Olha Stefanishyna is a Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine since June 2020.
In the Government, Olha Stefanishyna is in charge of Ukraine’s integration to the EU and NATO, as well as the implementation of the SDGs in Ukraine with special focus on gender equality.
Upon her appointment, she has initiated an update of the Association Agreement in order to boost trade between the EU and Ukraine and the enhancement of transborder cooperation. The second part of the DPM Stefanishyna portfolio is to ensure all-government coordination of Ukraine-NATO cooperation and increase the military interoperability between Ukraine and NATO Allies military forces.
DPM Stefanishyna has over 13 years of experience in the field of International and European Law. She used to work in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, served as a Director-General in the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, and used to have a private legal practice. Olha has a Master's Degree in International law and a Diploma in economics, studied at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and at the Estonian School of Diplomacy.
She is well known in the professional circles as one of the most qualified "euro-integrators" of Ukraine.
Opening the EU accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia while many European countries remained in lockdown exhibited positive messaging on two fronts: it appeased the effected countries and demonstrated to the world that the EU did not pause completely, even during unprecedented times of adversity. The crisis underlined the region’s vulnerability to influence from other global powers and exposed the fragility of regional political systems. For Ukraine, which has been resisting military aggression from the Russian Federation (including the occupation of Crimea) while simultaneously enduring difficult a domestic transformation, the threat of the novel coronavirus has proven extremely challenging. Could this crisis be used by the Ukrainian national government to regain citizens’ trust, or will it further deepen political polarization? How can the EU contribute to strengthening the region’s resilience, and what regional measures are necessary in order to meet the EU halfway?