The official opening of four renovated public facilities will take place in Melitopol, Prymorsk and Mariupol on September 25-26, 2019. The facilities are two kindergartens and two hospitals – all important for the living conditions and educational development of local people and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The facilities received their first renovation in many years, which involved major repairs to buildings, such as the installation of thermal insulation, the replacement of roofs and windows, and the purchase of furniture and new equipment. In total, 12,356 square meters were renovated and over 450,000 people, including IDPs, can now benefit from improved healthcare and educational environment.

The renovation was co-financed by the EU through long-term and low-interest loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and from state and local budgets. The EIB invests in renovations under the Early Recovery Programme (ERP), the implementation of which is monitored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Media representatives are warmly invited to attend


Official opening of renovated public facilities in Melitopol, Prymorsk, and Mariupol, including media tours to renovated facilities and press briefings at each location


September 25-26, 2019



·         Kindergarten №41 "Barvinok", 136a Gogolia St.

·         Kindergarten №47 "Berizka", 141 Interkulturna St.


·         Central rayon hospital, 74 Morska St.


·         City Emergency Care Hospital, cardiology department, 20a Bakhmutska St.

·         Korolenko Central Library, 93-b Myru avenue 

Key participants:

·         Olena Babak, Minister of Development of Communities and Territories

·         Jean-Erik De Zagon, Head of the EIB Resident Representation for Ukraine

·         Dr. Annika Weidemann, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

·         Dafina Gercheva, UNDP Resident Representative to Ukraine

·         Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Oblast State Administration, Oblast Military-Civil Administration

·         Vitaliy Turynka, Head of Zaporizhia Oblast State Administration

·         Roman Romanov, Secretary of Melitopol City Council

·         Vadym Boychenko, Mayor of Mariupol

·         Serhiy Byelichev, Head of Prymorsk Rayon State Administration

Official opening ceremonies on 25-26 September 2019

Wednesday, 25 September 2019


Official opening ceremony of the “Barvinok” kindergarten №41

Address: Gogolia st., 136-a, Melitopol


Media briefing at the main entrance of the “Barvinok” kindergarten


Official opening ceremony of the “Berizka” kindergarten №47

Address: Interkulturna st., 141, Melitopol


Official opening ceremony of the Municipal Enterprise "Prymorsk Rayon Hospital", Prymorsk city – a hospital clinic for 300 visitors

Address: Morska st., 74, Prymorsk, Zaporizhzhia Oblast


Media briefing at the main entrance of the Prymorsk Rayon Hospital


Visit to the ongoing project: Reconstruction of family hostel building into an apartment-type hostel

Address: Morska str, 80, Prymorsk city, Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Thursday, 26 September 2019


Official opening ceremony of the Communal enterprise "Mariupol Emergency Medical Aid Hospital", cardiological department

Address:  Bakhmutska str. 20a, Mariupol

Media briefing at the main entrance of the hospital

Working languages are English and Ukrainian. Consecutive interpretation will be provided.
Journalists from other cities of Ukraine will have their travel (train/bus tickets) and accommodation expenses reimbursed.

Media accreditation
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Background information:

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union's bank. It is a long-term lending institution of the EU and is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. The EIB has been working in Ukraine since 2014. As of September 2019, the total EIB portfolio in Ukraine is EUR 5.9 billion for projects in energy, transport, environment and support for local government and private sector.

Under its Early Recovery Programme (ERP), EIB has provided EUR 200 million in multi-sector framework loans to local governments to recover critical municipal and transport infrastructure and improve living conditions for internally displaced people and their host communities in nine oblasts of Ukraine: the Ukrainian government-controlled areas in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Poltava, Odesa, Kherson, Kyiv oblasts. As of September 2019, a total of 269 projects of repair of 259 facilities with a total cost of EUR 179.14 million have been approved. This programme was developed by the European Investment Bank together with the European Commission and the Government of Ukraine and is implemented by the UNDP. Duration: 2015-2021.

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