Thu. May 26th, 2022

Brussels, 22 April 2022

The Commission has today proposed to reinforce the 2022 budget with €99.8 million in commitments. In parallel, the budget is being increased by €176 million of payments. The funds will be channelled through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI).

Making use of possibilities for redeployment, the total amount of funding to be made available for migration and border management is €400 million. The funds will help especially Member States most affected to meet the first reception and registration costs of people fleeing Ukraine.

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of Budget and Administration, said: 

The EU budget keeps delivering on crisis-management. The reinforcement proposed today supports our most affected Member States, making sure they have the resources to address the needs of those fleeing Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. This is yet another example of EU solidarity in action”. 

The funds under AMIF will serve to ensure that people fleeing Ukraine can benefit from adequate first reception, food, shelter, sanitation, clothing, medicines, family tracing, legal and translation assistance, psycho-social and other specialised services leading to their registration in one of the Member States. The funds under BMVI will allow for the smooth application of procedures at, or near, the external borders, such as identification, fingerprinting, registration, security checks, medical and vulnerability screening of third country nationals, as well as for immediate reception needs throughout these procedures.

Today’s proposal to amend the budget now needs to be approved by the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council. It forms part of the overall Commission response to Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine and its consequences, for which the EU budget has been mobilised since Day 1. The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event for refugees and internally displaced people helped gather €9.1 billion, of which €1 billion were pledged by the Commission. A full overview of the Commission response is available on the EU solidarity with Ukraine website. 

DRAFT AMENDING BUDGET No 3 TO THE GENERAL BUDGET 2022 Financing reception costs of people fleeing Ukraine


22 April 2022

Statement on the meetings of the Head of Cabinet of President von der Leyen with US partners on further support for Ukraine

Bjoern Seibert, Head of Cabinet of President von der Leyen, met yesterday with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Brussels and held a virtual meeting with US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo, to further coordinate the transatlantic response to the situation in Ukraine.

In both meetings, they agreed to further coordinate efforts to support the Ukrainian people and impose severe costs on the Russian Federation for Putin’s war of choice and the abhorrent attacks on civilians in Ukraine.

They committed to further urge the People’s Republic of China not to circumvent or undermine sanctions against Russia, and not to provide any form of support for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.