The Commission has today made a third payment of €1.5 billion under the Macro-financial Assistance (MFA)+ package for Ukraine, worth up to €18 billion. With this instrument, the EU seeks to help Ukraine cover its immediate funding needs, with stable, predictable and sizeable financial support in 2023.
This support will help Ukraine to keep on paying wages and pensions and maintain essential public services running, such as hospitals, schools, and housing for relocated people. It will also allow Ukraine to ensure macroeconomic stability and restore critical infrastructure destroyed by Russia in its war of aggression, such as energy infrastructure, water systems, transport networks, roads and bridges.
Today's payment comes after the Commission found that Ukraine continued to make satisfactory progress towards implementing the agreed policy conditions and complied with reporting requirements, which aim to ensure the transparent and efficient use of the funds. Ukraine has notably achieved important progress to strengthen the rule of law, enhance financial stability, improve the functioning of the gas system and promote a better business climate. This finding will also enable the disbursement of two further monthly payments of €1.5 billion each in May and June.
Overall, since the start of the war, the support to Ukraine and Ukrainians amounts to around €68 billion. This includes financial, humanitarian, emergency budget and military support to Ukraine from the EU, Member States and the European financial institutions, as well as resources made available to help Member States cater for needs of Ukrainians fleeing the war.
President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Ukraine is successfully repelling Russia's aggression and at the same time driving forward essential reforms for its future. The brave people of Ukraine want their everyday lives to be as normal as possible. With the third tranche of €1.5 billion and a total of €18 billion in Macro-Financial Assistance the EU is making an indispensable contribution to ensure that Ukraine continues paying wages and pensions, keeps hospitals and schools running and is able to restore its infrastructure.”
More information is available in this factsheet.
(For more information: Veerle Nuyts – Tel.: +32 2 299 63 02; Laura Bérard - Tel.: +32 2 295 57 21)
- Publication date
- 25 April 2023
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations