"We want to work with local partners to understand what is working well from the decentralization reform and what is not. How the war affected these processes. Maybe somewhere something needs to be restored and given a new impetus, maybe some aspects need a new consideration or approach. I hope we will be able to understand your region and see how the local self-government management system works and what hinders it, what are the barriers, as well as how civil society is involved in the processes".
On February 6, a meeting of a group of German experts with representatives of the local self-government of the Chernihiv region (members of the Association of Cities of Ukraine) took place in Chernihiv).
The main goal of the meeting was to discuss the priority issues of urban reconstruction, as well as the implementation of the decentralization reform in the conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Members of the German delegation are working on the analysis of the institution of local self-government, studying the role of local government.
The event was attended by ex-deputy of the European Parliament Rebecca Garms, senior expert on Eastern Europe of the Bertelsmann Foundation Miriam Kosmel, director of the German-Ukrainian Bureau Mattia Nelles and project manager Tetiana Lopaschuk. The Koryukiv community was represented by the secretary of the city council, Anastasia Plyusch.
During the event, those present talked about the challenges and priorities of community recovery, strengthening social cohesion and the importance of supporting the economy.
Rebecca Harms (ex-deputy of the European Parliament) expressed interest in cooperation.
The meeting was organized by the German-Ukrainian Bureau German-Ukrainian Bureau Public organization Dobrochyn Center and Chernihiv Center for Human Rights.