On Monday, April 22, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Relations Program hosted H.E. Valery Khoroshkovsky, former first deputy prime minister of Ukraine, for an off-the-record discussion of Ukraine’s trajectory towards the European community.

Given the potential for an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Mr. Khoroshkovsky’s visit allowed for an especially timely discussion on challenges to Ukraine’s European integration. Participants addressed a range of issues including selective justice, freedom of the media, and the connection between Ukraine’s investment climate and democratic reforms. After the roundtable, the Council hosted Mr. Khoroshkovsky for an intimate dinner discussion on the internal situation in the country under the leadership of President Yanukovych, moderated by Damon M. Wilson, the Council’s executive vice president.

Until his recent resignation from government, Mr. Khoroshkovsky served as the first deputy prime minister of Ukraine from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that appointment, he served as head of Security Service, finance minister, and minister for economy and European integration. Originally from a business background, Mr. Khoroshkovsky’s business ventures span various enterprises such as banking, media, and metallurgy.

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