“This is a crucial moment for all democracies,” von der Leyen said in her speech at the World Economic Forum. Ukraine’s reconstruction “requires unprecedented unity,” she said. A “Marshall Plan for Ukraine” is needed. No stone should be left unturned. However, it is not only about repairing the damage caused by the war, but also about shaping the future.
Brussels has agreed a ten billion euro aid package for Ukraine. It is the largest financial support that the EU has ever distributed to a third country. She was happy to hear about the “Lugano Initiative”, said von der Leyen.
The President of the European Commission said that the war being waged by the Russians was “from another century”. For Russia, however, the door to Europe will not be closed after the war if Russia’s leadership “finds its way back to the rule of law” and compliance with international law.
In her speech, von der Leyen promised new partnerships between the EU and other actors in order to secure the European supply of raw materials. “We must not repeat the mistakes related to oil and gas,” she said.
Likewise, the signs of a global food crisis are “obvious”. It’s time to end “harmful dependencies,” she said.