Yesterday in Brussels, the European Parliament awarded projects of each EU country for their exceptional achievements. The European Citizen’s Prize goes to projects that encourage:
- mutual understanding between people in the EU;
- cross-border cooperation that builds a stronger European spirit;
- EU values and fundamental rights.
Marta Barandiy, the Belgian winner and founder of the NGO Promote Ukraine, noted, “The European Citizen’s Prize is an award for eight months of defending Ukraine in Brussels. This is recognition of our results. Our work speaks for itself: we have organised more than 70 demonstrations in support of Ukraine. In particular, they gathered 8,000 people for a march, 5,000 for a charity concert, and 1,000 for a human chain around the European Council. We met with more than 50 politicians and people responsible for decisions on Ukraine. At these meetings we advocated for more weapons for Ukraine, more sanctions for Russia and the recognition of Russia as a terrorist state.”
In addition, Barandiy noted that Promote Ukraine had collected more than 300,000 euros in donations for Ukraine and handed over 30 pieces of life-saving equipment. The Ukrainian Cultural Centre was also created by the organisation in Brussels. It supported more than 5,000 Ukrainians at various trainings, workshops, etc.
“I am grateful to every volunteer of Promote Ukraine, every supporter, participant, partner, and donor! Together, we can do more! The Ukrainian people need a victory, and we need a victory,” the head of Promote Ukraine summed up.