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Info-Support hub. The info-support hub matches requests and offers for aid: cities and regions sheltering refugees can submit their specific needs and find help from other European regions or cities.
Module through which to share local/regional governments’ needs and offers.
Actions on the ground
As a result of the war in Ukraine, Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) are once again at the forefront of a crisis. EPP-led cities and regions are not only facing a refugee crisis but are standing with Ukraine and its people through humanitarian aid. The EPP-CoR Group would like to raise awareness on the situation on the ground.
Below are some measures being taken in villages, cities and regions to support refugees and those facing the war in Ukraine.
Olgierd Geblewicz, President of West Pomerania Region and President of the EPP-CoR Group
West Pomerania has to date:
•donated a fully equipped ambulance with 4 pallets filled with medical equipment to Ukraine with a total value of 250 000 PLN
•donated 3 trucks full of medical equipment
•made available 3 buildings ready to receive refugees from Ukraine
•hosted people with disabilities in the Health Resort of Kołobrzeg
•organised the solidarity-with-Ukraine protest in Szczecin
•created a municipal collection point in the region’s office (items collected with be donated to partner regions – Odessa and Mykolaiv)
•launched grants for NGO’s helping refugees
Alexandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdansk
•The city of Gdansk launched a campaign “We help Ukraine” which involves gathering requests for help and matching them with offers from individuals and organisations via a dedicated website https://ukraina.gdanskpomaga.pl
•The city of Gdansk donated medical equipment and two public transport buses to Lvów.
•Ms. Dulkiewicz also organised an online meeting of mayors from all across Europe, on Monday, 14 March, at 13:00, to debate the war in Ukraine and propose ways to help Ukrainian partners.
Rastislav Trnka, Chairman of Košice Self – Governing Region
Košice Self-governing region (SR) is helping people fleeing the war in Ukraine as follows:
•Information stands have been set up at the railway and bus stations (Michalovce, Košice) as well as directly on the border (Vyšné Nemecké, Veľké Slemence) to help those fleeing the war.
•Volunteers offer basic humanitarian aid such as hot drinks, food and blankets on arrival.
•An information leaflet has been issued in Ukrainian with the most important information.
•An infoline was set-up for people fleeing the war to provide information in Slovak and Ukrainian about accommodation, transport connections, asylum applications, the right to employment, healthcare or education. In addition, the helpline provides psychological help.
•Free bus shuttles have been provided from the state border with Ukraine in Vyšné Nemecké and Veľké Slemence.
•Ukrainian citizens can use the services of suburban bus transport in the Košice Region free of charge.
•Emergency and asylum facilities including accommodation and canteens have been set-up.
•An online accommodation booking system has been set-up to meet needs of refugees.
•An account was opened where individuals, businesses as well as other organizations can contribute towards humanitarian aid.
•Ukrainian children are being integrated in the Slovak school system
•To coordinate and distribute necessary humanitarian assistance, the Košice Self-governing Region has set up two humanitarian aid warehouses. Beddings, food, toiletries, clothes and other forms of humanitarian help are stored, sorted out and delivered, where needed.
Ricardio Rio, Mayor of Braga
Braga joined the rally for peace in Ukraine on Saturday 12 March, an event supported by Eurocities.
Renaud Muselier, President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
From Marseille, the twin sister of Odessa, Region Sud is channeling humanitarian aid by the “Convois pour l’Ukraine”.
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of Central Macedonia (Greece)
The region of Central Macedonia in Greece is providing medical supplies.
Arnoldas Abramavičius, Municipality councillor of Zarasai
The municipality of Zarasai offered two pickup trucks to the municipality of partner city Chemerivtsi in Ukraine to be used for defense purposes in the municipality.
Michael Murphy, Mayor of Clonmel Borough District
As Mayor of Clonmel, Michael Murphy launched the ‘Mayoral Ukraine Relief Fund’ into which citizens can make a donation. All proceeds go to Red Cross and UNICEF. Several events are being organized around Clonmel, proceeds of which are being donated to the fund, including coffee mornings, concerts, auctions etc. Only a week into the fund, the sum of over €10,000 has been collected.
Carlos Carvalho, Mayor of Tabuaço
•The Volunteer Fire Brigade of Tabuaço donated an ambulance to Lviv, Ukraine.
•The City Council created a Volunteer Network to help Ukrainian refugees to settle down, and assist with provision of clothes, food and administrative work.
Bruno Hranic, Mayor of Vidovec
Vidovec is collecting food and other necessities for Ukrainian refugees who are arriving at the Croatian-Hungarian border.
Ionel Bogdan, President of Maramureş County Council
•Set up 3 centres to receive donations from local, national and international donors in Baia Mare, Sighetu Marmatiei and Halmeu, which donations were transported by trucks to Ukraine at the twin regions Transcarpathia and Ivano-Frankivsk, which reached out to Maramureş for help. More than 50 trucks of humanitarian aid were directed to Ukrainian partners for the people in need with goods and first aid supplies through the Humanitarian HUBS located in Halmeu and Sighetu Marmatiei.
•In partnership with more than 30 local and international NGOs, including UNICEF, Red Cross and the Child Protection Institution, we established the first <Blue Dot – Integrated Centre of Assistance and Support> for refugees and their children. Here they can ask for transport, accommodation, specialized psychological support for the youngsters and seniors, medical care and food. More than 5000 refugees and 3000 children have been helped thought this facility.
•Tents, containers and a Refugees Camp were deployed on the Municipal Stadium of Sighetu Marmatiei.
•Offered free COVID-19 testing for all the refugees and medical care in hospitals through local medical programs.
•Local and national companies offered refugees accommodation, food, internet and access to jobs.
•Facilitated transfer via plane for more than 200 Ukrainian children and their attendants who flew to Turkey from the county airport.
Sergio Caci, Mayor of Montalto di Castro
Montalto di Castro is promoting dialogue between the Russian and Ukrainian communities living in the municipality.
Csaba Borboly, President of Harghita County Council
•Strollers, baby carriers and car seats were collected for Ukrainian refugees on the occasion of Women’s Day and later transported from Harghita County to Transcarpathia (Berehove).
•The Volunteer Firefighters Association of Harghita County is involved in delivering donations and transporting refugees from Ukraine.
Adam Struzik, President of Mazovia Region
The regional government of Mazovia is supporting Ukraine in various ways.
•The provincial government released PLN 1 million for urgent assistance to Ukraine.
•A shipment consisting of portable emergency medical kits and first aid kits including antiseptics, emergency blankets, gloves, sterile gauze, but also quilts and pillows was made.
•Mazovia is launching an EU program from which funds would be allocated to long-term assistance to refugees from Ukraine.
•5 runs of the humanitarian train carrying refugees from the Ukrainian border to Mazovia were completed. On the trains, the needy received the most necessary products including food and hygiene products. They were also provided with a doctor and paramedics.
•Hospitals run by the local government launched telephone lines in Ukrainian. Every day, about 50 refugees in need of medical assistance are admitted to the centers.
•Four ambulances have been donated, three of them went to the Kiev region, and the fourth to Khmelnytsky – the partner city of Ciechanów.
•There is also psychological and psychiatric help provided by specialist doctors from the Mazowieckie Center of Neuropsychiatry.
•At the headquarters of the center in Warsaw, there is also a day-care center for children run by experienced educators and psychologists.
•The Voivodship Labor Office has launched a special hotline operated in Polish and Ukrainian to help Ukrainian citizens who want to find work A series of workshops for teachers from all over the voivodeship was launched to help them conduct classes with students from Ukraine
•Cultural institutions administered by the Voivodeship have also prepared a wide offer for Ukrainian citizens.
Mieczysław Struk, President of Pomeranian Region
•provided grants for NGOs helping refugees
•stopped the agreement on cooperation with the Kaliningrad District and cooperation between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Polish Armed Forces and the Duma of Kaliningrad
•made Pomorskie Hospitals available to victims
•launched a special telephone line for people who want to provide help (58 326 87 40)
•offered free train rides for Ukrainians
Vytenis Tomkus, Mayor of Kaisiadorys District Municipality
•Kaisiadorys District Municipality and its population organised a manifestation condemning the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.
•The municipality and local community granted asylum for 188 Ukrainian citizens.
•Municipality servants and NGO’s are helping refugees to adapt, meet the basic needs an find jobs.
•Public transport has been made available for free for Ukrainians.
•Allocated Euro 60 000 for humanitarian aid for 3 Ukraine municipalities.
•Terminated the collaboration treaty between Kaisiadorys District Municipality and Yvija District Municipality (Belarus).
•Offered education services for Ukrainian children and health care services for refugees.
Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw
Warsaw has erected a tent which serves as a 24-hour transit point. Refugees from Ukraine are provided with accommodation, sanitary facilities, food, medical and psychological assistance. After 24 hours, refugees will leave Warsaw or will be relocated to their residence points.
Uwe Conradt, Mayor of Saarbrücken
The city of Saarbrücken (Germany) has converted three sports halls into shared accommodation, and allocated 6 million Euro for the rental of housing.
Additionally, Saarbrücken set up a Welcome Centre where information is provided about authorities and entitlements to benefits in Ukrainian and Russian.
Those who want to to exchange good practices and showcase European solidarity can send us a short text, figures and photos of initiatives taken at email@example.com.
14th April #EPPLocalDialogue on EU Enlargement
27th April EPP-CoR Group meeting – Debate on Ukraine
31st May #EPPLocalDialogue on Cities and Regions helping Ukraine