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atomisation of the society and the lack of social bonds. This is the man being lost before the state machinery.

he modernisation of Rus- sia is a major task. Nata- lia Ivanova, deputy-di- rector of the Russian Institute of World Economy and Interna- tional Relations stated that the programme of modernisation of Russia announced by Me- dvedev is not a PR project and added that an appointed com- mission meets regularly and seeks the best solutions for the country. According to Kari Liu- to, Director of the Pan-European School of Business from Finland, the real problem for modernisation is the insucient level of budget outlay for education and inno- vation, constituting merely 1-2% of GDP. T Jochen Bittner, European and NATO Correspondent, Die Zeit weekl , Germany

kraine is another huge Eastern neighbour of the EU. Its position is dierent from Russia’s since Ukraine has, for years, been declaring its will to become a member of the EU structures. However, economic and political changes have yet to come up to the EU’s expectations. ryna Akimova, Deputy Head of Administration of the Pre- sident of Ukraine and a di- rect economic advisor to Yanu- kovych, mentioned this issue. In her opinion, the implemen- ted package of reforms is the onset of the programme which is to stabilise the economic si- tuation of the country, level its budget and create conditions for stable and balanced deve- lopment. Natalia Korolevska, President of the Commission for Economic and Regulatory Poli- cy of the Parliament of Ukraine, disagrees with this view. In her opinion, the society does not know what model of economy the current government wants to create: a liberal-market so- U I Lapo Pistelli, Member of the Foreign and EU Aairs Committee, Italian Chamber of Deputies, Italy

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