On July 12, a round table was held on the topic “Fixing the destruction caused by war: regulatory support, challenges, awareness”. Participants: heads of local self-government, experts, representatives of the public sector.
The event was held as part of the Project “Increasing awareness among self-governing local governments and citizens on recording the destruction caused by war”, which is implemented by the Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils within the framework of the “Phoenix” project, which is implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation with the support of the European Union.
At the round table, in particular, the main tasks of the Project were presented.
“The project provides for the creation of a website where all interested parties can familiarize themselves with the normative – legal support, analytical and methodical materials, as well as fresh news regarding fixation. Thanks to your feedback, we will update the Action Algorithm for fixing losses, which was developed by the Association, place it on the website and send it to local self-government bodies. At the same time, we are working on the launch of a chatbot and a call center,” said Project Manager Andrii Malyar.
Representatives of local self-government bodies shared their experience of participating in procedural actions related to the fixation of destruction and communication with citizens in this context.
“Local self-government bodies should become an information bridge between the Project and citizens to increase awareness of fixation,” Andriy Malyar added.
In turn, the experts reviewed the legislation and provided relevant clarifications. They emphasized the importance of the fixation process as the first step in redress.
“The full-scale Russian invasion caused many serious consequences. One of these challenges is the destruction of buildings and infrastructure. According to various data, as of February 24, 2022, about 150,000 Ukrainian homes were destroyed. Millions of people have experienced property damage or destruction. At the same time, many citizens do not know what to do next. This project, which we consider important and was able to support with a grant with the help of the EU, aims to raise the awareness of people and local authorities, to tell what needs to be done in order to properly record the destruction and receive compensation in the future,” said Olga Voytovych, program manager East Europe Foundation and the “Phoenix” project.