Regional Council Meeting of Emmaus Europe in Lviv


In October of 2013 it was a first time when a Regional Council Meeting of Emmaus Europe took place in Ukraine. 16 national delegates from different countries where communities exist participated in the meeting (France, GB, Holland, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Ukraine). Total number of participants was 35 including 12 Selected   Councilors, President of Emmaus Europe Julio De La Granja and President of Emmaus International Jean Rousseau.

Regional Council of Emmaus Europe meets twice per year. Oselya became a full member of International Emmaus Movement in 2010. Ukrainian representative – national delegate – is a Council’s member, participates in the meetings and represents Emmaus movement in own country. Regional Council Meeting is aimed to promote and monitor development of Emmaus Movement. During the Meeting that lasted for 3 days state and development of Emmaus organizations in Europe and in Ukraine in particular were discussed. Emmaus organizations are struggling for the rights of the poorest society members, organize solidarity actions, provide humanitarian support, cooperate with local authorities and spread the values of Emmaus.


Within Emmaus Europe Regional Council meeting a round table “From homelessness towards work, home and solidarity” took place on October 11, 2013 in Lviv city council. The goal was to inform participants from Ukraine with the approach of Emmaus Movement to the issues of homelessness and poverty, and to get acquainted international delegation with the activities of social services organizations in Ukraine.

Round table speakers – President of Emmaus Europe Julio De La Granja, President of Emmaus International Jean Rousseau, Director of the Department of Humanitarian Issues of Lviv City Council Oleh Bereziuk, Head of the Department of Social protection of population of Lviv Natalia Fedorovych, Oselya CEO Olesya Sanotska, companion of Oselya Community Albina Mykhnevych. Other Emmaus representatives, representatives of the State Ministry of Social  Affairs, local NGOs took part in the round table. Later Emmaus representatives described their work at the press-conference.


After the Round table Emmaus representatives participated in the solidarity lunch with homeless and poor people of Lviv. It became possible due to the support of Lviv City Council and participation of a great number of volunteers from state social services and Oselya. There were 350 people having lunch together. This meeting at lunch was very meaningful and symbolized main idea of Emmaus – meeting of people that lost will for life with those that feel responsible for fairness in this world.