The future of Ukraine, Moldova, and the Western Balkans is in the European Union, declared Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, on Wednesday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. She also announced that the European Commission will continue its support for Kyiv in the face of the Russian invasion, as reported by Agerpres.
“The Commission will propose the temporary extension of protection for Ukrainians in the EU. Our support for Ukraine will be long-lasting. Just this year, we have provided 12 billion euros to help pay salaries and pensions and to support the operation of hospitals, schools, and other services,” von der Leyen stated in her annual State of the European Union address, where she presented her mandate’s achievements at the helm of the European Commission.
“And, through our ASAP proposal (Act on Supporting Ammunition Production), we are increasing ammunition production to meet the immediate needs of Ukraine,” she added.
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“But we are also looking further ahead. That’s why we have proposed an additional 50 billion euros over four years for investments and reforms. This will help build Ukraine’s future to become a modern and prosperous country,” the EC President further stated.
“And that future is clear. This Chamber (the European Parliament) has stated it loud and clear: the future of Ukraine is in our Union. The future of the Western Balkans is in our Union. The future of Moldova is in our Union. And I know how important the EU perspective is for so many people in Georgia,” von der Leyen emphasized.