Polish municipality gives aid to Ukrainian partner and paves way for cooperation
All good cooperation takes time to develop. Municipal officials first met online back in November 2021 and were able to explore each side’s development challenges and the potential areas of cooperation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine imposed a brutal change of perspective: emergency support became paramount. Polanica-Zdrój offered to provide shelter to anyone fleeing the war from their partner municipality.
Almost a year later, officials from Polyanytsya were able to visit their Polish partner. Local officials showcased Polanica-Zdrój’s achievements, especially in regards to waste management and economic infrastructure, and held an official ceremony for the signature of the two municipalities’ the Cooperation Agreement.
Mayor of Polanica-Zdrój Mateusz Jellin handed the Ukrainian delegation a symbolic cheque of €8,000 collected with the help of their German twin-city, Telgte. The money will be spent to address the Ukrainian people’s urgent emergency or humanitarian needs.
«The knowledge we gained during the visit will be a good experience for us for the further development of our municipality» said Antonina Mirus, head of Polyanytsya’s Legal Department. «And most importantly, we found new friends.»
The Ukrainian officials thanked Polanica-Zdrój for its openness and support in the face of war. In turn, Mayor Jellin will visit Polyanystya in the coming months.
The partnership between the two municipalities is part of the “Bridges of Trust” project, implemented by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), PLATFORMA and supported by U-LEAD with Europe. The Association of Polish Cities (ZMP) also played an important role in matching the municipalities.