The link between decentralization and EU integration
Decentralization is considered one of the most successful reforms implemented in Ukraine. In 2019, discussions regarding the acceleration of the reforms intensified. Domestic and international experts disagree on whether the amalgamation of local communities should remain voluntary and whether a top-down mandate will inevitably lead to conflicts on the ground.
The New Europe Center (Ukraine) and the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) have collaborated on a research project assessing, on the one hand, the current state of affairs in the decentralization reforms through detailed interviews with policy-makers and experts in selected regions, and, on the other, looking at ways of resolving remaining challenges. The latter includes an emphasis on how foreign partners can contribute to this process.
New Europe Center Project Coordinator: Sergiy Solodkyy
ZOiS Project Coordinator: Gwendolyn Sasse
Authors of analytical documents: Sergiy Solodkyy, Tetiana Levoniuk, Viktoria Balasanyan, Mariya Dzupyn, Oleksandra Kalashnikova, Yevheniia Kozun, Viktor Bobyrenko, Yuliya Bidenko
Proofreading: Markian Kuzmowycz
The research was published within the framework of the Think Tank Development Initiative for Ukraine, implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) with the financial support of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine.