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EU assistance to Ukraine

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Immediate response

Since the Russian aggression started, the EU and its financial institutions have committed to mobilise around €5.4 billion to support Ukraine's overall economic, social and financial resilience in the form of macro-financial assistance, budget support, emergency assistance, crisis response and humanitarian aid.

In addition, military assistance measures have been provided under the European Peace Facility, amounting to €2.5 billion, that will be used to reimburse Member States for their in-kind military support to Ukraine.

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Macro-financial assistance and budget support

The EU has stepped up its support for Ukraine’s overall economic and financial resilience, keeping the Ukrainian government functional and able to cover basic expenditures. 

In August, the EU disbursed €1 billion in macro-financial assistance, as part of the up to €9 billion emergency MFA package proposed by the Commission and endorsed by the European Council in June 2022. This brings the total EU macro-financial assistance disbursed to Ukraine since March 2022 to €2.2 billion.

The EU is also providing additional grant support of €120 million to help state and resilience building.

As part of the pledges from the ‘Stand up for Ukraine’ pledging event and the high level international donors' conference in May, a €500 million budget support package was adopted in July to help Ukraine address urgent needs on the ground.

In addition, the European Investment Bank provided a €668 million financial support for Ukraine to help the Ukrainian authorities to meet most urgent financial needs.

Humanitarian aid

€348 million have been made available for humanitarian aid projects to help civilians affected by the war in Ukraine. This includes €335 million for Ukraine and €13 million for Moldova respectively, to assist people fleeing the aggression. This EU humanitarian aid provides food, water, healthcare, shelter and helps cover people's basic needs.

Also, €332 million goes to an emergency support programme that helps to secure access to basic goods and services, such as education, healthcare and food. It also helps to protect the population, both internally displaced people and of their host communities and to support small and medium enterprises and agriculture. Another important goal is to reconstruct civilian small-scale infrastructure, ensure energy security, and strengthen cyber security, media freedom and actions against disinformation.

A further €200 million are being provided to support displaced people in Ukraine, as announced in the context of the International high level Donor's Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden on 5 May 2022.

EU Civil Protection Mechanism

30 countries
have offered their assistance
Over 60,000 tonnes
of in-kind assistance has been shipped to Ukraine

Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, we are channeling aid to Ukraine from 30 countries - 27 EU Member States, Norway, Turkey and North Macedonia. This includes life-saving supplies such as medicine, food, and shelter items, but also strategic equipment like fire engines, power generators, ambulances and mobile hospitals.

Emergency logistical hubs and rescEU aid

As needs have grown exponentially, further assistance has been sent to Ukraine via the rescEU medical stockpiles based in Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. With a total financial value of over €14 million, the rescEU support includes ventilators, infusion pumps, patient monitors, masks and gowns, ultrasound devices and oxygen concentrators. The EU is coordinating medical evacuations of Ukrainian patients in urgent need of treatment, transferring over 1,000 patients to hospitals across Europe to receive specialised care thus far.

Furthermore, the Commission has established civil protection logistical hubs in Poland, Romania and Slovakia, to distribute required aid to Ukraine as quickly as possible. These hubs will help channel the assistance being delivered via the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism. 

Temporary protection mechanism

Temporary protection means:

  • residency rights
  • access to the labour market subject to Member States’ labour market policies
  • access to housing
  • social welfare assistance
  • medical or other assistance
  • unaccompanied children and teenagers are entitled to legal guardianship and access to education

Information for people fleeing the war

Solidarity Lanes

The Commission set out an action plan to establish Solidarity Lanes to ensure Ukraine can export grain, but also import the goods it needs, from humanitarian aid to animal feed and fertilisers. 

Since April, the Solidarity Lanes have:

  • helped export 5.8Mt from Ukraine, bringing Ukraine much needed revenue and allowing grain to reach those in need
  • doubled the quantity exported in June – almost 2.5Mt
  • provided technical support to Ukraine, Moldova and EU countries to facilitate and speed up procedures and remove bottlenecks at the border
  • led to signing of freight agreements with Ukraine and Moldova on 29 June 2022 to further facilitate transit and transport from and to both countries

Other types of support

  • n the energy sector, Ukraine’s electricity grid was synchronised to the EU. The EU will continue to support Ukraine in the energy sector, by ensuring the reverse flows of gas to the country. Ukraine will also be able to benefit from EU common purchase of gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.
  • The Commission proposed to suspend for one year import duties on all Ukrainian exports to the EU. The proposal would also see the suspension for one year of all EU anti-dumping and safeguard measures in place on Ukrainian steel exports. This far-reaching step is designed to help boost Ukraine's exports to the EU and alleviate the difficult situation of Ukrainian producers and exporters.
  • The Commission called upon the European telecom operators to prolong their agreement to suspend or significantly reduce any roaming charges for Ukrainians in the EU, which has already been in force for the past 3 months.

Support for future reconstruction

Ukraine public administration building

A major global financial effort will be required to rebuild Ukraine after the war damage. The reconstruction effort should be led by the Ukrainian authorities in close partnership with the EU and key partners, such as G7 and G20, and other third countries, as well as international financial institutions and international organisations.

An international coordination platform, the ‘Ukraine reconstruction platform', co-led by the Commission and by the Ukrainian government, has also been announced. The platform would be responsible for endorsing a reconstruction plan, drawn up and implemented by Ukraine, with administrative capacity support and technical assistance by the EU. It would bring together the supporting partners and organisations, including EU Member States, other bilateral and multilateral partners and international financial institutions. The Ukrainian Parliament and the European Parliament would participate as observers.

To support the reconstruction plan, the Commission has proposed to set up the ‘RebuildUkraine' Facility as the main legal instrument for the EU's support, through a mix of grants and loans. It would be embedded in the EU budget, thereby ensuring the transparency, accountability and sound financial management of this initiative, with a clear link to investments and reforms.