The head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, Mircea Abrudean, reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to continue supporting Ukraine from an economic, humanitarian, security, political and legal point of view, both in terms of short-term needs and regarding the identification of long-term development and reconstruction mechanisms, on Tuesday, in Paris, at the “Solidarity with Ukraine” conference, during which a winter support mechanism was adopted for the neighboring country.
According to a press release from the Government, the “Paris Mechanism” was launched during the meeting, aimed at streamlining the coordination of assistance given to Ukraine during the winter, responding to the needs identified by the authorities in Kiev in real time and guaranteeing the resilience of infrastructures in five basic sectors: access to energy, water, health, transport and food products.
The representative of the Government of Romania presented the humanitarian, economic and energy support measures for Ukraine, as well as in the field of emergency management.
The head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery expressed the willingness of our country to intensify the assistance efforts given to Ukraine in several main directions, primarily for restoring the functionality of its energy infrastructure.
“He also referred to Romania’s hosting of the RescEU shelter facility, to the efforts of the central and local authorities to receive Ukrainian refugees, to the mobilization of refugee accommodation and support capacities during the winter, to the importance of the humanitarian hub of in Suceava. The minister showed, at the same time, that Romania remains an important link on the new grain transit corridors, thus participating in keeping Ukraine’s economy functioning, and emphasized our country’s decision to expand grain transit capacity both at the points of crossing the border, as well as in ports and by land”, the press release states.
In this context, he also discussed the extensive consequences of the war on countries such as the Republic of Moldova, which also needs the support of the international community.
The “Solidarity with Ukraine” conference took place in Paris, on Tuesday, and was co-organized by France and Ukraine, being chaired by the presidents Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky, with the participation of the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, the prime minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, numerous heads of state and government, ministers and other officials from 55 countries.
Representatives of the most important international organizations, banking institutions, and European entities were also present, Agerpres reports.
The event brought together partners, donors and institutions with the objective of providing immediate support to the Ukrainian people, in the perspective of overcoming the winter, in the context of the destruction by the Russian Federation of the civil infrastructures of Ukraine.
“The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, announced, before the end of the conference, that up to that moment the contributions announced during the day were close to 1 billion EUR”, the statement also says.