Membership in international organizations
Lutsk is the administrative centre of Volyn, which is one of the regions that compose “Euroregion Bug”. “Euroregion Bug” includes boundary territories of three countries: Ukraine (Volyn region), Poland (Lublin voivodship) and Belarus (Brest region) and is a union of voluntary cooperation between inhabitants of these countries and their local authorities. The organization works in the direction of intensification and expansion of the collaboration between regions, implements common initiatives concerning cultural, civil and economic events, for example, fairs, shows, economic missions.
In 2011 Lutsk joined the Council of Europe and the European Commission initiative“Intercultural Cities”. In June 2012 the First Forum of Intercultural Cities was held in Lutsk, many representatives of Ukrainian and foreign cities – members of Intercultural Cities Network visited the event. In September 2012 under support of Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine, within Intercultural Cities Programme, First International Forum of Poets and Translators was conducted. On 24-25 August 2013 the Forum of Intercultural Cities Mayors “Port of Cultures” took place in Lutsk. Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine Ms. Daiva Dapšienė, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lutsk Ms. Beata Brzywczy, as well as officials and experts on culture from Ukraine and abroad participated in the Forum.
The City of Lutsk was one of the initiators of a new international tourist project “The Gediminids’ Way”, launched in 2013. The purpose of the project is to popularize joint cultural and historical heritage of Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Belorusian and Polish people through creation of modern international tourist product, united by the theme of cultural and historical heritage of the Gediminids’ dynasty. The project aims to receive the all-European acknowledgement and be included into the list of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. To manage the project in May 2013 6 Ukrainian cities founded the Local Governments Association “The Gediminids’ Way”. Mayor of Lutsk Mykola Romaniuk was designated its President. Later a few more cities and municipalities joined the organization. . The project website is - www.gediminids.eu . In 2014 “The Gediminids' Way” participating municipalities signed an Appeal to European Leaders calling upon them to support their initiative and favour implementation of “the first Cultural Route of Council of Europe initiative originating in Eastern Europe”. As of the end of 2016 the project includes 22 participants from Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Czech Republic.
Since 2008 Lutsk is a member of the League of Historical Cities, the aim of which is to contribute to the realization of eternal world peace for the future of mankind. The organization unites cities all over the world, which are reach in historical, architectural and cultural monuments, which preserve culture, traditions, and historical heritage.
In 2009 Lutsk joined the Covenant of Mayors, the initiative launched by European Union in support of energy strategy accomplishment. The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntary committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. The objective of the Covenant of Mayors is to bring together the city mayors of the leading European cities, who dedicate their activities to the accomplishment of policy of climate and environment saving.