The major parties in the Danish Parliament reached a consensus about the fund, Source: Depositphotos

Denmark sets up a nearly 1-bn euro state fund to aid Ukraine

Denmark sets up a nearly 1-bn euro state fund to aid Ukraine

This Nordic country doesn’t want to wait for the last war bullet to sound off before starting reconstruction

Today, the Danish government announced that it will establish a state fund aimed to provide economic, military and civil aid to war-torn Ukraine. The total amount of the fund will be 940 million euros (or 7 billion Danish crowns).

The establishment of the aid scheme was agreed upon after the main parties in parliament struck a consensus that went beyond narrow politics to affirm the commitment of the Nordic country to the welfare and continued prosperity of Ukraine in times of war and beyond.

In that respect, the largest share of the fund is still envisioned to go towards military aid, given the attrition war forming up in Donbas and the frequent missile strikes that Russia launches onto Ukrainian infrastructure and civilians.

Thinking about post-war Ukraine

The funding will be implemented in particular through a more flexible financial policy and redirection of part of the development funds granted by Denmark.

"We cannot wait until the last bullet is fired," emphasized the first Danish diplomat, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, presenting the project to journalists. He added: “This is largely a reflection of the wishes Ukraine has, which in addition to the military and the humanitarian aid are now also about reconstruction.

That is why part of the fund has been set aside to cover efforts by Danish companies to start reconstructing the war-torn landscape of the Eastern European country. Admittedly, that is the smallest chunk of the total fund, with about 54 million euros envisioned for that, however, the ratio of the funds is likely to change in the future as Ukraine moves towards victory and the need for civilian aid gives way to the need for reconstruction.

The government will allocate funds in 2024-2027 to cover the cost of replacing the military aid given to Ukraine in 2022 and 2023.

It’s hard to say how much damage has been inflicted upon Ukraine, but already back in September 2022, the European Commission estimated that some 350 billion euros would be needed to restore the country to condition.



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