The Government is consistently implementing a plan for rehabilitation of the Donbas infrastructure and attracts European partners to realize projects of vital importance for the region's population. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said this during a ceremony of the signing of a loan agreement with the Government of France on a project to update the water supply system in Mariupol. The purpose of the deal is to solve the key problem of a large industrial city, provide high-quality water to almost 500,000 residents, minimize water losses. According to the project, the funding worth EUR 64 million is provided by the Government of France – for 30 years with a 10-year grace period and at a rate of 0.08% annual interest. This is about 65% of the cost of the project. The remaining amount of the funding will be provided from other sources.
Due to this initiative, in Mariupol, filtering units, water intake structures will be built, specialists will update old waterway networks, introduce new forms of water resources management in the city.
"We have embarked on the development of the infrastructure of the Azov Sea region. The Government has allocated UAH 1 billion for the reconstruction of the Zaporizhzhia-Mariupol road. The plans include a complete modernization of a section of the railway in this direction and a renewal of the transport system. I believe that this agreement will be effectively implemented, and the residents of the city will receive high-quality water. In 2-3 years the quality of life in Mariupol will change for the better", said Volodymyr Groysman.
He emphasized that the level of development of local self-government will contribute to achieving this goal. According to the Head of Government, Mariupol is an example of an effective decentralization practice. The local community has a resource to improve people's lives.
In turn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont noted that such projects are proof of support for Ukraine by France. "We want to show that our support is not only words, but concrete actions. We are working together. And I can assure that we were able to reach such a result very quickly", the French diplomat said.