The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, are also present 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.
According to Minister for Development Aid Matilda Ernkrans (S), who is also present, one of the aims of the conference is to replenish the UN Fund for Humanitarian Aid to the Ukrainian people.
The second purpose is to pave the way for many years of efforts in terms of support for Ukrainian society and its functions.
– There are financial challenges in both the short and long term, says Matilda Ernkrans before the conference.
Ernkrans will lead a roundtable discussion on appropriate measures to rebuild Ukraine, with representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the UN and the European Investment Bank.
When asked how many millions the government intends to promise as a Swedish contribution, Ernkrans says that she will return to it. But it is not possible to come empty-handed if you are to get others to contribute.
For the Prime Minister, it will also be an opportunity to quickly meet several heads of government who may have a role to play if Sweden soon decides to apply for membership in NATO.
According to the government, the fact that Poland and Sweden have taken the initiative for the conference together is due to the fact that the two countries have pushed for the so-called Eastern Partnership in the EU. It was launched in 2009 and aims for the EU to have good relations with and support countries such as Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova – economically and in other ways.
One month ago, the global donor conference “Stand up for Ukraine” was chaired by the Polish capital. It resulted in promises of a total of EUR 10.1 billion – equivalent to just over SEK 100 billion.
The conference was organized by the European Commission and the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the international organization Global Citizen, and was aimed at everyone: governments, private companies and individuals.