Brussels – The European Union will provide Ukraine with 500 million euros (12.3 billion crowns) to help people who were driven from their homes by the war but who remained in the country. Today, on the sidelines of the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, signed an agreement on further financial aid for Kyiv with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Ukrainian companies and institutions will also be able to apply for European money in the field of digitization.
Overall, the eighth meeting of the council, which evaluates the implementation of the association agreement concluded despite the opposition of Russia in 2017, was the first since Ukraine was granted the status of a candidate for membership in the European bloc in June.
“(Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted to occupy, destroy and colonize Ukraine. But instead he is pushing it closer to the European Union,” EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said after the meeting. Today’s meeting of the council was the first since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in February and, according to Borrell, it confirmed the European direction of this country.
Shmyhal pointed out that even during the current difficult times, the people of Ukraine show their will to belong to democratic European countries. According to him, the Ukrainian government will try to ensure that the admission process to the EU does not drag on for decades.
From Brussels to Kyiv today, the Ukrainian Prime Minister took with him an agreement to provide half a billion euros, which will be used to support housing and education for people who left their homes because of the war and are looking for refuge elsewhere in Ukraine. The Union has already provided several billion euros to Kyiv since the start of the war in February, and currently the member countries are debating on further financing the immediate needs of the Ukrainian state budget. Another 2.5 billion euros was released by the 27th to purchase weapons and military equipment for the defending country.
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