Green recovery is a historic chance for Ukraine – results of the advocacy visit
Experts from the DiXi Group think tank made an advocacy trip to Brussels to present the results of monitoring Ukraine’s European integration reforms and to discuss ways to accelerate reforms and green post-war recovery with partners.
The delegation also included experts from the Resource & Analysis Center “Society and Environment” and the Association “Energy-Efficient Cities of Ukraine”. Meetings were held with members of the European Parliament and the research service (EPRS), professionals from the Office of the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, the leadership of the new Directorate for Ukraine in the European Commission (DG NEAR) and the representatives of the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER).
Commenting on the results of the meetings, Roman Nitsovych, Head of Research at DiXi Group, said that European partners were ready to strengthen support for Ukraine on the way to EU membership but would also monitor compliance with the principles and goals of the European Green Deal.
“In the analytical report, the European Commission indicated both successes (for example, in energy) and gaps in approximation to EU legislation. At the same time, the post-war recovery provides a historic chance to accelerate reforms and modernize the economy with a view to its complete decarbonization,” said Roman Nitsovych.
In the format of Chatham House, Ukrainian experts discussed with the Bruegel analytical center the prospects of green reconstruction of Ukraine and proposed specific KPIs for measuring this reconstruction.
“We support a decentralized approach to recovery, in which the cities and communities where the lion’s share of the work will be performed should receive key attention and resources. No less important is the transparency and accountability of the process, which should be ensured through the participation of civil society organizations,” stressed Olena Pavlenko, President of DiXi Group.
According to her, experts from the public should have the opportunity to join working groups at the level of EU institutions in order to maintain the appropriate professional level and promptly join the assistance of the government of Ukraine.
The initiative on green recovery indicators was approved by stakeholders in Brussels. In the future, DiXi Group and partners will detail the conduct of such an assessment.
The visit took place within the framework of the project “Integration of Sustainable Development in Ukraine in Accordance with the EGD”, which is implemented with the support of the European Union, and the project “Advocacy for the “green” recovery of Ukraine through increased support for Ukraine and weakening of russian influence in the EU”, which is implemented with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.