As the international study visit on Social & economic development of communities with diverse ethnic population is under way this week, a number of important partnership initiatives have been established. The „U-LEAD with Europe – Ukraine – Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development” programme is designed to contribute to the establishment of multilevel governance that is transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of the population of Ukraine.

The central focus of the second international study visit is Prekmurje region, where a number of ethnically diverse communities lives and cohabits. 20 civil servants from Ukraine, participating in the programme visited Murska Sobota, Lendava, Roma settlement Pušča, Gornji Senik, Puconci and Velika Polana.

Three partnerships have been established through a signature of letters of intent for cooperation. On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, Mr Darko Rudaš representative of Roma in Murska Sobota City Council and Mr Miroslav Horvat Adviser on Roma to the Head of Transcarpathian Regional State Administration and Vice President of World Roma Organisation signed a letter in the largest Slovenia’s Roma settlement Pušča.

On Wednesday, 21 November 2018, Mr Ludvik Novak, Mayor of the Municipality of Puconci and Mr Ivan Ivanovič Drogobetskyi, Mayor of Polyana Village Council established long-term cooperation at the Memorial Home of Števan Küzmič in Puconci.

The third partnership initiative launch is foreseen on Thursday, 22 November 2018, with a signature of an agreement between Ms Nadiia Goncharenko, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Biliaivka (Biliaivska hromada) and Mr Damijan Jaklin, Mayor of the Municipality of Velika Polana.

The Slovenian-Ukrainian cooperation will be based on friendship between the cities, exchanges of good practices, international visits and exchanges.

U-LEAD: 2nd study visit