Information on Ukraine

1 July 2022
Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of life-saving goods for Ukrainians

On 1 July 2022, the European Commission 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.

1 July 2022
European Commission proposes first €1 billion tranche of the new macro-financial assistance for Ukraine

On 1 July 2022, the European Commission 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 Council of 23-24 June 2022.

29 June 2022
Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) is extended

On 29 June 2022, the Commission took another important step to help Member States, regional and local authorities and partners to address the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine by adopting the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories’ (FAST-CARE). This is a new comprehensive package extending the support already provided under Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) by offering further support and further flexibility to Cohesion Policy funding.

14 June 2022
European Commission’s Communication on Guidance for access to the labour market, vocational education and training and adult learning for people fleeing Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

On 14 June 2022, the European Commission presented a Communication on Guidance for access to the labour market, vocational education and training and adult learning for people fleeing Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

31 May 2022
Solidarity with Ukraine: Commission launches EU platform for registration of people enjoying temporary protection or adequate protection under national law

On 31 May 2022, the European Commission launched an EU platform to exchange information on beneficiaries of temporary and adequate protection under national law. 

31 May 2022
European Council conclusions on Ukraine

The European Council conclusions on Ukraine, following the meeting on May 30 2022, are now available.

18 May 2022
Solidarity with Ukraine: Commission will provide €248 million to support Member States welcoming those fleeing the war

On 18 May 2022, the Commission decided to make €248 million available to 5 Member States that were the most affected at the start of the war and have been hosting a large number of refugees to support their reception and border management systems.

17 May 2022
Commission’s Technical Support Instrument to help nine Member States welcome and support people fleeing the war in Ukraine

The Commission will offer technical expertise to help nine Member States welcome people who flee the war in Ukraine. Member States that have filed a request for support will receive it over the coming months.

16 May 2022
Commission launches a phone helpline for those fleeing the war in Ukraine

On 16 May 2022, the Commission launched a dedicated phone helpline in Ukrainian and Russian to provide information and assist those fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

05 May 2022
European Parliament plenary adopts resolution on the impact of Russia’s invasion on EU transport and tourism

The plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday 5 May adopted by a very large majority the resolution on the impact of Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine on the EU’s transport and tourism sectors.

04 May 2022
Speech by President Von der Leyen at the EP plenary on the social and economic consequences for the EU of the Russian war in Ukraine

On 4 May 2022, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen addressed the European Parliament plenary with a speech on social and economic consequences for the European Union of the Ukrainian invasion by the Russian Federation.

28 April 2022
84th HOTREC General Assembly: presentation by the Ukrainian Hotel and Resort Association (UHRA)

On the occasion of HOTREC’s 84th General Assembly in Prague, our colleagues from Ukraine addressed the audience in a moving speech describing the current situation in their country.

Their presentation is available here below.

08 April 2022
Ukraine: EU agrees fifth package of restrictive measures against Russia

On 8 April 2022, the European Commission welcomed the agreement by the Council to adopt the fifth package of restrictive measures against Putin’s regime in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people.

04 April 2022
Cohesion’s Fund Action for Refugees in Europe adopted

On 4 April 2022, the Council adopted the European Commission proposals for Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) and for the 2014-2020 Home Affairs funds, following the European Parliament’s approval.

28 March 2022
European Council meeting: Summit conclusions

Check out the main outcome of the European Council meeting, which took place on March 24-28 2022.

23 March 2022
Ukrainian crisis: European Commission adopts Temporary Crisis Framework in support of the economy due to Ukrainian crisis

On 23 March 2022, the European Commission adopted a Temporary Crisis Framework to enable the Member States to use the flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The revision aims at mitigating the effects of the EU sanctions on companies and sectors.

23 March 2022
Antitrust: joint statement by the European Competition Network (ECN) on the application of competition law in the context of the war in Ukraine

On 23 March 2022, the European Competition Network (ECN) issued a statement on the application of the competition law in the context of the war in Ukraine.

15 March 2022
Ukraine: EU agrees on fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia

The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.

10 March 2022
State Aid: European Commission consults Member States on possible Temporary Crisis Framework

On 10 March 2022, the European Commission has sent to the Member States for consultation a draft proposal for a State aid Temporary Crisis Framework to support the EU economy in mitigating damage directly caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The draft proposal is based on Article 107(3)(b) TFEU, which allows aid to be granted to remedy a serious disturbance across the EU economy.

8 March 2022
Ukraine: EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war

On 8 March 2022, the European Commission outlined the very substantial support the EU is making available to help people fleeing war in Ukraine, as well as the EU countries receiving them. In the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.

4 March 2022
HOTREC and its members join call to suspend Russia from the UNWTO

HOTREC wants to express its support for the people of Ukraine and through its member, the Ukrainian Hotel and Resorts Association (UHRA) and the thousands of workers in the hospitality business.

2 March 2022
European Commission proposes temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine and guidelines for border checks

On 2 March 2022, the Commission is proposing to activate the  Temporary Protection Directive to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.