In January 2023, a team of Ukrainian experts accompanied by a senior analyst from the European Values Centre for Security Policy (EVC) travelled to Brussels for an advocacy trip aimed at promoting the mission of the Information Defense Hub (IDH) project. During the trip, EVC representatives had an opportunity to meet with an informal group of Friends of Ukraine within the European Parliament, representatives of the European External Action Service, and NATO.
At a closed-door meeting, being organized by the Czech representation in NATO, the IDH team presented their report “War in Ukraine: Lessons identified and learned” and discussed critical moments related to hybrid warfare and expected outcomes. This generated a significant interest between the representatives from almost all member countries. At a briefing with the European External Action Service (EEAS), both experts presented their expertise and discussed critical problems related to reforms and reconstruction in Ukraine. Finally, at a briefing with the Informal Group of Friends of Ukraine in the European Parliament, the IDH team exchanged views on the latest developments in and around Ukraine. They also answered questions on various topics, including the issue of abducted Ukrainian children to Russia, the ban on travel of Ukrainian officials, the economic and social situation in de-occupied territories, and the possibility of conducting reforms under war conditions.
The team also had the honour of meeting Mrs. Věra Jourová, the European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency.