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Lithuanian experience in the areas of regional development and local governance was presented to the Ukrainian Deputy Minister

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2015 02 09

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Lithuanian experience in the areas of regional development and local governance was presented to the Ukrainian Deputy Minister
Lithuanian experience in the areas of regional development and local governance was presented to the Ukrainian Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Roman Chuprynenko during his meeting with the Vice-Minister of the Interior Julius Morkūnas, was presented Lithuanian experience in the area of reforms of regional development and local governance.

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Deputy Minister R. Chuprynenko also briefly presented reforms in the areas of regional policy and local governance taking place in Ukraine currently, told about first steps of the Ukrainian Government while seeking to decentralize administration and to impart greater autonomy to the regional and local bodies of governance. He underlined that Ukraine feels strong support of Lithuania. The Lithuanian experience is very important in the process of passing from the soviet system to the European Union (EU), as Ukraine is implementing similar reforms as Lithuania did some time ago.

The guest from Ukraine was particularly interested in the Lithuanian experience while establishing housing cooperatives and organizing residential renovation, improving effectiveness in energy consumption, thus seeking to diminish the dependence of Ukraine from the gas supply from Russia.

Vice-Ministers J. Morkūnas ir R. Chuprynenko discussed possibilities of cooperation in changing experience between the Lithuanian MoI and the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine. It was agreed to look for the ways how the Lithuanian experts could provide consultative assistance to their Ukrainian colleagues on establishing the complex system of residential housing renovation and modernization of the environment, also to seek possibilities of passing the experience of the Lithuanian experts in the areas of regional development and decentralization of administration and, possibly, necessary information to the Ukrainian colleagues.

At the meeting with the Ukrainian Deputy Minister, Director of MoI Public Governance Policy Department Paulius Skardžius, Director of International Cooperation Department Kęstutis Bučinskas and Head of Regional Policy Strategic Coordination Division of Public Governance Policy Department Gediminas Česonis participated as well.

Deputy Minister R. Chuprynenko visits Lithuania together with other Ukrainian Deputy Ministers in charge of EU integration issues. During the visit in Lithuania on 4–7 February, fourteen high-ranking officials of Ukraine will meet representatives of the Lithuanian ministries and other institutions, expand their knowledge on the processes of EU integration, will get acquainted with experience of accepting EU legal norms and standards.