Against the background of the tensions with Russia, the EU Commission wants to provide Ukraine with further billions in aid in the short term.
Brussels – Against the background of tensions with Russia, the EU Commission wants to provide Ukraine with additional billions in aid in the short term. “As always, the EU is helping Ukraine in this difficult situation,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Monday. Among other things, the German politician proposed an emergency aid loan package of 1.2 billion euros. We are counting on the Council of States and the European Parliament to give the go-ahead as soon as possible.
According to Von der Leyen, the EU Commission will soon work on longer-term help for the modernization of Ukraine. The authority also wants to increase the amount of grants for the state by 120 million euros this year, almost doubling it. In total, the EU and its financial institutions have provided the country with more than 17 billion euros in loans and grants since 2014. Von der Leyen reiterated that Ukraine is a free and sovereign country that makes its own decisions. (dpa)