The opportunities and benefits offered by the European integration for Ukrainians were discussed in Zhytomyr. The conference with the participation of the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Deputy Chairman of the Regional State Administration Yaroslav Laguta, representatives of local authorities, business, public initiatives and education took place within the framework of the information campaign "European integration: power of opportunities" and gathered more than 350 participants.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that Zhytomyr region is developing close trade relations with the countries of the European Union. In the first half of this year, the region exported products to the EU up to $217 million, representing 64.1% of the total exports of the region. "This means that the vast majority of enterprises reoriented their production to the needs of the most demanding world market. Obviously, this is not just about money, but also about quality and competitiveness", she stressed.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze added that despite skepticism that the economy of Ukraine is based on raw materials, which, according to many predictions, could not compete with the European goods, however during the first year of the implementation of the Association Agreement, a significant part of exports of the Zhytomyr region to the EU countries was represented by electric cars - 24.3 %. Most of the products produced in Zhytomyr region were purchased by Germany, Poland and Italy, while the volume of export supplies is increasing in all countries. In particular, the most - to the Czech Republic (4.5 times) and Finland (almost twice).
The Vice Prime Minister stressed that according to the latest data, Zhytomyr region ranks third among all regions of Ukraine for ease of doing business, and 87.5% of foreign investments in the economy of Zhytomyr region have been attracted from the European Union. "European investments are not just money. These are European rules of the game, new technologies, in the end, the European conditions of work at enterprises with European capital ", the Vice Prime Minister stressed.
The Vice Prime Minister also placed a special emphasis on the fact that the European Union’s support for those projects demonstrating the causal chain between reforms and welfare and teaching people greater responsibility for themselves, the community and the country remains a top priority issue and she cited examples of projects being implemented in the region. It is energy efficiency at schools and kindergartens, street lighting, water supply, restoration and purchase of medical equipment for rural health posts, assistance to internally displaced persons, as well as projects that completely change the lives of individual communities, such as the youth cluster of the organic business of Baranivska consolidated community.
There are numerous projects being implemented in the region with the participation of the the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank, which enabled the implementation of energy efficiency measures. Local residents received new trolleybuses bought with the assistance of EBRD. And in April next year in Zhytomyr, the first stage of the solar power plant should be launched. The cooperation of Zhytomyr universities with the EU in the field of education is incredibly important. In particular, the project "Erasmus Mundus" was successfully implemented in Zhytomyr Technological University.