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Analysis of the Ukraine Presidential ElectionsThe European Parliament elections and the Ukrainian Presidential elections will be held on 25th May with the expected changes in political leadership.


The EU Ukraine Business Council held a conference “Analysis of the Presidential Elections in Ukraine” on 14 May at the Brussels Press Club to reflect on the events leading up to the elections, and analyze what the results could mean for the future development of relationships between the EU, Ukraine and Russia.

The speakers of the conferences discussed the following questions:
  • What are the circumstances under which the electoral campaign is taking place?
  • A New Constitution - the need to take into consideration different opinions in the country as a pledge of legitimacy of power.
  • Federalism - as a way out of the crisis?
  • Will the elections really "reset" the authorities in power considering the current list of candidates?
  • What are the challenges facing the next President of Ukraine?
  • What will changes in the European Parliament mean for relations with Russia and with Ukraine?
The distinguished panel included: 
  • James Wilson, Director, EUUBC
  • Olena Dyachenko, Political Scientist, Ukraine
  • Katerina Odarchenko, President of the Institute for Democracy and Development "Polita"
  • Svitlana Kobzar, Research Fellow, Rand Europe and Professor at the Vesalius College
  • Nadiya Tsok, Deputy Head of Mission of Ukraine to the EU Representative of the EEAS
  • Olaf Wientzek, Research Associate, Konrad-Adenauer Foundation

The panel reached consent on the fact that elections were a step in the right direction and should go ahead on 25 May. This date was deliberately chosen by the Ukrainian government to coincide with the European elections thereby indicating bias in their preferred future direction.

There are problems facing Ukraine, inherited from the Yanukovych regime, and which would have to be tackled by the new incoming President if there were ambitions to bring Ukraine closer to Europe. These are, namely:
  •  Absence of rule of law
  •  Absence of property rights
  •  Human Rights abuses
  •  Endemic corruption
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