In support for Ukraine: a viburnum bush planted in front of European Parliament building. Photo
A viburnum bush was planted in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels. This was done as a sign of support and solidarity with Ukraine.
This was announced by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk on his Facebook page. He thanked the President of the European Parliament Roberta Mecola and MEP Petras Auštrevičius for the initiative to plant the bush.
"A viburnum in front of the European Parliament. It is one of the symbols of Ukraine. I thank the President of the European Parliament Roberta Mecola and MEP Petras Auštrevičius for the initiative to plant a viburnum bush in front of the European Parliament," the statement reads.
According to Stefanchuk, this demonstrates a deep respect for the history, culture and values of the Ukrainian nation.
"Let this viburnum grow as strong as the will of the Ukrainian people. May it become a light and hope for all those who work to build a real, democratic and European future," the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada added.
A sign was also installed near the planted viburnum, which reads, "This viburnum, a symbol of the Ukrainian people, was planted on November 28, 2023, as a sign of support and solidarity of the European Parliament with Ukraine."
As reported by OBOZ.UA, on November 8, the European Commission recommended starting negotiations on Ukraine's membership in the European Union. The process will be launched at the end of March 2024. However, there will be no accelerated accession procedure as Ukraine needs to ensure development in some areas. The issue must be agreed upon by the 27 member states at the next summit in Brussels on December 14-15.