From 4th to 5th May 2015 Ziyad Raoof, the Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government to Poland took part in the European Congress Local Governments in Krakow.
European Congress of Local Governments is the global conference bringing together mainly representatives of regional authorities from all over Europe, but also many representatives of state authorities, the diplomatic corps and the world of science and business.
European Congress of Local Governments was opened by debate entitled “Europe with Regions-Starting a New Chapter”, which was attended by president of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski, President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union Markku Markkula, President of the Chamber of Regions of the Council of Europe Gudrun Mosler-Toronstrom, the Mayor of Tbilisi David Narmania and President of the largest Polish bank (PKO BP) – Zbigniew Jagiełło.
The program included more than 60 events, which consisted of three thematic paths: economy, environment, society, divided into blocks of software concerning, among others public finance, regional development, management in public administration, political marketing, municipal solid waste, recycling, health, education, social policy, tourism. The program included reports, panels, workshops, lectures, presentations and formal gala.
Participation in the European Congress Local Governments for Ziyad Raoof was an opportunity to take part in numerous unofficial meetings with the guests of the congress. He talked about the situation in Kurdistan and the region with consuls of France, Germany and Ukraine. He also held a brief conversation with Mayor of Tbilisi David Narmania on the prospects for Kurdish-Georgian cooperation.
The Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government to Poland also held a series of talks with representatives of Polish state and regional authorities: Marshal of Wielkopolska Region Marek Woźniak, Members of Parliament, as well as with Polish Deputy Minister of Finance – Isabella Leszczyna. Ziyad Raoof thanked her for financial support of the Polish authorities for refugees in Kurdistan.
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