News: More than 30 delegations from different cities and countries attended celebration of Europe Day in Vinnytsia
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More than 30 delegations from different cities and countries attended celebration of Europe Day in Vinnytsia

88888888888888888888.jpgOn May 14, Vinnytsia celebrated Europe Day on the ninth consecutive year. This year, guests from around the world celebrated together with Vinnytsia residents – the city took over 30 delegations. At the opening celebration, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman presented the Fifth Class Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise to the Mayor of the Polish city of Kielce Wojciech Lubawski.

To mark this year`s Europe Day, delegations of Kielce (Poland), Panevezys (Lithuania), Rustavi (Georgia), leadership of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and its Ukrainian delegates, diplomats from Austria, Georgia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Uzbekistan and other countries, members of parliament, and members of the Government of Ukraine came to Vinnytsia.

Mayor of Vinnytsia Serhii Morhunov opened the celebration. “Here in the city we have a good tradition – twice a year we meet together, communicate, give each other a smile and good emotions. This year, Vinnytsia once again proved that we are a strong local community. According to the results of nationwide survey, Vinnytsia again was recognized as the most comfortable city to live, and it is a merit of all residents! I am confident that we will continue to develop our city together to achieve a common goal, which is defined in our strategy Vinnytsia-2020 – to build a modern comfortable European city we are proud of,” said Serhii Morhunov.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman celebrated Europe Day together with Vinnytsia residents. He once started this holiday in Vinnytsia. “I remember the first time we celebrated this day. It was absolutely clear message to everybody – Vinnytsia seeks to become a part of Europe. Today Ukraine should fight in arms for its right to sovereignty, democracy and freedom, but I believe that no one ever won and will not ever win over Ukrainians. It is a pity that a recent history brings us losses, but we have to be worthy of the memory of those who gave their lives or health for the sake of Ukraine. I firmly believe that Ukraine will finally become successful, but it will be a difficult journey. Just a few days ago, I heard a saying: when someone tells you that he will make you happy without your participation, he lies. 10 years ago, Vinnytsia residents said that they want to live better, and we started to change this city with our work and support. I believe in the great future of our country, and I swear that I am going to do everything that depends on me,” said Volodymyr Groisman.

On behalf of the European Community, the Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Gudrun Mosler-Törnström greeted Vinnytsia residents: “When I saw at the beginning of the opening ceremony children singing, that wonderful music playing, I had tears of happiness in my eyes. I am sure that other cities will follow your example. Be sure that the Council of Europe will assist you in all efforts that your country make on the path to democracy, the rule of law and human rights.”

During the opening ceremony of Europe Day in Vinnytsia, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman presented the Fifth Class Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise to Wojciech Lubawski, the longstanding Mayor of the city of Kielce (Poland), with which Vinnytsia has long-term friendly and twinning relations.