MEPs discussions on Ukraine and EU solidarity

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MEPs and the President of EU Commision, Ursula von der Leyen

Strasbourg, 10 May 2022 (TDI): The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) held a debate and discussions with the European Union Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen on EU solidarity, the social and economic consequences for Europe due to the Russian war in Ukraine.

Among the discussions, key issues were mainly Ukraine, Artificial intelligence, EU elections, Common charger, and chemicals. The MEPs requested solidarity and unity in support of EU citizens as well as businesses impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Furthermore, the MEPs discussed Russian oil, and Europe’s future and also called for the EU to protect Ukrainian refugees especially, women from violence.

The President spoke on sanctions against Russia and the ban on Russian oil. She stated that Europe and its partners adjust in securing alternatives.

More to this, von der Leyen also focused on the reconstruction of Ukraine and relief for the country.

The President proposed for Ukraine to be supported with immediate relief through short-term economic support.

In line with this, Ukraine will be able to deal with the aftermath of the war. Thus, through the help of the EU.

The Minister of France, Delegate Klinkert and the MEPs,  and the President, stated the importance of unity and solidarity internally for the EU in reconstructing Ukraine in the future.

In addition, the Parliament accepted the proposal to alter the rules that govern EU elections. Also, the MEPs called for a meeting to be held so that reform is implemented.

The Ukraine-Crisis: 

On February 24, 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine, escalating the Russo-Ukrainian War, which had begun in 2014. With more than 5 million Ukrainians fleeing the nation and a fourth of the population displaced, the invasion has triggered Europe’s greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

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