Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko has signed a communique with representatives of the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area regarding cooperation on agglomeration issues, the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration has informed, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the message, the document was drafted during the “Greater Paris – Greater Kyiv” roundtable, as part of the official visit of the delegation from the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area to Kyiv. In particular, the cooperation provides for area development, cultural exchange and attraction of investments.
“We have begun the process. This decision is going to affect everybody, not just the capital. Because we are stronger together, and we can do more together… This is where we need to apply the best European practice, particularly, the French approach”, - the press service of the administration said citing the city mayor.
The mayor also added that during the visit of the delegation from the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area, the issues of decentralization, development of local government, creation and development of agglomerations need to be discussed.
According to the press service of the City State Administration, the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area unites 135 towns and villages with a total population of 7.5 million inhabitants. Moreover, the area’s businesses account for a quarter of France’s gross domestic product.
Kyiv authorities have suggested the neighboring villages to unite into a Kyiv agglomeration, which should become a platform for the solution of common issues and for the coordinated planning of area development.
The Kyiv agglomeration could unite over 20 villages including such towns as Boryspil, Boyarka, Brovary, Bucha, Vyshgorod, Vasylkiv, Vyshneve, Irpin, Obukhiv, Ukrayinka and villages such as Vorzel, Hlevakha, Hostomel, Kalynivka (Brovarsky district), Kalynivka (Vasylkivsky district), Kotsyubynske, Kozyn, Chabany.
In February 2018, Vitaliy Klitschko instructed the Kyiv Council to assemble a working group on issues related to the creation of an agglomeration.