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Swedish EU parliamentarian travels with Loza Foundation to North Macedonia

Loza Foundation’s work in eastern Europe has been recognised all over Europe. It is now official that EU parliamentarian David Lega, a member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, will travel with Loza Foundation to North Macedonia on 3 October 2019.

”To talk about North Macedonia as a candidate country for the EU requires that they take better care of their most vulnerable citizens,” says David Lega.

Since 2017 Loza Foundation has been working to improve the living situation in Europe’s poorest and most deprived areas by supporting children’s homes and institutions for people with disabilities. In addition, in September of this year Loza Foundation together with the company BewiSynbra held the charity event Cycle4Europe where volunteers cycled through some of Europe’s poorest countries and raised over 600,000 Swedish kronor.

The next trip to North Macedonia is planned for the beginning of October, this time together with EU parliamentarian David Lega.

”The situation for many in North Macedonia is extremely difficult, but generally it is even more difficult for those with disabilities. To talk about North Macedonia as a candidate country for the EU requires that they take better care of their most vulnerable citizens,” says David Lega EU parliamentarian (KD) and member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights.

Read more: Cycle4Europe’s successful event raises over 600,000 Swedish kronor for Europe’s most deprived

David Lega has for a long time worked to bring attention to vulnerable groups with limited access to the resources and possibilities to make their voices heard. He has done so both in his previous role as municipal council in Gothenburg and lecturer for business and industry.

During the three day visit to North Macedonia David Lega will among other things meet with representatives from the government and participate in Loza Foundations work in the region. As a part of a campaign promise David Lega will also visit the institution for disabled in Demir Kapija, where the North Marcedonian government has promised to improve the living standards for the inhabitants.

”Demir Kapija is an example of how far they have come with their work to phase out these sort of institutions for the disabled and this journey can be seen as an inspection of this case,” says David Lega.

Sabina Grubbeson is the founder of Loza Foundation. As a non-political and non-religious organisation Loza Foundation wants more EU politicians from all parts of the political spectrum to be inspired to make similar trips.

”Hopefully it will lead to politicians leaving their offices and experience reality in the flesh and contribute to efforts that lead to faster results. There are people who lie on tarpaulins in beds without sheets and no toilets. It is unworthy, unreasonable and above all urgent. The fact that David Lega is travelling with us to North Macedonia will hopefully result in vulnerable groups being given even more attention. These are conditions that are difficult to understand until you have seen them with your own eyes. Human rights are neither a right nor left issue, therefore I hope more EU parliamentarians will follow suit,” says Sabina Grubbeson.

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