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Young local leaders in Ukraine propose new local initiatives

Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017 Chernihiv (Ukraine) 11 July 2016
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Young local leaders in Ukraine propose new local initiatives

24 young local leaders, including 10 local councillors from four regions of Ukraine (Chernihiv, Rivne, Sumy and Volyn), discussed their role as future leaders during a seminar organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Chernihiv from 5 to 7 July 2016. Natalia Romanova, Vice-Governor of the Chernihiv region and former Vice-president of the Congress, sharing her vision of local self-government reform challenged the participants: “Your generation has the power to change things. Don’t be afraid to cooperate with Mayors and Councillors”. Participants discussed with Congress members Saimir Plaku (Albania, NI-NR) and Saara Ilvessalo (Finland, SOC), and experts how to introduce change at the local level, increase citizen participation, encourage ethical decision-making and prevent corruption as well as how to get further involved in view of the forthcoming local elections. They developed a set of initiatives to be implemented in their communities as a follow-up to the seminar. The seminar was organised in the framework of the “Promoting local democracy in Ukraine” project, which is part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017.

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