The Head of the Service Mykola Chechotkin met with the Ambassador Henryk Villadsen, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine
Published: 24.10.2019, 08:44
On October 23, the Head of the Service, Mykola Chechotkin, met with the the Ambassador Henryk Villadsen, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, they discussed ongoing cooperation between the SES and the OSCE, in particular, the status of implementation of joint projects.
Mykola Chechotkin thanked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for its assistance in the development of civil protection in Ukraine, as well as for its comprehensive assistance and support in countering the humanitarian crisis that arose as a result of from military aggression of Russian Federation.
" Thanks to the joint efforts, the history of the SES and OSCE partnerships is extremely fruitful and successful, namely in the implementation of international technical assistance projects to develop the mine action sector, to respond to the contamination of territories with explosive remnants of war, and in the field of chemical safety and security," he said.
He added that thanks to the coordinated cooperation with the OSCE Project Coordinator's office, seven projects of international technical assistance were implemented in the SES system from 2012 to 2019 and two more are in the process of implementation, namely: “Developing mine action potential of Ukraine” and “Increase Ukraine’s ability to respond to emergency situations involving hazardous chemicals”.
"These projects in the conditions of aggressive hostilities by illegal armed groups, controlled and financed by the Russian Federation, are essential to ensure the safety of our citizens - first of all for thouse, who live in zone of war in eastern Ukraine," Mykola Chechotkin emphasized.
In turn, Henrik Villadsen noted that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe considers the SES as a reliable partner.
“ We have done a lot with you in the direction towards demining of the territory in the East of the country, but there is still a lot of work ahead. In addition, the issue of chemical protection and environmental safety also require attention. In general, among the 57 OSCE participants, there is a growing understanding of the issues your Service is dealing with”, said the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine.
As a result, the parties emphasized the continuation of cooperation, which will strengthen Ukraine's capacity to prevent and eliminate emergencies at national and international levels and create an effective model of civil protection.