Annual Report 2015

THE OPENING ADDRESS

The Razumkov Centre ended 2015 on a high note. Our year-end results are a significant improvement on our performance the year before, so much so that they have propelled us into the Top Five think tanks of Central and Eastern Europe in the reputed international ranking 2015 GLOBAL GO TO THINK TANK, published annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Credit for such a high international accolade goes to the Razumkov Centre expert team and their painstaking efforts and dedication.

We are proud to have among us our legal research consultant, outstanding legal scholar and public figure Viktor Musiyaka, who was awarded the 2015 Yaroslav the Wise Prize established by the National Law Academy of Ukraine.

Over the course of the year, the Razumkov Centre completed a number of fundamental research projects zeroing in on the biggest challenges to development of society and state. Among them are studies of the problems faced in developing the constitutional process and party system of Ukraine and law enforcement reform. We also drafted a new Energy Strategy of Ukraine. Other studies focused on Ukraine’s capability to exploit opportunities in emerging markets as well as on monitoring and coverage of processes in the security and defence sector.

Recommendations elaborated on the basis of our findings were sent to government agencies, political parties, civil society institutions, research, expert and business communities.

Razumkov Centre experts dispensed expert advice to the highest institutions of power, sat on consultative and advisory panels such as the Constitutional Commission and the National Unity Council, and engaged in international activities. Our contributions are reflected in draft laws, roadmaps and concepts.

The Centre’s sociological service conducted public opinion polls whose results traditionally command a high level of trust both in Ukraine and overseas.

We see our share of input in the gradual (even if extremely slow) process of reforms in Ukraine, and in the changing nature of relations between the government and society.

The Razumkov Centre will continue its unrelenting efforts aimed at achieving our common goal of strengthening our emerging civil society and turning Ukraine into a modern European law-governed state.

Anatoliy Rachok,
Director General of Razumkov Centre

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