EaPTC Cooperation Programmes

Belarus – Ukraine

Belarus: Brest and Gomel Oblasts
Ukraine: Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, and Chernihiv Oblasts

Belarus – Ukraine / News & Events

January 25, 2018 The EU grant will contribute to improving the efficiency of integrated water resources management of the Dnipro River To improve the research of water resources in the Dnipro basin and to expand cooperation between the involved organizations in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus – these are the main tasks of a joint project of two countries entitled "Transboundary hydro-meteorological and environmental monitoring system...
January 24, 2018 Four-footed therapists: special rehabilitation methods for children are being developed in the border region of Ukraine and Belarus Canistherapy is one of the promising rehabilitation techniques, which is actively used in the cases of nervous disorders, mental illnesses, infantile cerebral paralysis, hypertension, depression, as well as in the process of adapting children and adults with autism and Down syndrome to the everyday life...
January 23, 2018 EU-funded “Dnipro Ferry” project will link the museums of Gomel and Chernihiv regions by a tourist route “Dnipro Ferry” is a joint cross-border project of Belarus and Ukraine, one of the 18 awardees of the Belarus – Ukraine Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme.Full name of the project is “From small/local museum forms to broad cross-border cultural cooperation”. It aims to link the museums...
January 16, 2018 The European Union supports systemic changes for developing self-employment opportunities in the creative industry Teaching folk craftsmen to promote their products, providing them with the proper tools for interaction with the global platforms selling craft products, and initiating workshops for exchange of experience and folk crafts training in Ukraine and Belarus – these important tasks will be in the focus of...
December 15, 2017 Preserving traditions: EU supports promotion of handicrafts in Belarus The cross-border Belarusian-Ukrainian project “Development of traditional crafts as a driver for SME and self-employment enhancement in the near-border communities” was launched in late November 2017. The new project will start its activities with the development of a craftsmen database, which will include...
November 29, 2017 18 Belarus – Ukraine teams signed grant contracts and received EU funding for implementing joint projects The leaders and partners of 18 cross-border partnerships gathered in Kyiv (Pushcha-Vodytsia) on November 29, 2017 to take part in the ceremony of signing the grant contracts within the framework of the EU-funded Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme. The event was jointly organised by the...
November 27, 2017 Belarus – Ukraine territorial cooperation grant projects get underway Training for the cross-border teams implementing joint projects under Belarus – Ukraine Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme starts today in Pushcha-Vodytsia (Kyiv), Ukraine, and will last untill December 1, 2017. Being conducted in two stages, the event will be highlighted by the Grant...
February 13, 2017 Grantees of the Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme identified Preliminary list of grantees under Belarus – Ukraine Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme was approved by the members of the Joint Decision Making Committee in Chernihiv on February 10, 2017. In total, 148 joint project proposals were submitted by Belarusian and Ukrainian partners from...
January 24, 2017 Preliminary list of the winners of Belarus – Ukraine Call for Proposals to be identified in February On February 10, 2017, Chernihiv will host a meeting of the Joint Decision Making Committee of Belarus – Ukraine Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme. The JDMC members will review the evaluation results and identify a preliminary list of the projects that will receive grants from the...
April 26, 2016 Call for Applications as External Assessors for Belarus-Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme The Managing Authority (MA) of the EU-funded “Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation” Programme calls for applications for setting up a pool of assessors. The assessors will be in charge of the evaluation of proposals to be submitted under the Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme...
April 11, 2016 Frequently Asked Questions under Belarus – Ukraine Call for Proposals updated The EaPTC Support Programme draws attention of the Applicants under Belarus - Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme Call for Proposals to the final version of Frequently Asked Questions, which was updated by the Managing Authority on April 8, 2016.It should be recalled that the deadline for projects...
April 1, 2016 Potential partners from the border regions of Belarus and Ukraine are actively preparing for the Call for Proposals The delegation of Belarus shared the experience of cooperation in the field of cross-border projects’ planning and development with their Ukrainian colleagues in March, during the international round table "The European experience of cross-border cooperation for Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus",...
February 11, 2016 Belarus-Ukraine Info Days were attended by more than a thousand people On 1 – 16 February 2016, five Ukrainian cities – Chernigov, Zhitomir, Kiev, Rovno and Lutsk – hosted a series of Information Days under Belarus – Ukraine (BY–UA) Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.The overall objective of the event was to provide the participants with important theoretical and practical...
February 8, 2016 Project clinics for potential applicants under Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme to be launched The EaPTC Support Programme provides an opportunity of individual consultations for potential applicants in Belarus and Ukraine in the process of preparing their project proposals. Participation in the Project Clinics allows raising, discussing and solving questions concerning the content, application...
January 25, 2016 Information Days under Belarus – Ukraine Call for Proposals get under way in February Following the recent announcement of the Call for Proposals under Belarus – Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme, EaPTC Support Programme together with the Managing Authority organises a series of Information Days in Ukraine and Belarus. The info-sessions are aimed to provide the potential applicants...
January 21, 2016 EU Enhances Territorial Cooperation between Belarus and Ukraine On January 20, 2016 the EaPTC Managing Authority has announced the Call for Proposals for strengthening territorial cooperation between Belarus and Ukraine aimed at addressing common development challenges in bordering regions.Territorial cooperation partners, including local authorities, communities...

EaPTC Belarus – Ukraine Awarded Grant Projects

Belarus – Ukraine / Documents

BY-UA_Results of the Call_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU.pdf BY-UA_Results of the Call_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU 1,17 Mb
BY-UA_Grant Contract_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU.pdf BY-UA_Grant Contract_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU 655,42 Kb
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BY-UA_National requirements in Belarus_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU.pdf BY-UA_National requirements in Belarus_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU 523,67 Kb
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BY-UA_Reporting_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU.pdf BY-UA_Reporting_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU 696,21 Kb
BY-UA_Project Monitoring_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU.pdf BY-UA_Project Monitoring_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU 641,53 Kb
BY-UA_Project logic, structure & documentation_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_ENG.ppsx BY-UA_Project logic, structure & documentation_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_ENG 8,11 Mb
BY-UA_Project Closure_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU.pdf BY-UA_Project Closure_Kyiv_27.11-1.12.17_RU 539,12 Kb
BY-UA_Call for Assessors_ENG.pdf BY-UA_Call for Assessors_ENG 454,07 Kb
BY-UA_Guidelines for Assessors_ENG.pdf BY-UA_Guidelines for Assessors_ENG 1,11 Mb
BY-UA_Joint Operational Programme_Final_ENG.pdf BY-UA Joint Operational Programme FINAL_ENG 585,56 Kb
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BY-UA_Joint Operational Programme_Final_UKR.pdf BY-UA Joint Operational Programme FINAL_UKR 577,02 Kb
BY-UA_Rules of Procedure_FINAL_ENG.pdf BY-UA Rules of Procedure FINAL ENG 175,12 Kb
BY-UA_Rules of Procedure_FINAL_RU.pdf BY-UA Rules of Procedure FINAL_RU 199,39 Kb
ENG EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL.pdf EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL_ENG 227,47 Kb
UKR EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES_FINAL.pdf EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL_UKR 216,18 Kb
RU EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES_FINAL.pdf EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL_RU 218,66 Kb
Presidential Decree on International Technical Aid in Belarus No 460 of 22.10.2003_RU.pdf Presidential Decree on International Technical Aid in Belarus No 460 of 22.10.2003_RU 119,91 Kb
Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus No 1522 of 21.11.2003_RU.pdf Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus No 1522 of 21.11.2003_RU 209,01 Kb
EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_General Info_RU.pdf EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_General Info_RU 454,97 Kb
EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_Eligibility Criteria_RU.pdf EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_Eligibility Criteria_RU 1,85 Mb
EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_Evaluation_RU.pdf EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_Evaluation_RU 601,77 Kb
EaPTC_BY-UA_Info-Days_PPP_Logframe_RU.pdf EaPTC_BY-UA_Info-Days_PPP_Logframe_RU 787,97 Kb
EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_Application Form_RU.pdf EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_Application Form_RU 1,96 Mb
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EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_B5 Support Measures_ENG.pdf EaPTC_BY-UA Info-Days_PPP_B5 Support Measures_ENG 293,43 Kb
BY-UA_Project clinics_Concept Note_ENG.docx BY-UA_Project clinics_Concept Note_ENG 484,32 Kb
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General Facts of the Republic of Belarus

Official Name: Republic of Belarus
President of Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko (1994 - present)
Prime Minister of Belarus: Andrey Kobyakov
Total land area of Belarus 207,600 km²
Population of Belarus – 9.458 million

- Population living in cities – 75.8%
- The capital is Minsk – 1.889,1 million inhabitants

Administrative divisions
6 voblasts and 1 municipality (Minsk)
Regional centres of Belarus (2011):

- Brest - 321,000 inhabitants
- Vitebsk – 367,000 inhabitants
- Gomel – 507,000 inhabitants
- Grodno –346,000 inhabitants
- Mogilev – 363,000 inhabitants




(Source: 2009 census)

Telephone: main telephone equipment – about 4.2 million, users of mobile phones – 10.7 million
Internet users: more than 3.1 million

System of State Administration of the Republic of Belarus

The Republic of Belarus is a unitary democratic social state based on the rule of law (Article 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus). The Republic of Belarus recognizes the supremacy of the universally acknowledged principles of international law and ensures that its laws comply with such principles. The state power in Belarus rests in three branches of government: the legislative, executive and judicial.
Belarus is a presidential republic. The President of the Republic of Belarus is the Head of State, the guarantor of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the rights and liberties of man and citizen.
Under the Constitution, the Parliament is the legislative body of the Republic of Belarus. The Parliament consists of two chambers: the Chamber of Representatives and the Council of the Republic.
Executive power in the Republic of Belarus is exercised by the Government - the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus - the central body of state administration.
Local government and self-government is exercised through local executive and administrative bodies, bodies of self-government, referenda, etc.
Courts of law exercise judicial power in the Republic of Belarus. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus supervises the constitutionality of enforceable enactments of the state.

EaPTC Eligible Regions: Gomel and Brest

Gomel Oblast (Homyel voblast)


Description of Territorial Administration and governance:

The authorities of the Gomel region are represented by two branches – Councils of Deputies and Executive Committees. The executive and administrative authority in the region, district, city, town, village is the executive committee. The competence of the executive committee includes development and submission to the Council for approval of the program of local economy and community property management, as well as proposals for the organization of public order security, development and submission to the Council for approval of projects of economic and social development within the local budget. The Executive Committee ensures compliance within the relevant territory of the Belarus Constitution and laws of the Republic of Belarus, the acts of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the implementation of the Council's decisions and the decisions of higher state institutions according to their competence.
The Chairman of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee is Vladimir Dvornik.

Administrative Centre: Gomel

The region includes 21 district (Brahin District, Buda-Kashalyowa District, Vetka District, Homiel District, Dobrush District, Yelsk District, Zhytkavichy District, Zhlobin District, Kalinkavichy District, Karma District, Lyelchytsy District, Loyew District, Mazyr District, Narowla District, Aktsyabarski District, Pyetrykaw District, Rechytsa District, Rahachow District, Svetlahorsk District, Khoiniki District, Chachersk District), 17 cities, 18 urban localities and 2 636 villages.

Geographical Description:

The area of ​​the Gomel oblast is 40.4 sq km, which is about 20% of the entire territory of Belarus. The region borders with Brest, Minsk and Mogilev regions of Belarus, Bryansk region of Russia, as well as Kiev, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Rivne regions of Ukraine. The region is located in the southeastern part of Belarus.

Social Description:

The Gomel Oblast has a population of 1429 700 (2012 estimate), about 15,1% of the national total. Urban population of the region totals to 1066 200 citizens, and 363 500 is the estimated number of rural inhabitants. The level of education is described by the amount of institutions and their attendance. The region hosts 628 institutions of secondary education for 145 300 students, and 7 institutions of higher education for 53 300 students, which is the second highest indicator after Minsk. The provision of the population with medical specialists is estimated by 45,0 per 10 000 of population.

Experience in cross-border cooperation.

There is no large experience in implementation of the cross-border cooperation projects in the region. Gomel oblast is an adjacent territory for the CBC Programmes (PL-UA-BY, Baltic Sea Region), and none of oblast’s organizations participates directly in the CBC Programmes.
Besides, the local organisations are actively involved in the cross-border activities in framework of the EuroRegion “Dnepr”. The EuroRegion “Dnepr” covers three regions, as follows: Chenihiv Oblast (Ukraine), Briansk Oblast (RF) and Gomel Oblast. The EuroRegion “Dnepr” undertakes its activities on the territory of oblast in compliance with the Annual Plan adopted by the Gomel Regional Executive Committee. The implementation authority of the Eureoregion Dnepr in Gomel is the Gomel Regional Agency for Economic Development created in 1997 in the framework of a TACIS project.
Donors active in the oblast are EU, UN, UNDP, Federal Government of Germany, USAID, embassies of foreign states and others.

Brest Oblast


Regional Autonomies, duties and rights of regions and municipalities

The authorities of Brest region are represented by two branches – Councils of Deputies and Executive Committees. The executive and administrative authority in the region, district, city, town, village is the executive committee. The competence of the executive committee is described above. The Head of the Brest Regional Executive Committee is Lis Anatoliy Vasilyevich.
The Committee falls into several structural departments: the main board for organizational and employment work, administrative department, economics committee, management and antimonopoly price policy, agricultural and foodstuff committee, architecture and construction committee, labour, employment and social protection committee, Brest regional stock on governmental propriety, board for trade and services, internal affairs department, public health board, culture board, the chief board for the ideological work, education board, board for physical culture, sport and tourism, financial board, justice board, youth department, commission for minors affairs, department for religions affairs and the main board for departmental control.

The system of local government includes local councils of deputies and local public governmental institutions bodies of territorial public self-government. The exclusive power of local councils of deputies includes the assertion of economic and social development programs, local budgets and performance reports; determination in accordance with the current laws of local taxes and fees; within the limits established by the current law the determination of the management and disposal of public property order; appointment of local referendum. Within the legislative branch, there are three Council levels: primary, basic, and regional.

Administrative Centre: Brest

The Brest Oblast includes 16 districts (Brest District, Kamieńec District, Małaryta District, Žabinka District, Pružany District, Kobryn District, Drahičyn District, Biaroza District, Ivacevičy District, Ivanava District, Baranavičy District, Lachavičy District, Hancavičy District, Łuńińec District, Pinsk District, Stolin District), 20 cities, 9 urban localities and 2 178 villages.

Geographical Description:

It is located in the southwestern part of Belarus, bordering the Podlasie and Lublin Voivodships of Poland on the west, the Volyn and Rivne Oblasts of Ukraine on the south, the Hrodna and Minsk Oblasts on the north, and the Homyel Oblast on the east. The region covers at total area of 32,300 km², about 15,7% of the national total area.

A considerable part of the territory is presented by Belaruskoje Polesje, which was a determinant factor of the economic and cultural development of Brestchina

The region has a well developed transport infrastructure. Brest railway junction is one of the first-rate junctions in Central Europe, which ensure transit of Commonwealth of Independent States’ countries with the countries of Western Europe in Moscow and St. Petersburg directions. A transit corridor "M1/E-30" Berlin-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Moscow is of special significance. An extensive network of railways and highways allows carrying out a large quantity of transit cargo transportation through the region (about 80 % of land export of the countries of Commonwealth of Independent States to Western Europe).

Social Description:

The Brest Oblast has a population of 1391 400 (2012 estimate), about 14,7% of the national total. Urban population of the region is estimated by 934 900 citizens, while other 456 500 contribute to the rural area. About 47.2% of the oblast's population are male, and the remaining 52.8% are female. The general level of education is high. The number of educational institutions and their attendance: the region hosts 610 institutions of secondary education for 157 700 students, and 4 institutions of higher education for 35 000 students.
The provision of the population with medical specialists is estimated by 45,2 per 10 000 of population.

Experience in cross-border cooperation.

- Transborder Association “Euroregion “Bug”;
- Large experience in CBC Programmes (PL-BY-UA, Baltic Sea Region);

- Branch Office of the Joint Technical Secretariat of Cross-border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013
- EU – Enlargement and Foreign Direct Investments in Border Regions to the NIS (November 2006 – December 2007);
- United Information System of interaction of population and authorities of the cross-border region Brest-Lublin;
- Donors active in the oblast are EU, UN, UNDP, Federal Government of Germany, USAID, embassies of foreign states and others;
- Promoting the rights of patients in Belarus (03/2009 to 11/2010).


Official Name: Ukraine
Capital: Kiev
President: Petro Poroshenko
Prime-minister: Volodymyr Groysman
Area: 603,6 km2
Ethnic Groups: Ukrainians 77,8%, Russians 17,3%, 4,9% others
Languages: 67,5% Ukrainian (official), 29,5% Russian
Population: 42,74 millions (as of 01.03.2016)

Description of the Territorial Administration and Governance:

Ukraine is subdivided into 27 regions: 24 oblasts, one autonomous republic, and two "cities with special status". The administrative division in Ukraine was directly inherited from the local republican administration of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, and has not changed majorly since the middle of the 20th century. It is somewhat complex as beside having couple of levels of a territorial subdivision, it also has its own classification for various settlements. The administrative division has the following units: autonomous republic, oblast (region), raion (district), misto (city), raion in misto (district in city), selyshche miskoho typu (town), silrada (village council), selo (village). There are three main criteria by which the mentioned administrative division units are divided.

1. By geographical characteristics the units are divided on regions (such as autonomous republic, oblasts, districts, cities with special status) and places of settlement (cities, towns, villages).
2. By their status they can be administrative-territorial units (oblasts and districts), self-governed territorial units (cities, towns, villages). Also the autonomous republic has a unique status of territorial autonomy, while districts in cities combine both characteristics of administrative territorial as well as self-governed territorial units.
3. By position in the system of administrative division of Ukraine, the units divided into territorial units of prime level (cities w/o district division, districts in cities, towns, villages), of middle level (districts, cities with district division), and of higher level (autonomous republic, oblasts, cities with special status).

Regions, cities, districts are governed by a state administration, a chief of which is appointed by the president. Crimea has its own cabinet of ministers, however the state administration is represented by the office of the Presidential Representative of Ukraine. A basic and the lowest level of administrative division is a settlement that is governed by a local council (rada). Cities as a settlement always carry a special status within a region and have their own form of self-administration (municipality - vykonkom) and some may consist of their own city's districts (raions). Bigger cities may include additional smaller cities, towns, and rural localities. City municipalities are governed by a mayor and a city council (miskrada). Towns as well as villages do not have a traditional administration and are governed by either a town council (selyshchena rada) or a village council (silrada). Village councils may carry a combined jurisdiction which may include several villages and hamlets (selyshche). Unlike villages, each town council always has a separate jurisdiction which may be part of bigger city's council. Hamlet (selyshche) is a non-governed rural locality and is governed by a village council of nearby village.

Other divisions

Beside the administrative divisions, there is also a loose concept of geographical division that is often used for reference purposes. The division splits Ukraine into 4 to six geographic parts: Western Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Southern Ukraine, Central Ukraine, and sometimes used Northern Ukraine and Southeastern Ukraine.

EaPTC eligible regions: Chernigiv, Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomur oblasts and Kyiv oblast.


Administrative structure of the region is as follows:

Number of districts – 16
Number of cities/towns – 11
Number of urban type communities – 22
Number of villages – 1053

The area of the oblast is 20,200 square kilometres (3,3% of total Ukraine’s territory) and stretches for 187 kilometres from north to south and for 163 kilometres from east to west.
The population of oblast comprises 1,04 mln people (2.2% of total population of Ukraine). More than a half – 50.3 per cent are urban dwellers and 49.7 per cent reside in the countryside. The average population density is 52.5 persons per a square kilometer.
The Volyn Oblast is situated in northwest Ukraine. The region was once a part of the historic region of Volhynia, which was home to one of the oldest Slavic settlements on the European continent. Today, the fascinating history of the Volyn Oblast shares some of that history and further adds to the region's allure.
The Volyn Region is divided into 16 different raions or districts. These are: Horokhivskyi, Ivanychivskyi, Kamin-Kashyriskyi, Kivertsivskyi, Kovelskyi, Lokachynskyi, Lutskyi, Lyubeshivskyi, Lyubomlskyi, Manevytskyi, Ratnivskyi, Rozhyshchenskyi, Shatskyi, Starovyzhivskyi, Turiyskyi and Volodymyr-Volynskyi. The four main municipalities in the region are Kovel, Novovolynsk, Volodymyr-Volynskyi and Lutsk. The city of Lutsk is the administrative center of the region and is probably the most popular city to visit in Volyn Oblast.
The Volyn oblast is located in the north-western part of Ukraine within the geographical area called the Ukrainian Polissia. The oblast borders to Poland in the west, Belarus to the north, Rivne and Lviv oblasts of Ukraine to the east and south.

Border co-operation with neighbouring areas in Poland and Belarus takes especially significant place in international relations of the Volyn oblast. It was greatly favoured by setting up in 1995 a cross-border association “Euroregion BUG” which incorporates the Volyn oblast in Ukraine, the Brest region in Belarus and the Lublin voivodship in Poland. Its activities contributed to creation of adequate border infrastructure, strengthening economic collaboration, environment protection, establishment of close ties between local self-government authorities, etc. A programme of common actions within this cross-border association is aimed also to ensure free and lasting co-operation between NGOs, chambers of commerce, and businessmen.


Administrative and territorial division and population

The region has 23 districts; 4 cities of regional subordination: Zhytomyr, Berdychiv, Korosten, Novohrad-Volynskyi; 5 cities of district subordination: Andrushivka, Korosten, Malyn, Ovruch, Radomyshl; 45 settlements of urban type; 1631 villages.
The population of the region is 1,24 mln. people, including city inhabitants 769,3 thous, people (56%), and village inhabitants 604,9 thous. people (44%). The density of population (person per 1 km2) is 45,9. The most densely populated are the cities of regional subordination: Zhytomyr – 282,3; Berdychiv – 86,2; Korosten – 66,5; Novohrad-Volynskyi – 55,9 thous. people. The cities of district subordination have: Andrushivka – 12,8; Korostyshiv – 25,9; Malyn – 31,9; Ovruch – 19,6; Radomyshl – 16,3 thous. people.
The most populated districts are: Zhytomyr – 68,2; Ovruch – 66,9; Novohrad-Volynskyi – 51,8; Malyn – 51,7 thous. people. The least number of people is in the following districts: Narodychi – 10,9; Brusyliv – 17,9; Luhyny – 20.4 thous. people.
The region was founded in September 22, 1937. It is located in the central part of the East European plain, in the north of Right-Bank Ukraine. The area of the region is 29,9 thousand square kilometers, that makes 4,9 % of the territory of Ukraine. By its sizes the region is one of the largest in Ukraine and yields only to four regions: Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Chernihiv and Kharkiv. Its area is larger than that of Armenia, Albania, Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon. Generally in Ukraine it occupies the 5th place.
The length of the region from west to east is 170 km, from north to south – 230 km. It is located in two natural zones. Its northern part is in Polissya zone, southern one is within Forest-steppe zone. In the north of the region there rises Slovechansko-Ovruchskyi mountain-ridge, formed of pre-cembrian quartzites. Its highest peak reaches 316 meters above the sea level.
The territory of the region is traversed with 221 rivers, their total length being 5366 km. All the rivers belong to the Dnieper basin. The longest rivers within the boundaries of the region are: the Teteriv – 247 km, the Sluch – 194 km, the Irpin' – 174 km, the Irsha – 136 km. There are many large lakes in Zhytomyr Region. The largest ones Chorne, Kupye, Ozeryanske, Duzhe, Didove, Prybylovetske are located in the basin of the Ubort' river.
The region has a 280 km length border with Belorus Republic, mainly with Homel Region. There are 2 transition points situated on the border – Maydan-Kopyshchanskyi in Olevsk District and Vystupovychi in Ovruch District. Besides there are pass points at railway stations in Ovruch and Korosten, and an air-traffic one in the settlement of urban type Ozerne, Zhytomyr District. The region borders on Kyiv, Vinnytsya, Khmelnytsk, Rivne Regions of Ukraine.
Due to favourable geografic situation and a developed network of motorways and railways the region has convenient transport communication with Kyiv, Lviv, Uzhhorod, Kharkiv, Odessa, Minsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg as well as the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. The distance between Zhytomyr and Kiev by railway is 165 km, by motorway is 131 km.


Administrative and territorial division and population

Rivne region is situated in the Northwestern part of Ukraine and occupies an area of 20.1 thousand square kilometres, that is 3.3% of the total territory of Ukraine. The region borders on Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Lviv and Volyn regions of Ukraine as well as on Gomel and Brest regions of Byelorussia. In the sense of political division, the region has 16 districts, 4 cities of regional and 6 cities of district subordination.
The population of Rivne region is 1.2 million people (47,8% of urban and 52,2% - rural), which is 2.3% of the population of Ukraine.
Favourable geographical position of the region contributed to the development of road and railway networks and to the developing of its natural resources. The region is crossed by the highways Kyiv-Warsaw, Kyiv-Brest, Kyiv-Lviv and Kyiv-Chernivtsi. The airport of Rivne is available to receive all kinds of air transport.

Experience in cross border cooperation

One of the foreground tasks in the sphere of cooperation for the region is the development of direct ties with trade partners at the level of regions, which will contribute to the widening of the cooperation and increasing of goods turnover.
Up to date Rivne Regional Administration concluded a number of agreements at the interregional level, among them the agreement about trade and economic cooperation between Rivne region of Ukraine and Warmino-Mazurske Province of Poland. This agreement foresees the contribution to the establishment of joint ventures, trade firms, commercial centres, evaluation of the possible investment projects, establishing the system of direct currency and financial clearing-off.
The bilateral economic cooperation between Ukraine and Belarus has long history. Traditional goods of local producers prevail within the structure of foreign trade operations with Belarus: stone, crushed stone, chemical fertilizers, raw basalt, Portland cement, polished chipboard, agricultural and industrial products. Three Ukrainian-Belorussian joint ventures operate in the region.


Administrative and territorial division and population

The Kiev region is situated in the northern part of Ukraine: in the basin of the Dnipro river and its tributaries – the Ros', the Desna, the Irpen', The Trubizh, the Pryp'iat' rivers, etc. The region is divided into 25 administrative districts. There are 10 cities of regional subordination, 14 towns of district subordination, 29 settlements of urban type, 1134 rural settlements in its territory.
The territory of the region covers 28.1 thousand sq. km. (4.7% of the area of Ukraine). It borders on the Zhytomyr, the Vinnytsia, the Cherkasy, the Poltava, the Chernihiv region, as well as on the Gomel region of Bilorus' Republic.
Population – 1,7 mln. persons (without Kyiv). The density of population amounts to 64 people per 1 sq.km. 58% of the total population lives in towns and cities, and 42% is rural population.

The state administration together with executive committees of city councils defends the rights and legitimate interests of the citizens, ensures the complex social and economic development of the territory and implements the state policy in administrative spheres specified by law.
The regional and district state administrations leaded by local heads of administration are the bodies of the state executive power in the region and its districts. The executive committees act in the cities of regional subordination, they are headed by city presidents electing by nation-wide poll.
As regards its relief the Kiev region is, for the greater part, a plain. The southern part of its territory is cut by ravines and gullies. Soils are for the most part chernozyom (black earth) – meadows, sod-podzols and forest type loams (the proportion of cultivated area amounts to over 60%). The climate is moderately continental. The average temperature in January is -6°C, in July +19°C. The mean annual rainfall amounts to 570-610 mm.
Minerals: peat, brown coal, sand for glass production, limestone, brick and tile earth, granite. There is an amber deposit in the region.

Chernihiv Oblast

The region includes 22 districts (Bakhmachsky District, Bobrovytsky District, Borzniansky District, Chernihivsky District, Horodniansky District, Ichniansky District, Koriukivsky District, Koropsky District, Kozeletsky District, Kulykivsky District, Mensky District, Nizhynsky District, Nosivsky District,Novhorod-Siversky District, Prylutsky District, Ripkynsky District, Semenivsky District, Shchorsky District, Sosnytsky District, Sribniansky District, Talalayivsky District, Varvynsky District), 44 cities, 34 towns and 1494 villages.
Administrative Centre: Chernihiv

The total area of the province is around 31,900 km², which is 5,28% of the entire Ukrainian territory and makes the region the third largest region in Ukraine. The oblast is bordered on the west by the Kiev Reservoir of the Dnieper River and Kiev Oblast, by the Sumy Oblast to the east, and the Poltava Oblast to the south. The northern border of the oblast is part of Ukraine's international border abutting Belarus's Homel oblast in the north-west and the Russian Bryansk Oblast in the north-east, respectively. The oblast is bisected into northern and southern sections by the Desna River, which enters the Dnieper just north of the Kiev city limits.

The Chernihiv Region has a population of 1,04 mln.persons, about 2,37% of the national total. The distribution of urban and rural population is estimated by 685 457 (63,46%) and 394 802 (36,55%) citizens, respectively. The level of education is described by the large number of institutions and their attendance. The region hosts 654 institutions of secondary education for 95 000 students, and 23 institutions of higher education of I-IV levels of accreditation (5 of them are universities) for 33 000 students. The provision of the population with medical specialists is estimated by 34,8 per 10 000 of population, distributed via 212 medical institutions.

Priority industries of the region include food, pulp and paper, machinery, fuel industries. Total region’s FDI for 2011 equals 98,3 mln. USD.