Dear President Zelenskyy,
Dear President Nauseda,
Dear Speaker Stefanchuk,
Dear Members of Verkhovna Rada,
Thank you for having me with you right here immediately. It is a privilege, however extra importantly it’s a accountability for me, because the President of the European Parliament to once more have the honour of addressing the Verkhovna Rada on this essential day.
The Day of Ukrainian Statehood is at all times essential however this yr, the anniversary has taken on an ever extra essential that means. All of Europe marks today with you. In solidarity. In friendship and in a bond as Europeans that I hope will likely be formalised quickly.
Today we have a good time not solely the foundations of Ukrainian statehood, but in addition the braveness, dedication and resolve of all Ukrainians preventing to protect Ukraine’s statehood and its territorial integrity. For all those that have died and who give their lives nonetheless.
Today is symbolic not only for Ukraine and for Ukrainians however for all of Europe. It is the day that we reaffirm our dedication to Ukraine as a European nation. As a nation free to make its personal selections. Free to decide on its personal future. Free and proud to face up for the values that bind us all.
Putin needs a future – the place historical past will be re-written, the place spheres of affect exist, iron curtains are drawn closed, the place may is true, and the place private liberty and dignity denied. With their actions, it’s clear that Russia needs a return to a previous we had consigned to historical past books. A previous the place Europe’s geographical integrity and Europe’s freedom to decide on with whom to cooperate and how one can combine is known as into query. For him the actual enemy is democracy, freedom and reality. Our lifestyle is seen as a menace to autocracy. That is what’s at stake.
That is a previous we will by no means return to. We won’t ever settle for the invasion of a peaceable and impartial European nation like Ukraine.
We won’t ever flip a blind eye to the atrocities and crimes dedicated by Russia on Ukrainian soil. What occurred in Irpin, in Bucha, in Mariupol, in so many different cities.
We will always remember that over six million Ukrainians had been compelled to flee the nation and one other eight million have been displaced internally.
And we are going to at all times bear in mind the braveness, the defiance, the resistance of Ukrainians, your resistance, who fought via ache and sorrow to encourage the world.
Friends, expensive colleagues, let me say that we’re with you and we will likely be with you after we begin to re-build and make new once more.
On this essential day for impartial and sovereign Ukraine, I wish to guarantee you that Ukraine belongs with us. With nations that cherish the values of freedom, independence, democracy, the rule of regulation, the respect for human rights.
Your place, as cemented already by Grand Prince Volodymyr the Great, is amongst European nations.
And now, the torch is in your arms to take it additional.
With us, you might be amongst equals, amongst mates. We will stand by Ukraine’s aspect in instances of tragedy as in instances of prosperity.
These are usually not simply phrases.
Granting Ukraine candidate standing on 23 June confirms our dedication to strolling side-by-side in direction of your full membership of the European Union. It will not be a simple street, however the European Parliament, your strongest advocate, is there for you, to help you on each step of the best way. We are prepared to supply experience and recommendation to strengthen your parliamentary democracy. We can even proceed to assist the Verkhovna Rada with any assist you could must function easily below these very troublesome circumstances and with any help wanted to battle the results of Russia’s struggle in Ukraine.
On behalf of the European Parliament, I guarantee you that we are going to dedicate all assets, vitality and know-how accessible to serving to the Verkhovna Rada. A robust parliament is essential for the soundness of any democracy.
And we are going to go additional.
When I used to be there with you, on the Verkhovna Rada on 1 April, I mentioned that we are going to collectively rebuild Ukraine – each metropolis and each city from Mariupol to Irpin, from Kherson to Kharkiv.
Today I’ll go additional. This is a chance to rework Ukraine. To build-back higher. A contemporary Ukraine. A sustainable Ukraine. A resilient Ukraine.
The Ukraine Solidarity Trust Fund along with the Ukraine reconstruction platform and Ukraine’s Recovery Plan are our masterplan. But we additionally know that Ukraine wants assets coming from completely different sources – from worldwide monetary establishments, but in addition from the non-public sector and from frozen property. Rest assured that the European Union will proceed to search for all of the means to attain this.
The European Parliament along with the Verkhovna Rada will proceed to observe intently the coordination of funds and spending for the reduction and reconstruction. In this context, the strengthening of Ukrainian state establishments, which play an important function in implementing reforms in step with Ukraine’s European path, is significant.
Friends, we all know that you just and your residents are usually not solely preventing in your personal freedom however you might be preventing for ours too. I understand how important it’s for the remainder of the democratic world to proceed to supply navy assist to Ukraine, and as I promised you and President Zelenskyy on 1 April 1 in Kyiv, I and the European Parliament will proceed to do every part in our energy to see that occur.
Thank you in your dedication to Europe.
Thank you in your extraordinary efforts, in your outstanding sacrifice and in your private commitments in sustaining a imaginative and prescient of a European future in your nation, in opposition to all odds.
Thank you for standing up and exhibiting the world.
You will prevail.
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