site.btaBulgaria to Receive 59% Compensation for Aid Provided to Ukraine in July - November 2022
Bulgaria will receive 59% compensation for the aid provided to Ukraine in the period July - November 2022, the Defence Ministry told BTA. BTA sent a question to the Ministry under the Access to Public Information Act about the financial compensation that Bulgaria will receive through the European Union (EU) European Peace Facility (EPF) for the equipment, weapons and humanitarian aid provided to Ukraine.
Between July and November 2022, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry sent to Ukraine assistance including medical kits and winter clothing and footwear in the amount of BGN 1,099,464.22 and accordingly, under the EU procedure, has applied for reimbursement.
"The EPF Committee has agreed and approved measures for assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF). It has been decided that reimbursement of costs incurred in relation to supplies in support of Ukraine to the supplying countries will be made in tranches," the Ministry said. It added that consultations have taken place, as a result of which the EPF Committee has decided on 59% reimbursement of the amounts indicated by the supplier countries in the delivery certificate for non-lethal equipment delivered at the end of 2022 under the arrangements for assistance in support of Ukraine.
During the consultations, it was decided to reimburse the costs incurred in the period 2024-2025, 2026 and 2027 at 20%, 30% and 30% respectively.
The Ministry said further that the EPF Committee has not decided on the percentage of reimbursement to our country for the military and military-technical support provided to Ukraine carried out in early 2023.
In December 2022, the Defence Ministry told BTA that the total value of humanitarian aid it had provided to Ukraine was BGN 7,097,730.15. The said aid included 2,000 helmets, 2,000 bulletproof vests, 350 medical kits, 5,000 sets of winter clothes and 5,000 pair of shoes.
Back in January, caretaker Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov announced that the funds for the equipment and humanitarian assistance provided to Ukraine were subject to reimbursement from the EPF.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in March that the European Peace Facility, which is used to fund arms for Ukraine, will amount to at least EUR 3.5 billion in the coming years.