European and Atlantic Integration: the Way to Democracy for Ukraine


The Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP), in partnership with the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC) in Kiev, proposed an initiative to aid Ukraine’s democratic community in the country’s efforts to join the Euro-Atlantic community. These efforts have had long term implications for the democratic consolidation and the irreversibility of the democratic processes in Ukraine, for the strategic and geopolitical balance and the stability of the Black Sea region, and for the economic development at both the domestic and regional level.

 

Project Summary
The Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP), in partnership with the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC) in Kiev, proposed an initiative to aid Ukraine’s democratic community in the country’s efforts to join the Euro-Atlantic community. These efforts have had long term implications for the democratic consolidation and the irreversibility of the democratic processes in Ukraine, for the strategic and geopolitical balance and the stability of the Black Sea region, and for the economic development at both the domestic and regional level. The idea of the project was to organize working meetings and press conferences at which to share the experience of Bulgaria’s road to the EU with Ukrainian experts, NGO activists and younger politicians who have influence in the public life of their country. The final outcome of the effort was the publication of a guide-book that summarizes the findings and results.

Project period:

January – July 2009

Project Goals

  1. To promote working partnerships between Bulgarian and Ukrainian experts and build on the results from joint activities. This objective helped us to involve Ukrainian decision makers at different levels of governance in the Project in order to identify more specific cases and to think about practical solutions.
  1. To discuss and analyze with experts and politicians from Bulgaria and Ukraine the prospective Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine; to identify the main challenges and to try to find practical solutions which to help to draw a road map of Ukraine to the EU and NATO; to increase civil participation in this process.
  1. To publish and promote a practical bilingual guide-book (in English and Ukrainian) with findings, results, challenges, solutions and recommendations. The publication could be distributed to governmental institutions and nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine.

Project Activities

  1. Publication of a bilingual guide-book in English and Ukrainian with contributions by Bulgarian and Ukrainian experts.
  2. Press conference on the publication of the bilingual book in Kiev and working meeting between Bulgarian and Ukrainian experts.
  3. Press conference in Sofia and working meeting and discussion between Bulgarian and Ukrainian experts.

Project Partners
Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC), Kiev

Project Funding
The project was financed through the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation.

Project Status
Completed

Project Results
Compilation of a bilingual book/roadmap in English and Ukrainian with contributions from Bulgarian and Ukrainian experts.

Project Participants
Bulgarian and Ukrainian experts


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