EU and Ukraine hold first meeting on the EU Green Deal and Ukraine’s Green Transition
May 20, 2021

EU and Ukraine hold first meeting on the EU Green Deal and Ukraine’s Green Transition

A dialogue on the European Green Deal and Ukraine’s Green Transition became the main topic of the first EU-Ukraine meeting in the field, co-chaired by the European Commission’s Deputy Director General for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations and Head of the Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA) Katarína Mathernová and Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olga Stefanishyna. The meeting took place on 19 May.

During the meeting, the participants discussed concrete steps for enhanced cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, including long-term strategy towards Ukraine’s climate neutrality, climate governance architecture and the update of the Nationally Determined Contribution, Green Transition Financing, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, the Energy Efficiency Fund, hydrogen technologies, the “just transition” of coal regions, European Industry Alliances, and Ukraine’s forestry strategy.

Katarína Mathernová took note of Ukraine’s efforts regarding the revision of its Nationally Determined Contribution and lauded the establishment of the Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF), one of the largest EU-funded flagship projects in Ukraine, and its success towards renovating multi-apartment buildings.

The EU side reiterated its commitment to supporting Ukraine in its green transformation endeavour, including through financial cooperation, through a wide range of instruments available, from technical assistance to blending and guarantee mechanisms in cooperation with International Financing Institutions.

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