EU Bubble Insider with Anna Melenchuk

Anna Melenchuk shares her journey from the corridors of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the heart of Brussels, revealing the challenges and triumphs of shaping EU migration policy amidst balancing a vibrant work-life.

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Hello Insiders,

Welcome to another episode of the "EU Bubble Insider," where we explore the intricate web of policies and cultures that define the European Union. In this episode, we are thrilled to have Anna Melenchuk, Project Officer at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and Co-Founder of the European Digital Development Alliance.

We start by discussing Anna's work in migration governance, particularly her recent project aimed at integrating refugees and asylum seekers in Ukraine. She outlines the complexities of aligning Ukrainian legislation with EU standards, a crucial step for Ukraine’s EU accession aspirations. This discussion not only illuminates the policy intricacies but also highlights the broader implications of migration within the EU framework.

We also explore Anna’s personal journey through various roles, from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to prominent international organizations, and how these experiences shaped her understanding of EU governance. She reflects on the pivotal moments of her career that led her to Brussels, where she now influences EU policy.

Our discussion also touches on the cultural impacts of migration. Anna talks about the richness that diverse cultures bring to the EU and the importance of embracing this diversity for the cultural and social enrichment of the Union. She addresses the challenges of balancing national identities with a collective European identity, a pivotal issue in today's political climate.

To wrap up, Anna shares her perspective on the future of the EU policy environment, emphasizing the need for innovative solutions to governance challenges, including combating disinformation and enhancing digital security.

This episode offers a rich tapestry of insights into EU migration policy, the personal and professional journey of a policy expert, and the dynamic environment of EU governance. Whether you’re a policy professional, a newcomer to Brussels, or simply interested in the intricacies of EU operations, this discussion provides valuable perspectives that are sure to inform and inspire.

Thank you for tuning in to this enlightening conversation with Anna Melenchuk. Don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with others who might enjoy a deep dive into the complexities of EU policies and the stories of those who shape them. Join us next time on "EU Bubble Insider" as we continue to explore the fascinating landscape of European Union policies and their broader impacts.