Vinnytsia Signed an Agreement on Commonwealth with the Latvian City of Ventspils - Serhii Morhunov

12 October 2022, 11:45

On September 14, during an online meeting between representatives of the municipalities of Vinnytsia and Ventspils, an agreement on commonwealth was signed. The document was signed by Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov and Ventspils City Council Chairman Jānis Vītoliņš.

Communication between the two cities began with the initiative of representatives of the Ventspils municipality, who expressed a desire to establish a partnership with Vinnytsia.

On September 14, the communities formalized their ties by concluding a commonwealth agreement.

The agreement states that the parties seek to develop closer bilateral relations through the exchange of experience and municipal practices in various areas of the socio-economic sphere. It is about potential cooperation in the field of culture, education, ecology, renewable energy, civil defense, business development, in particular in the field of information technologies.

"We have always sought to involve the best European practices, and this is becoming especially relevant for the post-war recovery of our country. Ventspils is considered one of the most innovative cities in Latvia. And I am sure that our communities will find points of contact. We can also share our experience with the Latvian municipality. After all, foreign partners recognize that we also have a lot to learn, and that's nice. This shows that we have worked for a reason to introduce certain practices, services, technology, etc.," emphasized the Mayor Serhii Morhunov.

Ventspils is considered one of the most progressive cities in Latvia. Vinnytsia also dealt with these issues in peacetime in accordance with the City Development Strategy 3.0.

The head of Ventspils, Jānis Vītoliņš, said that 85% of the funds involved in the development of the city are European grants and only 15% are allocated from the budget. Latvians are ready to share the experience of attracting additional resources with Vinnytsia as well.

"We have a lot of experience working with potential investors - more than 25 years. We are one of the most active municipalities in Latvia in attracting funds from various European foundations. We started this work even before joining the European Union - during the period in which Ukraine is located. The status of a candidate already makes it possible to attract various financial instruments," says the head of Ventspils, Jānis Vītoliņš.

Latvia has been a member of the European Union since 2004. This Baltic country has always supported our country on the path of European integration, and since 2014 it has been helping in the fight against russia. The Saeima of Latvia also recognized russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.

"You are fighting not only for yourself, not only for your freedom, but also for the freedom of our country, the Baltic States and parts of Europe," says the head of Ventspils City Council, Jānis Vītoliņš.

Also, the Latvian partners said that since the beginning of the full-scale war, Ventspils sheltered about 600 Ukrainians, among them are Vinnytsia residents, and a child was born in a family from Vinnytsia.

As noted by Serhii Morhunov, this cooperation agreement will contribute to the development of our city among European civil society. After all, during the online meeting, Latvian friends noted that Vinnytsia also has its strengths. Therefore, cooperation between municipalities will benefit both communities. Serhii Morhunov emphasized that it is thanks to the exchange of opinions and best practices that a progressively positive result can be achieved.

"You have made serious progress in development. I am confident in our cooperation. We see that we have a lot in common," says the head of Ventspils City Council, Jānis Vītoliņš.

"I hope that after our Victory, in which Latvians believe as well as Ukrainians, together with Ventspils we will implement more than one project," emphasized Serhii Morhunov.

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The city of Ventspils was founded in 1290. It is a port city, has access to the Baltic Sea, the coastline is 12 km long.

The city's economy is represented by both the traditional port industry (transshipment of oil, coal, grain, other goods and cargo), and the modern processing industry, which is actively developing due to the presence of the free economic zone "Free Port".

The city has a developed cultural life. Three years ago, a modern concert hall "Latvia" was built, which also houses a music school.

In the summer, the city launched another ambitious project - the Center for Science and Innovation "Vizium". The center has 80 interactive exhibits that are integrated into 22 science and mathematics (STEM) curricula.

The city has a university of applied sciences, a developed network of preschool and general education institutions.

The municipality pays great attention to the development of sports, particularly children's sports. The city has a wide network of sports complexes and centers where children and adults can practice swimming, basketball, tennis, football, and extreme sports.

The city positions itself as a city for family and family recreation. For this, the appropriate infrastructure is supported: playgrounds, walking parks and squares, water parks.

The city is actively developing tourism. Despite the rather cool Baltic Sea, in the summer Ventspils is filled with tourists from Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and other countries.

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