The Second Polish-Ukrainian forum on Local Self-Government “Community. Effective development. Investments” took place in Kharkiv yesterday.
About 400 participants from Poland and seven Ukrainian regions, including local self-government and amalgamated territorial communities’ representatives, experts, entrepreneurs, and diplomats attended the event.
Participants discussed effective administration of territories in the field of housing and communal services, social services provision, and security system development. The crucial topic was business climate improvement in communities.
“Community members should dynamically develop their territories. The development of communities is based on business growth, which requires the foreign and domestic investment,” Kharkiv Center for Local Self-Government Development director Diana Barinova noted.
Polish guests shared success stories of amalgamated territorial communities’ management. Decentralization has become the most successful reform in Poland. Local communities’ representatives of the Kharkiv region are going to apply this experience in their communities.
Visitors from Poland expect Ukrainians will see decentralization’s results in five to seven years.
“I hope that Polish experience will be very useful for your country. It will help Ukraine to undertake reforms, develop and proceed further cooperation with the European Union,” Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Kharkiv Janusz Jablonski said.
According to Diana Barinova, such forums are important for the creation of a unified communication platform for reforms participants. The event will help in realizing the reform’s main goal: to provide people better services. The Poles have successfully implemented the decentralization reform, and the time to put them in practice in Ukraine has come.
Kharkiv Governor Yulia Svitlychna appealed to amalgamated territorial communities’ heads. “Reform results and public attitude to them depend on everyone who implements the reforms,” she noted.
The event initiators and organizers are the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, the Kharkiv Center for Local Self-Government Development, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kharkiv, the Polish-Ukrainian Agrarian Association, the U-LEAD with Europe Program and the Solidarity International Foundation.
Text: Natalia Ivanova