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Tomorrow, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in his capacity as German G7 President, will co-host the International Expert Conference on the Recovery, Reconstruction and Modernization of Ukraine in Berlin. This conference is another milestone in the series of global events, which demonstrate the unwavering support of the Commission and the international community for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression. He also underlined that the Commission and the international community will continue to support Ukraine beyond its immediate needs and on its way to EU membership.
Given the scale of the challenge at hand, recovery efforts must be an inclusive multi-stakeholder process, involving both the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations. This is why the conference will bring together world-renowned experts from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, international organizations, high-level government officials, think tanks and academics, as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector, as well as the Ukrainian government. Participants will discuss key issues for the recovery, reconstruction and modernization of Ukraine. These discussions will help shape global efforts on the way forward for Ukraine’s green, resilient, prosperous and democratic future.
President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The brave Ukrainian men and women of Ukraine are fighting for their independence and the rules-based international order. We will be with Ukraine for as long as it takes. The road to reconstruction is at the same time Ukraine’s road to its vision of becoming a more modern, democratic and prosperous country. Every euro, dollar, pound and yen spent will be an investment in Ukraine and in democratic values around the world. At the same time, the broad support for the brave people of Ukraine is a strong statement that the free and democratic nations of this world stand together. »
After the President’s opening speech von der Leyen and Chancellor Scholz, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a keynote address. During the opening plenary, participants will hear Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and other high-level speakers discuss international perspectives on Ukraine’s geopolitical and economic prospects and the scale of recovery needs and of rebuilding.
Morning sessions will cover a range of topics starting with lessons learned from historic reconstruction efforts like the Marshall Plan in Europe and taking stock of the current situation in Ukraine and the sequencing of recovery and reconstruction needs. Discussions will then focus on financing recovery and reconstruction, exploring possible governance frameworks and emphasizing strong Ukrainian ownership of the resource mobilization process and private sector involvement.
Afternoon sessions will focus on key priorities for Ukraine’s sustainable growth, development and stability, including towards EU membership. These sessions will focus on institutional transformation and good governance, macroeconomic and financial stability, industrial policy and sustainable development, and inclusiveness.
The event will be streamed live and available here. The press conference will take place at +/- 10:30 CEST and can be followed on EbS.
Targeted expert recommendations will be posted on the International Expert Conference website as a final document. These recommendations will feed into bilateral, European and multilateral discussions with Ukrainian counterparts, as support becomes clearer. These forums include the annual Ukraine Recovery and Reform Conference, to be hosted by the UK in the middle of next year.
The initial impetus for the conference was the G7 summit in Elmau in June. The Conference builds on the Lugano Declaration and its Seven Guiding Principles on Recovery which were issued at the International Conference on Ukraine Recovery in Lugano in July, where Ukraine first presented its draft national recovery plan. The Conference will bring new contributions and expert advice to deliberations on Ukraine’s recovery process. The conference will contribute to the creation of an international coordination platform, as proposed by the Commission on 18 May.
The unprovoked and unwarranted Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused terrible human suffering and the massive destruction of cities and communities. The European Union and its Member States showed unwavering solidarity with people fleeing war in Ukraine and immediately mobilized support for the Ukrainian government to continue in office. The Union has provided substantial emergency aid to support resilience, humanitarian aid, military aid and other types of support.
By mid-September, Team Europe had already committed more than €19 billion to support Ukraine. Furthermore, work on a more strategic and predictable approach to EU financial assistance to Ukraine in 2023 is ongoing.
The Commission is also coordinating its largest-ever operation under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for a wide range of support measures, including in the health, energy, food and agriculture, and provides shelter, machinery as well as medical and evacuation supplies.
To support Ukraine, the Commission has also proposed measures to facilitate trade, including the suspension of import duties on Ukrainian exports, and to establish solidarity channels to help Ukraine export agricultural products .
To accommodate people fleeing war, the EU activated the Temporary Protection Directive, granting access to employment, housing, education and healthcare across the EU. The Commission will continue to support Ukraine and its people, working with Member States in a Team Europe approach.