EU local leaders fact-finding mission at Polish/Ukrainian border highlights urgent need to help regions and cities assist refugees fleeing war’s atrocities

Common rules and fast-tracked access are needed to maximize the impact of €17 billion EU support package on the ground: this is the message delivered by leaders of the six political groups in the European Committee of the Regions at an emergency meeting near Poland’s border with Ukraine on 6 April attended by Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions, Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Younous Omarjee, chairman of the European Parliament’s committee on regional development, and Tetiana Yehorova-Lutsenko, chairwoman of the Kharkiv District Council. The meeting was hosted by the president of the Podkarpackie Region, Władysław Ortyl, and the mayor of Rzeszów, Konrad Fijołek.

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