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In depth: Sweden and the EBRD

Donor fundingCo-financing | Consultancy services and procurement | Cooperation with Swedish banks | Swedish confirming banks

Donor funding

Sweden remains one of the largest bilateral donors through grant funding for a wide range of EBRD projects. Over the years it has provided over €202 million (including nuclear safety and carbon credit funds). Regionally, its bilateral funding focuses on Georgia, Moldova, north-west Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Sweden also remains an important donor to multi-donor funds such as the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), the
Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund, the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) and the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Multi-Donor Account. In 2012 Sweden provided an additional €1.1 million to the ETC Fund, €6.8 million to the E5P and €500,000 to the EBRD Water Fund. Sweden also replenished one of their bilateral funds with €350,000 to support energy efficiency in Moldova.

Sweden has provided €1.38 million for 33 projects in seven countries within the Enterprise Growth Programme (EGP). It also provided €2.3 million to support offices of the Business Advisory Services (BAS) in Moldova and Russia. This funding has financed 224 projects in a wide range of industries alongside 31 market development projects.


Sweden is an important source of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The value of joint Sweden-EBRD investment stood at
€5.31 billion as of January 2013. EBRD finance accounted for €3.27 billion of this total and Swedish investment accounted for €2.04 billion. Adding in
further investment from other countries and sources, the total value of projects with Swedish-EBRD involvement was €19.34 billion, with the majority of
these deals in the private sector.

Sweden-EBRD investment has been especially strong in Poland at €1.93 billion followed by Russia at €1.77 billion, and Lithuania at €200 million. Broken down by industry, joint Sweden-EBRD investment has been €2.47 billion in industry, commerce and agribusiness; €1.79 billion in energy; €830 million in infrastructure; and €210 million in financial institutions.

Consultancy services and procurement

Consultancy services

In 2012 there were 20 consultancy contracts totalling €5.2 million awarded to Swedish consultants in the municipal infrastructure, financial institutions, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and nuclear safety sectors. This includes eight contracts worth €74,600 with the EBRD’s Small Business Support (SBS) for provision of industry and management advice.

Highlights of 2012 consultancy contracts

  • Assignment: TAKIJISTAN: Khatlon Water - Feasibility Study Study
    Funding Source: EU Central Asian Technical Assistance Framework for the Preparation and Implementation of EBRD MEI Projects
    Contract Value: €441,504
    Consultant: HIFAB International AB, Sweden


Highlights of public sector contracts

  • 2011 - Sweco International AB, Sweden won a consultancy services contract worth €3.0 million under Hidroelectrica Rehabilitation of Stejarul HPP, Romania
  • 2011 - Malmberg Water AB, Sweden won a goods contract worth €6.0 million under Kaliningrad Water Services and Rehabilitation project, Russia
  • 2011 - Eltel, Sweden submitted a tender for a supply and installation contract worth €60.0 million under Rivne Kyiv High Voltage Line project in Ukraine
  • 2011 - Swedish National Road Consulting AB (Sweroad), Sweden submitted a proposal for a consultancy services contract worth €1.2 million under Moldova Road Rehabilitation project in Moldova
  • 2011 - Eltel, Sweden submitted a tender for a supply and installation contract worth €130.0 million under Rivne Kyiv High Voltage Line project in Ukraine
  • 2010 - ABB AB and ABB Oy participated in a tender for a supply and installation contract worth €51 million, under the KEGOC Project in Kazakhstan.
  • 2004 - ABB Power Technologies won a Supply and Installation contract for the Emergency Power Sector Reconstruction Loan in Serbia for a total contract value of €3.5 million.
  • 2002 - Sweco International AB won a consultant services contract worth €5.3 million under the Kaliningrad Water and Environmental Services Project.

Cooperation with Swedish banks

Swedish banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments (such as letters of credit or payment guarantees) that are issued by banks in countries of operations to foreign confirming banks.

Since the start of the Programme in 1999, the EBRD has guaranteed more than 13,504 transactions worth over €8.2 billion, including 93 export and import transactions of Swedish companies totalling €39.3 million. Some 104 issuing banks in 23 countries of operations participate in the Programme, together with over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches, 11 of which are Swedish.

List of Swedish Confirming Banks

  1. Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (formerly Calyon) Stockholm
  2. Danske Bank, Gothenburg Branch
  3. Danske Bank, Stockholm Branch
  4. Nordea Bank Sweden AB (publ)
  5. SEB AB - Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken
  6. SEB AB, Gothenburg Branch
  7. SEB AB, Malmoe Branch
  8. Svenska Handelsbanken, Stockholm Branch
  9. Svenska Handelsbanken, Gothenburg Branch
  10. Svenska Handelsbanken, Malmö Branch
  11. Swedbank (ForeningsSparbanken AB)

Last updated 11 June 2013