In January 2014, a group of community activists, experts, journalists, and academics joined together in an effort to effect real change after the fall of former President Yanukovich. Our work began by gathering reform legislation that had been developed, but not adopted, during the rule of Yanukovich. Importantly, during this critical period we also began to work together to develop new legislation that reflected the values of the Revolution of Dignity.
On March 7, 2014, we officially launched the organization “Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR)” and immediately began lobbying for reform legislation. Due to our efforts and the continual pressure which they placed on lawmakers, RPR was able to push through truly revolutionary reform laws in critical areas, including: anti-corruption, public broadcasting, the judicial system, and higher education.
During the first post-Yanukovich election campaign in October 2014, RPR assembled political candidates from various parties who were running for a seat in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. This lobbying effort helped move critical reforms championed by RPR up the legislative agenda, helping to make it a priority for all candidates. RPR had translated its extensive work into a vision for reforms in Ukraine. This was call the “Roadmap of Reforms” and was presented to the new Parliamentary candidates. The Roadmap contained step by step implementation plans in 18 critical areas (which are now represented by 26 RPR working groups). To supplement the Roadmap, RPR wrote and proposed legislation to support each step of the process. The result was that all political parties signed a memorandum supporting these reform efforts. Those parties were: “Batkivshchyna”, “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”, “Narodnyi Front”, “Samopomich”, “Oleg Lyashko Radical Party”, “Svoboda”, “Hromadyanska Pozytsiya”, “Syla Lyudey”