This report is prepared specifically for managers in the field of social policy, law and other related spheres. It is aimed at strengthening the expert capacity of the Government and authorities to implement anti-discrimination directives; as well as expert support of their implementation by the executive authorities in particular, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. This analytical report was prepared within the framework of the project «MSP Practices to Strengthen Expert Expertise on the Implementation of the «Anti-Discrimination» EU Directives» with the support of “Civic Synergy Project” with the assistance of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation under the umbrella of the Ukrainian Side of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform and Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

   Advisory group of Ukraine on Sustainable Development was created according to the requirements of Article 299 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine on the one hand and the European Union in order to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of Chapter 13 "Trade and sustainable development" of the Association Agreement. To this end, the Advisory Group: expresses its position and makes recommendations on matters related to the implementation of Chapter 13 of the Trade and Sustainable Development of the Association Agreement. Recommendations could be provided on its own initiative or at the request of the EU-Ukraine Subcommittee on Trade and Sustainable Development or the Trade and Sustainable Development Board or an expert group set up under the provisions of Article 301 of the Association Agreement.
   In order to prepare its statements or recommendations, the Advisory Group may identify from its staff responsible persons who can hold consultations with scientists, independent experts, representatives of Ukrainian, European, international and other organizations that have the appropriate authority and experience and are not part of the Advisory group.

The 10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was held. The peculiarity of this year's conference is the symbolic celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national independence of the five Eastern Partnership countries - Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, which in turn is a good reason for self-reflection and revaluation not only in matters relating to the Eastern partnership, but also the European Union, and in a wider context. This historic date is litmusing paper about systemic changes in the countries of Eastern Europe, which balance between democracy and authoritarian regimes. At the same time, one year before the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative, as well as mid-to-final (2020) implementation of the 20 expected achievements of the Eastern Partnership, this is an important opportunity for the European Union to seriously evaluate its own policies in the region.

The principles on which the Eastern Partnership is based remain relevant, with today's geopolitical challenges requiring more ambitious approaches and more active engagement of citizens in the protection of democratic rights and freedoms that the European Union supports and develops.

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