European progressive cities and regions stand firmly in solidarity with Ukraine

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4 August 2022
European progressive cities and regions stand firmly in solidarity with Ukraine

Ukrainians have been living in the reality of war for already six months, and progressive cities and regions across the European Union continue to stand firmly with Ukraine in its fight against the brutal Russian aggression.

These are not just words.

These are also concrete actions to help Ukrainian refugees integrate into European cities, providing them with safe housing, access to education and medical services, as well as a long-term support program for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

Progressive leaders continue to support Ukraine with all possible means

In July, the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Vasco Alves Cordeiro and the mayor of Kyiv Vitaly Klitschko congratulated cities and regions for organizing summer camps for Ukrainian children in the European Union, offering them a safe place to recover from the horrors of war.

Earlier that month, a delegation of PES Group members led by PES Group President Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines, France, paid a two-day visit to the region of Constanta, Romania, to discuss the Ukrainian crisis with the local and regional authorities and visit the refugee centre of Isaccea, where they met families coming mainly from the war-torn cities of Mykolaiv and Odesa.

At the end of June, CoR and associations representing European cities and regions launched the European Alliance for Cities and Regions to help Ukraine’s local and regional authorities rebuild houses, schools, hospitals, services and infrastructure destroyed by Russian troops.

This will be an ongoing report on our actions to help Ukraine.

In August, CoR member Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, and Benoit Payan, Mayor of Marseille, visited Kyiv and its suburban cities of Bucha, Irpin and Borodyanka — scenes of horrific Russian atrocities. They signed an agreement with Vitaliy Klitschko, Kyiv mayor and President of the association of Ukrainian cities, to support the reconstruction of Ukraine and presented the plan to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In an opinion to be presented at the upcoming European Committee of the Regions Plenary Session on 12-13 October, PES Group member Dario Nardella will also outline more in detail the European Committee of the Regions' proposals on The role of EU cities and regions in rebuilding Ukraine. He will in particular suggest the development of a reinforced U-LEAD programme that becomes the key multilateral instrument to support local communities and promotes decentralization in Ukraine.