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Sweden and Poland co-chair the Ukraine conference

Sweden and Poland co-chair the Ukraine conference

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, are also in Warsaw. The Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, and the prime ministers of Spain, Portugal and Lithuania will also be present. Other participants participate digitally.

Recharge

According to Matilda Earnranks, Minister for Development Assistance, who is also present, one of the objectives of the conference is to replenish the resources of the United Nations Humanitarian Aid Fund for the Ukrainian People.

The second objective is to pave the way for many years of efforts in terms of supporting Ukrainian society and its functions.

– There are financial challenges in the short and long term, says Matilda Ehrencrans before the conference.

Erinkrans will lead a round table discussion on appropriate measures to rebuild Ukraine, with representatives from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Investment Bank.

Sweden contributes

When asked how many millions the government intends to promise as a Swedish contribution, Ehrenkrans said she would get back to it. But you can’t be empty-handed if you want to persuade others to contribute.

For the prime minister, it will also be an opportunity to meet quickly with several heads of government who may have a role to play if Sweden soon decides to apply for NATO membership.

According to the government, the fact that Poland and Sweden took the initiative to hold the conference together is due to the fact that the two countries pushed for the so-called Eastern Partnership in the European Union. It was launched in 2009 and aims for the EU to have and support good relations with countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova – both economically and in other ways.

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A month ago, the Polish capital chaired the global donor conference “Stand up for Ukraine”. It resulted in promises totaling €10.1 billion – equivalent to just over SEK 100 billion.

The conference was organized by the European Commission and the Government of Canada, in cooperation with the international organization Global Citizen, and was aimed at everyone: governments, private companies and individuals.