"I express my immense gratitude to the European Union and personally to Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, for their continued and staunchest support in pursuing energy efficiency reform, and in particular in establishing the Energy Efficiency Fund. Many of our initiatives became a reality due to the assistance and support of the European Union", stated Vice Prime Minister / Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko.
"At present, the burning tasks are to shortly approve the Statute of the Energy Efficiency Fund, directions of its activities and the funding arrangement at the governmental level, emphasized the Deputy Director- General. This is the reason for the signing of a financial agreement with the EU, which will allow to obtain financial resources to the tune of 100 million euros for the full launch of the Energy Efficiency Fund by the end of a year," underlined the Vice Prime Minister.
According to him, the state of implementation of the reform and further directions of cooperation were touched upon during the meeting. After all, a lot has already been done. Basic laws have been adopted, and work on its implementation is underway. Moreover, strategic documents and decisions have already been endorsed, inter alia Concept of thermal power reform and debt restructuring.
"The central aspects for our further cooperation with the EU: staff selection of CEOs and members of the Supervisory Board of the Energy Efficiency Fund, creation of necessary IT systems as well as of a public platform for providing energy audit services on the basis of Prozzorro system that will ensure transparency and openness of all procedures. Moreover, we have singled out a road map for further joint cooperation", underlined the Vice Prime Minister.