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European Parliament approves €50 billion support for Ukraine

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Members of European Parliament approve long-term funding for Ukraine, the “Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform” (STEP), and associated major changes to the multi-year EU budget, European Parliament press office reports.
 
Parliament on Tuesday approved the revision of the EU’s long-term budget – the multiannual financial framework (MFF). This includes the €50 billion Ukraine Facility and the “Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform” (STEP), which aims to make the EU more strategically independent and to foster innovation.
 
 
Revision of the EU long-term budget
 
This update of the MFF, approved with 499 votes in favour, 67 against and 31 abstentions, will enable the EU budget to respond more effectively to evolving needs and unforeseen circumstances. In particular, it bolsters the EU’s budget to deal with migration and external challenges as well as the EU's crisis preparedness and budgetary flexibility. In line with Parliament’s demands, the revision introduces a mechanism to tackle escalating costs linked to the repayment of the NextGenerationEU recovery plan amid rising interest rates. MEPs reached a deal with member states on the long-term budget on 6 February.  Parliament also adopted a resolution on the revision of the MFF regulation by 422 votes in favour, 101 against and 101 abstentions.
 
Watch the plenary speeches by MFF co-rapporteurs Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL) (link to speech) and Margarida Marques (S&D, PT) (link to speech).
 
 
Financial aid to Ukraine
 
The MFF revision also establishes the so-called Ukraine Facility, approved with 536 votes in favour, 40 against and 39 abstentions, with an overall capacity of €50 billion for grants, loans and guarantees, showing that the EU stands by Ukraine and will keep supporting it as long as it takes. Read about the improvements MEPs obtained during the negotiations in the press release on the deal with the Council from 6 February.
 
Watch the plenary speeches by Michael Gahler (EPP, DE) (link to speech), co-rapporteur for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES), co-rapporteur for the Committee on Budgets (link to speech).
 
 
"Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform” (STEP)
 
The platform was approved with 517 votes in favour, 59 against and 51 abstentions. It is another part of the budgetary revision package and aims to consolidate and enhance Europe's standing in crucial technological fields. These fields include digital technologies, clean and resource-efficient technologies, such as net-zero technologies, and biotechnologies. Read the press release for all the details on the agreement with member states from 7 February.
 
Watch the plenary speeches by José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) (link to speech), co-rapporteur for the Committee on Budgets, and Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (EPP, RO), Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (link to speech), speaking on behalf of co-rapporteur Christian Ehler (EPP, DE).
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