Packing of protective healthcare kits to support hromadas in coping with COVID-19 pandemic
The EU and its five member states Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Estonia through the U-LEAD with Europe Programme and with support of Caritas Ukraine have procured a huge amount of material to support municipalities engaging in the decentralisation process on a short notice and through an efficient and fully transparent process.
Ambassador Matti Maasikas, Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine, stated the importance of strong and healthy hromadas for the development of Ukraine: “Healthy hromadas are the foundation of strong Ukraine. I am proud that the EU and its member states through U-LEAD can support Ukraine’s rural communities and small cities in beating COVID-19.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba expressed his gratitude for the support received through the EU and EU Member States and stated: “More than 9 million Ukrainians live in amalgamated hromadas today. This timely and very much needed EU support will help communities fight the spread of COVID-19, empower medical workers, strengthen healthcare institutions and, most importantly, will further strengthen the bond between Ukraine and the EU. Solidarity is our most powerful weapon against the pandemic”.
German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen noted: “I am looking forward to our continued cooperation on decentralisation and strengthening of local self-government to support confident citizens in strong hromadas for a safe country.”
Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk stressed the importance of cooperation between friends: “True friends do not only celebrate success together. True friends are there, also at time of need. That is the reason why the EU and our countries are here – we stand by Ukraine.”
First Secretary of the Swedish Embassy Louise Morsing said: “Sweden is happy to be part of the EU’s support to Ukrainian local self-governments and strengthening of local democracy. This is particularly important in these times, when strong and capable local self-governments are needed more than ever to effectively meet the needs of the population.”
The protective kits will be sent to the municipalities very soon and will be officially handed over to the hromadas at a solemn ceremony online.
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