EBRD initiates package of measures to support Ukraine worth EUR 2 bln
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide the first financing package to support Ukraine's resilience in the amount of EUR2 billion.
"The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced an initial EUR2 billion resilience package of measures to help citizens, companies and countries affected by the war on Ukraine. The bank has also pledged to do all it can to help with the country's reconstruction, once conditions allow," the bank said.
"Funding will be made rapidly available to support Ukrainian companies - for example, with deferred loans, liquidity support, and trade finance. Where possible, businesses will be helped to relocate so their work can continue," it said.
"In addition, the bank's Resilience and Livelihoods Framework will help in countries directly affected by inflows of Ukrainian refugees. Women, children and the elderly make up the majority of displaced citizens, and municipal authorities face huge challenges in managing the influx of people," the report says.
"This package was endorsed today by the Bank's Board of Directors and represents a first round of support. The EBRD had previously declared its unwavering support to Ukraine and its people, and condemned the aggression by the Russian Federation and Belarus," according to the document.
"Once conditions permit, the EBRD will also be prepared to take part in a reconstruction program for Ukraine, to rebuild livelihoods and businesses; restore vital infrastructure; support good governance; and enable access to services," it reads.
"It envisages working with international partners including the EU and U.S., as well as bilateral donors and other international financial institutions. It expects there to be a surge in investment in energy security, as well as an acceleration of decarbonization efforts," the bank added.