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The support for Khmilnyk municipality in Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukrainie in its efforts to improve water resource and waste management based on EU ecological policy


1991: Ukraine and Poland are two geopolitical neighbours of which the former is achieving independence, and the latter has been grappling with rebuilding a democratic state for the previous two years. Level of development: comparable.

2014: Poland is celebrating 10 years in the European Union, while Ukraine has lost Crimea and is in a state of conflict with Russia, which continues to regard Ukraine as its sphere of influence. Level of development: Ukraine lagging behind by around 20 years.

Economy: whereas Poland used structural funds to modernize and expand its infrastructure, most of Ukraine’s roads, buildings and technical facilities fell deeper into disrepair. The state of neglect is particularly acute in the water supply and sewage sector, where 60% of fixed assets have been worn down, while close to 40% of potable water is being wasted. As a result, Ukraine ranks last in Europe in terms of water resources.

The oblast of Vinnytsia, where the town of Khmilnyk is situated, does not stand out in these statistics. The town is in a dire hydrological situation: a water supply system of 100 kilometres includes 40 kilometres of antiquated and faulty facilities. Featuring a 40-year-old treatment plant, the sewage system is out of proper working order along a third of its length.

Even though it is a spa town, nearly 40% of Khmilnyk’s inhabitants have no access to the water supply system, with a mere 30% using the sewerage system.

The situation would improve if external funds were obtained, something that Ukraine’s citizens who are in favour of association with the EU are hoping for. In order to tap into these funds, however, one needs to have project documentation and the ability to write project applications. The project gives Khmilnyk’s authorities a chance to acquire both.

The support for Khmilnyk municipality in Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukrainie in its efforts to improve water resource and waste management based on EU ecological policy


This module project was implemented in Poland and Ukraine from 3 March 2014 until 19 November 2015 in close collaboration with Khmilnyk City Council and the local waterworks board.

The majority of training sessions were conducted in the Polish town of Busko Zdroj by local government employees and staff of the Municipal Utility Company. Employees of the water supply and sewerage sectors were invited to come on about week-long study visits and month-long traineeships.

Activities in Ukraine focused on the stock-taking of technical documentation relating to water supply and sewerage infrastructure, and contributed to developing a concept of modernizing and expanding this infrastructure. This part of the project was carried out by Conseko Safege S.A., a Krakow-based company.

The project addressed the partner’s need for knowledge about how to obtain funds for utility investments. At the same time, a modernization blueprint was drawn up for the water supply and sewerage sector.

The project’s ultimate beneficiaries were Khmilnyk residents, who view association with the EU as an opportunity to lead better and more comfortable lives. The project’s aim was thus to enhance the potential of an administration that will one day be able to meet those expectations, and protect natural resources by enacting good local law.

The project served to implement priority 6 – Environmental protection, priority 8 – Regional development and capacity building of public and local government administration, and priority 15 – Water and sanitation management.

The support for Khmilnyk municipality in Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukrainie in its efforts to improve water resource and waste management based on EU ecological policy


The project included a number of studies and analyses carried out to determine Khmilnyk’s (Vinnytsia oblast, Ukraine) needs in terms of its water supply and sewerage infrastructure, and waste water treatment plant. Moreover, the scheme raised the awareness of the town’s residents, particularly students, about water management issues. Khmilnyk could benefit from the water supply and sewerage experience and good practices of Busko-Zdroj commune, while a group of Ukrainian specialists expanded their knowledge and expertise in this field.