Category: Vision for Ukraine


The Failures of the Ukrainian Government: a Moratorium on Land

The moratorium on agricultural land sales not only proved harmful to the state economy, resulting in lost revenue of up to USD $40-50 billion, but it was also an egregious violation of the property rights of Ukraine’s own citizens. For the past 16 years, seven million Ukrainian citizens haven’t been able to dispose of the land they own.


26 Years of Land Reform: the Glass is Half-Empty or Half-Full

More than 25 years have passed since the first Parliament resolution “On land reform”. Despite this significant time period, the reform is far from being complete: sales market for agricultural land does not exist, significant share of rental market is informal and several categories of land do not have a clear legal status or are used in a non-transparent way.


Has Ukraine Managed To Leave the Post-Imperial Cultural Space in 25 Years of Its Independence

Despite the growing role of the Ukrainian language in education, its everyday use has barely changed in the last 25 years. Currently, only 40% of Ukrainians use it actively. The Russian language continues to dominate in the media and book market (even including imported books). The situation is better in what concerns music bands, since most of them sing in Ukrainian, even though a notable part sings in Russian and other languages. VoxUkraine have analysed some linguistic and cultural characteristics of the Ukrainian society. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.


The Quiet Summer 2016: Problems in Ukraine’s Economy About which Official Statistics Remains Silent

Looking at figures published by the State Statistics Service you might think that the much-awaited stability has returned to Ukraine’s economy this summer. The impression is quite deceptive. Economist Sergey Aleksashenko explains what major issues build up behind the statistics and what steps the government should immediately take to solve them


Formation of the basic values of civil servants

Is it possible to institutionalize values and make them the basis of civil servants’ work? What are the basic values of Swedish civil servants, and how do they differ from the principles laid down in Ukraine’s law on the civil service? Is there a relationship between values and corruption? What is the role of confidentiality norms in creating a culture that resists corruption? Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.


Europe is Not Enough: or Why Ukraine will Soon Lose Interest in EU Visa-Free Travel

This article argues that due to long-term changing migratory patterns and wider geopolitical shifts in the region, the EU’s visa liberalisation with Ukraine will be a largely short-term symbolic gesture, as Ukrainians will increasingly demand access to the EU labour market instead of mere short-term travel possibilities. As a result, there is a need to stop perceiving visa liberalisation as a political event, and rather present it as part of a long-term process towards an increased but managed cross-border mobility.


How the Ukrainian Crisis Plays out in the Public Media Sector

German political scientist Alexander Wajnberg believes that Ukraine is living in a permanent crisis, which risks to take catastrophic. One of the essential elements of the situation stabilization is existence of objective media. In the Ukrainian reality this role could be played by public television (First National). But its reforming is stalled by political crisis and confrontation of the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. How to break the vicious circle?

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Ukrainian Youth is More Likely to Get the Job Than European…But This Job is Less Rewarding

Youth unemployment is an indication of wasted talents and underused economic resources; it spoils personal lives of the unemployed and leaves scars on their future career, earnings, health and social life. Ukrainian labour market seems to be more favorable for the young than in the EU countries. It is rather robust to the economic downturns. Youth unemployment of 15% rate in 2013 seems to be far less of a problem in Ukraine than it is in the EU where it reaches up to 55% at the extreme (Greece), with much wider gap between the young and 30+ people.