In connection with the military operations, significance for recreation and rehabilitation of resort towns in the western region of Ukraine.
Serhiy Karpuk, Shatsky settlement head, together with settlement council specialists held an online meeting with the leadership of the Lithuanian city of Birštonas. The communication between the representatives of the municipalities of the two countries took place thanks to the initiative and support of Ihor Guzy, People's Deputy of Ukraine.
The leaders of Shatsk and Birštonas each presented their communities, emphasizing the development of tourism and resorts.
Birštonas – a small town (4459 inhabitants) in the Kaunas County of Lithuania. A balneological, drinking, mud and climatic resort with two sanatoriums, the best medical facilities in Lithuania and the regional park “Nemunas Loops”, which is equipped with paths for runners and cyclists.
Shatsk – a small town in Ukraine, the center of the Shatsk settlement territorial community and until recently of the Shatsk district, and now of the Kovel district of the Volyn region. Population — 5334 people. A resort and recreation center known throughout Ukraine. The village is located in a picturesque area in the western part of the Volynskyi Polissia, surrounded by 30 lakes called Shatskyi (Chorne Velike, Svityaz, Pulemetske, Luky, Lutsymer, Somynets, Karasinets, Ozertse and others).
«Our  ;communities today have a number of common interests in the field of tourism. In 2022, Birštonas received more than 190,000 tourists, so we have a lot to learn from it. Today we are preparing proposals for signing a memorandum of cooperation between Shatsk and this Lithuanian city. If the deputies of both communities make a positive decision on international cooperation, our village will get another sister city – Birshtonas, as well as the opportunity to take over his business experience, write joint project applications and submit them to grant competitions of the European Commission. – Serhii Karpuk commented on the results of the meeting.