On 17 December 2014, MFA head Grzegorz Schetyna and Gennadiy Zubko, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Housing and Public Utilities, signed a cooperation agreement to support the local government reform in Ukraine.
The agreement refers to actions undertaken since April 2014 by the Polish side in the area of local government reform. Addressing the need expressed by the Ukrainian side, Polish experts shared Polish experiences in local government reform with Ukraine government representatives. The crucial part was showing Polish systemic solutions and coming up with a legal and institutional reform framework. The agreement specifies the range of further cooperation.
Cooperation will be conducted in a form of advisory operations within the framework of preparing legislation proposals concerning the local government reform in Ukraine, training programmes to implement the local government reform, programmes that will include among other things: training sessions and on-site visits financed from the budgetary funds of the Republic of Poland, and support through non-governmental organisations. The Polish side will support the reform in Ukraine by offering Polish experts’ consultancy, providing Polish solutions in the local government reform, translating pertinent documents and conducting the training sessions.