Europe Day shows solidarity with Ukraine and sends message of peace
The annual Europe Day 2022 commemorations in Brussels on 9 May were dedicated to Ukraine and European solidarity.
In a series of ceremonies marking the 72nd anniversary of the 1950 Schuman declaration, support for the war-torn country was the dominating theme.
At the entrance to Cinquantenaire park, in front of a statue of Robert Schuman statue, founder of Promote Ukraine Marta Barandly (pictured below in red) said: “77 years ago, Europe managed to find peace after victory. What is happening today in Ukraine is the same thing, we are fighting for peace.”
Afterwards at the Schuman roundabout, EU and Belgian dignitaries gathered to further honour the man who is considered the founding father of the European institutions and vision. They included Ylva Johansson, European ccommissioner for home affairs, Ukraine ambassador to Belgium Oleg Shamshur and state secretary for economic recovery Thomas Dermine.
Part of the solution for Ukraine would come from Europe, insisted Dermine. “Once again we need European leadership, we need coordination between European countries.”
The officials then released 12 doves as a symbol of peace in front of a banner bearing the message ‘Stand with Ukraine’.
Photos : EC audiovisual service/Lukasz Kobus