The third coordination meeting of the working group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the process of reintegration of the civilian population in the Donbass

The third coordination meeting of the working group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the process of reintegration of the civilian population in the Donbass

The third coordination meeting of the working group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the process of reintegration of the civilian population in the Donbass

On September 17, 2019 in the premises of the National Aviation University, the third coordination meeting of the Working Group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the civilian reintegration process in the Donbass was held.

The meeting was attended by:

Yuriy Ivanovich Yekhanurov, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the Kiev National University. Trasa Shevchenko;

Yuri Vladimirovich Makogon, Professor of International Economics, Mariupol State University;

Yuri Vladimirovich Senyuk, Academician of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Board of the International Industrial Park;

Valeriy Petrovych Kobyzhcha , Deputy Director of the Department for Civil Protection of Mobilization and Defense Work of Donetsk Regional State Administration

Anton Oleksnadrovych Lyagusha, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor at the Department of World History, Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University;

Inna Vladimirovna Zablodska, Director of the Luhansk Branch of the Institute of Economic and Legal Research of the NAS of Ukraine, Deputy Chairman of the Luhansk Oblast Scientific Coordination Council of the Donetsk Scientific Center of the NAS and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine;

Valeriy Zakharovych Moshensky, Ukrainian politician, MP of Ukraine VII convocation;

Svyatoslav Korsak, School of Political Leaders

Video of the meeting is available at

INTERNAL MIGRATION IN UKRAINE: THE DESTABILIZATION FACTOR OR THE CHANCE OF AN ALL-UKRAINIAN UNION (video)

INTERNAL MIGRATION IN UKRAINE: THE DESTABILIZATION FACTOR OR THE CHANCE OF AN ALL-UKRAINIAN UNION (video)

https://youtu.be/jYrbyjVQzD0
Part 1
https://youtu.be/zWYq7UDYEcY
Part 2
https://youtu.be/jiS6ys0Jq0Y
Part 3
https://youtu.be/-Za4nHiXJLs
Part 4

The second coordination meeting of the working group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the process of reintegration of the civilian population in the Donbass

The second coordination meeting of the working group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the process of reintegration of the civilian population in the Donbass

On June 27, the second coordination meeting of the Working Group on the preparation of a package of practical recommendations on the civilian reintegration process in the Donbass was held in Kiev, in the premises of the Institute of Industrial Economics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

The meeting was attended by:
Yuriy Ivanovich Yekhanurov, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the Kiev National University. Trasa Shevchenko;
Alexander Amosha, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor, Doctor of Economics, Director of the Institute for Industrial Economics;
Yuri Vladimirovich Makogon, Professor of International Economics, Mariupol State University;
Yuri Vladimirovich Senyuk, Academician of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Board of the International Industrial Park;
Anton Oleksnadrovich Lyagusha, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor at the Department of World History, Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University;
Svetlana Petrovna Kalinina, Doctor of Economics, Professor of the Department of Personnel Management and Labor Economics at the Institute for Training Personnel of the Center for Human Development;
Vadim Arkadievich Goran, Chairman of the Board of the Interregional Public Organization “Lugansk fraternity”;
Irina Zapatrina, Doctor of Economics, Professor of Kiev National University of Trade and Economics, Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Center for the Promotion of Public-Private Partnership;
Vyacheslav Ivanovich Lyashenko, Professor, Doctor of Economics, Academician of the Academy of Economic Sciences of Ukraine;
Olga Fedorovna Novikova, Professor, Doctor of Economics, Deputy Director for Research of the Institute of Industrial Economics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
Elvira Sadaklieva, attorney, head of the public organization “Academy for Life Safety”, etc.

During the meeting, a number of issues related to the economic, social and environmental dimension of the reintegration of civilians in the Donbass were discussed.

Separate attention was focused on the terminological definition of the processes occurring in the Donbass: those who met almost unanimously defined them with the term “catastrophe”. This term, as conceived by the Working Group, will further define the “diagnosis” according to which a “treatment strategy” should be developed – after all, a wrong diagnosis leads to an incorrect strategy.

According to the participants of the Working Group, a step-by-step program of social, economic and environmental sustainable development set forth in concrete numbers and tasks is necessary today – so that all people understand what needs to be done and then see if it is done or not. However, as was noted, until a normal infrastructure is created for people, all programs will remain only conversations.

Therefore, the meeting participants noted that it is necessary to go forward in small but very concrete steps: at the level of legislative initiatives, at the level of public demand. And these steps need to be done, including the efforts of the Working Group.

«Now it is necessary to determine what we can do before the end of the year, and in what direction it is necessary to work,»  Yury Ivanovich Yekhanurov summed up the meeting of the Working Group.

The first coordination meeting of Working Party on preparation of package of action-oriented recommendations with regard to process of reintegration of civil population in Donbas.

The first coordination meeting of Working Party on preparation of package of action-oriented recommendations with regard to process of reintegration of civil population in Donbas.

On June 7, 2019, on the basis of the National Aviation University, the first constituent meeting of the Working Party on preparation of a package of action-oriented recommendations with regard to the process of reintegration of civil population in Donbas after the conflict accomplishment. The event was held on a mixed-mode basis. The participants residing in other regions of Ukraine joint the meeting using the Skype.

The meeting was presided by the Prime Minister of Ukraine (2005-2006) Professor of the Economic Department of the T. Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Member of the Initiative Group of the Public Union “Energy of Peace” Yurii Yekhanurov. The members of the Initiative Group also participated in the discussion: Svitlana Kalinina (the Economist, Doctor of Science, Economics, member of the Academy of Economic Science of Ukraine), Oleksii Lytvyn (the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Voikov Toolmaker Plant of Zaporizhzhia), Anton Liahusha (the Doctor of Philosophy in History, Associate Professor of the Department of World History of V. Stus Donetsk National University), Viacheslav Liashenko (the Professor, Doctor of Economics, member of the Academy of Economic Science of Ukraine), Yurii Makohon (the Professor of International Economics, the Mariupol State University), Mykola Petrenko (the President of the PU “Energy of Peace!”), Anatolii Putintsev (the Head of the project “Congress of Eastern Ukraine”.)

During the discussion, the group participants considered current issues on creation of a new advanced concept of Donbas reintegration in its human dimension on the basis of already existing developments. The group members unanimously came to a common conclusion that our major task was a hard work on creation of a matrix of Donbas reintegration in its economic and social aspect in four main directions: economic, ecological, social, scientific and technological. Viacheslav Liashchenko noted that the major problem of Donbas for today was its localization and mitigation of Donbas disaster by modernisation of the region economics, and application of smart specialization principles in order to achieve positive solid performance on improvement of ecological and economic conditions in the region on that basis. The participants of the meeting discussed the necessity to classify the present situation in Donbas as a disaster and rank it at the same level as Chernobyl disaster with all the consequences that come with it.

One more topic discussed by the experts in the roundtable discussion was an initiative of the First President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk on creation of the International Fund for Conflict Management in Eastern Ukraine.

The group members also discussed problems in the area of education of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and ways for their settlement. Svitlana Kalinina noted that the very universities were that source of intellectual potential of the region, which should become a particular kind of a “driver” of the further work in Donbas reintegration. But this may happen only then when the both sides combine.

May 23, 2019, was held a round table “Reintegration of Donbass: the human factor” at the National Aviation University

May 23, 2019, was held a round table “Reintegration of Donbass: the human factor” at the National Aviation University

On May 23, 2019, a round table “Reintegration of Donbass: the human factor” was held at the National Aviation University. The event was organized by the Public Union “Energy of the World!” In collaboration with the National Aviation University. Members discussed the human dimension of regional reintegration. The first President of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2003-2005) Konstantin Ivanovich Gryshchenko, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Policy Association Volodymyr Khandogy, Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine (2012-2014) Vladimir Rybak, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Grigol Katamadze, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GS “Energy of the World” Lyudmila Vladimirovna Rusalina, President of GS “Energy of the World” Nikolay Nikolayevich Petrenko, Vice President of the Energy of the World NGO Victor Zanfirov, heads of public organizations, scientists, teachers and investment experts. The event was moderated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine (2005-2006) Yuri Ivanovich Yekhanurov and Professor of International Economics at Mariupol State University Yuri Vladimirovich Makogon. Putting the person and his interests in the first place, the participants of the panel discussions were offered to find new meanings and approaches, considering the situation in human-centric keys. The focus was on international legal factors, reconciliation policies, economic factors of reintegration and the future economy of the region, the educational and scientific aspects of reintegration, the role of civil society. It is now, when our country is experiencing a period of reloading the political system, the discussions about the future of Donbass received a new breath in the human dimension. The panelists came to the conclusion that the main thing now is to listen to the needs and opinions of people, to unite them around common values, to encourage them to participate in decision-making. At the end of the round table, a working group will be created to prepare a package of practical recommendations on the process of reintegrating the civilian population in the Donbass at the end of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine. The organizers and participants of the round table are confident that such developments will become a real impetus to a qualitatively new look at the comprehensive strategy for the reintegration of Donbass and will help bring long-awaited peace to Ukraine.  

On priority measures to help strengthen national unity and consolidate Ukrainian society, support public initiatives in this area DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE №534/2016

On priority measures to help strengthen national unity and consolidate Ukrainian society, support public initiatives in this area DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE №534 / 2016

In order to help strengthen national unity and the consolidation of Ukrainian society, the identification of priority measures to address these issues, as well as ensuring the interaction of state bodies with civil society organizations to implement such measures, I decide:

To apply to state bodies, local self-government bodies to determine one of the priorities of their activity to ensure the adoption of measures to strengthen national unity and the consolidation of Ukrainian society, interaction with civil society organizations.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine:

1) to develop within three months with the participation of representatives of state bodies and local self-government bodies, civil society organizations, with the involvement of leading domestic scientists and international experts, and approve a comprehensive plan of measures to strengthen national unity, consolidate Ukrainian society and support public initiatives in this area, providing , in particular:

conducting systematic studies of public processes and public opinion on topical issues related to strengthening national unity, consolidation of Ukrainian society, possible threats to these processes, developing proposals for executive bodies, other state bodies, and local governments on the basis of analysis and evaluation of such studies to address problematic issues arising in this area;

development of an effective mechanism for obtaining, including with the involvement of international institutions, information on the facts of violation of the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories, prompt response to such facts, drawing attention to them by the international community;

taking measures to develop interregional cooperation in the implementation of economic, social, educational, tourism, information and other projects, including cultural, in particular, support for the all-Ukrainian cultural integration project “Ukrainian Donbass”;

providing support, including by providing grants, conducting research, implementing popular science, information and other projects aimed at restoring and preserving the historical memory of the Ukrainian people, strengthening national unity, and consolidating Ukrainian society;

creating a thematic web resource for disseminating information about the history of the Ukrainian people, the achievements of our compatriots and their contribution to the development of world civilization, modern events in Ukraine, as well as measures taken to strengthen national unity, consolidate Ukrainian society, and national-patriotic education of citizens, overcoming existing stereotypes and propaganda myths aimed at destroying the unity of the Ukrainian people;

the organization of conducting among pupils, students, young scientists contests of works, including research, term papers, diploma, research papers on the themes of the victories of the Ukrainian people in the struggle for freedom and independence, the history of state symbols of Ukraine, national patriotic education, including on the development of scenarios for theatrical productions and radio plays, the creation of short films, social advertising, other thematic art, media, educational and scientific projects, and also promoting the dissemination of the works of the winners of such competitions;

the study of the issue of providing state support for the creation and distribution of national films of historical and patriotic content;

involvement of representatives of the Ukrainian public abroad and Ukrainian foreign organizations in the preparation and conduct of activities aimed at strengthening national unity and the consolidation of Ukrainian society;

the decision in the prescribed manner the issue of financing related activities;

2) ensure that, when developing the draft State Target Program “Restoration and development of peace in the eastern regions of Ukraine”, measures are taken to:

addressing the priority issues of the life support of citizens living in the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions who were released as a result of the anti-terrorist operation, especially in the settlements located near the clash lines;

providing educational institutions located in the respective territories with pedagogical and scientific-pedagogical workers, in particular in the field of social and humanitarian disciplines, providing for the solution in the established manner of issues of providing housing for such workers, compensation for material costs in connection with sending them to work in another locality ;

ensuring public access to objective information about events in Ukraine and the world, distribution of materials aimed at countering the information war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine;

3) to develop, with the involvement of representatives of state authorities and local self-government bodies, civil society organizations, experts, scientists and approve, within three months, an action plan for the development of civic education in Ukraine for 2017 – 2021, to ensure the implementation of relevant measures in the established manner;

4) ensure the interaction of central and local executive bodies with civil society organizations in order to support public initiatives aimed, in particular, at:

dissemination of information about the integration course of Ukraine in the European political, economic and legal space, the Euro-Atlantic space;

national-patriotic and military-patriotic education of children and youth, the creation of conditions for their development as creative individuals;

the development of interaction and communication of children and youth from different regions, their joint media, cultural, educational and other events;

expanding the scope of the Ukrainian language as one of the most important factors of the national identity of the Ukrainian people, guarantees of its national-state sovereignty;

creation of conditions for recreation and summer holidays in other regions of Ukraine of children and youth living in the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions who have been negatively affected by the armed conflict;

development of the volunteer movement;

conducting informational and explanatory work to overcome historical and debunking modern propaganda myths.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, executive authorities:

1) to provide support for public initiatives to conduct, with the participation of participants in the anti-terrorist operation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, volunteers, internally displaced persons of international, national and local events of national-patriotic content, including those aimed at approving the national-patriotic consciousness of children and youth, and honoring heroes of the struggle of the Ukrainian people for independence and territorial integrity, popularization of the national spiritual and cultural heritage, development with children of military-patriotic clubs;

2) take measures to publicize events to promote the strengthening of national unity and the consolidation of Ukrainian society, and the development of interregional cooperation.

Regional, Kiev city state administrations

1) to develop within two months after approval by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of a comprehensive plan of measures to strengthen national unity, consolidate Ukrainian society and support public initiatives in this area and ensure the implementation of relevant regional action plans;

2) to contribute to the implementation of all-Ukrainian and regional public initiatives aimed at strengthening national unity, establishing patriotism, restoring and preserving national memory, developing national consciousness, popularizing the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people, and inter-regional cooperation.

This Decree comes into force from the day of its publication.

President P. Poroshenko

December 1, 2016

Signing the memorandum of cooperation

On 30.08.2018, the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between our organization and the NGO “Lugansk Zemliatstvo” took place. The document was signed by Galina Gladka, Executive Director of the NGO “Energy of Peace!” and Vadim Goran, Head of the Council of the NGO “ Lugansk Zemliatstvo”. This memorandum confirms the parties’ intention to cooperate in promoting the implementation of national, regional and local programs for the socio-economic rehabilitation of the region as well as decentralization and development of local self-government. During the event, the parties also discussed the possibility of developing and implementing programs to preserve the traditions of the local population, meintain the cultural heritage of Lugansk region.

Signing of the memorandum
Signing of the memorandum

On February 12, 2019, a round table discussion on the peace plans for Donbass was held at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, USA).

On February 12, 2019, a round table discussion on the peace plans for Donbass was held at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, USA). Diplomats, politicians as well as the representatives of public organizations of America, Europe and Ukraine attended this event. Paula Dobriansky (diplomat, USA), Olga Bogomolets (politician and statesman, Ukraine), Konstantin Gryshchenko (politician and diplomat, Ukraine), Sarah Mendelson (diplomat, USA); Grigory Nemyria (politician and historian, Ukraine); Alexander Vershbow (American diplomat, former US Ambassador to Russia, former deputy secretary general of NATO); Richard Cowan (diplomat, United States); Remy Duflo (OSCE representative); John Herbst (diplomat, USA) and others were among the speakers. The member of our initiative group, former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Yekhanurov became the honorary participant of this event, giving a ten-minute report to audience. (to read the full report, please go to the link…. ).

American politician Stephen John Hadley opened the round table. He welcomed the audience, wished fruitful work and interested discussion of peace plans for Donbass. More than 20 people made presentations over the course of hours. This round table discussion resulted in the identification of the main problems of today’s Donbass and formation of the recommendations, which will further help to develop a mechanism for solving the problems raised during the discussion.

On April 6, 2019 within the framework of the Ukrainian Studies Program (Ukrainian Studies Program) of the Harriman Institute, a panel discussion on the reintegration of Donbas was held.

On April 6, 2019 within the framework of the Ukrainian Studies Program (Ukrainian Studies Program) of the Harriman Institute, a panel discussion on the reintegration of Donbas was held. Initiative to organize this round table belongs to the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, NGO “Energy of Peace”, American-Ukrainian Groups RAZOM and the VOLYA.

The panelists included Pavlo Ostrovskyi, Ukrainian journalist and activist of the “Strong Communities” movement; Taras Galkovskyi, computer scientist at Google and leader of the MathOlymp project at Razom; Dr. Elise Giuliano, Lecturer in Political Science and Director of the MA program at the Harriman Institute.

Following the introductory remarks by Mark Andryczyk, Associate Research Scholar in the Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University, Yuriy Sergeyev, Senior Fellow at the MacMillan Center, Yale University, Representative of “Energy and Peace”  and former Ambassador to Greece, France and the United Nations  outlined a wide range of issues that are critical to the reintegration of the population in eastern Ukraine. He accented that  re-integration of Donbas is a complex and multifaceted problem. This is primarily the reintegration of territories, as well as administrative reintegration, economic reintegration, and most importantly, it is the human factor, i.e. – the return of people – their reintegration. The panel discussion was moderated by Olena Nikolayenko, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University and a board member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the United States.

The panelists emphasized the importance of cross-oblast contacts in facilitating a dialogue among all Ukrainians. Ostrovskyi, for example, recalled the popularity of the civic initiative From East to West, bringing students from eastern and southern Ukraine for a week-end to Lviv. Drawing upon her research in the city of Kharkiv, Giuliano discussed how internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those who stayed in the rebel-controlled territories are seen in Ukraine.

Another factor that the panelists mentioned was economic development in contemporary Ukraine and in particular the persistence of corruption. To date, Ukrainian oligarchs exercise a great deal of clout over eastern Ukraine and inhibit positive economic growth in the war-torn region. Nonetheless, some IDPs start new small businesses in the Ukraine-controlled territories. For example, the bakery Prianivil, specializing in gingerbread, has become a popular destination for residents of Druzhkivka in Donetsk oblast. In concluding remarks, the panelists concurred that it would take many years to fully re-integrate the local population.

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