(ANSA) – FLORENCE, AUGUST 19 – A delegation of mayors of European cities belonging to Eurocities, the largest network of medium and large cities of which the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella is president, went to Kiev today with the goal of signing a political agreement for the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities. Nardella, at the head of the delegation, had a meeting with the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and then saw the mayor of Kiev, Vitalij Klyčko, president of the Ukrainian Cities Association.
Nardella was also in Bucha, Irpin and Borodyanka.
The agreement, wanted by Eurocities and signed by the Congress of Local and Regional Ukrainian Authorities in the presence of Zelensky, outlines the plans to match the reconstruction needs in Ukraine with the capabilities of other European cities.
In addition to Nardella, Kostas Bakoyannis, mayor of Athens, were present at the signing; Juhana Vartiainen, mayor of Helsinki; Grégory Doucet, mayor of Lyon; Benoît Payan, mayor of Marseille; Raymond Johansen, mayor and governor of Oslo; Mārtiņš Staķis, Mayor of Riga; Erion Veliaj, mayor of Tirana. “We, the mayors and leaders of European and Ukrainian cities, condemn the Russian war in Ukraine and call for an immediate withdrawal of Russian forces and the restoration of peace.
We are committed to joining our efforts to prepare and deliver a rapid and sustainable reconstruction of Ukrainian cities destroyed by Russian attacks “, is the joint statement released. The agreement provides for a shared vision of” sustainable urban development; respect for the rule of law, ensuring accountability between partner cities and transparency in transactions, especially for investments; confirmation of the central role of self-government, supporting decentralization; involvement of citizens and local stakeholders in the reconstruction process “. (ANSA).