State building and European integration in Ukraine

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The article analyzes the impact on state building as an aspect of Ukraine’s integration with the EU. The Euromaidan had a profound, yet hardly recognized, effect on EU-Ukraine relations, particularly in terms of the EU’s subsequent support of domestic reforms in Ukraine. Following the Euromaidan, the EU supported Ukraine’s aspirations to enter“economic integration and political association”by concluding an Association Agreement–an agreement which exceeded the capacity of the Ukrainian state to implement it. To increase this capacity, the EU has supported reform of public administration and has provided far-reaching assistance on capacity building in the government. This article posits that since 2014 European integration has become tantamount with (re)building the state structures in Ukraine. Therefore, the significance of European integration for Ukraine goes beyond the implementation of the Association Agreement and extends to root-and-branch reform of Ukrainian state structures.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalEurasian Geography and Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2019


  • Ukraine, European integration, statebuilding, public administration reform, Euromaidan, association agreement, support group for Ukraine, capacity building, ENP, Eastern partnership, PAR