Mayors stepping in to support refugees where member states are failing
Tomorrow mayors and representatives of 19 cities that are supporting refugees will meet at the Solidacities event in the European Parliament to showcase their support for refugees and discuss their experiences of putting solidarity into action.
The event will bring together a total of 160 guests from 19 cities in 13 European countries, including 12 mayors.
It will provide a space for exchange among those actively supporting refugees through initiatives such as search and rescue, reception centres, housing, schools, language classes and employment.
Among the speakers will be Nabil-Iosif Morant, the Syrian-born mayor of Andravida/Kilini in Greece, who turned a holiday resort that closed amidst the economic crisis into homes for over 300 refugees.
Guests will also include representatives of the UNHCHR, the European Commission, the European Ombudswoman's office, and over 30 representatives of international and European NGOs, as well as activists from grassroots organisations supporting refugees.
This event is co-organised by 12 GUE/NGL MEPs and will also be attended by MEPs from the S&D, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups.
Media quotes from MEPs available: http://adobe.ly/2e1fQf4 (multiple languages)
MEPs co-organising this event:
Miguel URBAN, Spain
Malin BJORK, Sweden
Cornelia ERNST, Germany
Barbara SPINELLI, Italy
Stelios KOULOGLOU, Greece
Marina ALBIOL, Spain
Iosu JUARISTI, Spain
Stefan ECK, Germany
Lola SANCHEZ-CALDENTEY, Spain
Marie-Christine VERGIAT, France
Marisa MATIAS, Portugal
Tania GONZALEZ, Spain
GUE/NGL Press Contact:
Nikki Sullings +32 22 83 27 60 / +32 483 03 55 75
Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20