On 16 February, the XIV meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Council on Interregional Cooperation is taking place in the Polish city of Rzeszow.
“At the last meeting of the Council, in 2016, we systematised our common priorities, which allowed them to be consistently implemented. But most agreements are still under development and require acceleration from both sides. First of all, it concerns the work of checkpoints and development of the border infrastructure, as well as implementation of the agreement on granting a loan to Ukraine under the tied aid terms,” said Vyacheslav Nehoda, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services during the meeting of the Council.
He expressed his expectation that within the framework of the Intergovernmental Coordination Council it will be possible to reach progress on such key issues:
“I would like to emphasise the importance of further active work of the Commission within the framework of the Coordinating Council, determination of common priorities and plans for the future. We also need to promote the widest possible involvement of the voivodships, regions, enterprises, organisations and citizens of both countries in economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation, including within the framework of the Carpathian Euroregion,” said Vyacheslav Nehoda.
In turn, Renata Szczęch, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Administration, Polish co-chair of the Council, assured that Poland is ready to continue supporting Ukraine in the reforming process, both in the form of advice from Polish experts and training courses organised for the Ukrainian officials in Poland. Ms Szczęch positively assessed the process of decentralisation in Ukraine and stressed the importance of further development of the network of partner relations between local self-government bodies in Poland and local and regional authorities in Ukraine, especially newly formed amalgamated hromadas.
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