Expert discussion "Regional Stability on the Borders of Ukraine and the EU: Challenges and Risks" took place in Uzhhorod
On November 17, 2020, the Center for Regional Risk Analysis held a closed expert discussion entitled "Regional Stability on the Borders of Ukraine and the EU: Challenges and Risks" in Uzhhorod. Opening the discussion, Svitlana Mitryayeva, the moderator of the discussion, adviser to the NISS Directorate, the Director of the Center for Regional Risk Analysis, an Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, stressed the urgency of analyzing local elections in the Transcarpathian region, sustainable development of the region on the border of Ukraine and the EU, and the development of practical recommendations for the executive and local self-government authorities.
She also noted that the methodology for risk assessment was being developed by the National Institute for Strategic Studies, which involved the widest possible range of participants at both national, regional and local levels.
Experts invited to take part in the discussion analyzed the post-election process in the region in terms of social cohesion, social stability, national unity, and balanced local development. The participants discussed the possible risks of decentralization (political, cross-border, religious, ethnic, informational), as well as the possibility of establishing and intensifying strategic partnerships with the neighboring countries as one of the tools to counter internal threats and the situation related to information security.
Participants of the discussion, including the Vice-Rector of Uzhhorod National University, Doctor of Political Science, Professor Myroslava Lendel, Doctor of Economics, the Head of the Department of International Economic Relations of Uzhhorod National University, Professor Volodymyr Prykhodko, the Dean of the Faculty of International Economic Relations of Uzhhorod National University, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Mykola Palinchak, Candidate of Political Science Anatoliy Holovka, Deputy Chair of the Board of the NGO “Association of Political Scientists and International Relatons Experts of Uzhhorod National University” Oleksandr Bertolon, Doctor of Political Science, Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Uzhhorod National University Stellas Aslanov, Candidate of Political Science, Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of UzhNU, Nadiia Kychera, the Head of the Center for International Security and European Integration of Uzhhorod National University, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Ihor Todorov, and the Director of the Information and Publishing Center of Uzhhorod National University, an Honored Journalist of Ukraine, Vasyl Ilnytskyi, analyzed the current situation and made proposals for the development of the risk prevention roadmap in their reports.
First Deputy Head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Oleh Kotsyuba, who took part in the event, noted that the analytical conclusions made by the experts during the discussion should be implemented in practice by public authorities and local self-government bodies.