European Parliament Donates Generator to Help Ukrainians Through Winter

European Parliament Donates Generator to Help Ukrainians Through Winter

The European Parliament has donated a generator to the Ukraine in order to help the country’s residents get through the difficult winter months. The donation was made by European Parliament President Roberta Metsola as part of the Generators of Hope campaign.

The European Parliament and Eurocities, the network of Europe’s more than 200 largest cities, launched the Generators of Hope campaign in November. The campaign calls on cities to donate power generators, transformers and spare parts of electricity networks to help Ukrainians get through the harsh winter ahead.

Due to Russia’s continuing attacks on critical civilian infrastructure, which violate international and humanitarian law, more than half of Ukraine’s electricity network has been damaged or destroyed, leaving millions of Ukrainians without electricity.

On Thursday afternoon, in the presence of Belgium’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reforms and Democratic Renewal Annelies Verlinden, Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations Alain Hutchinson and Mayor of Ixelles Christos Doulkeridis, President Metsola made the donation on behalf of the Parliament.

At the event, President Metsola said, ‘I am proud to donate this generator on behalf of the European Parliament to the brave people of Ukraine, as part of our Generators of Hope campaign.

Millions of Ukrainians are left without electricity as a result of Russia’s relentless and unjustified attacks on critical civilian infrastructure. With this practical donation and with the help of other donations from cities and towns across Europe, we want to keep essential facilities in Ukraine running this winter, and provide energy to hospitals, schools, water supply facilities, relief centres and shelters.

Today, in the presence of Federal Minister Annelies Verlinden and Mr Hutchinson and Mr Doulkeridis representing the city of Brussels, I want to thank European cities and national civil protection contact points for their active involvement in our Generators of Hope campaign. Together we can do it. Thank you and Slava Ukraini.’

Federal Minister Annelies Verlinden said, ‘We fully support the Generators of Hope campaign. If we join hands with Europe’s 200 largest cities, we can give hope to the people of Ukraine during these difficult times. The generator donated today by the European Parliament symbolises the warmth we want to send from Belgium to Ukraine, as well as our support and courage. I hope many more will follow this example.’

The 325 kVA generator donated by the European Parliament is enough to provide electricity for a middle-sized building, such as a school or administrative office.

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Antoinette Tyrrell is a writer and journalist who started her career in print and broadcast journalism in Ireland. An English and History graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, she worked for 11 years in corporate public relations for Irish Government bodies in the Foreign Direct Investment and Energy sectors.

She is the founder of GoWrite, a business writing and public relations consultancy. Her work has appeared in a range of national and international media and trade publications. She is also a traditionally published novelist of commercial fiction.

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