The Centre for European Perspective, together with U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine – Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme, a multi-donor action of the European Union and its Member States Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden, is organizing an international study visit of representatives of Ukrainian local and regional authorities to Slovenia and Italy. The activities will take place in different Slovene and Italian municipalities in the Coastal-Karst region between September 10th and September 14th 2018. During the five day event, participants will exchange good practices in social and economic development of communities with diverse ethnic population.

17 representatives of different Ukrainian local and regional authorities, together with participants from U-LEAD with Europe and CEP, will learn about the Slovene system of local self-government, Italian and Hungarian national communities and the Roma community in Slovenia, the Slovene minority in Italy and will also get an insight into good practices of regional development. Participants of the event will be joined by experts and officials from the Ministry of Public Administration, the Office for National Minorities of the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Italian Union – Office “Europa”, Regional Development Centre Koper, Slovene Regional Economic Association, as well as from the Italian municipality of Dolina and Slovene municipalities of Izola, Koper and Domžale.

Ukraine is currently implementing reforms of local and regional self-government. Their representatives will therefore address topics such as the preservation of minorities’ identities, cultural diversity, economic activities of minorities and others. The study visit aims to improve participants’ knowledge on preparation and implementation of local and regional development projects, as well as to initiate peer-to-peer cooperation with Ukrainian municipalities. A similar event will take place at the end of the year.

The activities are financed by U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine – Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme, a multi-donor action of the European Union and its Member States Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden.

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