Kyiv Lviv Kharkiv Odesa
July 5
12:00 PMODESANatalia Utiupina, head of the service for children’s affairs of the Odesa regional military administration (in person);

Topics of focus:

– What is family patronage and how it works during the war; 
– The procedure for placing and staying with a child in a foster care family;
01:00 PM

ODESANicolas Mucska, chairman of the non-profit organization “Dar pre Ukrajinu”(Gift for Ukraine) (online) 

Eric Mucska, vice-chairman of the non-profit organization “Dar pre Ukrajinu”(Gift for Ukraine) (online)
Topics of focus:

– How Slovakia raises money to buy a tank for the Ukrainian army;
10:00 АMKYIV– Ksenia Kuzmenko, Head of the Expert Group on Political Relations with the EU, Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
– Mykhailo Korneev, Head of the Expert Group on Open Data of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine;
– Iryna Popovych, Deputy Director of the Department, Head of the Department for Access to Information at the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights;
– Anastas Boyko, Head of Electronic Services and Open Data at USAID/UK aid Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services (TAPAS) project;
– Oleksii Kabanov, Director of the NGO “Training and Consulting Center for Access to Information”, the study researcher.

All in person.

Briefing on the study results of Ukrainian legislation compliance with the European open data policy

Topics of focus:
– What is the difference between national open data legislation and European legislation on open data?
– What steps should Ukraine take to integrate into the European digital market?
– How will these changes affect the development of the country’s economy?

Accreditation of journalists for the event is mandatory and lasts until 6:00 PM, July 4. Accreditation is available at the link:
11:00 АMKYIV– Marianna Onufryk, expert at ANTS National Interests Advocacy Network NGO;
– Oleksandr Indylko, Chair of the Expert Group on the Accumulative Pension System of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine;
– Grigoriy Ovcharenko, Head of Local Asset Management at ICU in Ukraine, Head of the All-Ukrainian Association of Non-state Pension Funds;
– Yurii Hanushchak, Director of the Institute of Territorial Development NGO;
– Oleksandra Betliy, expert at the Institute for Economic research and Policy Consulting.

All in person.
Roundtable discussion entitled: “Issues and prospects of reforming the pension system of Ukraine in the context of European integration and war”

Topics of focus:
– The major challenges of pension provision in Ukraine as of today;
– What are the requirements of the EU regarding pension provision, the best European practices;
– Vision of the Ministry of Social Policy (Government) regarding the pension system reform;
– Advantages and caveats regarding the introduction of notional defined contributions and accumulative system.

Why this is interesting:
According to the Pension Fund, at the beginning of 2023 there were 10.7 million pensioners in Ukraine, however at the beginning of 2022 there were 200,000 more of them. The average pension in Ukraine is UAH 4,623 – about USD 126 at the official exchange rate. At the same time, about two-thirds of pensioners receive a pension of less than UAH 4,000. Nevertheless, pension payments are the largest social expenditures of the Ukrainian budget.

At the same time, the number of working Ukrainians, who could support the pension system and the provision of pensions with their contributions, is decreasing faster than the number of retirees. Currently, there are also about 10.7 million of them.
1:00 PMKYIV– Major Pavlo Kurylenko, Commander of the 20th Separate Special Battalion “Ukraine”;
– Major Volodymyr Konchyts, Deputy Commander for Moral and Psychological Support of the 20th Separate Special Battalion;
– Volodymyr Romantsov, Professor, Doctor of History at Mariupol State University;
– Vadym Zadunaiskyi, Doctor of History, Founder of the first Cossack community, an expert in Cossack military and martial arts;

All in person
a discussion entitled: “The role of the Cossack factor during russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine”

Topics of focus:
– Previous and current experience of using the Cossack heritage to strengthen the fighting capacity of the soldiers of Ukraine’s Armed Forces;
– Challenges and threats of the kremlin’s use of Cossack themes during the full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine;
– The need to strengthen the role of Cossack heritage in Ukrainian education, military-patriotic work with young people and art.