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Virtual Roundtable: Integration of Ukraine in the EU – Challenges and Opportunities

31/05/2022 /3:00 PM - 4:30 PM BST

Integration of Ukraine in the EU


Maria Popova (Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at McGill University)

Timothy Garton Ash (Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University)

Milada Vachudova (Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina)

Roman Petrov (Head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Daniel Bilak (OXGS Fellow and Senior Counsel at Kinstellar, served as Chief Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine)

Catherine Barnard (Professor of European & Employment Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge)



Denis Galligan (OXGS Director, Emeritus professor at Oxford University)

Katarina Sipulova (OXGS Fellow, Head of the Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University)


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At the very beginning of the war in Ukraine, President Zelenskyy asked the EU to allow it an expedite accession. The request was met with lukewarm reaction from EU institutions, although the integration in Western structures was a leitmotif of Ukraine’s internal reforms and conflicts with pro-Russian politicians for the last two decades. Some scholars argue that Ukraine is much more prepared to join the EU than many Western politicians think and that the EU might actually benefit from her membership.

In the view of the decision the European Commission should take soon on the Ukrainian application, the roundtable seeks to address the challenges of Ukraine’s accession to the EU.

  • Is Ukraine ready to accede?
  • What would the integration mean for the ongoing conflict and the EU security policy?
  • What political, economic and legal challenges the integration posits for the EU?
  • How could the integration help both Ukraine and the EU to reshape the raison d’être of the whole organisation after Brexit and several years of on-going rule of law crisis?


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM BST
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