Cooperation News: 60-Year Anniversary of Collaboration between Vinnytsia and Kielce Continues Under the New Declaration of Cooperation and Dissemination of a Twinning Idea
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60-Year Anniversary of Collaboration between Vinnytsia and Kielce Continues Under the New Declaration of Cooperation and Dissemination of a Twinning Idea

9.jpgOn 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 tourism.

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 both cities.

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 said.

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.