The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will continue cooperation with Lugansk Oblast on improving municipal services within the next three years


The project progress review mission took place from 16 April to 27 April 2012. It comprised of Mr Eike Ulrich Vater, the representative of GIZ Germany, and Dr. Stefan Draeger, German international consultant on local and regional governance.

The German Government intends to pledge further support for German technical cooperation with in the area of local development to be implemented through GIZ. Each instrument of the German development cooperation focuses on its specific field of intervention. The Improving Municipal Services (IMS) Project provides support to key reform processes, particularly the implementation of the local self-government reform process especially in the field of support to the framework for the provision of public services (working line 1), administrative services (working line 2), inter-municipal cooperation (working line 3) and measures in the field of training/capacity development (working line 4).

The budget of the IMS has been set to EUR 4 million for the current phase of implementation from January 2010 until December 2012.

The mission held extensive discussions with all major stakeholders in Kyiv and partners in Lugansk oblast as well as with the representatives from the pilot cities. Further discussions took place with the representatives from civil society.

A new phase for the project will start in January 2013 and continue to December 2015. At the current stage this is also going to be the last phase of the project.

Proposals on the next phase are based on the mission’s findings and the results of a workshop with stakeholders in Lugansk on 25 April, and Kyiv on 26 April 2012.

The mission was conducted in a cordial atmosphere. The members of the mission would like to express their gratitude to all partners who shared their knowledge and views.