Poroshenko instructed Saakashvili to take personal control of Odessa-Reni highway construction

President Petro Poroshenko held a working meeting with Chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili.

The head of state praised the governor's work and expressed confidence that "our team, with Mikheil Saakashvili being its reliable member, is able to do a lot," Censor.NET reports citing Presidential Administration press service.

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The president instructed Mikheil Saakashvili to take the construction of Odesa-Reni highway under his personal control. He noted the construction was about not only regional importance.

"We hope this route will become a corridor to unite Odesa with Romania and Bulgaria. We expect this project to attract EU funds as well. At least, the leaders of Romania and Bulgaria assured me of their interest in this project," Poroshenko said and expressed confidence that several funding sources would be involved.

He stated he had given instructions to allocate funds from the State Budget at the cost of the Regional Development Fund and the Odesa Regional Council for the construction to be financed from both local and regional budgets.

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Poroshenko expressed confidence the law on allocation of funds from the overfulfillment of customs duty plans would be implemented.

"Please, take this issue under your personal control. If, God forbid, there is a failure of funding, slowdown or postponement of tenders for the construction, please inform me personally."

The head of state emphasized the need for completing the construction of the new customs terminal as soon as possible. At the same time, he noted a successful nature of transformations at the Odesa customs office over the last year.

The president said he had instructed the prosecutor general to urgently appoint new regional prosecutor and noted that a special department of the Anti-Corruption Bureau would be established in Odesa.

"All conditions have been created for you to demonstrate practical results. I can assure you of having full support of the president, PM, and the government, which is doing everything to ensure efficient and prompt reforms," Poroshenko stressed.

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Special attention was paid to the necessity of ensuring the functioning of the Naval Forces Headquarters in Odesa. Poroshenko instructed the governor to facilitate this issue and help Ukrainian navy personnel who left Crimea and kept their military oath.

The president urged Mikheil Saakashvili to intensify the involvement and protection of investments and create favorable conditions for the development of tourist potential of the region.

"We should make the Odesa region investment-attractive. In particular, in terms of its resort potential," he said. The head of state believes that this summer season in Odesa will become a litmus test for investors.

In turn, Saakashvili expressed gratitude to the president for his support, in particular as regards the law enforcement measures at the anniversary of tragic events of May 2, 2014.

"Ukraine has become stronger in the Odesa region over the past year," the governor said and assured the president of his readiness to work in line with the set tasks.

"We have launched a number of European projects based on our agreements with the leadership of Romania and other neighboring states. These are very useful projects for the Odesa region - they have a huge potential for the future of not only the Odesa region but also the entire Ukraine. This is our first international victory on a regional scale, which will attract European funds for the benefit of every resident of these regions," Saakashvili remarked.
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