“The Association of Ukrainian Cities should base its advocacy before national authorities on a participatory process and by developing strong internal structures and consensual strategic approaches with its members”, stressed Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, on the occasion of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) enlarged Strategic Planning Working Group meeting held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 11 December 2019. “This process is an important step to ensure representativity and ownership by the members of the AUC. It will allow for the establishment of a solid basis for successful joint action in the interest of the cities and hromadas”, he added.
This meeting is a follow-up of the regional workshops which gathered more than hundred members of the association. The AUC is resolutely engaged in a process of strategic planning to guide its institutional development, build a solid financial foundation and sustainability, and prepare for challenges that lie ahead. Initiated in the margins of the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum in Odesa in June 2019, the process of the AUC’s midterm strategy has been designed to generate decisions that are reached by consensus, ensuring that both members and executive staff share the Association’s vision and mission and are committed to achieving it with a unified voice.
This activity is organised in the framework of the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine”, implemented by the Congress as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021. The project aims to improve the quality of local democracy in Ukraine by strengthening institutional frameworks and by supporting local authorities and their national associations in their efforts to promote ethical decision-making and more citizen-oriented, responsive and transparent local governance.