The European Commission agreed today a package of support to Ukraine. These measures will be presented to the EU Heads of State and Government ahead of their extraordinary meeting on Thursday 6 March.
"The most immediate priority for the European Union is to contribute to a peaceful solution to the current crisis, in full respect of international law", said President Barroso. The Commission has opened an antenna office in Kiev to monitor the situation and provide information, including to Member States, on humanitarian and civil protection issues. This office is in touch with all main relief aid organisations to coordinate any possible activities and carry out contingency planning.
The Commission stands ready to provide assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism should Ukraine request it. In anticipation, the Commission has already asked Participating States to the Mechanism to take stock of possible medical related offers of assistance.
"In parallel, the international community should mobilise to help Ukraine stabilise its economic and financial situation. The European Commission is proposing today a package designed to assist a committed, inclusive and reforms oriented Government in rebuilding a stable and prosperous future for Ukraine. What we propose could bring overall support of at least €11 billion over the next couple of years from the EU budget and EU-based international financial institutions," said the President of the Commission.