Ukraine is fully involved in the work of the European Raw Materials, Clean Hydrogen and Battery Alliances. This opens new opportunities for Ukrainian business to produce products together with European partners.
This was announced on January 19 by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna during the inaugural meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group on the coordination of climate change effects mitigating activities in the framework of the European Commission's European Green Deal initiative.
"The European Green Deal creates new opportunities for Ukraine's integration into the European Union through the formation of sectoral associations - raw materials, batteries or hydrogen alliances. This is a new policy of the European Union towards third countries, and Ukraine's involvement in these associations means that we are regarded as a full-fledged player," said Olha Stefanishyna.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that from the very first day Ukraine has been an active participant in the development and shaping of EU policies within the framework of the European Green Deal (EGD). While Ukrainian public and private companies are already actively participating in European industrial alliances and analyzing the opportunities and risks of EGC.
"Definitely, the European Green Deal is a source of not only opportunities but also challenges. The Government has already sent a position paper to the EU on Ukraine's participation in the Green Deal and has received a positive response from European partners. The Government has developed a position on a carbon adjustment mechanism for import - a future tax that could create trade restrictions for Ukrainian exporters. The Government will prolong the dialogue in this direction and demand an individual approach to Ukraine. I confirm that the voice of Ukraine is heard and taken into account in the formation of EGD policies," said Olha Stefanishyna.
Apart from that, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that Ukraine’s participation in the development and implementation of the principles of the European Green Deal raises Ukraine to the top league of countries that share common values of sustainable development.