EU support to Ukraine: practical information

 

EU actions

 

In focus

Timeline

  • 18 May

    The Commission set out plans for the EU's immediate response to address Ukraine's financing gap, announcing up to €9 billion of new macro-financial assistance for 2022, as well as the longer-term reconstruction framework

  • 16 May

    The Commission launched a dedicated phone helpline in Ukrainian and Russian to provide information and assist those fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • 12 May

    The Commission sets 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.

  • 10 May

    The Commission launched the MSCA4Ukraine scheme, part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to support displaced researchers from Ukraine in continuing their work in academic or non-academic organisations in Europe. The scheme will also allow them to re-establish themselves in Ukraine to rebuild the country's research and innovation capacity.

  • 5 May

    The Commission announced a new aid package of €200 million to support displaced people in Ukraine, in the context of the International Donor's Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden.

  • 29 April

    The Commission has paid more than €3.5 billion in advance payments to Member States to help them manage the arrival of people fleeing the war in Ukraine on their territory. The payments for REACT-EU were made under the EU's Cohesion's Action for Refugees in Europe.

  • 27 April

    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.

  • 17 April

    The EU has allocated a further €50 million in humanitarian funding to support the people affected by Russia's war on Ukraine, including €45 million for humanitarian projects in Ukraine and €5 million for Moldova. This brings the EU's total humanitarian aid funding in response to the war to €143 million. This funding is part of the €1 billion support package pledged by the European Commission at the event "Stand Up For Ukraine".

  • 9 April

    The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised €9.1 billion for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional loan of €1 billion to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.

  • 8 April

    The EU agreed on the fifth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. Together with the four previous packages, these sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. These measures are broader and sharper, so that they cut even deeper into the Russian economy. They have been coordinated with international partners.

  • 8 April

    Telecom operators based in the EU and in Ukraine have signed a joint statement on their coordinated efforts to secure and stabilise affordable or free roaming and international calls between the EU and Ukraine. The joint statement aims to establish a more stable framework to help Ukrainians displaced throughout Europe to stay in touch with family and friends back home.

  • 6 April

    The Commission published a recommendation on the recognition of academic and professional qualifications for people fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It will provide Member States with guidance and practical advice to ensure a quick, fair and flexible recognition process.

  • 5 April

    President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the fifth round of EU sanctions against Russia. New broader and sharper restrictive measures will target six pillars, cutting deep into the Russian economy and sustaining pressure on the Russian government.

  • 4 April

    The EU has set up a Joint Investigation Team with Ukraine to collect evidence and investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity. The EU is ready to reinforce this effort by sending investigation teams on the ground to support the Ukrainian Prosecution Services. 

  • 1 April

    The Commission adopted a proposal on the conversion of hryvnia banknotes into the currency of host Member States by persons fleeing the war in Ukraine. It aims to promote a coordinated approach to offer those fleeing from Ukraine the same conditions for converting their hryvnia banknotes into local currency independently of the Member State that hosts them.

  • 28 March

    At the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, in coordination with the French Presidency of the Council represented by Minister Gérald Darmanin, presented a 10-Point Plan for stronger European coordination on welcoming people fleeing the war against Ukraine.

  • 25 March

    The European Commission and the Government of Canada announced the launch of a global campaign to raise funding in support of people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine, in partnership with international advocacy organisation Global Citizen.

  • 23 March

    The Commission outlined the actions being taken in support of Member States to meet the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine. Beyond the immediate support provided in terms of assistance at the border, reception and civil protection, the EU has taken further steps to help Member States ensure beneficiaries can effectively access their right to education, healthcare, accommodation and jobs.  

  • 22 March

    The Commission launched the ‘European Research Area for Ukraine' portal, a one-stop-shop for information and support services to Ukraine-based researchers and researchers fleeing Ukraine.

  • 17 March

    The Commission's ‘Freeze and Seize' Task Force, set up to ensure EU-level coordination to implement sanctions against listed Russian and Belarussian oligarchs, has stepped up its action at international level.  It will work alongside the newly established 'Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO)' Task Force, under which the EU operates together with the G7 countries, as well as Australia.

  • 15 March

    Following up on the informal meeting of the EU heads of state and government on 10-11 March, the Council decided to impose a fourth package of economic and individual sanctions in respect of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine.

  • 11 March

    The Commission disbursed €300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine. This is the initial part of a first €600 million instalment under Ukraine's new €1.2 billion emergency MFA programme. The programme represents a concrete demonstration of the EU's unwavering support for Ukraine.

  • 9 March

    The Council decided to impose further targeted sanctions in view of the situation in Ukraine and in response to Belarus's involvement in the aggression. They include restrictive measures on an additional 160 individuals. Together with the sectoral measures targeting Belarus and Russia also adopted by the Council, these new listings close loopholes and consolidate existing measures as agreed by the EU to respond to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.

  • 8 March

    The Commission outlined the very substantial EU support for people fleeing war in Ukraine, as well as the EU countries receiving them. European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.

  • 8 March

    The Commission adopted a proposal for Cohesion's Action for Refugees in Europe allowing Member States and regions to provide emergency support to people fleeing from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • 4 March

    The Commission has suspended cooperation with Russian entities in research, science and innovation. The Commission will not conclude any new contracts nor any new agreements with Russian organisations under the Horizon Europe programme. Similarly, the Commission has suspended cooperation with Russia and its ally Belarus in the European Neighbourhood Instrument cross-border cooperation programmes as well as in the Interreg Baltic Sea region programme.

  • 2 March

    Following the announcement by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Council of the EU decided to suspend the distribution of Russian state-owned disinformation outlets Russia Today and Sputnik across the EU. The sanctions cover all means for transmission and distribution, such as via cable, satellite, IPTV, platforms, websites and apps. All relevant licences, authorisations and distribution arrangements are suspended. These measures are covering all EU Member States and are directly applicable immediately.

  • 2 March

    The Commission proposed to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.

  • 2 March

    The EU agreed to exclude key Russian banks from the SWIFT system, the world's dominant financial messaging system. This measure will stop these banks from conducting their financial transactions worldwide in a fast and efficient manner. Today's decision has been closely coordinated with the EU's international partners, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

  • 28 February

    The Commission announced an additional €90 million for emergency aid programmes to help civilians affected by the war in Ukraine, as part of an urgent aid appeal by the United Nations. The funding will help people inside Ukraine and in Moldova.

    The Commission is also coordinating the delivery of material assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Ukraine, currently with offers from 20 Member States, which includes 8 million essential medical care items and civil protection support.

    Moldova has activated the mechanism to support Ukrainians arriving in their country. Austria, France and the Netherlands have already offered emergency support such as shelter items and medical assistance to Moldova.

  • 27 February

    The Commission proposed additional support measures for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, including:

    • financing the purchase and delivery of weapons and other equipment to Ukraine
    • shutting down EU airspace for all Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft [in force since 28 February]
    • banning EU the state-owned media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik in the EU, as well as their subsidiaries [in force since 2 March]

    The Commission also proposed a new package against the Lukashenko regime in Belarus, targeting the country’s most important sectors, restricting exports of dual-use goods and sanctioning those Belarusians helping the Russian war effort.

  • 26 February

    In coordination with France, Germany, Italy, Canada, the UK and the US, the Commission proposed a new set of measures in reaction to Russia’s aggression on Ukraine. These measures aim to:

    • exclude important Russian banks from the SWIFT system
    • ban the transactions of Russia's central bank and freeze all its assets [in force since 28 February]
    • target the assets of Russian oligarchs [in force since 28 February]
  • 25 February

    Following up on the conclusions of the European Council on 24 February, the Council adopted a package of individual and economic measures built on five pillars:

    • financial sector sanctions that will cut Russia's access to the most important capital markets, targeting 70% of the Russian banking market, but also key state-owned companies, including the field of defence
    • energy sector sanctions that will prohibit the sale, supply, transfer or export to Russia of specific goods and technologies in oil refining, and will introduce restrictions on the provision of related services
    • transport sector sanctions that will ban the sale of all aircraft, spare parts and equipment to Russian airlines. This will degrade the key sector of Russia's economy and the country's connectivity.
    • technology sector sanctions imposing further restrictions on exports of dual-use goods and technology, as well as restrictions on exports of certain goods and technology which might contribute to Russia’s technological enhancement of its defence and security sector.
    • visa policy sanctions that mean diplomats and related groups, and business people will no longer have privileged access to the EU.
  • 24 February

    In the extraordinary meeting of the European Council, EU leaders condemned in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. They agreed on further restrictive measures that will impose massive and severe consequences on Russia for its action, in close coordination with EU’s partners and allies.

  • 24 February

    President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen strongly condemned Russia's aggression against Ukraine. She called on Russia to immediately stop the violence and to withdraw its troops from Ukraine's territory, reiterating the EU’s full support for Ukraine and its people. She presented to European leaders for approval a package of massive sanctions targeting strategic sectors of the Russian economy by blocking their access to technologies and markets.

  • 23 February

    In response to Russia recognising the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and its decision to send troops into the region, the EU adopted a package of sanctions. These sanctions target:

    • individuals and entities who played a role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine
    • economic relations between the two non-government controlled regions and the EU, to ensure that those responsible clearly feel the economic consequences of their illegal and aggressive actions
    • the ability of the Russian state and government to access the EU’s capital and financial markets and services, to limit the financing of escalatory and aggressive policies

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