On August 31, the international
meeting of sister cities was held in the Polish city of Kielce. Vinnytsia
delegation, headed by the mayor Serhii Morhunov, participated in it, along with
representatives of four other Kielce sister cities.
This year marks 60 years of
cooperation between our cities. Kielce is the oldest international partner of
Vinnytsia, with whom the closest friendly relations have been established. As a
token of collaboration maintenance, Serhii Morhunov and President of Kielce Wojciech
Lubawski, as well as representatives of other sister cities of Kielce signed a
Declaration of Cooperation and Dissemination of a twinning idea.
The partnership between Vinnytsia and
Kielce started 60 years ago, in 1958. The first city-to-city cooperation agreement
was signed in 1974. Until the 90’s, there was a certain slow burn in the
relationship. Already in 1993, a Letter of Intent on cooperation between the
cities was signed, and in 1994, a twinning agreement was endorsed. Its aim was
to strengthen relations between two cities, create favorable business
relations, encourage the organization of exhibitions and sign contracts.
Cooperation also involved exchanges in the areas of culture, sports, and
Such relationships continue to this
day. In 2003, the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was signed in Kielce. In
2012, the Agreement was renewed, which envisaged expansion of the cooperation
sphere. Therefore, partnership agreements were signed between universities of
In due time, the city of Kielce
supported the initiative of opening the Consulate General of Poland in
Vinnytsia and assisted in the development of Urban Development Strategy. In
2014, Kielce Municipality, the first among sister cities of Vinnytsia, reacted on
the start of the Russian aggression in Donbass and handed over medicines to
Vinnytsia for Ukrainian military officers and humanitarian aid to IDPs.
In 2013, a joint work on the concept
preparation of Vinnytsia Municipal Innovation and Technology Park organization
started. Currently, the cooperation in this direction continues.
“We really appreciate our friendly
relations with Kielce. The exchange of experience is useful and necessary for
both cities. We have declared a continuation of cooperation. At present, we are
particularly interested in cooperation on the establishment of the Municipal
Innovation and Technology Park in Vinnytsia,” Mayor of Vinnytsia Serhii Morhunov
The awarding ceremony with the Honorary Award of
the Council of Europe, given to the Municipality of Kielce, was held that day,
too. Getting similar European awards increases the status of a city, offers
wide opportunities for cooperation with advanced cities and regions, as well as
with international organizations and foundations.