The principal focus of Pilot Towns in the Planning Phase is to produce a “Reference Plan”. The drafting of this document should be the result of collaboration between Municipality, National Support Group and Project Implementation Unit /Local Stakeholder Group (LSG), where the LSG is expected to participate actively in the formulation of the plan, ideally involving a system of co-production.

The Reference Plan should set out a strategic framework as basis for operational project activity in the respective Pilot Towns drawing on the survey material and data gathered in the Preliminary Technical File. Each Pilot Town will be asked to:

  • outline the scope of intervention in relation to their specific local context;
  • determine objectives, and; identify the actions (urban rehabilitation projects) to be implemented in order to successfully deliver the project.

A primary task for all stakeholders in this respect is to confirm the perimeter of the territory of operation both in terms of the boundary of the physical area, as well as fixing the key challenges and potentials to be addressed. It is recommended to build the Reference Plan through a four step process of analysis, establishment of a shared vision, determination of appropriate actions, reference plan consolidation. 

Updates Updates

a. Country package: templates and Planning Phase procedures

b. Communication: Web page ( including fact sheets, news, newsletters, postcards

c. National Coordinators: Gohar Grigoryan (Armenia); Natalia Khvir (Belarus), Leila Tumanishvili (Georgia), Andrei Chistol (Republic of Moldova), Oleksandr Butsenko (Ukraine)

d. Lead Expert: Philip Stein

e. Steering Committee: Renate Utzschmid (DG NEAR, European Union); Mikhael de Thyse (DGII, Council of Europe), Matthias Ripp (OWHC); Philip Stein (Lead Expert); Tim Williams (Technical Assistance, Eastern Partnership Programme); Gohar Grigoryan (Armenia); Natalia Khvir (Belarus), Leila Tumanishvili (Georgia), Andrei Chistol (Republic of Moldova), Oleksandr Butsenko (Ukraine)

f. National and Local Stakeholders:


National Level Local level

Ministry of Culture

Ministry of Nature Protection

Ministry of Economy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations

Ministry of Urban Development

Agency of Management of Bio Resources

Municipality of Gyumri

Municipality of Goris

Kumayri Historic and Cultural Preserve-Museum of Gyumri Municipality 

Gyumri City Research Center

Friends of Gyumri Foundation

Ideas for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation



National Level Local level

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus

Ministry of Economy

Ministry of Sports and Tourism

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Institute of Culture of Belarus

Foundation "Cultural Heritage and Modernity" (NGO),

Company "Bel Restoration"

Architecture faculty of the State Polytechnical Academy.

Department of Architecture - Mstislav

Department of Culture of Mstislav municipality Local museum - Mstislav

Mstislav Tourist agency



National Level Local level

The Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection

The National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (Spatial Planning and Building Regulation Department)

National Tourism Administration

The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (Department for Self-Government Development and Regional Policy)

The Municipal Development Fund

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Unit for coordination with the CoE)

The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia

The Administration of the Government of Georgia

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia


The local self-government of Dusheti

The municipal council

The Centre for Culture and Education of Dusheti municipality

Dusheti Museum

Union of Highland and Lowland

Centre for Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Dusheti

Dusheti Youth Initiative

School teachers and retired persons union


The local self-government of Chiatura

The municipal council

Centre of Culture of Chiatura

The newspaper “Chiatura”

LTD Georgian Manganese


Republic of Moldova

National level Local level

Ministry of Regional Development and Construction

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy Academy of Sciences

Ministry of Culture; Cultural Heritage Directorate of the General Directorate and International Cooperation of the General Directorate

The City Hall of Soroca

Soroca District Council



National Level Local level

Ministry of Culture of Ukraine

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Trade Ministry of Regional Development Construction and Communal Living

Parliament Committee for Culture

Institute for Heritage Protection Studies

Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies

Association of Ukrainian Cities

Department of Culture Lutsk

Department of Heritage Lutsk

Department of Culture Zhovkva

Department of Heritage Zhovkva

Department of Culture Pryluky

Department of Heritage Pryluky


g. Pilot Towns: Gyumri and Goris (Armenia); Mstislavl (Belarus); Dusheti and Chiatura (Georgia); Soroca (Republic of Moldova), Pryluky, Zhovkva and Lutsk (Ukraine).

Activities activities

2nd regional workshop took place in Chisinau and Soroca with the participation of 32 persons from 9 COMUS towns.  All participants were very much involved and enthusiastic. Challenges due to a new way of working are recognized and LSGs and PIUs are working through these challenges.  As some of the works are becoming more technical in the Project Phase, the role of the LSG and its continued engagement was emphasized.   Beyond the review of the Planning Phase and information provided for the Project Phase, constructive exchange among 9 towns was remarkable and contributed to sense of a larger network that COMUS would like to strengthen.

The programme included:

1st day – Presentation by Soroca

  • Interactive sessions on 3 steps of the Planning Phase; Analysis, Shared Vision, Actions 

2nd day – Focus on the Project Phase in light of overall project expected outcomes

  • Visibility, Capacity Development, Awareness Raising in respective towns
  • Project Phase Plan of Action and upcoming Administrative Arrangements
  • Visit to Soroca

Relevant documents: