Since the Slovak Republic joined the European Union, the border of the Slovak Republic with Ukraine is the Eastern border of the European Union. This way the Košice and Prešov self-governing regions became border regions with the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine.
At the same time since Slovakia joined the Schengen Area contacts and cooperation of the Slovak Republic with Ukraine have ceased in all areas of life. This had a negative impact on the economy, bilateral cooperation and mutual dialogue of border regions of both countries. Ukraine’s Agreement with the European Union on Partnership and Cooperation gradually changed the conditions for restoration of cooperation and therefore Slovak Republic offers its know-how to Ukraine in preparation for the transformation process of Ukraine to European structures.
The main goal of the project is to improve the cross border information flow. It is focused especially on reducing existing barriers of the cross border cooperation between the Prešov and Košice self-governing region within Slovakia and the Transcarpathian area in Ukraine.
- Increase awareness of Ukrainian partners in the field of European policy development, regional development strategy, financial developmental tools, harmonization of Ukrainian legislation and standards with Slovak legislation and standards for the creation of conditions for the development of borders regions and state policy of the SR in several areas,
- mutual exchange of experience,
- creation of communication tools: web pages, newsletters, flyers and brochures,
- networking of cooperating institutions.