The European Commission has announced that after several discussions between the federal government and the regions, it has been decided that Brussels will welcome 20,000 Ukrainian refugees by the end of June 2022.
In a statement issued on May 5, the EU Commission stated that the Coordinator for the Reception of Ukrainian Refugees, Pierre Verbeeren, presented his strategy to the Brussels government in order to achieve this objective, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the EU Commission, the municipality of Brussels faces many challenges in terms of housing, health care, access to employment, social assistance and education; therefore, seven working groups will be set up in order to make it easier for this municipality to deal with the situation.
“The first group will focus on housing provided by individuals and by the municipality. The creation of a digital platform and a webinar is envisaged for this purpose,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the second group will be focused on collective infrastructures capable of sheltering refugees, offering housing for about 5,000 Ukrainians by May 31.
On the other hand, the third group will work on employment, training, language courses, and diploma equivalence issues.
The Employment Office (ACTIRIS) has estimated that about 5,000 people will have to be put to work, also stressing that speeding up the diploma equivalence procedure for Ukrainian refugees is one of the ways.
“The fourth group is responsible for ensuring the integration of 3,000 children under 12, 2,500 young people aged 12 to 18, 1,000 students and 1,000 children under 2.5. An action plan must be drawn up by April 30,” the statement explained.
In addition, the fifth group will be in charge of access to health care, mental health, and chronic diseases. It will also be responsible for developing a control and vaccination plan for some diseases.
As for the two remaining groups, the first of the two will be concentrated on the protection and social benefits while working in close cooperation with the Public Center for Social Action (CPAS). The second will be responsible for structuring and assessing the needs of the Ukrainian community. This group also has the task of overseeing the development of the helpukraine.brussels site.
The EU Commission reveals that the budget needed to implement these various measures is estimated at €100 million, an amount which will be adjusted according to the situation in Ukraine.