EU celebrates ‘Europe Day’, expresses solidarity with Rwandans over loss of lives occasioned by disasters

On 10 May 2023 at 11:05

The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Rwanda, Belén Calvo Uyarra, expressed solidarity with the families that lost relatives in the recent floods and landslides in Western, Northern, and Southern provinces of Rwanda.

This message was conveyed on Tuesday evening, during the celebration of the 73rd anniversary of Europe Day, which was attended by members of the diplomatic corps to Rwanda, representatives from civil society, and members of the private sector.

Europe Day is a day of reflection on the Schuman Declaration, which was proposed by Robert Schuman, the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, who advocated for the establishment of the EU.

In his remarks, Amb. Uyarra recalled the disasters that claimed the lives of 131 people and destroyed over 5,000 houses and infrastructures, including schools, roads, power, and water treatment plants.

She offered condolences to the affected families and reiterated the EU’s commitment to provide support to the affected people.

Amb. Uyarra stated that Europe Day is an opportunity to celebrate the solidarity of Europeans, which has been guided by the Schuman Declaration since 1950, to deliver long-lasting peace and prosperity on the continent and beyond.

She also highlighted the cooperation between the EU and Rwanda in various areas, including climate change, environment preservation, peace and security, and fighting against terrorism.

The EU recently agreed to fund the intervention of Rwandan troops in Mozambique to quell terrorists.

Among others, Amb. Uyarra expressed optimism that European investors will continue to contribute to Rwanda’s development, and the first-ever forum bringing together investors from Europe and Rwanda will be held in Kigali in the near future.

She also assured the Rwandan government of the EU’s commitment to help develop the mining sector and continue supporting Rwanda in different programs that aim to bring transformations in various areas, including education, social protection, job creation, agriculture, economy, justice, and unity and reconciliation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta, commended the EU for its vibrant cooperation with Rwanda, which continues to expand, and for the achievements recorded by the EU, which give hope that the problems facing the world can be addressed.

The event took place at the residence of Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda.
Europe Day is an annual worldwide celebration of peace and unity in Europe.
Dr. Biruta interacting with European diplomats accredited to Rwanda at the event.