EU will lead efforts to reconstruct post-war Ukraine based on principles of combining investment with reforms
“We also need to think about the day after for the wider reconstruction effort. The EU has a responsibility and a strategic interest in leading this reconstruction effort. EU leaders invited us to reflect on this at their meeting in Versailles. And that is what we did. The reconstruction principles should combine investment with reforms,” the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
According to her, a plan will be approved to reflect the needs identified by Ukraine. “The plan would tackle key reforms in areas such as anti-corruption, administrative capacity, rule of law, and independence of the judiciary. And it should be firmly anchored in the green and digital transitions and fundamental European values,” the President of the European Commission said.
The EU would and should not be “the only one contributing to this effort.” “That is why we propose a reconstruction platform as part of this plan jointly led by Ukraine and the Commission and bringing together the EU Member States, other bilateral or international donors, international financial institutions, and other like-minded partners. The aim of this platform would be to agree on the direction of travel and to ensure maximum synergies of all efforts,” she concluded.