Implementation of joint program "Intercultural Cities"
In the Action Plan of the Council of Europe for Ukraine for 2011-2014 Ministry of Culture of Ukraine in partnership with the Development Centre "Democracy through Culture" ( NGO) contributes to the implementation of joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Union (since second half of 2013 - program of the Council of Europe) "Intercultural Cities ". Ukraine was the second country among the participants of the "Intercultunil Cities", which created a national network of intercultural cities (after Italy), and the Ukrainian city of Melitopol in 2008, represents the country in a network of intercultural cities in Europe alongside with Dublin (Ireland), Nyushatelem (Switzerland), Lisbon (Portugal), Lublin (Poland), Oslo (Norway), Reggio Emilia (Italy), Subotica (Serbia), Botchier (Sweden) and other cities-participants. One of the important events that took place within the framework of the programme in Ukraine was international workshop "Intercultural community: objectives, principles, strategy" held 'in Kiev and Yuzhnyi (Odessa region) in 2011 and "Intercultural Cities Forum: Ukrainian Platform for changes" and "Forum of Mayors: Port of Cultures" in Lutsk in 2012 and 2013. Among participants were representatives of Ukrainian cities, European cities, such as Barcelona, Lublin, Reggio Emilia, Izhevsk, Botchier, Geneva, Lisbon, Rzeszow, and the representatives of the Council of Europe and central ministries of Ukraine.
Moreover, in 2012 within the framework of "Intercultural Cities", a number of international workshops on the implementation of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue "Living together in equality and dignity" were held in order to explain the Council of Europe recommendations on the practical implementation of the provisions of the White Paper on intercultural dialogue and to learn from European experience with the implementation of these recommendations. As a result of joint workshops certificates issued by the Council of Europe, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and Development Centre "Democracy through Culture" were given to about 60 representatives of the public and private sectors of culture of Ukraine.