Policy Dialogue, UCU 2024

Policy Dialogue

“Ukraine’s Thorny Path to the European Union: Sectoral Insights and Future Prospects”

When: 20 March 2024, 09:30-16:15 (Eastern European Time – EET)

Where: Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv and online

Ukraine has decidedly embarked on the path to EU membership. The process of Ukraine’s European integration is highly dynamic, but there are also many challenges. This policy dialogue between academics and practitioners sheds light on EU-Ukraine relations and current developments in key sectors, such as trade, intellectual property rights, education, as well as the movement of people and their (re)integration. It aims at taking stock, identifying obstacles and discussing potential solutions.

The event is part of the project “Lowering the Bar? Compliance Negotiations and the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement”, funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project partners from the University of Agder, Anne Pintsch and Maryna Rabinovych, and UCU, Galyna Protsyk and Nataliya Haletska, invite scholars, students, civil servants, diplomats, representatives of business and non-governmental organisations, and other stakeholders to participate either in person or online. The event will take place in English and is free of charge. Coffee breaks and a lunch are included for the physical participants.


9.30 – 10.00 Registration and welcome coffee

10.00 – 10.15 Opening remarks

  • Dr. Anne Pintsch, Associate Professor & Leader of the “Lowering the Bar?” project, University of Agder
  • Dr. Dmytro Sherengovskyi, Vice Rector for Outreach and Social Engagement, Ukrainian Catholic University

10.15 – 11.15 Panel 1. EU-Ukraine association relations: fit for the accession context?

  • Prof. Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Ghent University
  • Dr. Stepan Kuybida, Head of the Economics Department of Lviv Regional Military Administration
  • Dr. Maryna Rabinovych, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Agder
  • Yuliia Katynska, Deputy Director, Lviv Bureau of European Integration

Moderator: Dr. Natalia Haletska, Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University and Deputy at Lviv Regional Council

11.15 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.30 Panel 2. Understanding EU-Ukraine economic relations in the wartime and beyond

  • Dr. Nataliya Haletska, Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University & Deputy at Lviv Regional Council
  • Dr. Liliia Oprysk, Associate Professor, University of Bergen
  • Olga Evstihnieiva, Decarbonization Expert at the Reform Support Team under the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine

Moderator: Andriy Andrusevych, Resource and Analysis Centre “Society and Environment”, Senior Policy Expert

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30 Panel 3. Ukrainians in the EU: the challenge of (re)integration

  • Dr. Valeria Lazarenko, Researcher at the Georg Simmel Center for Urban Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin
  • Dr. Oksana Pyatkovska, Researcher of the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of the Lviv Polytechnic University
  • Dr. Ivan Horodyskyy, Associate Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University School of Public Management and Managing Partner at Dexis Partners Law Firm

Moderator: Dr. Valentyna Zasadko, Director of the School of Public Administration

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00 Panel 4. Ukraine’s education system, European integration and the path to recovery

  • Dr. Halyna Protsyk, Deputy Vice Rector for outreach and social engagement (Internationalization), Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Georgiana Plesu, Policy Officer responsible for Ukraine Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
  • Dr. Svitlana Shytikova, Project coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine
  • Nataliya Pipa, Member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Secretary of Verkhovna Rada’s Education, Science, and Innovations Committee

Moderator Dr. Dmytro Sherengovskyi

16.00 – 16.15 Closing Remarks and end of the event

  • Dr. Dmytro Sherengovskyi
  • Dr. Anne Pintsch