Training on EU Energy Policy in the Ukrainian Parliament

On 10–11 November, IEP success­fully imple­mented the 8th training on EU Energy Policy and the Energy Community in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The workshop was held by Constanze Aka, project manager at IEP.

To begin with, the workshop provided a general overview of the EU energy policy and legis­lation. Partic­u­larly, it went into detail as concerns the Treaty estab­lishing the Energy Community. The partic­i­pants actively analyzed and discussed the amend­ments to the Treaty which were recently proposed by the Energy Community Secre­tariat: Are they feasible for Ukraine? What are the positions of other contracting parties? How did the Republic of Serbia react to the proposed amend­ments?

Later on, a field report from Serbia presented the Serbian experience in approx­i­mating to EU energy legis­lation. Moreover, the expert responded to specific questions as regards the electricity and gas market reforms.

Ukraine belongs to the most wasteful energy users in the indus­tri­alized world. Therefore, energy efficiency was an important topic to address. In this context, the group was informed about the engagement of Gesellschaft für Inter­na­tionale Zusam­me­narbeit (GIZ) in Ukraine. The estab­lishment of energy agencies and the modern­ization partner­ships for hospitals are just two of the successful examples for German support to enhance energy efficiency in Ukraine.

The training series is part of the larger IEP Capacity Building project “EU Associ­ation Trainings” in Ukraine and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.