Sweden is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Sweden is the single largest bilateral donor to the EBRD on a cumulative basis since EBRD’s establishment in 1991, providing close to €285 million.
Sweden and the EBRD: at a glance
€285mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.28% capital share
€5.83bn Sweden-EBRD investments
Key priorities for Sweden’s support through bilateral funds are infrastructure development, climate change and the environment, inclusion and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Regionally, its bilateral funding focuses on the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Sweden is also an important contributor to several multi-donor funds: the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), the Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund, the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Multi-Donor Account, the Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account, the EBRD Water Fund and the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF).
The value of joint Sweden-EBRD investment stood at €5.83 billion as of end February 2020. EBRD finance accounted for €3.56 billion, and Swedish investment accounted for €2.26 billion.
The joint investment has been strong in Poland, followed by Kazakhstan and Lithuania. Broken down by industry, the joint investment has been in industry, commerce & agribusiness, sustainable infrastructure and financial institutions.
Swedish banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments that are issued by banks in countries of operations to foreign confirming banks. Through the Programme, the EBRD has supported export and import transactions with Swedish companies. Over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches participate in the TFP, six of which are Swedish.
From 2015 to December 2019, entities from Swedish firms won four contract worth over €17 million.