DiXi Group joins the parliamentary committee’s discussion of the European Green Deal
A hearing devoted to the European Green Deal was held on 11 September. It was organized by the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Ukraine’s Integration into the EU with the assistance from DiXi Group. The event was held in the online format, and during the screening, representatives of civil society could ask questions and receive a response from speakers.
Ukraine is not a leader in decarbonization of economy, but not an outsider, either. Therefore, the country has all chances to turn decarbonization problems into new opportunities for economic development.
It was the opinion expressed by DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko during the European Green Deal hearing at the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Ukraine’s Integration into the European Union.
“All countries have a different degree of readiness to respond to the global trend of combating climate change. As a rule, countries that dwelled upon their fossil fuel resources are less ready for these changes, while countries developing renewable energy sources are more ready,” Olena Pavlenko said. “If Ukraine finds resources and devises a quality long-term policy, it has all chances to turn decarbonization problems into new opportunities for economic development. I believe that the European Green Deal is an opportunity for Ukraine to find and mobilize these resources.”
The expert reminded that the Ukrainian government has developed a roadmap for cooperation between Ukraine and the EU on implementation of the European Green Deal.
“Our next step should be compilation, on the basis of the roadmap, of a list of potential cooperation projects. The more concrete the Ukrainian party is, the more concrete the cooperation between our country and the European Union will be … If Ukraine is able to get this document ready before the EU-Ukraine Summit, it will be a clear signal not only to all of us but also to our European partners that Ukraine not just has an ambition to join the European Green Deal but is ready to actually move toward this goal,” Olena Pavlenko added.
The implementation of the European Green Deal must take into account social obligations to Ukrainian citizens, Olha Stefanishyna, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, stressed during the hearing.
When wrapping up the hearing, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Chair of the Committee for Ukraine’s Integration into the EU, also said that today, Ukraine has the problem of underutilized credit and financial capabilities, including the receipt of even non-repayable assistance from the European Union.
Based on the results of discussion, the Committee for Ukraine’s Integration into the EU will publish, and provide to the government, its recommendations concerning implementation of European Green Deal actions by Ukraine.
This parliamentary hearing was organized by the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Ukraine’s Integration into the EU with the assistance from DiXi Group and with financial support from the International Renaissance Foundation.