Reconciliation, mobilizing civil society key to Ukraine’s future


The European Union and the Ukrainian government have launched the “Association4U/Association for Ukraine and for You” joint project, which aims to support the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

The government’s task is to actively engage parliament and civil society in a lively conversation on the subject, said Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

“The project we are launching today aims to help all Ukrainian institutions, primarily the government and the parliament so that they can explain to Ukrainian institutions the importance of adopting European standards in the Ukrainian legislation,” said Jan Tombinski, EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski, noted that this project requires a huge mobilization of all Ukrainian partners, including civil society.

However paradoxical it might sound, the next serious battle will be over the concept of reconciliation, and its possible impact, argues Volodymyr Turchynovskyy (right), Director of the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.

This is where Ukraine might have a chance to play its unique role again by strategically cultivating a reconciliation initiative, he writes for the Atlantic Council:

After all, even the smallest hint of authentic reconciliation is, in the eyes of the current Russian political leadership, a threat that can blow apart their system. Putin’s system is built on the opposite to reconciliation: conflicts, wars, depravations, corruption, falsifications, and terrorism are all elements of Russia’s anti-reconciliation menu.


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