Over 200 people gathered in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on 19-20 June to participate in an annual conference and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the EU-funded Poland-Belarus-Ukraine (PBU) Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) Programme.
The event brought together the creators of the programme, its partners and beneficiaries. During the 15 years of the programmes history, many projects have been implemented, long-term contacts have been established, local infrastructure has improved, heritage has been preserved and new tourist destinations have been promoted.
The conference was an opportunity not only to sum up the achievements and discuss the current state of affairs of the programme, but also to share ideas about its future. Two panel discussions, which followed the presentation, focused on the programme from the perspectives of organising bodies and project beneficiaries. Representatives of the organising bodies, including the programme creators, discussed the past and the present of the programme: how it started, how it developed, what was the evolution of project ideas, and what opportunities it will offer in the future. Then, the representatives of successful PBU projects talked about their experiences and lessons learned.
The Poland-Belarus-Ukraine Cross-border Cooperation Programme supports cross-border development processes in the bordering regions of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. In the period 2014-2020, the programme focuses on the promotion of economic and social development and addresses common challenges in environment, public health, safety and security. It also works to promote better conditions and modalities for better mobility of persons, goods and capital.