Cooperation News: The Europe Day Vinnytsia Citizens Celebrated With the Highest Authorities of the State and Foreign Guests
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The Europe Day Vinnytsia Citizens Celebrated With the Highest Authorities of the State and Foreign Guests

1.jpgOn May 19, Vinnytsia celebrated Europe Day for the 11th year in a row. As in the first years of the celebration, tens of thousands of citizens came to the city center to demonstrate once again support for the idea of European integration of Ukraine, which primarily consists of preserving the cultural values of each people, freedom, democracy and a high standard of living. The festival was opened with a large-scale flash mob, which involved more than 1,500 people.

This year, together with the Vinnytsia citizens, the holiday was celebrated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman, people's deputies, government representatives, diplomats from different countries and delegations from the sister cities of Vinnytsia.

"15 years ago, a tradition was introduced in Ukraine to celebrate the Europe Day, but nowhere the Europe Day is celebrated as in Vinnytsia. European guests came here, this was the brightest holiday here, and I can emphasize that many years ago, Vinnytsia became the European city of Ukraine," said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his welcoming speech. "Over the past four years, the country has undergone tremendous changes, our state is very close to Europe. This last year was also special. On September 1, 2017, came into force agreement with the European Union ratified by all the European member states and in spite of the obstacle to the aggression by the Russian Federation. On June 11 last year, Europe opened the door for Ukrainians by introducing a visa-free regime, and we are moving further."

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman, who initiated the celebration of the Europe Day in Vinnytsia when he was on the post of Vinnytsia Mayor, said that today the main goal is to make Ukraine a truly strong European country: "Today, to once again tell the whole world that we value and respect European values, we are struggling today for them, we do everything in order to improve our life in Ukraine. I remember how we started celebrating Europe Day, and for us it is a symbolic holiday. Because on that day we said that we are ready to work to make our hometown comfortable, modern, so that everyone, from a young child to an elderly person, could find their place in our beautiful city, and we succeeded! Today, we face new challenges to do everything for the Ukrainians to live better. They deserve it! And I believe that we have the strength and opportunity to make Ukraine a really strong country."

Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov noted that in recent years a lot of changes have taken place, and especially regarding the development of local self-government. "This holiday is a manifestation of the desire of the Ukrainian people to live in the united European community and to be a strong, prosperous, free and democratic state. For the last 4 years, a lot has been done, especially for local self-government. Local communities are strong and capable," said Serhii Morhunov. "In Vinnytsia, as an example, the development of local self-government is the construction of schools, the reconstruction of kindergartens, stadiums, major repairs of roads, squares, renovation of transport. Thanks to this, the city of Vinnytsia has been the most comfortable city in Ukraine for four years already, but I'm sure that this merit is, first of all, of the community, every Vinnytsia citizen, the entire Vinnytsia team! And we will not stop there."

Valerii Korovii, the Head of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, jokingly invited the citizens to announce on this day that Vinnytsia is the unofficial European capital of Ukraine. "We move step by step in the direction of the geopolitical direction of the country's development and return to the bosom of European nations. Today, the heart of Europe is beating here on this square of Vinnytsia. And given the fact that today the President of Ukraine, the Prime Minister, people's deputies, government officials, diplomatic representatives are present with us, there is a proposal that today Vinnytsia would be the unofficial European capital of Ukraine."