The European Committee of the Regions expresses its full and unequivocal
support to the decision taken today by the EU Heads of State and Government
to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova.
This important signal of political support will encourage our Ukrainian and
Moldovan partners to advance on the way of democracy, the rule of law, and
ability to provide a safe future for their citizens.
The European Committee of the Regions has been actively supporting Ukraine
on its democratic path. Since 2015, it has been providing advice on the
decentralisation reform, which proved to be one of the most successful
endeavours, strengthening local democracy and the overall resilience of the
local communities in Ukraine. Our members remain united in showing
solidarity and quick to provide humanitarian aid to their Ukrainian
partners. EU cities and regions, particularly those at the border with
Ukraine, have welcomed and continue to welcome millions of displaced
people. Together, we are now discussing the recovery and reconstruction of
In March 2022, the European Committee of the Regions gave Vitali Klitschko,
Mayor of Kyiv and Head of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, honorary
membership reflecting our support for Ukraine's EU candidature
Now we stand ready to support the new candidate countries on the path of
reforms that lay ahead, particularly in areas of local democracy, good
governance and resilience. We call on the international community to
contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine; together with EU
associations and networks of cities and regions, we will provide targeted
local expertise and advice, through the soon-to-be-launched "Ukraine
Reconstruction Platform" led by the European Commission.
We welcome President Sandu's reforms which paved the way for the Republic
of Moldova accession process and we stand ready to further cooperate with
Moldova's local authorities.
We stand ready to set up Joint Consultative Committees with Ukraine and the
Republic of Moldova
We are happy to welcome our Ukrainian and Moldovan partners in the European