July 28, 2022
About Dialogue

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is destructive to economic, social and physical capital, but most importantly to people’s lives and livelihoods, their freedoms and dreams, which must be rejuvenated. Today, the international community shows extraordinary solidarity with the Ukrainian people - world leaders call for a new 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine to help rebuild the country. To support the reconstruction plan, the European Commission proposes to set up the ‘RebuildUkraine' Ukraine Reconstruction Platform as the main instrument for the European Union's support, through a mix of grants and loans. It would be embedded in the EU budget, thereby ensuring the transparency, accountability and sound financial management of this initiative, with a clear link to investments and reforms.
The Ukrainian National Council for Recovery has been established too, bringing together main Ukrainian stakeholders to agree on the National Recovery Plan which was developed and successfully presented and discussed at the Lugano conference on 4-5 of July.

One of the challenges of the reconstruction process of Ukraine is to build place-sensitive, inclusive, and multi-dimensional strategies to achieve sustainable outcomes.

The successful implementation of the decentralization reform has empowered the local and regional authorities with substantially wider competencies and an important role in social and economic development and hence also in the overall recovery and reconstruction process in Ukraine. Strong and capable municipalities are more important than ever!
The main goal
is to present a project-based approach when dealing with the recovery of municipalities to ensure that municipalities play a key role in recovery efforts of war-affected territories in Ukraine, whether directly through the invasion and temporary occupation or indirectly through welcoming displaced fellow citizens and businesses
The over-arching theme
partnerships between municipalities as such partnerships are even more relevant in the recovery and reconstruction process. they offer many benefits to municipalities, enabling them to access new infrastructure, contributing to economic growth, employment, and social goals
The topics addressed
will comprise the challenges that Ukrainian municipalities have to tackle in recovery and reconstruction, such as:
- assessing damage as the baseline for reconstruction and how this can feed into developing a strategy for recovery and reconstruction;

- determining the needs for services for the population when there is a dynamic demographic situation linked to displacement of the population;

- maintaining the economy through such steps as relocating enterprises to safer areas and improving employment opportunities;

- making sure that local communities and municipal administrations have the capacity to manage an inclusive recovery and reconstruction processes that include ready-to-go municipal investment projects for recovery.

The prior international experience with war and post-war recovery and reconstruction to tackle these challenges will also be reviewed.
Session 1
Recovery and reconstruction of physical infrastructure of damaged municipalities
Session 2
Local Economic Adjustment in an Economy at War
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Thursday, July 28
09:40 – 10:00
Connection of participants to MS Teams
10:00 – 10:10
Presentation of the Dialogue flow and agenda
Overall Dialogue Moderator: Iyevgen Dukhovych, U-LEAD with Europe
10:10 – 10:30
Opening Comments
  • Igor Korkhovyi, Deputy Minister for EU Integration at the Ministry of Communities and Territories
  • Natalia Starostenko, Sector Manager, Regional and local development, Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine
  • Andrej Horvat, GIZ Deputy Programme Director, U-LEAD with Europe
10:30 – 12:00
Session 1: Recovery and reconstruction of physical infrastructure of damaged municipalities
  • Vinko Kasana, Mayor of Lipik municipality, Croatia
  • Senka Horvat, Director of Regional Development Agency, Požeško Slavnoska, Croatia
  • Martin Horseling, International expert, Holland
  • Vladimir Prebilič, Mayor of Kočevje municipality, Slovenia
  • Galyna Minaeva, Mayor of Chuguyiv municipality, Kharkiv oblast
Moderator: Sergii Trokhymyshyn, Regional Projects Team of the U-LEAD with Europe
Objectives of the session:
  • To present lessons learned in post-war municipal reconstruction through the regions of Europe;
  • To discuss the role of municipal partnerships for reconstruction in Ukraine;
  • To look at the integrated project-based approach in the recovery and reconstruction process in municipalities of Ukraine.
  • More clear understanding of benefits of municipal partnerships in recovery process and definition of relevant sectors of cooperation;
  • Better understanding of the capacities that municipalities need to be able to prepare ready-to-go municipal investment recovery projects.
12:00 – 12:15
12:15 – 13:45
Session 2: Local Economic Adjustment in an Economy at War
  • Niclas Rueffer, Deputy Program Director, EU4Business
  • Volodymyr Vasylevskyi, Director of Institute of Sustainable Regional Development
  • Bogdan Kelichavyi, Mayor of Kopychynetska municipality, Ternopil oblast
  • Borys Karpus, Mayor of Novovolynsk municipality, Volyn oblast
Moderator: Kostiantyn Ploskyi, Regional Projects Team of the U-LEAD with Europe
Objectives of the session:
  • To discuss what measures municipalities can take to keep the civilian economy going, including support for incoming/relocating business;
  • To look at the strategies to support municipalities in creating jobs and support entrepreneurship for internally displaced persons.
  • Better understanding of the practical implications and processes of a relocated economy.
  • The vision for the municipalities on economic integration of new arrivals in the community.
13:45 – 14:00
Summing up
  • Stephen Tupper, Team Leader, Regional Projects Team of the U-LEAD with Europe
Speakers and moderators