On 31st May this year in Przemyśl, under the motto "It's good to have a neighbour", we launched the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of cross-border cooperation between Poland and Ukraine and officially opened the Interreg NEXT Poland-Ukraine 2021-2027 and the 1st call for projects in the Programme.
The event was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the Managing Authority and the Ukrainian National Authority, Polish and Ukrainian local governments, NGOs and administration, representatives of beneficiaries who have been initiating and successfully implementing joint projects in the Polish-Ukrainian borderland for twenty years.
We know how important it is to work together in order to build good projects, projects which complement each other and which not only give us a sense of security, but projects which develop our regions in which we live every day, said Deputy Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy, Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, in her welcoming speech.
Thanks to joint projects implemented as part of the three editions of the Poland-(Belarus)-Ukraine Programme, we have done a lot of good for the Polish-Ukrainian borderland. Using EU funds, we have subsidised the modernisation and construction of new roads and border crossings, improved the safety of residents, improved access to a clean environment and water, contributed to the construction and equipping of hospitals, increased the tourist potential of the region, and helped build good relations between the inhabitants of the region.
The next stage of cross-border cooperation in the Polish-Ukrainian border region lies ahead - the Interreg NEXT Programme Poland-Ukraine 2021-2027.
The road is forming under the feet of those who follow it. A new path is opening up before us - the first call for proposals for the Interreg NEXT Programme Poland-Ukraine 2021-2027. I would like to wish you a beautiful start and fruitful cooperation - with these words, Yana Romaniuk from the Ukrainian National Institution (Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine) commented on the launch of the first call for proposals (more about the call HERE)
I think that this is a unique Programme, where partners and Ukrainian authorities can gain experience in terms of the European Cohesion Policy, said European Commission representative Jozef Michalek.
We invite you to visit the YouTube channel of the PBU Programme, where you can watch videos presenting the 4 editions of the Programme, the broadcast of the event that took place in Przemyśl and the video summarising the event.
The event in Przemyśl was the first in a series of 20 events to mark the 20th anniversary of Polish-Ukrainian cross-border cooperation. We invite you to participate in the remaining 19, during which you will learn about the projects supported by the Programme and their experiences, and above all you will be able to benefit from their results - visit science and culture centres, units of the State Fire Service, look at the work of firefighters from voluntary fire brigades or rescuers from the Mountain Voluntary Rescue Service, take part in many interesting workshops, and listen to music performed across the border.
We are already looking forward to three summer months with cross-border projects:
7 July – Kosiv
14 July – Lutsk
16 July – Sokal
22 July – Vereshchytsia
28 July – Pop Ivan
5 August – Urych
9 August – Lviv
12 August – Kolochava
19 August – Rivne
27 August – Kremenets
2 September – Drohiczyn
3 September – Choroszcz
9 September – Ostrołęka
10 September – Rzeszów
16 September – Przemyśl
17 September – Siedlce
23 September – Lublin
24 September – Węgrów
30 September – Polańczyk
We will be posting exact information about each event on the PBU Programme website in the events’ calendar and on the Programme's FB fan page.
Participation in all events is open and completely free of charge.
See you at our events in Poland and Ukraine!
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