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MEPs approved an €18 billion loan to support Ukraine during Russia’s war against the country.

To provide Ukraine with power generators, EP President Metsola and Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence and President of Eurocities, launched the Generators of Hope campaign.

Following the atrocities carried out by Vladimir Putin’s regime against Ukrainian civilians, MEPs have recognised Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for an EU budget 2023 that addresses the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the pandemic recovery process more effectively.

The EP and Council have reached an agreement on not accepting passports and other travel documents issued by Russia in illegally-occupied areas of Ukraine and Georgia.

MEPs heard from experts and the Ukrainian economic development committee chair about the economic effect of the EU’s sanctions on Russia and the EU itself.

Parliament gave its green light to the EU agreements with Ukraine and Moldova to ease the cross-border transport of goods.

The EU’s budget for 2023 should aim to deal with the many crises facing Europe, says lead MEP Nicolae Ştefănuță.

In a resolution MEPs condemn the military coup in Burkina Faso and express concern about rise in Russian disinformation campaigns against EU missions in Africa

“We need a revision of the EU long-term budget to adapt to crisis and finance new priorities”, said European Parliament President Roberta Metsola at the European Council.

Addressing MEPs, Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová called for a defence of democracy and European values, and EU solidarity in the face of multiple crises.

The European Parliament agreed on the 20th of October not to accept travel documents that Russia has issued in the areas it illegally occupies in Ukraine and Georgia.

Two journalists, Clément Di Roma and Carol Valade, have been awarded the 2022 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for their documentary “The Central African Republic under Russian influence”

MEPs have awarded the brave people of Ukraine, represented by their president, elected leaders and civil society, the 2022 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

MEPs demand an EU budget for 2023 that addresses the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the pandemic recovery process more effectively.

Former Parliament President Pat Cox has played a key role in EU and European Parliament support for Ukraine and its parliament.

The Verkohvna Rada, the official name of the Ukrainian parliament, has managed to keep going since Russia invaded back in February - in part thanks to the support of the European Parliament. It has supported the Rada since 2004, but these efforts are now cast in a completely new light, with one overarching goal on the horizon: helping Ukraine to one day join the EU.

Parliament discussed with Council and Commission the social and economic consequences of the war in Ukraine and the introduction of a windfall tax.

The finalists for the 2022 Sakharov Prize are Julian Assange, the people of Ukraine and their representatives and The Colombian Truth Commission.

The EU should respond to the surge in energy prices with joint action and not abandon its climate goals, says Danish MEP Morten Helveg Petersen.

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs call on the EU to overcome the status quo and reenergise the enlargement process within its own ranks and in accession countries.

The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, together with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic Markéta Pekarová Adamová, hosted women Speakers of Parliament of the European Union. In her speech, President Metsola said that Europe can do more to help Ukrainian women and children.

Addressing the EU Ambassadors’ Conference, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola spoke about the importance to always defend our European way of democracy, rights and liberties.

EP President Roberta Metsola’s strong call for European unity in providing military support to Ukraine and in response to the energy crisis at the Prague informal European Council.

MEPs urge all countries and international organisations to condemn unequivocally the sham referenda in Ukraine and Russia’s attempt to acquire territory by force.

Parliament advocates more emergency measures to ease the pressure of rapidly rising energy prices on European households and businesses.

EU countries and regions will receive extra support to alleviate the consequences of the Russian war in Ukraine, following a green light by MEPs

Othmar Karas, the European Parliament’s first vice-president, travelled with members of national parliaments to Kyiv on 30 September to express support for Ukraine.

Addressing 'Night of European Ideas' in Berlin, President Metsola called for further support to Ukraine. "Tanks are needed. We must be able to take that next step."

Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, visited Kyiv on 21 and 22 September on invitation of his counterpart of the Verkhovna Rada, Viacheslav Shtuchnyi. Secretary-General Welle's delegation comprised staff from Parliament's involved services. The main purpose of the visit was to identify how the EP administration can best help the Verkhovna Rada in the preparation of Ukraine's accession to the European Union.

The Civil Liberties Committee looked into the practical experience of the temporary protection for Ukrainians fleeing the war.

In her Keynote Speech at the G7 Speakers’ Summit in Berlin, the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola spoke on the necessity to stand up for democracy.

Leading MEPs warn of a further serious escalation as a result of Russian attempts to formally annex more of occupied Ukraine.

MEPs gave the green light to a €5 billion macro-financial loan to help Ukraine cover its acute financing needs caused by Russia’s invasion.

MEPs backed simplified rules for the use of EU regional funds to address the consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

By 2030, the European Parliament wants renewable energy to be used much more, and energy consumption to be greatly reduced.

In the annual State of the European Union debate, MEPs quizzed President von der Leyen on the Commission’s work in the past year and its upcoming plans.

In her speech to MEPs in Strasbourg, Finnish PM Sanna Marin urged Europe to support Ukraine militarily and to boost Europe’s energy independence with renewables.

MEPs will scrutinise the work of the European Commission on 14 September to ensure the EU addresses Europeans' key concerns. Follow the State of the EU debate live.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola addressed Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada as part of the country’s Statehood Day celebrations.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has forced millions of people to leave their homes. Find out what the EU is doing to help them and manage its external borders.

On Thursday, MEPs gave the green light to a €1 billion macro-financial loan to help Ukraine cover its external financing needs that have ballooned due to the war.

MEPs backed a proposal to allow Ukrainian refugees to keep their national driving licences, exempting them from the obligation to exchange them for EU ones.

MEPs welcomed the decision to open the EU’s doors to Ukraine and Moldova, but asked leaders to strengthen the EU, and tackle the latest crisis.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala presented the programme and main goals of the Czech Council Presidency’s semester.

Civil Liberties committee MEPs adopted recommendations for an EU-Interpol cooperation agreement, which is currently in the negotiation stage.

As the Czech Republic takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July, find out what Czech MEPs expect from their country's presidency the coming six months.

EU leaders must live up to their historical responsibility and give a clear political signal to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, confirming their European perspective.

Find out how enlargement works and how countries can join the European Union.

In response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, this law aims to refill Europe’s strategic gas reserves more quickly before winter to ensure energy supplies are secure.

Granting candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova would not only strengthen the two countries, but also the EU, Roberta Metsola told EU leaders.

During the “This is Europe” debate with Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, MEPs expressed support for Croatia’s adoption of the Euro and joining Schengen.

Russia’s war against Ukraine has strengthened public support for the EU, the EP Spring Eurobarometer survey published on the 22 of June finds.

A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Chair Norbert Lins, will travel to the Polish-Ukrainian border on 20-21 June 2022.

A delegation of eight Development Committee MEPs will make a three-day visit to Republic of Moldova, from Wednesday 15 June, to assess the humanitarian impact of the war in Ukraine.

On the 15th of June at 17.45 CEST, MEPs from the Subcommittee on Human Rights and invited experts will debate the fight to prosecute Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

The Conference of President adopted the following EP groups’ leaders statement:

In response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, Parliament calls for the Versailles Declaration to be implemented more quickly through a step-change in EU Foreign, Security and Defence policy.

In his address to MEPs, the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk called on the EU to endorse his country’s membership application.

MEPs welcomed the unity and additional sanctions delivered by the European Council but called for more arms to Ukraine and more attention to those struggling within the EU.

On Wednesday, MEPs will debate the outcome of the last EU summit on Ukraine. On the same day, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk will address plenary.

Roberta Metsola called on EU leaders to commit to long-term engagement when it comes to Ukraine, including securing energy independence for the EU

MEPs call for funding to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, by confiscating Russian oligarchs’ assets, new EU own resources, and using the existing EU budget fully.

Parliament backed a one-year suspension of EU import duties on all Ukrainian exports, to support the country’s economy.

The special international tribunal should investigate Russian leaders and military commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

MEPs strongly condemn the support that the Belarusian regime under dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka has provided to Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine.

MEPs greenlit new rules that will allow Eurojust to safely store and analyse evidence related to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

To preserve food security in light of the war in Ukraine, the European Commission should examine possible temporary derogations from the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.

Industry, research and energy committee MEPs met with MPs of the Energy Community Contracting Parties on 17 May in Brussels under the umbrella of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum.

The international trade committee gave their green light on 16 May for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy.

The European Parliament's visitors centre - Parlamentarium - is hosting artworks by Ukrainian artists as part of the joint initiative Imagine Ukraine with M HKA, the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp.

Four European Parliament committees will take stock on 17 May of Ukraine's transport, food security, culture and humanitarian situation and needs after Russia’s illegal invasion.

In response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, MEPs call for the Versailles Declaration to be implemented more quickly through a step-change in EU Foreign, Security and Defence policy.

Foreign affairs committee MEPs will host Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto for a debate on European security challenges in light of the war in Ukraine.

Parliament calls on the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to grant them access to essential health services.

MEPs applaud European transport and tourism operators for helping refugees from Ukraine, demand Russia return stolen airplanes and call on the EU to tighten sanctions on Russia.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament welcomes Moldova’s EU membership application, saying the country is on the right track in adopting key reforms.

In a debate with French Minister Delegate Brigitte Klinkert and President Ursula von der Leyen, MEPs said internal EU unity and solidarity is crucial now and for the future reconstruction of Ukraine.

MEPs supported Mario Draghi’s call to reform the EU to guarantee sustainable economic growth and transition, during a “This is Europe” debate in Strasbourg.

The EU should protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and women should have access to essential health services, say MEPs from Parliament's gender equality committee.

The legal affairs and employment committees held a discussion on the risks of exploitation faced by children fleeing the conflict in Ukraine on 21 April.

MEPs, experts and stakeholders debated the threats faced by women from Ukraine escaping violence and warfare, including forced prostitution and sexual assault on 21 April.

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the situation in Ukraine on 20 April from 9.00 CET and be joined by Ivan Fedorov, the Mayor of Melitopol.

Development Committee MEPs will debate with Mykyta Poturayev, the Chair of the Humanitarian Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

MEPs say they are committed to support Georgia on its European path and to stand by its people to stop any attempts by Russia to destabilise the country.

Joint press release of the European Commission and the European Parliament

Parliament expresses indignation over reported atrocities by the Russian armed forces and demands that perpetrators of war crimes be held accountable.

MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege.

EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will immediately receive €3.4 billion, MEPs decided on 7 April.

Debating the EU Summit on 24-25 March with Presidents Michel and von der Leyen and EU Foreign Policy Chief Borrell, MEPs united in showing solidarity and giving more help to Ukraine.

President Roberta Metsola updated the house on her visit to Ukraine on 1 April and appealed for more logistical, humanitarian and military support, at the opening of European Parliament's plenary session.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, met with Ukrainians having fled the war at the Otwock school in the region of Warsaw on 2 April.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has today visited Kyiv to express the European Union´s support and hope to the Ukrainian people and condemn the unjustified Russian attack. She travelled on the invitation of the Chairman of the Ukranian Parliament Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola was in Kyiv on 1 April to deliver a message of courage and hope to all Ukrainians defending their country.

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With Ukraine coming under attack from Russia, the EU is keen to support Kyiv and forge closer links. Find out how.

A European Parliament delegation, which travelled to the Republic of Moldova against the backdrop of a worsening security situation in Europe, finalised its visit on 2 April.

Parliament President Roberta Metsola praised the EU’s response to the war in Ukraine and called on EU leaders to stand by those in need of protection.

Parliament gave the green light to redirect EU regional and asylum funding to EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on 24 March.

Parliament calls for immediate and substantial food aid to Ukraine and for the EU to make its food production more independent.

Addressing MEPs on 23 March, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stressed that Nato and the EU are more resolved and united than ever and that pressure on Putin must be increased.

One month after Russia attacked Ukraine, MEPs unanimously condemned the brutal invasion and urged the EU to further sanction Moscow and protect the European economy.

From Monday 21 March to Thursday 24 March, Parliament is organising the Ukraine Solidarity Days to show its support for Ukraine's parliament following the Russian invasion.

MEPs committed to pushing EU governments to do more to help Ukraine against Russia’s aggression, in a debate with the Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov.

On Thursday 17 March, Parliament’s President Roberta Metsola gave the keys to the Station Europe building to the Ukrainian civil society organisation Promote Ukraine.

Statement by the European Parliament's Conference of Delegation Chairs

 Kaja Kallas (left) and Roberta Metsola

MEPs joined Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in calling for more EU defence, reduced energy dependence and solidarity with Ukraine in a plenary debate on 9 March.

As more than two million refugees flee war in Ukraine, mostly towards the EU, member states will have to continue showing solidarity, MEPs said on 8 March.

Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko addressing MEPs on International Women’s Day 2022.

On International Women’s Day on 8 March, Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko addressed the European Parliament on the plight of her fellow citizens under attack by Russia.

President Metsola during Zelenskyy speech

Debating Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 1 March, MEPs expressed unwavering support for Ukraine and for efforts to bring the country closer to the European community.

Local residents walk past a destroyed building in the small town of Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region. © AFP/Aleksey Filippov

Against the backdrop of increasing Russian military threats against Ukraine, MEPs say any aggression by Moscow must come at a high economic and political price.

An Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman walks along a snow covered trench on the frontline with the Russia-backed separatists near Zolote village, in the eastern Lugansk region, on January 21, 2022. ©AFP/Anatolii STEPANOV

Russia’s military attack on Ukraine is just one of the latest sources of tension in the country’s relations with the EU. Find out more.

European Council and Commission statements on the EU-Russia relations, European security and Russia’s military threat against Ukraine.

In a debate on EU-Russia relations, European security and Russia’s military threat against Ukraine, MEPs called for a united response and voiced support for Ukraine.

Protesters march in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in downtown Moscow on January 23, 2021. The placard with an image of the Kremlin critic reads

Parliament is deeply concerned by the recent Russian military build-up on Ukraine border and revelations of Russian agents behind explosions in Czechia

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