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The Art and Craft of Lobbying 2016: report from Ukrainian participants

This is not the first year that thanks to a joint program of the Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute in Ukraine and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies of American University young Ukrainian specialists obtain an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills in the craft of lobbying.

In 2016 the professional course "The Art and Craft of Lobbying" was attended by three participants from Ukraine: Andriy Lebedev (lifecell), Yuriy Bondaryev (National Organization of Retail Trade) and Oleksandr Guzenko (CFC Consulting); Overall there were 12 young professionals, most of them from the United States of America. Two-weeks course was held from May, 9 to May, 20, 2016 in Washington, DC.

This course study has been developed and improved for many years, and combines both elements of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. "The Art and Craft of Lobbying" is supervised by professors James Thurber and Patrick Griffin who have extensive theoretical and practical experience in this area.

To provide diversified review of lobbying industry, more than 20 specialists were invited to deliver the course and share details and aspects of their profession. Among them were companies representatives involved in direct lobbying, public relations, media relations, consulting, analytics, social media and others.

"Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute" - impressions from this year's participants from Ukraine

This year under joint program of the Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute in Ukraine and Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University, two participants from Ukraine took part at course on professional lobbying and advocacy in USA.

Two-week professional training “Art and craft of lobbying” was held on 11-23 May 2015 in Washington, DC.

This course is for students and young professionals and aims to form consistent and strategic understanding of lobbying process, brief on tools used in advocacy campaigns as well as teach how to define the most efficient tools and use them based on your campaign’s goals and tasks.

On top of that, during the course significant attention was paid to ethical norms and rules in lobbying sphere.

Khrystyna Vilyura, this-year participant, share her impressions about the course: “Course on an art of lobbying is interesting for students who want to build their career in the lobbying as well as for young professionals.The program is built to give a theoretical base of profession and sphere and to learn how to use this knowledge.

More than 30 professionals – lobbyists and representatives of state authorities and NGOs shared their experience, case studies and decisions made in challenging situations. It is irreplaceable and crucial experience to have a conversation with these specialists who works with most powerful people in the world: congressmen, CEOs and owners of biggest world corporations, directors of largest international NGOs.

March 12: a Roundtable on Institualization of Lobbying in Ukraine

 

On Monday, March 12th, the American Chamber of Commerce hosted a Roundtable “Institualization of Lobbying in Ukraine: Prospects for Adoption of Legislation” that was held in conjunction with the USAID - Ohio State University Parliamentary Development Program (PDP II), the Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute and Arzinger Law Firm.

Opening the event, Chamber's President Jorge Zukoski welcomed the participants and stated that proper legislative framework of the lobbying activities in Ukraine is crucially important for establishing a productive dialog between the business community and the government.

 

Since efficient and transparent dialogue between business and government is one of the pillars for developing a favorable investment climate and improving Ukraine's image abroad, the Roundtable was focused on the Draft Law #7269 "On Regulation of Lobbying Activities in Ukraine” which is scheduled for consideration during the hearings of the Verkhovna Rada's Committee on State Development and Local Self-Governance in April 2012 (for more information on the aforesaid Draft Law please click here to see the Ukrainian and English versions).

 

The III GR-Congress was held in Moscow in November

On November 17, 2011, the Third GR Congress was held in Moscow and was attended by over a hundred people - public officials, practitioners of GR sector, researchers and academics. The event was organized by Russian Association of Communication and Center for Study of Interaction between Business and Government (More information on the portal www.gr-congress.ru)

Need for lobbying regulation reform was discussed at the World Forum on Governance in Prague

From 9 to 11 November 2011 in Prague the First Annual World Forum on Governance took place with over 90 delegates attended. The event, initiated by the famous American think tank, Brookings, became a controversial platform for exchanging views and making recommendations on various aspects of both public and corporate governance, given the current global challenges.

Special attention in the Forum was paid to the interaction between public authorities, commercial companies and interest groups through lobbying and advocacy mechanisms, the study of positive and negative experiences of individual countries with the institutionalization of lobbying, the possibility of using such tools as part of anti-corruption policy.

Committee hearings will be held next year on draft law on lobbying

At its meeting on December 22, 2010, VR Committee for State Development and Local Self-Governance decided to conduct Committee hearings next year to discuss draft law "On Regulation of Lobbying Activities in Ukraine" with representatives of executive authorities, Ukrainian and foreign experts, NGOs etc. Special working group will be formed to ensure an appropriate level of preparations. 

Webinar with Poland was held in November

On November 10, the Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute continued its series on examining regulation of lobbying in countries abroad, by presenting a webinar with Polish scholar and lobbying expert Dr. Pawel Kuczma.

From the western democratic countries, Poland’s experience in regulating lobbying is most akin to Ukrainian reality.  It also provides an opportunity to study the effectiveness of the functioning of such an institution, legally registered since 2005.

Draft law “On regulation of lobbying activity in Ukraine” was registered in Parliament

On October 20, Valeriy Konovaliuk, Party of Regions, registered in Ukraine’s Parliament a draft law “On regulation of lobbying activity in Ukraine.”

In the explanatory note it is stated that “the proposed law would regulate lobbying activity in Ukraine, which although it is not acknowledged by Ukrainian law, is operating in organs of government and local self-government authorities”

Training in Dnipropetrovsk region for activists of the All-Ukrainian Union of Civic Organizations of Invalids in Ukraine

The Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute (PLAI), supported by the International Republican Institute of United States, held a training on 1-5 October 2010 at the Novomorskyi Sanatorium (Orlovshchyna village, Dnipropetrovsk region). It was held for leaders and activists of the All-Ukrainian Union of Civic Organizations of Invalids in Ukraine and was attended by some 70 people from all regions of Ukraine.

PLAI was represented by its Board Member, law candidate Volodymyr Nesterovych  who lectured on theoretical issues and moderated workshops.

Basic goals were to familiarize training participants with the practice of lobbying institution and the ability to separate it out from other forms of citizen influence of society and the ratification of normative – legal acts and to develop lobbying methods to develop algorithms of lobbying activity by working on specific practical assignments.

16 September 2010: “Principles of regulating lobbying in USA. Recommendations for Ukraine” A video conference from Washington, DC

On 16 September 2010, the first of a series of videoconferences on the regulation of lobbying activity took place in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

Professor James Thurber, guest in the Washington studio, is a noted expert  on  political administrative systems, director of Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and founder of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at American University, Washington, DC.  In 2009 Dr. Thurber participated as a foreign expert in a conference organized by Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice on examining the Ukrainian draft law  “On Lobbying” (see biographical note).

This event was supported by U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, Fulbright Program in Ukraine and Parliamentary Development Program II.

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