%

15. Education – organize a school for young diplomats and civic leaders – 16.9%

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