News: Project Manager of “Integrated Urban Development” Matthias Brandt called Vinnytsia the capital of decentralization
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Project Manager of “Integrated Urban Development” Matthias Brandt called Vinnytsia the capital of decentralization

111111111.jpgOn October 22, 2016, the First Forum “Vinnytsia Integrated Development. Dialogue. Involving citizens” took place in Vinnytsia. The open event was held within the project “Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine,” which started in Vinnytsia in April 2016. It is implemented by the German government company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, acting on behalf of the Governments of Germany and Switzerland. From the Ukrainian government the project will be supervised by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing of Ukraine. The First Forum aims to attract active members of civil society in identifying the major problems on the road to sustainable development of cities and development projects aimed at overcoming them.

Vinnytsia is one of four cities in the country, which is involved in the project “Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine.” It started in April and aims to prepare pilot projects to strengthen the powers of local authorities and their institutional capacity within the further decentralization reform. The end result should be the creation of the Concept of Integrated City Development, which development provides for the participation of local communities.

The Forum is one of the stages of work on the concept. This is the area where active citizens have the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas, and share their achievements in one of the eight working groups by themes: economy and labor market, mobility and transport, technical infrastructure, medicine and healthcare, culture, sports tourism, education and science, social policy and social inclusion, architecture and public space.

Participating in the forum were Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion, Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov, Head of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration Valerii Korovii, Project Manager of “Integrated Urban Development” project Matthias Brandt, representatives of local authorities and NGOs.

Mayor Serhii Morhunov said that such events that are organized in cooperation with foreign partners and supported by the Ministry of Regional Development, are very important for the development of local government. “Every city sees its development in its particular way. Since 2013, Vinnytsia has a strategy “Vinnytsia-2020,” which sets out five priorities, and we are working on each of them from year to year. The Concept of Integrated City Development is a project that will allow us to organize all the developments that are already exist, and shape the city plans to 2030 in other conditions in parallel with the formation of the updated Vinnytsia Strategy until 2030. For the past two years, local authorities can confirm that the decentralization reform finally began, and it was only by political will, especially of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. This reform have provided very significant results for only two years,” said Serhii Morhunov.

The decentralization will continue, confirmed Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion, who also attended the forum. Also the representative of the Government stressed that the government will support local communities in their development. Regarding Vinnytsia, Volodymyr Kistion said that in addition to supporting existing projects, the state will help in the development of the Industrial Park, which is already registered in the national registry. Vice Prime Minister said: |Financial resources is the only one part in the development of relevant territory as it is important to effectively and properly use the facilities and opportunities that communities get. The task of these projects that we launch today is to give us experience, practice and achievements of our foreign partners and European cities, and also involve the community in forming a common vision for their city development.”

The Head of the Regional State Administration Valerii Korovii noted that the region is developing quite dynamically and increasingly through the dynamics of its regional center Vinnytsia, so it is very important to understand clearly what the city should be in 15 years. “Today we are in a very interesting historical period, as we can now look 15 years ahead and see what we want to see in Vinnytsia in 2030. Several recent years have shown that Ukraine can be strong only if local communities are strong,” said Valerii Korovii.

The Director of the project “Integrated Urban Development” Matthias Brandt agreed with this opinion and said: “We want the key reform in Ukraine – decentralization and local government support – to be successfully implemented, so we started this project. We want to convey to you our experience and knowledge. In the 19th century, Germany was destroyed after a period of wars. Actually, then there began the transfer of authority to local government and began the era of industrialization and economic development. Vinnytsia is actively developing in the issue of decentralization. A few weeks ago, another big project of international cooperation started here (U-Lead with Europe). Therefore we can say that Vinnytsia is the Ukrainian capital of decentralization.”