Ukraine’s Path to Recovery and EU Integration: A Meeting with European Commission VP Valdis Dombrovskis

8 March 2024

On March 8th, Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice-President responsible for an Economy that Works for People, also in charge of Trade, made a visit to the Kyiv School of Economics.

During his hour-long discussion with KSE students and members of non-governmental organizations, he focused on Ukraine’s economic integration with the EU, access to the single market, and the roll-out of the Ukraine Facility program.

Mr. Dombrovskis shared his insights on crucial aspects of enhancing economic collaboration between the European Union and Ukraine, highlighting the significance of unified support for Ukraine from international allies and donors.

“Since the beginning of the war, we have very clearly committed to supporting Ukraine until its victory, forever, for whatever it takes. We will live up to this commitment,” remarked the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission.

He further underlined the critical role of the Ukraine Facility program as a mechanism of support, stating, “Our support will persist across all fronts: financial, political, humanitarian, military, and diplomatic. This commitment is vital for achieving lasting peace in Europe and safeguarding our shared democratic principles against unprecedented aggression.

During the meeting, Executive VP Dombrovskis also highlighted Latvia’s successful European integration experience and shared his personal experiences as a member of the Latvian Saeima and as head of the Ministry of Finance. Moreover, Mr. Dombrovskis mentioned that this May marks the 20th anniversary of the largest in-one-go enlargement in the European Union’s history, which saw Latvia and nine other countries join the EU.

The Kyiv School of Economics wishes to extend its appreciation to Valdis Dombrovskis, the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, for his efforts to foster robust dialogue between Ukraine and the European Union.