Currently, there is large amounts of funding from the European Union and the United States of America being aided to Ukraine, in the form of humanitarian, military and financial aid. The European Union provided over €1.7 billion10 in grants to Ukraine through the European Neighbourhood Instrument. Since the Russian invasion began, the EU mobilised around €4.1 billion to support Ukraine’s overall economic, social and financial resilience in the form of macro-financial assistance, budget support, emergency assistance, crisis response and humanitarian aid. Through the European Peace Facility11, the European Union committed €3.1 billion12 in military assistance financing for Ukraine, including €100 million solely focused on EU training missions for Ukrainian armed forces.
On the side of rebuilding, the introduction of the “RebuildUkraine” platform, a project jointly led by Ukraine and the European Commission, has allowed stakeholders to outline key reforms and investments needed to rebuild Ukraine in a sustainable way. The platform is in place to determine the priority areas selected for financing, and the specific projects in these areas most necessary. The platform is bringing many stakeholders together under one roof, creating a synergy of projects aimed at rebuilding Ukraine’s state and economy.
With the future of Ukraine looking bright, and the outpouring of support being strong from multiple global stakeholders, it is still important to look at the key conflicts and the aggression and see what possible problems could affect the rebuilding of Ukraine.
Ukraine requires a comprehensive, cohesive reconstruction, which creates synergy between all involved stakeholders. The future of Russian involvement is uncertain, so this plan must be adaptable to fit with the state of the invasion.
The upcoming year will remain as the start of the biggest recovery plan since the Marshall Plan19, without a concrete outlook of how the invasion will pan out in the upcoming months. With many sectors at risk since the start of the Russian aggression: What areas must we prioritise when rebuilding Ukraine? How can we create concrete reconstruction strategies, with flexibility for change depending on the developments in the aggression? How can the European create this plan with Ukraine’s interests at heart?