The European Commission today announced it would be issuing long-term EU bonds worth up to €80 billion in the first half of 2023. Of these, €10 billion will be for Ukraine’s marco-financial assistance programme. The other €70 billion will be for the NextGenerationEU recovery programme.
The bonds will be issued as part of a unified approach to financing, under which the Commission – on behalf of the EU – will henceforth only issue “EU bonds” rather than separately denominated bonds for individual programmes such as SURE and macro-financial assistance (MFA).
The European Commission currently runs two major programmes financed through capital markets funding – the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument of around €800 billion between mid-2021 and end-2026 and the Macro-Financial Assistance + programme, to provide up to €18 billion of support to Ukraine in 2023.
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