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The Treaties give the European Commission an exclusive power of legislative initiative. In principle, only the Commission can draft and propose Directives, Regulations and Decisions. The Lisbon Treaty also gave the Commission the power to propose AND adopt delegated acts, with the risk of creating an imbalance of power. Considered boring by the ‘Brussels Bubble’,… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

On February 7, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada voted for amending the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the strategic course of the state on acquiring full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization). The purpose of the proposed amendments, as stated in the Explanatory Note, is the legislative consolidation in the… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

While Ukraine is wrapping up its New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations, there is one more thing worth celebrating. On 1.1.2019, Ukraine took a big leap towards liberalizing its retail electricity market towards European standards. As of this date, consumers are free to choose their electricity supplier. Well, almost all consumers. Households and the SME… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

_ Yuri Kofner, research assistant at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); head; Eurasian sector, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher School of Economics. First published in: EAEU from Lisbon to Vladivostok: Transformations and Perspectives. Berlin.: owc Foreign Trade Publishing House. – EastContact (1). 2018. – 56 p.

  Posted by Lisbon 2 Vladivostok

In the spring of 2018, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced his intention to initiate consolidation at the level of the Constitution of the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine. In September 2018, the President introduced to the Parliament a draft law No. 9037. On the Strategic Course of the State towards Ukraine’s Full Membership in… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Information spreads via Internet not only by means of big online media and social networks. There is a huge ramified ecosystem of “junk websites”. “News” shared by such “media” is often of very low quality or even complete fake. Still, it reaches millions of visitors per month. Such websites also generate information flow that brings… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

In its 60-year history, the European Union has often distinguished itself by the use of innovative tools. Two come immediately to mind: the quotas and mechanisms under the Lomé Convention that offer developing country exporters the internal EU price rather than the dumping price practised on world markets. The regulatory innovation that was the rule… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Ukraine has sufficient natural gas reserves to meet own gas demand. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, in 2017 Ukraine ranked second among the European countries by its proved gas reserves (1.1 trillion cubic meters), with only Norway surpassing (1.7 trillion cubic meters). However, it is only fourth by production volumes with… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Andreas Umland   The prominent Western commentator of post-Soviet affairs Taras Kuzio has recently come forward with a barrel of English-language attacks on Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko – so far, the clear front-runner in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections in March 2019. Kuzio has placed several critical and partly denigrating texts about Tymoshenko in reputed… » read more

  Posted by Andreas Umland

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