A meeting of the European Union Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sport has recently been held in Brussels, participated, among others, by Piotr Gliński – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and Oleksandr Tkachenko – Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
“We must remember that today the heart of Europe beats in Kyiv! Kyiv is today the European capital of culture. By sacrificing the lives of its people, Ukraine is today defending Europe, European values, and culture against the Russian barbarians. The European Union must finally make an adequate response. Europe must timely come to its assistance!” – appealed Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński at the European Union Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport meeting in Brussels.
In the course of the debate, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage spoke, among other others, about the need to support Ukrainian culture, about solidarity in action to protect cultural heritage in Ukraine, and about the establishment of the European Fund for Culture to cover urgent Ukraine’s needs in the area of culture and media.
“I am also of the opinion that the European Commission should immediately offer a scheme based – at the minimum – on this list, presented today by the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkachenko. That is substantive assistance that can be directed there. Let us remember that there is no electricity there at the moment, no heating, and the winter differs from the season in Brussels – there it is a real winter, with snow and frost, with people freezing and having no prospects, and with hope fading. Europe must help on time,” said the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.