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Ukraine: new players, old game? The role of civic activism and media


Join us for a panel discussion on the new Ukrainian reality

When: Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 9:30 – 13:30 (registration at 9:00)

Where: EED, Rue de la Loi 34, 1040 Brussels

RSVP: by Thursday, 14 November


Ukraine has entered a new political era since the election of President Volodymyr Zelensky. The recent parliamentary elections have meant that new faces have joined politics, including a number of civil 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.


Panel 1 | From activists to politicians and back? Re-thinking the role of civic activists


  • Valerii Pekar, Co-founder of the New Country Civic Platform, lecturer of Kyiv Mohyla Business School
  • Yuliy Morozov, Co-founder of the Union of Responsible Citizens  
  • Halyna Yanchenko, Member of Parliament of Ukraine and Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Anti-corruption Committee

Panel 2 | Find the politics behind the PR: The role of media in the changing political landscape


  • Andriy Kulykov, Co-founder, Hromadske Radio
  • Diana Dutsyk, Media expert and Executive Director of CSO Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute 
  • Roman Kulchynskyy, Founder of Texty.Org 

The panels will be moderated by EED and DRI representatives.


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 grassroots 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.

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