Ukraine’s EU Integration: Compliance and Resilience in Times of War & Geopolitical Rivalries

Inna Melnykovska, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Central European University

Nazarii Stetsyk, Deaprtment of Legal Studies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

Ukraine’s integration into the European Union (EU) will intertwine with the processes of Ukraine’s war-time resilience and post-war reconstruction. Thus, it will go far beyond conventional candidate’s compliance with the EU’s rules and standards and will be aimed at modernizing Ukraine’s economy, promoting its liberation from post-colonial Soviet dependencies and enhancing its further integration into the EU’s market as well as EU political and legal area.

The course addresses the challenges that this integration process is going to encounter in economic, political, legal and security dimensions. We will discuss potential solutions, i.e., development of new tools and modification of old ones in EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood policies as well as the EU-internal reforms needed to accomplish this multi-tasking. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to discuss these challenges and policy innovations with the leading experts in Europeanization studies. The course will account for dynamic developments and specifics of Ukraine’s current integration into the EU, but will also build upon contemporary research knowledge on transformative and diffusion powers of the EU and draw comparison to the experiences of other EU Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans.

On completion of this course you will be acquainted with the functioning of EU accession policies and external relations with a focus on Ukraine across different dimensions. You will know contemporary issues in academic and policy discussions as regards Ukraine’s integration into the EU; and you will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses as well as feasibility and effectiveness of current proposals on the agenda of the EU-Ukraine relations.