Donetsk region joins Donbas Euroregion

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Oct. 21, 2011, 6:22 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Donetsk region Governor Andriy Shyshatsky, Rostov region Governor Vasily Golubev and Luhansk region Governor Volodymyr Prystiuk signed a protocol on Oct. 19 according to which Donetsk region joined the Donbas Euroregion. "We presented our Euroregion at the second Russia-Ukraine forum and our presidents approved it. We will continue work," the press service of Donetsk Regional State Administration cited Shyshatsky as saying on Oct. 19.

Golubev, in turn, said that the Donbas Euroregion unites 11.5 million residents of three regions and is one of the most active unions of such a kind on the territories of Ukraine and Russia.

"The main task of our unification is to implement specific economic and social projects. Improving the quality of life of our residents would be the best result of our activity," he said.

During the meeting on Oct. 19, a number of decisions were taken: on joining of the Donbas Euroregion to the Association of European Border Regions, on the structure of the Euroregion's development strategy until 2020.

Several joint investment, infrastructure and social projects for the member regions of the union were presented during the meeting.

The implementation of the program for cleaning the River of Siversky Donets will be a strategic direction of work of the Euroregion.

The Donbas Euroregion is an international association that was set up on Oct. 29, 2010 in Luhansk.
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