11 JUNE 2024

Ukraine Info: Temporary Protection set to be renewed for another year

The EU Commission has today published a press statement announcing a proposal to renew Temporary Protection (TP) for another year, until March 2026. The full text of the press statement is reproduced below.

As with the previous renewals, it is expected that Malta’s International Protection Agency will receive TP holders at its premises to renew their expiring documents.

If you or anyone you know encounters difficulties renewing their documents, reach out to us right away! 

“Today, the Commission has proposed to extend the temporary protection for people fleeing Russia's aggression against Ukraine for another year, from 5 March 2025 to 4 March 2026.

Given continued Russian attacks on the civil and critical infrastructure across Ukraine, safe and durable conditions for the return of people to Ukraine are not currently in place. The Commission therefore considers that the reasons for temporary protection persist, and that it should be prolonged for another year as a necessary and appropriate response to the current situation.

The ultimate goal is to ensure that all those fleeing Russia's war of aggression can find protection in the EU, and that those almost 4.2 million people that are already benefiting from temporary protection in the EU Member States are provided with as much stability as possible under the current circumstances.

The Temporary Protection Directive grants immediate protection and access to rights in the EU, including residency rights, access to the labour market, accommodation, social welfare assistance, medical and other assistance. It also helps Member States to manage arrivals in an orderly and effective way.

Next steps

The Commission will present the proposal to the Ministers at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 13 June. It is then for the Council to formally adopt the proposal.


The EU activated the Temporary Protection Directive on 4 March 2022 with a unanimous decision by Member States and it was automatically extended by one year and further extended for an additional year by the Council until 4 March 2025. Currently, almost 4.2 million people displaced from Ukraine enjoy temporary protection in the EU, among which one third are children.

The legal basis for the proposal is Article 4(2) of the Temporary Protection Directive, which provides that, where reasons for temporary protection persist, the Council, on a proposal from the Commission, can extend temporary protection by up to one year.

The EU Migration Preparedness and Crisis Blueprint Network with a focus on Ukraine and the Solidarity Platform Ukraine will continue their operations to provide a common situational awareness of the migratory implications of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, preparedness and a coordinated response to the crisis.

The Commission will continue to closely monitor the impact of future new arrivals on the reception capacity of Member States. Going forward it is important to continue working towards ensuring a greater balance of efforts among Member States.”


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