Ukraine: EU announces €120 million grant to support societal and state resilience

Ukraine: EU announces €120 million grant to support societal and state resilience

April 9, 2022

The European Commission yesterday announced the disbursement of a €120 million grant for Ukraine to assist the government in strengthening civilian crisis preparedness and management at central and local levels.

This financial assistance – announced as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and High Representative Josep Borrell were in Kyiv – will strengthen societal and state resilience in Ukraine, addressing existing vulnerabilities resulting from the Russian invasion. Specifically, it aims to help the areas of civil protection, critical infrastructure and energy security, cyber security, the fight against disinformation, and the government’s crisis communication vis-à-vis the general population.  

“Today’s disbursement of a €120 million grant will support the Ukrainian government to timely and effectively address emergencies and crises provoked by Russia’s aggression,”  said European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi“This support will also be crucial to protect the most vulnerable categories of citizens and secure the functioning of critical infrastructure which is a constant target of Russian military.”

The State and Resilience Building Contract is intended to reinforce the Government’s response mechanism to crisis and emergencies, and help it to function better by providing cash injections to support essential expenditures. In particular, it will extend the EU’s support to the following areas:

  • Contributing to the continued delivery of basic services, including protection, to the most vulnerable citizens through the establishment of the Ukrainian crisis preparedness and response system;
  • Strengthening the protection of critical infrastructure;
  • Strengthening Ukraine’s capacity to effectively mitigate the effects of cyber and disinformation attacks;
  • Supporting the development of a robust system of crisis communication.

Yesterday’s disbursement follows the recent disbursement of €600 million under the €1.2 billion emergency Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme in support of Ukraine. 

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