FPRI Projects


Transformation processes in the Visegrad Group countries and Ukraine

Chief of the Project - Dr. GRYGORII PEREPELYTSIA,
Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute
The International Visegrad Fund ( is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the gov­ern­ments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000. From 2006 Fund started to engage Ukraine to its international projects.
Main objective of the project is research of trends and peculiarities of transformation processes in Ukraine and the Visegrad Group countries and estimation of the EU potential for their modernization with publication of research results in the multi-author book.
Experience of transformations in Poland and Slovakia are of particular importance in this context. Poland as target of research is important because of its historical factors’ and geographical conditions’ similarity to Ukraine, Slovakia – because of its political regimes’ similarity during Meciar’s Government.

Project topicality
The end of the first decade of XXI century was marked by fundamental changes in international situation and dynamic domestic policy changes. Under the influence of these changes Ukraine faced very difficult problems, both external and internal. The external problems are the position of Russia which is becoming more ambitious towards Ukraine and its European future and changes in the international environment which is topical now by internal transformations in NATO and the EU. Among the internal issues there is lack of consensus on country’s foreign policy course in society, conflict and lack of consolidation of the political elites around Ukraine's national interests, internal political instability. As a result of the coincidence of these internal and external factors there is the rapid U-turn of foreign policy course of Ukraine towards Russia.
Although at the level of official government statements the orientation on EU membership remains a priority of foreign policy of Ukraine, but its European direction becomes more proclaimatory, divested of real integration content. The new foreign policy of President Viktor Yanukovych can be expressed with the formula: “Ukraine's integration into the EU without NATO membership but in strategic partnership with Russia”.
Such sudden and dynamic change of the internal situation in Ukraine and the country's positions in the international environment requires not only studying experience of the Visegrad Group countries on the way toward NATO and the EU, but also deep scientific research by both Ukrainian specialists and Visegrad group experts of those transformation processes in Ukraine, the Visegrad Group and other post-communist countries in this transition period. An important task is to forecast the consequences of such transformations both for Ukraine and its neighbors.

Project activities

1)    Conducting of round table with participation of experts and mass media representatives for discussion and appraisal of results of research on final stage of publication of monograph.
2)   Publication of monograph: «Euro-Atlantic and political transformation processes in the Visegrad Group countries and Ukraine: comparative analysis».
3)   Conducting of presentation of published monograph with mass media representatives.
Target groups
The monograph is designed for broad spectrum of native and foreign experts and scientists in particular from Visegrad group countries, national and foreign diplomatic corps, Ukraine’s embassies abroad and foreign missions in Ukraine.
Expected contribution of the project
Sharing experiences and profound cooperation between Ukrainian experts and Visegrad group experts in the process of penetrating scientific study of transformation processes in Ukraine, the Visegrad Group countries and other post-communist countries.
Publication of monograph in English and Ukrainian versions.
Project organizers:
International Visegrad Fund
Kralovske udolie 8, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel.: +421 259 203 811
Fax: +421 259 203 805
E-mail:  viseg­rad­
Foreign Policy Research Institute
2 Velyka Zhytomyrska St. Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001
Теl/Fax: + 38 044 270 53 78


Project partners:
Institute for Public Affairs, Slovak Republic 
Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovak Republic 
East Policy Forum Foundation, Republic of Poland
Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic



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