The Civic Synergy Project aims at strengthening public participation in the implementation of European integration reforms in Ukraine through enhancing activities of two pro-European Platforms:

Project is funded by the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) and implemented by the IRF’s European Program Initiative


Does Ukraine need protectionism? Opportunities and constraints of the DCFTA with the EU


The Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, NGO

Project period:

01-11-2018 - 30-06-2019

Description of the project

In many countries of the world, the economy stands at the crossroads of protectionism for domestic goods and producers and liberalisation of foreign economic relations under international economic treaties. Ukraine is no exception from this situation. In particular, the imposed moratorium on rough logs export and the draft law ‘Buy Ukrainian’ constrain and limit Ukraine’s commitments within the framework of its DCFTA with the EU. Such decisions, made at the state level, show that the relationship between foreign economic relations and protectionism needs a professional assessment and an expert analysis.

The goal of the project of The Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting was to stir up the discussion of optimal ways for the development of state policy on national producer protection. In the process of the discussion, experts took into account Ukraine’s commitments under the Association Agreement and the WTO as well as the institutional development of the state economic policy.

The main tools for influencing the level of awareness about Ukrainian realities in the current political and economic conditions included analytical papers, regular comments on the topics in question, media activities, and round tables for a broad discussion of the following themes:

  • Protectionism in international trade;
  • Government procurement practices: the international experience and the Ukrainian realities; and
  • Models of state support of the industry.

The discussion outcomes and professionally-developed documents have become an effective tool for working with both public and government, raising awareness about risks of protectionist policies and the necessity and importance for the state to abide by its declared international commitments.

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