The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss crucial areas of cooperation between the two Caucuses before the visit of the Ukrainian delegation to the United States.
Ms. Ambassador emphasized on strengthening economic cooperation and intensifying legislative activity between the Parliaments of the two countries aimed at improving the investment climate and combating corruption. Also, lobbying of the laws that would provide non-military and other assistance to Ukraine were discussed. At the end there was an interesting discussion about the causes of corruption and areas to overcome it.
The following were present at the meeting from the Ukrainian side: Victor Galasyuk, Co-Chair of the American Caucus in Ukraine, Hanna Hopko, Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Anatoly Pinchuk, President of the UPA "Ukrainian Strategy" and Vitaliy Stashuk, MP of Ukraine.
The visit of the delegation of the UPA "Ukrainian Strategy" to the US is over.
An agreement has been reached to deepen cooperation between the American Caucus in at the Verkhovna Rada and the Ukrainian Caucus in the US Congress. Priority and additional areas of the current organization of interaction between the two Caucuses have also been defined. Among the upcoming events are conducting teleconferences that have to become regular and holding an interparliamentary conference in Washington, D.C. by the end of April.
(UPA "Ukrainian Strategy" is an official representative of the American Caucus at the Verkhovna Rada).
В ході зустрічей з американськими партнерами також обговорювалися можливостіорганізації міжнародних конференцій з безпеки в Східній Європі та щодо протидії маніпулятивним технологіям. During the meetings with the US counterparts the possibility of holding teleconferences on security in Eastern Europe and combatting manipulative technologies has also been discussed.
On the agenda are meetings with officials and influential research organizations on the United States. The most relevant topics of discussion on the results of the meetings will determine the order of the American Caucus in the Parliament in the future.
The visit of the delegation of the "Ukrainian Strategy" to Washington, D.C. continues. The first part of the visit, from 13 to 19 February was held with the participation of the Ukrainian MPs, leaders of the Association of arms and military equipment manfacturers of Ukraine and the Association of volunteers. The delegation met with the representatives of the US Department of State, Senators and Congressmen, as well as with the representatives of Atlantic council, Heritage Foundation, AUSA, Jamestown Foundation, McCain Institute and other organizations. The delegation also took part in the 8th conference of Ukraine-US dialogue on security organized by the Center of Ukraine-US relations.
During the meeting with the Co-head of Ukrainian Caucus in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, effective cooperation between Ukrainian Caucus in Congress and the American Caucus at the Verkhovna Rada were discussed.
During the meetings, representatives of the Ukrainian Strategy presented the analysis, prepared by the organization on possible joint action of Ukraine and the United States to counteract Russian aggression, as well as on possible options to overcome crisis which happened as a result of the failure of the Minsk agreements. Also, the possibility of a more effective assistance to Ukraine was discussed, particularly in implementing anti-corruption institutional reforms, including the creation of a single integrated national system of electronic governance. Detailed concept of creating such a system was presented by a member of the American Caucus in Parliament, Oleksiy Skrypnyk, MP.
Especially interesting for the representatives of AUSA was the presentation by the Association of arms and military equipment manufacturers of Ukraine, developed by its members - private Ukrainian arms manufacturers. During the meeting the issues of reforming the Ukrainian military-industrial complex and the need for elimination of the monopoly of state concern "Ukroboronprom" which inhibits the growth of Ukraine's defense and constrains private sector participation in the development of military-industrial sector of Ukrainian economy were also discussed. Before due to the efforts of the Association "Ukrainian Strategy", a number of other organizations and Ukrainian MPs managed to block the bill No 5698, which provides for licensing in the development, manufacture, sale, repair, modernization and disposal of weapons, military equipment and ammunition.
The most relevant topics of discussion on the results of the meetings in the future will determine the order of the American Caucus in the Parliament.
The public has prepared a bill that defines the procedure for forming the body authorized to develop a new Constitution.
Co-chairs of Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the United States of America Viktor Halasiuk and Viktor Chumak met with US Helsinki Commission Policy Advisor Orest Deychakiwsky, who is one of the largest apologists of Ukrainian interests on Capitol Hill and his colleagues.
Representatives of the Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the United States of America, led by the co-chairs Viktor Halasiuk and Viktor Chumak accompanied by President of All-Ukrainian NGO "Ukrainian Strategy" Anatoliy Pinchuk visited USA on May 23 – 27, 2016.
The visit took place under organizational and analytical support of All-Ukrainian NGO "Ukrainian Strategy".
Members of Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the USA had a meeting with Senator Thomas Daschle
Members of Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the United States of America had a meeting with Senator Thomas Daschle, former Senate majority leader, and Omar Ashmawy, Chief of Staff of the Office of Congressional Ethics on February 15 in Kyiv, organized by NDI (National Democratic Institute).
On November 29 - December 3, 2015 Co-Chair of Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the USA Viktor Halasiuk, members of group Sergiy Taruta and Sergiy Leshchenko, together with President of All-Ukrainian NGO "Ukrainian Strategy" Anatoliy Pinchuk visited Washington, DC, USA.
On the eve of the announced increase in energy prices for households, more than 30 participants of the round table "Tariff changes — regulations of tariffs or carrying out the requirements of the IMF? " held at Ukrinform, discussed tariff reforms, tariff adjustments to real market conditions and implementation of mechanisms of social compensations for the most socially unprotected layers of population. The main purpose of the roundtable was to make recommendations regarding optimal ways of tariff reform system, involving the development and implementation of the civil society reform.
March 27. NSC "Olimpiyskyi". Address: 55, Chervonoarmiyska Str., Kyiv. Purpose of the Forum — search for the effective ways and instruments to solve the problems that hinder business development in Ukraine. “Ukrainian strategy” is to take part in the development of policy documents of the Forum.