13,000 additional laptops, smartphones and tablets have been gathered and will be delivered to Ukraine through the Commission-supported initiative Laptops for Ukraine. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Commission has helped ship already 12,000 donated devices to Ukraine through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The additional 13,000 will be transported in the coming weeks.
As a response to the urgent need for devices in Ukraine's schools, hospitals and municipalities, in December 2022, the Commission helped launch the Laptops for Ukraine initiative, together with the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation and DIGITALEUROPE, a European organisation that represents the digital technology industry. Digital devices can help maintain basic services in education, healthcare and public administration in Ukraine, where the war has left thousands of people displaced and seeking safety in shelters outside their homes, while hundreds of schools and hospitals have been destroyed.
Companies and individuals can still donate spare, functioning devices in one of the 17 collection hubs in Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Estonia, Spain, France, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia. Moreover, new collection hubs are being launched. Citizens are invited to donate through one of the hubs and private companies can get in contact with the Commission to organise the transfer of larger donations.
More information on how to donate can be found on LaptopsForUkraine.com, a recent press release by DIGITALEUROPE is also available here.
- Publication date
- 8 March 2023
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations