European Integration of Ukraine: Building Future and Reconstruction.

Searching for the Best Practices and Advocacy

The “New Dawn” initiative aims at bringing together Ukrainian, Polish, and European scientists, researchers, and social and political activists as part of series of meetings devoted to the challenges Ukraine will face after the end of the war caused by brutal Russian aggression. The main goals of the initiative include:

  • creating a strong advocacy group for Ukraine to become a European member state as soon as possible;

  • collecting best practices from already member states about institutional development and harmonisation of legal environment;

  • creating groups of experts that can help with reconstruction of Ukraine, especially concerning resilience of enterprises, reconstruction of insfrustructure, efficient urban development and planning, and environmental issues.


The "New Dawn" initiative is co-organized by Kozminski University, iSEE, New Europeans, and Media Dialogue.

Past Events

Round Table: Information frontlines of Russian-Ukrainian war.

Date: Tuesday June 07, 2022 at 15:00-16:30 PM CEST

Link to the recording: https://bit.ly/3tkMBXW

Key-note speakers:

  • Nataliia Steblyna (Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University),

  • Artem Zakharchenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv),

  • Olena Goncharova-LaFoy (The Kyiv Independent).

During the fourth round table within this initiative, we discuss the information frontlines of the Russian-Ukrainian war. First of all, we talk about the Ukrainian regional media, their post-Soviet logic of functioning, and their resistance to Russian informational assaults. Second of all, we discuss the clash of strategic narratives as a part of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Finally, we try to understand how western media cover the only war on the European continent.

Round Table: Institutional development of Ukraine in light of the EU integration.

Date: Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 12:00-13:30 PM CEST

Link to the recording: https://bit.ly/3sVkvlZ

Policy brief on institutional development of Ukraine in light of the EU integration: [link]

Key-note speakers:

  • Christopher Hartwell (ZHAW School of Management and Law, Switzerland),

  • Yevhen Dubohryz (CASE Ukraine),

  • Volodymyr Vakhitov (Kyiv School of Economics).

During the third round table within this initiative, we have discussed the institutional development of Ukraine in light of its integration with the European Union. First of all, we talked about the history of institutions in Ukraine and the property rights as an important indicator of well-functioning institutions. Second, we have discussed the decentralization reform and how local communities could organize their activities during the war due to it. Finally, we have made an outlook of the banking and financial system’s stability during and after the war and discussed its compliance with the EU standards.

Round Table: Building resilient SMEs sector in Ukraine. Challenges and solutions.

Date: Thursday April 28, 2022 at 12:00-13:30 PM CEST

Link to the recording: https://bit.ly/3vujtz2

Policy brief on building resilient business sector in Ukraine: challenges and solutions: [link]

Key-note speakers:

  • Yurii Gaidai (Senior Economist at Centre for Economic Strategy, Ukraine),

  • Oleg Nivievskyi (Kyiv School of Economics),

  • Sofiya Huzenko (manager at an international consulting firm),

  • Yaroslav Krempovych (Kozminski University).

During the second round table within the "New Dawn" initiative, we discussed the resilience of Ukrainian enterprises in the face of war. A special attention was be given to the small and medium sized enterprises and the ways Ukraine can stimulate their functioning and possible growth during and after the war. Moreover, we discussed opportunities for different sectors of the economy, especially focusing on the IT and agricultural sectors.

The kick-off meeting of the "New Dawn" initiative

The kick off meeting of the “New Dawn” initiative has taken place on April 13, 2022 and has started a series of round tables on European integration of Ukraine and its future reconstruction. Among the key-note speakers were:

  • dr. Olha Zadorozhna (Kozminski University),

  • Roger Casale (New Europeans) and

  • Lina Kushch (National Union of Journalists of Ukraine).

The speakers discussed the current costs of war in Ukraine, its economic and humanitarian consequences, the importance of professional war journalism, and appropriate wording of transmitted messages. Moreover, political scientists, sociologists, economists, business owners, and business consultants took part in the meeting and shared their valuable thoughts on the reconstruction of Ukraine and the way the “New Dawn” initiative can support Ukraine in its integration to the EU.

The recordings of the key-notes from the kick-off meeting can be found here: https://bit.ly/3OAaEem.