Strength in partnership. On cooperation during the war

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU faced its worst security crisis since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Have we passed the exam in terms of security and the creation of crisis response systems? During the panel “Strength in partnership. About the cooperation of local governments during the war ”representatives of central and local governments tried to answer this question.

Paweł Bossernaker, deputy minister and government plenipotentiary for war refugees from Ukraine, believes that we are witnessing historic moments that will shape the future for the coming years, and probably also a longer perspective.

– Everyone, from volunteers, non-governmental organizations, local governments, entrepreneurs, to the government and international organizations, must be aware that the activities that we perform today will shape the development of Poland and affect the security of our region – said Bossernaker.

– The best investment in our safety is simply to provide the best conditions for refugees from Ukraine, because we will be safe when Ukraine is safe and free – added the minister during the discussion.

Bossernaker recalled that government aid for Ukrainians includes promoting their education in Poland and access to health care.

– Thanks to the special act, we have legalized the stay of refugees in Poland overnight, we have given them a sense of security – recalled the Bossernaker. – As a nation, we passed the exam.

Lipnik commune prepared for the crisis

– When the war in Ukraine started, I knew that Covid was over, and now there is another big problem that needs to be solved – Andrzej Grząiel, mayor of the Lipnik commune, began his speech. – But we were prepared for this crisis.

Grząiel noted that the commune drew conclusions from the beginnings of the “covid crisis”. That is why communal strategic centers, such as fire stations and schools, were prepared to help people in need. The buildings have been secured with energy and have photovoltaic systems.

– We have over a dozen Polish-Ukrainian marriages in the Lipnik commune, so we had no problems with translators at all – said Grząiel. – They were there for every call, e.g. of doctors, where they interpreted conversations with refugees.

– Ukrainians living with us told refugees about life in our commune. In this way, we gained their trust. Nobody felt lonely or abandoned. The age of refugees has already left our commune, but a large part of them is still with us today – said the local government official.

But Grząiel also pointed to problems.

– To this day, I have 40 people from Ukraine who live in the hotel – said the head of Lipnik. – I have to find apartments for them by the end of May. As a commune, I am not able to build houses. I can offer 2 or 3 apartments for a dozen or so people. But what about the rest?

– How to create a system so that these people still feel safe – asked Grząiel.

– Without the government’s help, we cannot act and help. We have budgets and expenses. Either there will be cuts or we will get help from the state – said Andrzej Grząiel. – Election next year, and voters now watch and judge. ..

– The government has already spent a lot of money, but we are waiting for more – concluded the head of Lipnik.


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