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18 Belarus – Ukraine teams signed grant contracts and received EU funding for implementing joint projects

November 29, 2017

The leaders and partners of 18 cross-border partnerships gathered in Kyiv (Pushcha-Vodytsia) on November 29, 2017 to take part in the ceremony of signing the grant contracts within the framework of the EU-funded Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme. The event was jointly organised by the EaPTC Support Programme and the EaPTC Managing Authority - GIZ.

High ranking officials of central and regional executive authorities, EU Delegations, Managing Authority, representatives of civil society organisations, business circles, national, regional and local media of both countries took part in the ceremony.

“This programme is new; it is not based on the previous experience. We are proud to be able to join efforts on both sides of the Belarusian – Ukrainian border", said Janis Aizsalnieks, Coordinator of the "Regional and Local Development, Decentralization of Power" sector, EU Delegation to Ukraine.

"The cross-border cooperation projects, which have now been given a start, open up new opportunities", - Oksana Gryshkevych, Director of the Department for State Investment Projects and Development Support, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, mentioned.

"The signing of grant contracts under the Belarus-Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme is a historically significant event, to which we have been going for a long time," highlighted Dina Goncharova, Director of the Center for International Technical Assistance of the European Union in Belarus.

“As this is a pilot programme, much will depend on the success of the implementation of these 18 Belarusian – Ukrainian projects, on the possibility to multiply their experience in the future,” underlined Sabine Muller, Regional Director of GIZ in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus.

Thematically, 18 Belarusian – Ukrainian projects are almost equally divided among the three Programme priorities: improving the living conditions of local communities; solving environmental problems, employment, health care and other important areas for border regions; support of cultural, educational and sports initiatives in both countries. The EU contribution to the Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme is 3.3 million EUR.

Visit the EaPTC web site and learn more about Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme.

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