The main purpose of the visit known to European policy – participation in the 7th Black Sea Summit (Assembly of the European Regions of the black sea-Danube synergy).
Sarkozy accepted the invitation to come to Odessa and tell about his vision of the process, which is called “Europe of regions”. The organization of this event demanded many efforts.
“The mission to return of Odessa into the family of European regions” – so I called our with my colleague Vitaly by Sautenkova initiative. We have made many international visits, presentations and bilateral meetings in different cities and countries of Europe – Brussels, London and Istanbul and many other cities. On 21 may this year, thanks to the support of our friends, members of the British Parliament, we held a presentation of Odesa region in the British Parliament, also several times discussed the problems of our region in the European Parliament.
Visiting many regions, meetings with politicians throughout Europe is something we do all the time lately – and this is only the beginning. In the next 1-2 months we have scheduled meetings and presentations of Odessa in the Parliament of the Republic of Adjara in Georgia and the Parliament of Scotland in the UK”, – said Viktor baranskiy.
After meeting at the airport Odessa Nicolas Sarkozy held a private meeting with the deputies of the Odessa regional Council Vitaly by Sautenkova and Victor Baranski. The participants shared their assessments of the prospects of development of the regions of the black sea basin and expressed the view that deeper cooperation of Odessa with the European regions – one of the keys to accelerating the development of our region.
Then the ex-President of France met with the leadership of the Odessa regional Council.
A solemn ceremony was held the landing of the Alleys of the French-Ukrainian friendship. In the laying of the walk was attended by Nicolas Sarkozy, the deputies of the regional Council Vitaly Sautenkov, Viktor baranskiy, the leadership of the regional Council, as well as many senior figures in the foreign lords, heads of international organizations etc., the Mall will become a symbol of strengthening good-neighborly relations and cooperation between our countries. Then Nicolas Sarkozy went to the Odessa Museum of Western and Oriental art, where he inspected the exhibition.
The main part of the visit was the participation of the distinguished guest in the Black Sea Summit. The main task of the forum is to identify ways of synergy in the interaction regions located in the basin of the Black sea and the Danube river. The summit was attended by delegates from 15 countries located in different geographical parts of Europe, ranging from Portugal and great Britain and ending with Georgia and Turkey.
“I’m sure everyone, like me, proud to represent their country. But where a great responsibility to represent the region. Odessa region is a multinational territory, where mixed traditions, history and culture of different peoples, each of which has contributed to the development of the whole Ukraine. The black sea region has always been at the center of geopolitical processes in the world.
A large number of countries have tried to influence these geopolitical processes and is, therefore, important to develop not only the relationships between countries and regions, the company, as well as with other people – our neighbors,” – said the Deputy of the Odessa regional Council Vitaly Sautenkov, speaking at the 7th Black Sea Summit.
Nicolas Sarkozy took an active part in the summit and gave a speech on it. The discussion was developed on the thematic panel, tomorrow the forum will continue its work.
Deputies of the Odessa regional Council Vitaly Sautenkov and Viktor baranskiy on the first day of the summit, assured that in the future we plan to attract to Odessa politicians the world level, whose participation in our regional and national problems allows you to quickly get an effective quality results.