A recent article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz outlined a new 21st century Marshall Plan to finance the rebuilding of Ukraine.
The European Council, at its extraordinary meeting on May 30-31, stated that consideration should be given to the creation of a platform for the reconstruction of Ukraine, involving, among others, the Ukrainian government, the European Union and its member states, and the European Investment Bank.
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This clearly shows that Brussels’ outlined policy would be to use EU funds to cover the sums needed for the reconstruction of Ukraine. This, in turn, also means that the member states would ultimately pay for the rebuild of the war-torn country.
Hungarian think-tank Századvég recently conducted a survey on this issue which showed that Hungarian society does not support Brussels’ ideas — 53 percent of Hungarians are against the idea that member states should pay for the reconstruction of Ukraine.
Similarly, 69 percent of those polled say the idea of member states financing Ukrainian pensions and social care during the war is wrong, and 79 percent oppose the use of EU funds to pay Ukrainian salaries.
In addition, it is important to underline that military assistance to Ukraine continues to be opposed by the Hungarian population —78 percent of respondents oppose EU training of Ukrainian forces.