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EED take part in Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, Ontario

4 July 2019

This July, EED Executive Director Jerzy Pomianowski attended the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, Ontario in Canada together with a number of EED grantees. The event was organised by the Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with other partners to support Ukraine’s ongoing reform process and the country’s path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

This July, EED Executive Director Jerzy Pomianowski attended the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, Ontario in Canada together with a number of EED grantees. The event was organised by the Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with other partners to support Ukraine’s ongoing reform process and the country’s path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

More than 800 of Ukraine’s friends and partners attended this event, including former foreign ministers, heads of international institutions, parliamentarians, private sector representatives and representatives from civil society and think tank organisations.

A number of workshop panels were held during the two-day event addressing subjects such as the future of democracy, disinformation in media, making reform happen, the digital 2.0 world, the future of energy and women in power.

Speaking as a member of the panel on ‘Ukraine as a Living Lab: Disinformation and Hybrid Threats’, moderated by former MEP Rebecca Harms, Pomianowski stated, “We need to adopt a hybrid response to the hybrid threats posed by disinformation. Trust is our most expensive commodity today. Truth is not expensive; we can make true news. The challenge today is building trust – and that is more difficult.”

Civil activists staged a flash mob during the intervention by Ukrainian Minister of the Interior, Arsen Avakov, at the event holding up placards with the question: ‘Who murdered Katya Handziuk’. Kateryna Handziuk died three months after a savage acid attack in July 2018. A vocal civil activist, she was an aide to the Mayor of Kherson, and well known for her hard-hitting criticism of corruption, especially in the Kherson police force. The criminal investigation against the key suspect in Handziuk’s murder was recently suspended.

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