European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson visited Ukraine on 1 November to discuss immediate and concrete support for Ukraine’s energy sector with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Energy Minister German Galushchenko and other international partners.
In Kyiv, Commissioner Simson discussed with President Zelenskyy the latest developments and how the EU can lead the international effort to repair and rebuild the Ukrainian energy infrastructure.
She also participated in the first meeting of the International Energy Advisory Council for Ukraine (IEAC4U), a new forum announced earlier by Minister Galushchenko. The IEAC4U will help to coordinate the efforts of all participating countries and will provide technical assistance in matching Ukrainian needs with potential donations.
The Commissioner also took part in the EU-Ukraine High-Level Energy Dialogue, where the immediate needs of the Ukrainian energy system and the security of supply situation, as well as the reconstruction and decarbonisation of its energy system were discussed.
At the meeting, the Commissioner announced that €13 million have been allocated for the restoration of laboratories damaged by the Russian occupiers at the nuclear site of Chornobyl, and that the EU intends to channel through the International Atomic Energy Agency a further €3.5 million in support for Ukraine in this sector.
According to the European Commission, Russia’s persistent and deliberate targeting of Ukrainian energy infrastructure over the past weeks and months has affected more than 30% of the country’s energy system.
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