About 120 participants from Ukraine, Romania and Moldova exchanged experiences and creative ideas at the Public Initiatives Fair. Oleksandra Skyba, the Deputy Head of the Institute «Respublica», presented the All-Ukrainian initiative «Active Community» to colleagues from Romania and Moldova. 19 initiative groups took part in the event. They talked about their events, promotions and creative projects in social, cultural, public, architectural, infrastructure, environmental spheres.
The aim of the event was to present citizens’ initiatives in different regions of Bucharest, exchange experiences, and establish a dialogue between citizens and officials. About 120 people took part in the event – active residents, community activists, NGOs, local deputies, representatives of the Parliament of Romania, the police and the social service.
In his turn, Oleksandra Skyba presented the history of the All-Ukrainian initiative «Active Community». The activity started in 2015 from 2 cities of the Kiev region.
«We were worried when we went to the people to ask about the problems and attract them to the solution. Want they to open the door? Want to create their own initiatives and work on problem solving? However, our fears were useless. Today we work in 24 Ukrainian cities in different regions. We implement campaigns, which over a year and a half have attracted more than 60 000 citizens of Ukraine. We have solved more than 156 local-level problems, initiated the adoption of more than 46 decisions by local councils. And we are extremely pleased that among such initiatives there are groups that work today with CeRe», – said Oleksandra Skyba.
The uniqueness of this «Public Initiatives Fair» was that people could share success stories, ideas for solving problems. Everyone presented his initiative briefly, encouraged to join. After that there was informal live communication between the participants.