The start project press-conference has been already conducted
Euroregion «Dniester» has already started implementation of the project «Good Governance in Local Communities: V4 Experience of Strategic planning for EaP Countries». The project is financed by International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
The start project press-conference was held on April 11, 2017. Serhii Tatusiak, the Chairman of Euroregion «Dniester», told the project would be implemented in partnership with Vinnytsia regional department of International NGO “Ukraine – Poland – Germany», NGO «Communities of Vinnitsya region» Resource and information center» (Ukraine), Public Association Euroregion Dniester, Soroca District Council (Republic of Moldova), “Wielkopolski Centre for Local Government Education and Studies” Association – WOKISS (Poland), Institute for Stability and Development – ISD (Czech Republic), Rural Workshop Foundation (Hungary) and Carpathian Euroregion Slovakia (Slovak Republic).
- Strategic planning is a topical issue both for Ukraine and Moldova. After all, we need to develop a mechanism to make the most effective use of the resource that we receive through reforms, – commented Serhii Tatusiak.
The Executive Director of Euroregion «Dniester», Andrii Kavunets said that strategic planning became a topical subject after the completion of the project «The Capacity Building of Local Communities:V4 Experience for EaPC», which was implemented by VRD INGO Vinnytsia regional department of International NGO «Ukraine – Poland – Germany».
- In Ukraine as well as in Republic of Moldova we’ve got the largest numbers of applications for trainings on the topic of strategic planning. All participants noted that was the very issue they were ready to keep working on, – explained Andrii Kavunets.
Also the Executive Director of Euroregion «Dniester» has mentioned that project would be implemented from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The project is now in its initial stage during which organizers prepare trainings, select experts for teaching strategic planning as well as project participants. Generally, there will be selected 56 participants: 2 participants from each of 21 communities of Vinnytsia region and 7 communities of Moldova. Deadline for application forms is April, 25. Priority in the selection of participants will be given to communities that have united or are about to do this. Andrii Kavunets has pointed out that the project also provides to teach local authorities how to involve the public into strategy development.
-We are also paying a great attention to public involvement in the writing of the community's strategy. This is the European experience and we emphasize this. That why these 2 training participants from each community must be a government official and a public member. – commented the Executive Director of Euroregion «Dniester».
Training stage of the project provides two 5-day trainings in Vinnitsa for 56 participants. Community representatives from Vinnytsia region and Republic of Moldova will get familiar with issues of strategic planning, peculiarities of Ukrainian and Moldovan legislation and how to involve grant funds, etc. At the end of trainings participants will conduct diagnosis of current problems in their communities. Results of these studies will be presented during two workshops for 42 participants in Vinnitsa, UA, and for 14 participants in Soroсa, MD. After that, 14 the most active and interested communities will be selected to participate in the study visit to V4 countries.
- It’s very important to select such experts who might be able to interest participants. We should understand that success of this project to a great extent depends on the degree of communities’ interest and insistence. That’s why the selection of participants must be done responsibly, — supposed Stela Zabrian, the representative of Soroca District Council
Andrii Kavunets said, that 28 project participants would study the best practices of strategic planning in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia during almost a 2-week visit to Europe in September this year.
- Our communities on both sides of the Dniester River are striving to implement the best practices of the European Union, because our aim is to achieve the highest possible standard of living. The working visit will demonstrate in practice how strategic planning is written, how it is implemented and what results it brings, – commented Veaceslav Burlacu, the Chairman of Public Association Euroregion Dniester in Moldova.
After this, inspired by the trip and informative trainings, participants will have to design their own development strategies in their communities during October-December of this year.
The International Conference “Good Governance in Local Communities: V4 Experience of Strategic planning for EaP Countries” will complete the project. In February 2018, the final conference will be conducted for 200 participants in Vinnytsia. There will be presented all outputs and achievements of the project, developed strategies for Ukrainian and Moldovan pilot communities and the Guidance for community development strategy.