Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”member of WG1 the UNP started implementation of the initiative New EU Defence Frontier: Prospects for Ukraine” within the project “Supporting the activities of the Ukrainian National Platform of the EaP CSF in 2021-2023” that is carried out by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) with the financial support of the European Union.

Name of the initiative: New EU Defence Frontier: Prospects for Ukraine

Organisation: Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” (WG1)

Duration of the project: 11.07-10.12.2022

Aim of the initiative: to analyze the changes in the EU’s approaches to the formation of security and defense policy introduced as a result of Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as to find additional opportunities for strengthening Ukraine’s security and defense capabilities.

Researchers of the initiative systematize political decisions and concrete steps of the EU in the field of building its own system of protection against external threats.

Olga Chyzhova, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” (WG1):

The start of a full-scale offensive on Ukraine on February 24, 2022 led to the collapse of the Eastern Partnership policy. By July 2022, the EU was not able to form new outlines of relations with partners in the region.
At the same time, during the French presidency of the EU Council, Brussels paid special attention to the internal aspects of security and defense policy. At the informal summit of EU leaders in Versailles in March 2022, EU members approved the “Strategic Compass” as a road map for the development of their own security and defense capabilities, and also authorized the European Commission to conduct an audit of current security and defense cooperation issues. This work was carried out during April and May, in particular, a separate report was made public during the meeting of the European Council on May 30-31. It is vital for Ukraine to monitor and participate in EU initiatives that can help defend territorial integrity over sovereignty.

The initiative will systematize changes in current EU policies, in particular the common security and defense policy, as well as explore new opportunities for Ukraine arising from the adoption of the “Strategic Compass” (essentially, a new EU strategy in the field of security and defense).

The initiative is implemented within the framework of the project “Support to the activities of the UNP EaP CSF in 2021-2023”, funded by the European Union, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and implemented by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting.