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Reconstruction of Ukraine

Reconstruction of Ukraine

Building blocks for a recovery

Ongoing EU support

A major global financial effort will be required to rebuild Ukraine once the war is over. The EU is already contributing substantially to boost the country’s ongoing resilience, but more support will be needed in the medium to long-term: to re-establish the foundations of a free and prosperous country, anchored in European values and well integrated into the European and global economy and to support it on its European path.

Since the start of Russia's war of aggression, the EU and its Member States and the European financial institutions, in a Team Europe approach, are making available up to €50 billion in financial, humanitarian, emergency, budget and military support:

  • €37.8 billion to support its overall economic, social and financial resilience. This includes an unprecedented financial support package of up to €18 billion for 2023.
  • around €12 billion in military assistance has also been made available under the European Peace Facility and by Member States directly

While Russia's war of aggression continues, the overall needs for the reconstruction of Ukraine are not yet known. Nevertheless, it is important to design the main building blocks of this international effort already now. 

Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform

The Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform to support Ukraine's repair, recovery and reconstruction process was launched on 26 January 2023. The Platform allows for close coordination among international donors and financial organisations and ensures coherent, transparent, and accountable support.

Its aim is to ensure enhanced coordination amongst all key players providing short-term financial support but also longer-term assistance for the reconstruction phase. In this way, it builds on the results of the Conferences in Lugano, Berlin and Paris, to help bridge the gap between needs and resources.

Preparing for the future

On 25 October 2022, the European Commission and Germany, as the chair of the G7, co-hosted the International Expert Conference on the Recovery, Reconstruction and Modernisation of Ukraine in Berlin. The conference was another important step that demonstrated unwavering support from the EU and the international community to Ukraine in the face of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression. It also highlighted that the Commission and the international community will continue to support Ukraine beyond its immediate needs, and on its path to EU accession.

President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen stressed three elements that were key for a successful reconstruction of Ukraine:

Given the scale of the challenge at stake, the recovery efforts need to be an inclusive multi-stakeholder process, involving both public and private sectors, as well as international organisations. That is why the conference brought together world-renowned experts across various disciplines and backgrounds, as well as representatives from civil society and the private sector, together with the Ukrainian government. The conference recommendations will contribute to shaping global efforts on the way ahead for Ukraine's green, resilient, prosperous and democratic future.

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Support for Ukrainian schools

Because the future of Ukraine begins in its schools, the EU is supporting the rehabilitation of damaged schools with €100 million, announced by the President in her State of the Union address.

The European Commission has allocated around €14 million to purchase school buses and bring Ukrainian children safely to school. The Commission has also launched an EU-wide campaign to donate school buses for Ukraine, channelled through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

In parallel, the Commission will work with Ukraine to ensure the country’s seamless access to the single market, empowering Ukraine to make the most of its potential, help accelerate growth and create opportunities.