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Ukraine in the EU: Reforming the Governance of EU Enlargement

Ukraine in the EU: Reforming the Governance of EU Enlargement
Friday, June 9, 2023, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm

The invasion of Ukraine, the preparations for the post-war reconstruction, as well as the (re)launching of integration processes in the Eastern periphery of Europe and in the Western Balkans put the relationship between intra-EU processes of reforming integration and geopolitics in a sharp focus. Is an unreformed EU ready and capable to pursue simultaneously geopolitical goals and integrate fledgling democracies, with weak states and economies? Can the EU promote and maintain democracy and rule of law beyond its present borders if it is weak in managing such problems internally? Can it help to set lesser developed economies on sustainable developmental path if the policies it uses inside the EU have widened developmental gaps and put several economies in member states on developmental paths with questionable sustainability?

The workshop brings together scholars, policy-makers and representatives of think-tanks to discuss these issues. Whereas during the Eastern enlargement it was feared that widening of the EU might undermine processes of the deepening of integration, today this attitude may have changed, and one can argue that widening of integration and the establishment of EU’s geopolitical strength presupposes intra-EU deepening of integration.

Registration is required to enter the European Parliament’s building. If you would like to attend the event, please register here.

DEADLINE: June 4, 2023, 11:59pm

Please note that it will not be possible to process registrations after the deadline.


9:00 Opening remarks

  • László Bruszt (CEU Democracy Institute, Co-Director)
  • Ken Godfrey (European Democracy Hub)

9:15 – 10:45 Roundtable: The effects of enlargement: democracy and development?

Analysts and leaders agree that integration among states at different levels of development might distribute gains and costs, vulnerabilities and opportunities unevenly and might even produce economic and political outcomes that could destabilise integration. What aspects of EU governance might need to be reformed to increase the probability that the integration of Ukraine will yield stable democratic rule and broad-based economic development? Does the EU have the capacity to manage even higher levels of heterogeneity in economic and political development? What kinds of institutional changes could increase such EU level capacities?

Opening speech: Danuta Huebner (MEP, former Commissioner for Regional Policy, former President of AFCO in the EP)


  • László Bruszt (Co-Director, CEU Democracy Institute)
  • Hennadiy Maksak (Director, Ukrainian Prism)
  • Karel Lanoo (CEPS Director)


  • Vera Scepanovic (Leiden University)

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:30 Keynote speech

  • Timofiy Mylovanov (President of Kyiv School of Economics, former Minister of Economic Development)

11:30 – 13:00  Roundtable: Preparing the EU to integrate Ukraine 

Despite the ongoing war, the Ukrainian government and Parliament are working to fulfil the conditions that will allow negotiations to begin. However, for the enlargement process to succeed, the European Union must also be ready for it, both institutionally and in terms of formulating conditions and forming support for Ukraine. What are and what should be the steps to prepare EU for launching the process of integration of post-war Ukraine?


  • Timofiy Mylovanov (President of Kyiv School of Economics, former Minister of Economic Development)
  • Anna Jarosz-Friis - tbc (Director of the Ukraine Unit, European Commission)
  • Heather Grabbe, (Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute)
  • Dimitry Kochenov (CEU Democracy Institute)


  • Michał Matlak (European Parliament, Review of Democracy)

13:45 – 15:15 Roundtable: Democracy and Geopolitical Enlargement

Many leaders and analysts insist that the invasion of ‘Ukraine has given birth to a ‘geopolitical EU’ and that the accession process with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia needs to be pursued in a more strategic way than the rather technocratic processes of previous enlargements. So, what is needed to make the new process of accession with these countries more geopolitical? What impact will enlargement have on the EU’s geopolitical identity?  How does the methodology of enlargement need to change? And what is needed to spur more effective European support for democratic change in the candidate countries?


  • Hennadiy Maksak (The Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”)
  • Nathalie Loiseau – tbc (MEP, former French Minister of European Affairs)
  • Jerzy Pomianowski (Director of the European Endowment of Democracy)


  • Iskra Kirova (Open Society European Institute)


László Bruszt is Professor of Sociology at the Central European University (Vienna) and Co-director of the CEU Democracy Institute (Budapest). He started to teach at CEU in 1992 and has served as its Acting Rector and President in 1996/97. Between 2004 and 2016 he was teaching at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His publications focus on issues of regime change and economic transformation. He co-authored with David Stark the award winning Postsocialist Pathways (Cambridge UP) and co-edited with Gerald McDermott the Leveling the Playing Field:Transnational Regulatory Integration and Development (Oxford UP). His more recent studies deal with the politics of economic integration of the Eastern and Southern peripheries of Europe. Besides co-editing two recent special issues at Review of International Political Economy and Studies in Comparative International Development, his works appear in the Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Institutional Economics and West European Politics.

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel is a Member or the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, Member of Committee on Foreign Affairs, Special Committee on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee, Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. She also served in the Committee on Budgetary Control, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Committee on Culture and Education, Delegation for relations with Japan, Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China.

Ken Godfrey is the Executive Director of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD). Before being appointed as Executive Director, Ken worked as a Programmer Manager for EPD, contributing to the success of several democracy assistance projects in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Zimbabwe, as well as the PASC project in Tunisia that supports civil society through a network of 6 local offices and 30 field staff. Prior to joining EPD, Ken worked as an Electoral Advisor for the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste providing electoral assistance for three national elections. Ken has worked for the EU, as a Procurement Officer for the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan, at the European Parliament and as an external consultant for the European Commission. He graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master’s Degree in Comparative Democratization, focusing research on the links between climate change and representative democracy.Ken has worked professionally in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Senegal, Timor-Leste and the United Kingdom. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish

Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, and a senior adviser to the Open Society Foundations. She is a political scientist and advocate for democratic pluralism and open societies, and was ranked highly among “the women who shape Brussels” by Politico. From 2004 to 2009 she was senior advisor to then European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible for EU policy on the Balkans and Turkey. Previously, she was deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, where she wrote extensively on EU external policies and enlargement. She also conducted academic research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and taught at the London School of Economics.

Danuta Huebner is a Member of the European Parliament. She works in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on International Trade. She is also a member of the Delegation for Relations with the US. Previously, she has served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 2004 to 2009. Prior to this, she was the chief negotiator of Poland's membership in OECD, and Executive Secretary of the European Economic Commission with the rank of Deputy Secretary General The United Nations. In Poland she had lead the Office of the Committee for European Integration. She was also the Minister of European Affairs, responsible for the process of Poland's accession to the European Union. She is author of many publications on economic activity research and development.

Anna Jarosz-Friis is Acting Director of the Ukraine Service Unit at the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission. Previously she was Head of Unit (State aid) at the Directorate General Competition. Her previous posts in the Commission included leading one of the three units forming the Financial Crisis Task Force which dealt with restructuring and resolving banks which received State aid during the financial crisis, working for the private office of Joaquin Almunia, Commissioner for Competition, developing State aid crisis rules for banks.

Iskra Kirova is a senior policy analyst on EU external relations at the Open Society European Policy Institute. She is responsible for EU policy advocacy and analysis on Eurasia and the EU’s Neighborhood Policy and Eastern Partnership. She also works to develop an enabling environment for civil society, and on the emerging challenges of disinformation and public opinion manipulation. Prior to joining Open Society, she worked for the International Crisis Group as an EU advocacy and research analyst. She also served as a research associate and later as a fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy in Los Angeles, and also worked for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for External Relations and for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Dimitry Kochenov is lead researcher of the Rule of Las Workgroup at the CEU Democracy Institute, and teaches at the Department of Legal Studies in Vienna. He is the author of Citizenship (MIT Press, 2019), and of EU Rule of Law Casebook (with L. Pech, SIEPS, 2021). He edited a number of volumes on EU Rule of Law and other aspects of European Integration, including five for Cambridge and one for Oxford University Press. His Quality of Nationality Index (with J. Lindeboom, Bloomsbury, 2020) was featured in The Economist, Forbes and FT. He is on the editorial boards, inter alia, of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of EU Law and Hague Journal of the Rule of Law. He taught at Princeton, Oxford, Rome, Osaka, UNAM, Groningen etc., and served as the founding chairman of Investment Migration Council (Geneva). He consults governments and international organizations.

Brigid Laffan is Professor Emeritus at European University Institute, Florence (EUI). She was Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme and the European Governance and Politics Programme at EUI until her retirement in August 2021. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and Member of the Board of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. Previously she was also member of the Fulbright Commission (until September 2013). In November 2018 she was ranked among the women who shape Europe by POLITICO. In 2010 she was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite by the President of the French Republic.

Karel Lanoo is Chief Executive Officer of Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000, managing a staff of about 70 persons, and debating European and global policy issues all the time. Karel was an Independent Director of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Españolas), and is a member of foundation boards and advisory councils. He has published several books on capital markets, MiFID, and the financial crisis, the most recent of which is The Great Financial Plumbing, From Northern Rock to Banking Union. He is also the author of many op-eds and articles published by CEPS or in international newspapers and reviews, and is a regular speaker in hearings for national and international institutions (the European Commission, European Parliament, etc.) and at international conferences and executive learning courses.

Tymofiy Mylovanov is President of the Kyiv School of Economics. During his professional career, he has been teaching for a long time at the European and American universities, including Rheinische Friedrich–Wilhelms–Universität Bonn, University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh. His research interests cover theory of games and contracts, institutional design. His articles on these topics have been published in leading international academic magazines, including Econometrica, American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies. Between 2016 and 2019 he was Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine. In 2019-20 he served as Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture.

Thu Nguyen is a Senior Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy at the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Before joining the Centre, she was an Assistant Professor of comparative constitutional law at the Department of Public Law at Maastricht University. She holds a PhD in EU and comparative constitutional law from Maastricht University and was a re:constitution Fellow 2019-2020. Thu studied European Law in Maastricht and Rennes and holds a LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Jerzy Pomianowski is Executive Director of the European Endowment of Democracy. He has worked in international affairs for almost 30 years as Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Director of OECD-UNDP’s Partnership for Democratic Governance and Poland’s Ambassador to Japan. In 2013, he led the establishment of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) and has since served as its Executive Director. He began his career as a civil servant in 1990, just after the fall of communism, first in the Ministry of Education, and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He oversaw the launch of Poland Aid (2006-2008) and served as Director General of the Polish Foreign Service (2005-2006). Before 1989, he was an active member of the democratic opposition in Poland. He was Chief-Editor of the Independent Publishing House at the Warsaw University, his Alma Mater.

Maciej Popowski is Director-General at the DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission. Previously he was Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2009 to 2010, he was the Head of Cabinet for the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek. Prior to this, he was Director in the Development department of the European Commission. From 2003 to 2008, he was Ambassador and Representative of Poland to the Political and Security Committee of the EU and Deputy Head of Mission. Previously, from 2001 to 2003, he was Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Head of the Mission. From 2000 to 2001, he was Director of the Department of the European Union at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw.

Vera Scepanovic is a Lecturer in International Relations and European Studies at Leiden University. She was previously a post-doctoral Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute in Florence and a visiting lecturer at the Central European University. She has a PhD in Political Economy from the CEU, and is a member of the editorial board of Transfer: European Review of Labor and Research. Her research focuses on the institutional implications of dependent development, and the role of the European Union as a development agent, both in its member states and in third countries.

Monika Sus is a visiting professor at the Hertie School's Centre for International Security and associate professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences. At the Hertie School she leads the Horizon2020 project - ENGAGE: Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe. Between 2015 and 2019 she was Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow and directed the Dahrendorf Foresight Project. In 2016–2017 she spent one year as Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence where she remains affiliated. She published five books and several journal articles that appeared in International Affairs, Journal of Common Market Studies, Geopolitics, Contemporary Security Policy, Journal of European Integration, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations as well as Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, and Global Policy.