Friday, July 3, 2009

President - Crimea would benefit from the Eastern Partnership project

President Victor Yushchenko stressed that Crimea has a unique opportunity to become the first object of pilot programs for regional development within the framework of EU's Eastern Partnership.
"I would like to see Crimea take its rightful place in the project", said the President of Ukraine at the meeting on the development of Crimea, he held today in Simferopol.

Victor Yushchenko stressed that with start of Eastern Partnership Ukraine, together with five other countries, was provided with an instrument to realize potential and opportunities of its regions.

According to the President, several months ago through the working instrument of European Neighborhood Policy Ukraine has started a dialogue with the European Union on a separate program for the economic development of Crimea, which the EU would soon consider.

He also said that some projects are analyzed in the European Investment Bank, EBRD, World Bank and other international financial institutions.

Victor Yushchenko also informed that in accordance with the agreement with European Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner Crimean delegation would visit Brussels from 16 to 18 July and hold talks on economic development of Crimea. "In addition to national business we should invite foreign capital to development of Crimea", - said Victor Yushchenko