Within the framework of the working visit to Paris, Mayor Vadym Boichenko has met with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance of France, Beten companies, EGIS and the city council of La Rochelle. The parties discussed cooperation projects. The issue of implementation of a large-scale project to provide drinking water to residents of half a million Mariupol was discussed.
‘The first project that we are implementing as part of a decentralized cooperation with French partners is made to make affordable drinking water available for every resident of Mariupol. This is a guarantee of the future and the basis of the city. Thus, we raise the basic needs of our residents to the European level. This is a pilot project for Ukraine and in the future we will be able to share the positive experience with other cities of the country,’ Vadym Boichenko said.
Together with the President of the French company Beten, Jean Roche, the Mayor discussed the details of the project and its stages. He also met with the representatives of the EGIS company, which provides assistance in managing the water project. A meeting at the French Ministry of Finance was also devoted to this topic.
Vadym Boichenko discussed projects for further cooperation with a representative for decentralized cooperation with Eastern European countries at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In particular, the Mayor studied the conditions for submitting applications for participation in the competitive program of projects and the procedure for their financing. Among the promising projects of decentralized cooperation are the development of the IT area, the creation of a scientific technology park and the improvement of embankments.
‘Mariupol today is an example of positive changes in Ukraine. The city follows the path of strategic development. All our projects are aimed at improving the level and quality of people’s life. They are aimed to unleash the potential of the city and create new opportunities for its residents,’ the Mayor emphasized.
It is worth noting that at the beginning of 2019, a Framework Agreement was concluded between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of Ukraine on official support of the project for drinking water supply in Mariupol. Additionally, during the first International Investment Forum RE: think. Invest in Ukraine, the Declaration of Intent was signed on the development of the water supply and treatment infrastructure in Mariupol between the French Government, the European Investment Bank and the City Council. The total investment in the project is more than EUR 90 million.