A Luxembourg-based campaign to deliver ambulances and generators to Ukraine, supported by an EIB donation, has been awarded the European Parliament Citizen’s Prize for Luxembourg.

Awarded every year by the European Parliament, the prize goes to projects organised by people or organisations that encourage mutual understanding and closer integration between people in the EU; cross-border cooperation that builds a stronger European spirit and EU values and fundamental rights.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more than 1700 fire trucks and 500 ambulances which are crucial for timely and effective emergency response have been destroyed. Thanks to a donation made by the EIB, through the EIB Institute, LUkraine, a Luxembourg based NGO, has bee able to deliver three armoured ambulances and three industrial 100kVa generators as part of a record donation of €2.5 million to seven non-governmental organisations helping people affected by the war in Ukraine.

The three ambulances were transferred last June to the Lviv regional centre of emergency medical care and disaster medicine. The industrial generators have been delivered to emergency services and hospitals in the Dnipro and Volyn regions where they will provide vital energy supply to save further lives.

“Ukraine is calling” is the name of the campaign launched by LUkraine, an NGO active since 2014 that unites the Ukrainian community in Luxembourg, raising awareness about Ukraine in the Grand Duchy and, more recently, supporting humanitarian crisis relief in Ukraine.

Through the EIB Institute, the EIB Group regularly makes grants to fund disaster relief.