18:30 - 20:30 EET17:30 - 19:30 CET

Format: Online in Zoom

Language: Ukrainian and English, with simultaneous translation

Discussion "Ukraine’s EU accession and the risks of 5655 law: conversation on the challenges in Ukraine’s postwar rebuilding"

The issue of Ukraine's post-war recovery is being discussed on numerous platforms by many professionals and from many angles. Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine and many partners has been part of that discussion from the start and now feels the urge to initiate a public debate with regards to the passing of 5655 law, that restructures the urban planning regulations in Ukraine for years to come. The law has been criticized by numerous architects, mayors, activists in Ukraine and beyond. While the public petition to the President of Ukraine to veto the law with the record-breaking 42 thousands -and counting- signatures is awaiting response, we want to have this important conversation about do’s and don’ts, how-to’s and must-do’s of postwar reconstruction in the context of Ukraine’s anticipated EU membership and the requirements of the EU integration in the field of spatial planning and construction regulations. With speakers from Ro3kvit, National Ukrainian Union of Architects, CEDOS, Ukrainian parliament and many more we will discuss what impact the 5655 law might bring for the Ukraine’s EU accession and what ideas could be suggested to mitigate those risks.
The discussion is supported by the International Reneissance Foundation. The views and opinions expressed in the discussion are those of the speakers and do not necesserily reflect the position of the International Reneissance Foundation.

  • Panel 1: Don’ts of Post-War Rebuilding: what Ukraine has to learn from failed post-war recoveries and the role of the transparent and just procedures 

    Moderators: Fulco Treffers (Ro3kvit, 12NL); Margo Didichenko (Ro3kvit)
    – Lilet Breddels (Ro3kvit, Archis) talks about the example of Beirut and the consequences of strict centralised regulations
    – Maksym Holovko (Urbanyna) talks about challenges and concerns in the reconstruction process that is already facing the Ukrainians
    Discussion on local partnerships and mechanisms of community involvement in decision-making, as well as recommendations and wishes for law 5655 in the

  • Panel 2: How-To’s of the European integration process: EU requirements for legislation and governance in spatial planning (Green Deal and other regulations). Is Ukrainian legislation ready?  

    Moderators: Lilet Breddels (Ro3kvit, Archis); Margo Didichenko (Ro3kvit)
    – Anna Bondar (Member of Parliament) presents the background of draft law 5655, analysis of key risks and weaknesses of the law
    – Ruta Leitanaite (President of Architects Association of Lithuania, International Union of Architects (UIA) Council member (Region 2), Architects Council of Europe (ACE) Board member) talks about European principles in the implementation of high-quality urban planning and architectural projects and the challenges of Lithuania in urban planning
    – Anna Kyrii (Architecture Chamber of National Ukrainian Union of Architects) discusses the participation of professional communities in the development of Law 5655 and the opposition to its adoption, as well as the consequences of excluding stakeholders from the negotiations process
    Conversation about the international practice of solving similar situations with legislation, possible ways of using the European approach of regulation implementation, as well as the role of architects

  • Panel 3: Must-Do’s of inclusion and participation in the rebuilding process: stakeholders' involvement, procedures, good governance and EU aspirations of Ukraine 

    Moderators: Anna Pomazanna (Kharkiv School of Architecture); Margo Didichenko (Ro3kvit)
    – Oleksandr Anisimov (Ro3kvit, New housing policy) presents the comparative analysis of the reform of urban planning and development in Great Britain and law 5655 and also raises the issue of a systematic and reasonable assessment of foreign experience when it is being used in Ukraine
    – Liubomyr Zubach (Association of Cities of Ukraine, Deputy Mayor of Lviv for Urban Planning) talks about the role of local municipalities in the proposed urban planning reform and the risks of their exclusion from management and control onsite processes, as well as about the possible negative consequences of digitization in the urban sphere
    – Lidia Chizhevska (National Union of Architects of Ukraine) expressed the need for urban planning reform and the lack of compliance of the law with this need, talks on the participation requirements and role of the professional community in the specialised law development
    – Ivan Verbytskyi (CEDOS think-tank) talks about the distribution of power among the involved stakeholders and the Ukrainian community's trust in them and explains transparent approaches to management and social inclusion.
    Question from the audience. Discussion about the ways to avoid corruption through mechanisms of transparent supervision and control. Talks on possibilities of cooperation with the international community to keep European values, approaches and requirements in the legislation.