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Local and regional Alliance for Ukraine – Latest EU statements and news on the war in Ukraine

(updated on 26 July 2022)

During its plenary session on 30 June 2022, the European Committee of the Regions and the associations of local and regional authorities launched an Alliance of Local and Regional Authorities for the Reconstruction of Ukraine. See the Concept note of the Alliance in English and in Ukrainian and the press release of the launch of the Alliance.

The war continues, but the expected Blitzkrieg seems to become a long conflict that could also have very negative effects on Putin’s regime (and the rest of Europe). Ukraine resists and the international community is becoming more united in supporting the Ukrainian people and establishing sanctions against Russia and Russian interests.

Besides the humanitarian crisis, there are complicated components related to the economy, the European needs regarding energy, and geostrategic aspects, among others. Even the traditionally neutral Finland and Sweden are joining the NATO.

We would also like to draw your attention to the CoR’s Info-Support Hub for Regions and Cities and the Cities4Cities initiative by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council of Europe. A similar initiative could be initiated by border or cross-border regions in Europe.

Every 2-3 weeks, major European associations of regions and municipalities meet under the coordination of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to coordinate efforts and get updated information through Ukrainian partners such as the Association of Ukrainian Cities, which will be 30 at the end of June. Besides the coordination of support to Ukrainian cities and regions, there is a follow-up of abducted mayors, whose whereabouts are still unknown.

Here you can find some of the latest news and statements by EU institutions:

Humanitarian aid website

Information for people fleeing the war

CoR’s Info-Support Hub for Regions and Cities

Cities4Cities initiative by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council of Europe

About disinformation: EUvsDisinfo

Lviv Media Forum

Spatial Foresight’s article Regional sensitivities to the consequences of the war in Ukraine

AEBR Resolution of 25 February 2022

 

News from May 2022:

EU Observer reported that Serbia still refused to impose sanctions on Russia. Serbia would still not join international sanctions against Russia, President Aleksandar Vučić told TV network Prva TV on 15 May. Read more.

On 16 May 2022, foreign ministers from the Western Balkan countries were invited for lunch with their EU colleagues to calm certain uncertainties in the region. Namely, that the accession of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia would not mean a setback for the region with aspiring countries.

On Tuesday 17 May, defence ministers also talked about Russia and their coordinated efforts.

On 18 May, the Commission put forward the RePowerEU plan, which aims to help the diversification of fossil fuel imports in the bloc, as the EU aims to get rid of its dependence on Russian energy supplies, starting with the gas. The Parliament’s trade committee also voted to lift all import duties on any product coming from Ukraine, in an effort to help the country’s economy.

Also on 18 May, the commission detailed a relief and reconstruction plan for Ukraine, while Moldovan president Maia Sandu addressed MEPs on the war in Ukraine and its consequences.

On 19 May, MEPs discussed the prosecution of Russian war crimes and genocide in Ukraine, energy security after Russia’s invasion and the recent cuts in the gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria.

 

 

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