Von der Leyen and Scholz want a “Marshall Plan”

Von der Leyen and Scholz want a “Marshall Plan”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have called for a “Marshall Plan” for the reconstruction of Ukraine. This is “a generational task that must begin now,” von der Leyen and Scholz wrote today in a guest article in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

Tomorrow, a German-Ukrainian economic forum with top representatives from both countries in Berlin will focus on the reconstruction of the country attacked by Russia. Scholz wants to open the conference together with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal. At a reconstruction conference in Berlin on Tuesday, representatives of international organizations, Ukraine and civil society organizations are to discuss the framework conditions.

“In the interests of a common Europe”

Between 1948 and 1952, the USA financed the reconstruction in Germany, Austria and other European countries with billions of US dollars with the Marshall Plan.

Europe has a special role in supporting Ukraine because the country is a candidate for EU membership: “The path to reconstruction is therefore also Ukraine’s path to the European Union,” said Scholz and von der Leyen. Supporting Kiev is in the interest of the EU. “Ukraine also defends the international rules-based order, the basis of our peaceful coexistence and prosperity worldwide. So if we support Ukraine, we are building our future and that of our common Europe,” it said.