Standing with Ukraine: Commission welcomes Joint Statement to provide affordable, accessible and transparent remittance services to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has welcomed a Joint Statement by EU and Ukrainian financial institutions to provide access to affordable, accessible and transparent remittance services to Ukraine. Today, remittances from Ukrainians in the EU are a vital way of providing means of subsistence to their […]

EIB Group starts disbursements from €1.59 bn EIB Ukraine Solidarity Urgent Response package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Yesterday, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, disbursed the first tranches of the €1.59 billion package of the Ukraine Solidarity Urgent Response, supported by an EU guarantee. The disbursed financing of €500 million will help the Ukrainian government cover priority short-term financing […]

European Commission proposes second €5 billion tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a further €5 billion in macro-financial assistance (MFA) loans to Ukraine as the second part of the exceptional MFA package of up to €9 billion announced in the Commission’s communication of 18 May 2022 and endorsed by the […]

Eurobarometer: Trust in the EU on the rise, amid strong support for the EU’s response to Russia invasion of Ukraine and energy policies  

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The summer 2022 Standard Eurobarometer survey shows increased trust of citizens in the EU, and continued strong support for the EU’s response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of EU citizens support investments in renewable energy and action to reduce the […]

State aid: Commission approves modifications to Polish scheme, including €5.1 billion budget increase, to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved modifications, including a budget increase of €5.1 billion (PLN 24.5 billion), to an existing Polish scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The amendments were approved under the Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted […]

State aid: Commission approves €218 million Bulgarian scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €218 million (BGN 426 million) Bulgarian scheme to support certain agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March […]

State aid: Commission approves €110 million Austrian scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €110 million Austrian scheme to support primary agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022 and amended […]

Ukraine: 1,000 Ukrainian patients transferred to European hospitals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the EU has successfully coordinated 1,000 medical evacuations of Ukrainian patients via its Civil Protection Mechanism to provide them with specialised healthcare in hospitals across Europe. As the number of wounded people in Ukraine increases day by day, local hospitals are […]

If the Pelosis of this world don’t chill asap, a war between China and the US could make Ukraine look like peekaboo

So, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, had planned her summer break in the Indo-Pacific by stopping by traditional American friends and bases in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. The US press release hadn’t mentioned any other stops, which really made sense as those are the countries in the region that watch “Friends” […]

State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €2.9 billion Italian scheme to support the liquidity needs of companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022 […]

President Metsola: “An opportunity to transform Ukraine”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola addressed Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada as part of the country’s Statehood Day celebrations. Dear President Zelenskyy, Dear President Nauseda, Dear Speaker Stefanchuk, Dear Members of Verkhovna Rada, Thank you for having me with you here today. It is a privilege, […]

Ukraine’s food exports by the numbers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum Ukraine is one of the world’s top exporters of staple grains. Russia’s invasion has significantly hindered Ukraine’s agricultural sector, threatening food security worldwide. Here’s a look at its top […]

Ukraine: EU report notes important steps taken in the implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the EU-Ukraine Association Council planned to take place on 5 September, the European Union today published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine. The report outlines Ukraine’s implementation of reforms under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement covering the period since the latest report published on 1 […]

Ukraine: EU report notes important steps taken in the implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the EU-Ukraine Association Council planned to take place on 5 September, the European Union today published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine. The report outlines Ukraine’s implementation of reforms under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement covering the period since the latest report published on 1 […]

EIB Board, supported by the EU Commission, approves €1.59 billion of EU financial assistance for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EIB, the EU bank, is providing €1.59 billion, supported by guarantees from the EU budget, to help Ukraine repair the most essential damaged infrastructure and resume critically important projects addressing the urgent needs of Ukrainian people. This is the second package of support for […]

State aid: Commission approves €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) […]

Ukraine: EU grants access to funding under the EU4Health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, as part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to provide support in the area of health, Commissioner Kyriakides visited Ukraine to meet Minister of Health Viktor Liashko and pay a visit to a medical centre for children as well as a patient rehabilitation centre. […]

Russian invasion of Ukraine: Commission consults Member States on proposal to amend State aid Temporary Crisis Framework

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to adjust the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, initially adopted on 23 March 2022 to support the economy in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in […]

European Commission proposes first €1 billion tranche of the new macro-financial assistance for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a new €1 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) operation for Ukraine as the first part of the exceptional MFA package of up to €9 billion announced in the Commission’s communication of 18 May 2022 and endorsed by the European […]

Ukraine: Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of life-saving goods for Ukrainians

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Decision enabling Member States to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the importation from third countries of food, blankets, tents, electric generators and other life-saving equipment destined for Ukrainians affected by the war. This measure, which […]

Ukraine: EU mobilises emergency reserves for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request from the Government of Ukraine for medical equipment, protective gear and specialised equipment for public health risks such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the European Commission has mobilised its new rescEU emergency reserves. EU provided equipment includes 300,000 […]

Grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova without delay, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU leaders must live up to their historical responsibility and give a clear political signal to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, confirming their European perspective. With 529 votes to 45 and 14 abstentions, Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the Heads of State […]

It’s time: EU candidate status will strengthen Ukraine and Europe – Metsola

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This is a moment where we must remain together. Addressing EU leaders, EP President Metsola spoke also on climate, energy, inflation and the war’s social and economic impact. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola remarks at the European Council of 23 and 24 June 2022, […]

Food security: EU to step up its support to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today a proposal to mobilise €600 million from the reserves of the European Development Fund to address the current food security crisis aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These funds will support African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to cope with the […]

State aid: Commission approves €226 million Hungarian scheme to support SMEs in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €226 million(HUF 90 billion) Hungarian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’) across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission […]

MEPs to assess food corridors at the Polish-Ukrainian border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Chair Norbert Lins, will travel to the Polish-Ukrainian border on 20-21 June 2022. During the visit, MEPs will visit the Medyka (rail) and Korczowa (road) border crossings to assess the import of […]

Ukraine: Commission presents guidance to help people fleeing war access jobs, training and adult learning

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine and its civilians, over 7 million people have fled Ukraine and reached the EU. So far, only a relatively small number of those of working age have entered the EU labour market, though the number […]

State aid: Commission approves 500 million Finnish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved an €500 million scheme to support companies active in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) […]

Russian war crimes in Ukraine: EU supports the International Criminal Court investigation with €7.25 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a new project, under its Foreign Policy Instrument, to support the investigation capacities of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with €7.25 million. This project, which was first announced by HRVP in Kyiv, is part of the EU’s efforts […]

Putin and turning the other cheek

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our passionate readers, Mr Tomasso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. Ukraine had to open its doors to Putin, had to let him get to Kiev and at that point launch […]

State aid: Commission approves €160 million Portuguese scheme to support gas intensive companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €160 million Portuguese scheme to support gas intensive companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on […]

Russia’s war on Ukraine: EU adopts sixth package of sanctions against Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the sixth package of restrictive measures against Russia. Sanctions are among the EU’s most visible, direct and powerful responses to Russia’s brutal and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, including systemic violence and atrocities against the civilian population. This […]

Ukraine: The Commission proposes rules on freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs violating restrictive measures and of criminals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures. […]