Eastern Partnership future scenario. Ukrainian case.

Marta Wnuk, EaP workshop during NWM Poznan 2013

To learn, to share, to network – this are objectives of Network Meetings that take place in every area of AEGEE twice a year. During Autumn Network Meeting held in Poznań Eastern Partnership Project took opportunity to raise awareness of the participating youth about recent developments in Ukraine triggered by shelving the decision about signing the Association Agreement with the European Union. Sudden move of Ukrainian authorities to not to go further European path in the country’s foreign policy called for action and raised the need to present the worrying case to broader public.  So that the idea of workshop came to life. On Friday, Nov 29th over 30 young people from 15 different European cities came to get to know and discuss difficult Ukrainian reality.

The first part of the workshop session was dedicated to presentation on what the Eastern Partnership Programme is. All the basic terms, aims and structure were explained in order to help everyone to understand complexity of European Union policy and how the theory applies to reality. Second part focused on the Ukrainian case. Participants could see how the situation evolved since the Orange Revolution, get familiar with Ukrainian political leaders and their role and try to identify reasons that lead to decision not to sign the Association Agreement during Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Moreover, there was also time to use this knowledge in practice. Attendees were divided into three groups. Task of each of them was to create a future scenario for Ukraine form different point of views – either Russian, Ukrainian or EU. There were given some questions as a hint, i.a.: Is signing AA possible at the Summit EU- Ukraine spring 2014 or it is delayed for years? Have EU made mistakes in its policy or is it Janukovych’s mistake? What is the meaning of Euromaydan movement for Ukraine’s future?

EaP workshop - NWM Poznan 2013As a result a three dissimilar and very interesting scenarios were created. Each group presented their ideas in order to compare it with another ones and discuss some points further. In short, EU and Ukrainian playing representatives claimed that in future the Agreement will be signed and Russians were more sceptical. All in all, the workshop session was a valuably spent time that gave an opportunity to learn more about Eastern Partnership Project and Ukraine, to signal the tough situation of this country and involve young people into discussion about it.


Written by Marta Wnuk, Eastern Partnership Project