On 20 October 2019, Ukraine’s Council of Ministers approved the State Programme for the Development of the Ukrainian Carpathian Region for 2020-2022. The document is the outcome of debates held in the four interested regions of Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Chernivtsi as well as in Kyiv where the event was attended by local and central authorities.
The debates were part of the Permanent development of Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains project run by the Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils in cooperation with Polish Embassy in Kyiv. Under the project, a range of issues have been addressed that need to be solved with the state’s support. The participants agreed to take specific actions to tackle these issues. The project was financed from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Aid funds.
The discussions brought together MPs, representatives of the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development, local and regional authorities, civil society activists and experts. The Ministry for Communities and Territories Development, responsible for designing the programme, noted that over the past years a change has been introduced whereby the system of aid and concessions was substituted by a supportive approach towards investment and small and medium-size enterprises. The Programme for the Development of the Ukrainian Carpathian Region for 2020-2022 embraces projects which are in line with Ukraine’s strategic development goals. These initiatives are intended to stimulate economic growth, attract investments and turn the peculiarities of the Carpathian Mountains into their assets.
The Ministry for Communities and Territories Development not only collected proposals from the regions but also listened to local authorities and the civil society. The ministry often provided clarifications and enhanced strategic thinking rather than one problem approach. It also coordinated the preparation and selection of initiatives under the Programme for the Development of the Ukrainian Carpathian Region for 2020-2022.