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Placed: 19.09.2006 15:00:19

Odessa meets Vienna

On September, 18, 2006, the meeting of Odessa city mayor Eduard Gurvits and the Austrian delegation headed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria in Ukraine Joseph Markus Vuketich took place

On September, 18, 2006, the meeting of Odessa city mayor Eduard Gurvits and the Austrian delegation headed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria in Ukraine Joseph Markus Vuketich took place. In the network of the meeting, Eduard Gurvits said he hopes that Odessa and Vienna will reach an agreement of partnership. As the mayor emphasized, the negotiations of the partnership possibility have been being carried out since 1994, at the time of his first international visit as the city mayor. That time, the possibility of the partnership between the two cities has been being discussed. The preliminary agreement was reached, but the partnership agreement signing didn’t become real. Nowadays, the negotiations are renewed and there is a hope for the relations between Odessa and Vienna to be drawn up as the partner ones.
 

Odessa was also visited by the military attaché Thomas Rapats and 13 journalists of the leading Austrian mass-media, such as "Kurier","Die Presse", "ORF Radio", "News".
The Austrians’ visit is aimed at getting acquainted with Odessa development dynamics and city administration work.
Odessa is interesting for Austria as a tourist and culture center. The Austrian journalists will get their mass-media acquainted with our city, what will promote attracting tourists to Odessa, stated the Ambassador after the meeting.
The both sides are also interested in sharing experience in the sphere of ecology, Opera Theatres’ art cooperation.
The next year, Vienna days will take place in Odessa. The Austrian airlines have a great success in Odessa. Some Austrian investors cooperate with Odessa sea trading port administration. “There definitely are perspectives for cooperation widening”, said the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria in Ukraine Joseph Markus Vuketich.

”Odessa has always been a special city, even in the times of the Tsars. We intend to renew the glory of Odessa, so we have to create all the needed conditions for the city to become even more attractive as a tourist-resort center”, emphasized E.Gurvits.
The also said, that he’s just come back from Odessa partner city Regensburg. This is the smallest partner city of Odessa. All in all, Odessa has 38 partner cities in different world countries, such as Liverpool, Marseilles, Istanbul, Genoa, Vancouver, Baltimore, Haifa, Nicosia, Yokohama, etc.
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