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High-level dialogue on good democratic governance in Ukraine and way forward in post-war period

On 2-3 July 2024, Council of Europe and key national stakeholders from Ukraine gather in Strasbourg to discuss perspectives for good democratic governance reforms in Ukraine and further actions to improve the legal framework on multilevel governance and post-war elections in line with European standards.

At the opening of the two-day event, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge emphasised that “together, we have the means and the will to ensure reform that will deliver strong, stable and democratic institutions for the long-term in Ukraine for the benefit of all Ukrainians.”

Welcoming participants to the meeting, First Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniyenko said: “The High-Level Dialogue on good democratic governance at the Council of Europe is extremely important on Ukraine’s path to European integration and to strengthening our country’s democracy. This is a great opportunity to discuss the prospects for reforms, improvement and harmonisation of our legal framework with European standards. I am convinced that the joint efforts of all stakeholders will contribute to enhanced transparency and efficiency of democratic governance. This is a versatile platform for finding consensus and solutions that will meet the needs of Ukrainian society and Ukraine’s aspirations to join the European Union.”

Participants include representatives of the central authorities in Ukraine, parliamentarians, and members of the associations of local authorities. The Council of Europe is represented by secretariats of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Parliamentary Assembly and the Venice Commission.  The event was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe programme “Strengthening Good Democratic Governance and Resilience in Ukraine”, implemented under the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine “Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction” 2023-2026.

The Council of Europe has been a steadfast partner to Ukraine in its pursuit of democratic reforms for over a decade. This high-level dialogue underscores the continued commitment to support Ukraine in building a free, democratic, and European future.

 Speech by the Deputy Secretary General

Council of Europe Strasbourg 2 July 2024
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