Julien Doussot, president of Slava Ukrayini , received the European Parliament's 2022 European Citizens' Prize from MEP Christophe Hansen (CSV) at the heart of the Pundel wine estate in Wormeldange-Haut.
In the presence of Luxembourg MEP Isabel Wiseler-Lima (CSV), the minister for family and integration, Corinne Cahen (DP), and MP Claude Wiseler (CSV), Doussot and the members of his association warmly thanked the volunteers which took part in its activities. Above all, he thanked the host families who have accommodated Ukrainian families in Luxembourg, as well as all the people who have contributed to this outpouring of generosity towards Ukrainian families.
The association supports 50 Ukrainian refugees, or 18 families, on a daily basis. Since the first hours of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Doussot has been committed to welcoming Ukrainian families who found refuge in Luxembourg and helping them to integrate in a dignified manner. Thanks to the help of numerous donations and host families, but also the generosity of companies such as Sales-Lentz, which provided buses and drivers to pick up families at the borders of Ukraine, the Luxembourg association, which was created in a hurry during the first days of the war in February, succeeded in setting up a structure to provide dignified and quasi-autonomous accommodation for families who did not know Luxembourg at all at the time.
In the face of such commitment, it was almost fitting that the European Parliament presented the European Citizen Award 2022 to the Slava Ukrayini association. “The war in Ukraine was triggered by the imperialist thoughts of Putin, who seems to be from another era. We will not bring Putin to his senses, but in times of war a society does not need hatred towards others, but the desire to help others. In this sense, Slava Ukrayini, which also represents all those who do their part, is a reflection of the kind of society I want to see,” said Hansen, who recommended the organisation for the European award.
This year, 30 winners in 23 countries received the prize, which recognises outstanding achievements in European engagement in different fields. Citizens, citizen groups, associations or organisations can apply for the European Citizen's Prize with projects they have carried out. In November, all winners will be invited to the plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels.
The winners were selected by the award committee from a list of 300 proposals from national juries. In Luxembourg, the committee was composed of MEPs Marc Angel (LSAP), Charles Goerens (DP), Isabel Wiseler-Lima (CSV), the president of the European Movement, Martine Reicherts, and Mathis Godefroid, vice-president of Jugendrot.
This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.