Today, the Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council Artur Tovmasian met via video conference with the representatives of international institutions that provide international technical assistance.

"Deepening of the cooperation of communities with international institutions operating in Ukraine and, in particular, in Kharkiv region is among our priorities. We are interested in attracting funds to the region, implementing various types of projects that contribute to the successful development of communities and the implementation of local initiatives. International technical assistance opens vast opportunities for communities," Artur Tovmasian said.

He also mentioned that the Regional Council has a long experience of working with international organizations. In particular, it has a significant case of successfully implemented projects. We are talking about improving infrastructure, providing administrative, social and medical services, land issues.

“I am thankful to the leaders of Kharkiv Regional Council and the Association of Local Self-Government Authorities of Kharkiv region for the initiative to hold a meeting with the participation of so many representatives of international institutions. In this format and in this composition, this is the largest meeting in the last few years. I am sure that today's meeting is very important for further cooperation with communities and will become a new impulse in this direction," said Denys Tkachev, Head of the Eastern Regional Hub of the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ.

Representatives of Kharkiv Regional Office of the U-LEAD with Europe program, the Eastern Ukrainian Office of the International Renaissance Foundation, the UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights, the Eastern Regional Office of the Ukrainian Fund of Social Investments, Kharkiv Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine, the Eastern Regional Hub of the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ spoke about the experience of participation of territorial communities in project activities, as well as current opportunities for cooperation.

Artur Tovmasian suggested holding the next meeting in a broader format - with the participation of the heads of territorial communities.

“The task for the nearest future is to make the most out of the opportunities provided to communities by international partners and to implement as many projects as possible that are useful for people. I am confident that we will find the right format of cooperation, create all the necessary conditions for the all-round development of communities," Artur Tovmasian said.

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