Kyiv mayor thanked the members of the Board of Trustees of the Award. "I am grateful for your decision to honour Kyiv and its community who I currently represent. According to your statute, the prize is awarded for "innovative and courageous contribution to improving the life of the city," the Kyiv mayor said in his speech.
He noted that many Ukrainians laid down their lives in the struggle for European future. "Hundreds of thousands of brave Ukrainians come to Maidan to fight for freedom and European values, as well as Konrad Adenauer being the Chancellor successfully and consistently fought for them. For me as a mayor of the city with over 3 million residents Maidan events will be a constant stimulus in the struggle for a better future of our city and our country," Klitschko underlined.
The mayor stressed the importance of strengthening local self-government. He added that Ukraine found itself only at the beginning in this sphere. "We have a great need for progress, and we should keep in mind that there is little time to implement effective changes," Vitali Klitschko said.
He thanked Germany for the assistance and support they provide for Ukraine, and urged Germans to contribute to achieving the dream of the people of Ukraine to build a powerful European country.
Klitschko invited them to come to Ukraine’s capital city. "Discover Kyiv which is only two hours of flight from you. This is a good and safe city with historical landmarks, unique culture and genuine hospitality," said the mayor of Kyiv.
Also Klitschko invited German investors to Kyiv. "Today, my country is an attractive market where you can at any time seek and receive full support from the Mayor of Kyiv, who speaks good German," Klitschko appealed to businessmen.
Municipality of Cologne established Konrad Adenauer Prize in 2002 in memory of the former city mayor and the first Federal Chancellor of Germany.
The prize is awarded every two years for significant contribution and achievement in organization of work and life in a big city, innovative and courageous solutions in development of a city, European integration, and support and strengthening of local self-government in Europe.
Konrad Adenauer Prize winners were French politician, former mayor of Lyon Raymond Barre, ex-President of Romania Traian Basescu, Italian politician, former mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga and others.
"For many years Vitali Klitschko is engaged in politics in Ukraine, and in 2010 he headed a newly created party "Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform"(UDAR), which played a significant role in Euromaidan protests against the regime of Yanukovych," the statement of Organizing Committee says.
Also in Cologne Vitali Klitschko held a meeting with the mayor of Cologne Jürgen Roters and Konrad Adenauer’s grandson Konrad Adenauer Junior.