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2015/12/03 13:34

12341389_1007096135999509_7208643092157447145_nRecently, the POWER OF PEOPLE delegation made a three-day study tour to Brussels, where, in particular, they visited the headquarter of the Foundation and took a look at the work of the European Parliament, at the invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

The Trostyanets city mayor Yuriy Bova, the Chortkiv city mayor Volodymyr Shmatko, the Tatarbunary city council secretary Diana Serhiyenko and the Kovel city council deputy Olena Matviychuk were included to the group invited to Belgium. The trip began with a visit to the headquarter of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, where the POWER OF PEOPLE party members took a closer look at the work of the organization’s executive directorate, talked with experts, who work out the projects of institutional support for democracy in Ukraine. It is interesting that even in Belgium, there are people, who deal with that by occupation, but anyway, they are very well aware of the problems in Ukraine, and the questions they asked our colleagues were professional and concrete.

The next day, there was a memorable visit to the heart of modern European democracy – the European Parliament. The day began with a visit to the EU Committee of the Regions, where the POWER OF PEOPLE representatives learned about one of the EU body – CORLEAP that includes the representatives of local authorities from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.12316612_10203976598975543_9156526436225270575_n

Later, our colleagues took part in the discussion “Will the decentralization lead to peace in Ukraine?”, where Diana Serhiyenko addressed the
audience as a speaker. She expressed her cautions concerning the reform implementation process and suggestions for improving the communication between citizens, local authorities and the government that could be implemented with the help of the European partners as well.

The meeting with the Deputy Representative of Ukraine to the EU Oleksandr Irkhin and the head of the Committee for Ukraine in the European Commission Gabriele Lo Monaco was informative in terms of geopolitics and international cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.

In spite of the fact that the building of the European Parliament is protected by the National Guard due to the recent tragic events in Paris, it is apparent that terrorists couldn’t make the main thing – to intimidate the Europeans, make them the hostages of their own fears. Yuriy Bova even made a photo together with the representatives of the Belgian law enforcement agencies!

POWER OF PEOPLE is truly grateful to the representative office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Ukraine and its head Mrs.Miriam Kosmehl personally for the provided opportunity to learn the best European democratic practices.