International Expert Conference on the Recovery, Reconstruction and Modernisation of Ukraine Berlin, 25.10.2022

The reconstruction of Ukraine was discussed at an international expert conference in Berlin hosted by the German G7 Presidency and the EU Commission.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen assured Ukraine of long-term assistance: “One should be careful about making historical comparisons, but this amounts to no less than the creation of a new Marshall Plan for the 21st century. It is a task that will take generations and must begin now.”
As the Federal Chancellor stressed: “Ukraine is not alone in this war, however. It can rely on the support of the international community.”EU Commission President von der Leyen described the reconstruction as a “colossal undertaking”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a keynote speech at the reconstruction conference. “Ukraine and the EU are united and this will not change,” he stressed. Ukraine was defending its sovereignty and freedom, he said, and in doing so it was also standing up for European security.

The conference was attended by experts, international organisations, think-tanks and scientists as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector. Together they contributed to the ongoing discussion on the reconstruction of Ukraine and provided expert recommendations for the way forward – these will be taken into account when decisions are made on the provision of assistance to Ukraine.

From the Greek side, the conference was attended by Mr. Alexandros Diakopoulos, Director General for Development and Humanitarian Assistance (Hellenic Aid) of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms Eleni Nikolaidou, Director of Z3 Directorate for Development Cooperation Policy.

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