Meeting with EU representatives. Green Deal and investment for business in wartime

On May 17, 2022, an online meeting of the Sustainable Industry Committee of the Association of Industrial Automation Enterprises of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, the Association of Experts on Sustainable Development of Ukraine, and the team of the EU Delegation to Ukraine took place.

The meeting participants: Gregory Tsouris, EU Delegation Ukraine, Oleksandr Yurchak, Director General of the Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine; Alina Sokolenko, Director General of the Association of Sustainable Development Experts (ASDE); Andrii Hnap, CEO of Waste Ukraine Analytics, ASDE expert; Victoria Kovalenko, State Expert on Smart Specialization and Resource Efficiency at the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine; Denis Bazylevych, GIZ project expert, GR-advisor of Nova Poshta, others.

Gregory Tsouris, EU Delegate to Ukraine, presented opportunities for Ukrainian business and the potential of Ukrainian companies from the introduction of digital product passports, EcoDesign framework, European strategy of sustainability and circularity of textiles.

It was also presented to the Ukrainian side a list of available initiatives under the Green Deal for Ukrainian business, taking into account the urgent needs and market conditions.

Victoria Kovalenko, a representative of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine , noted that the Ministry together with the Government, leading experts and business associations is working to develop mechanisms to support Ukrainian business in wartime, as well as economic recovery in Ukraine.

During the meeting, ASDE Chairwoman Alina Sokolenko raised the issue of business recovery and development in the war and post-war period.

 "We propose to form an internationally oriented system of sustainable business in Ukraine in the postwar period with the help of the Sustainable Development Fund. Our experts launched this project as a partnership platform for business, investors and experts to build capacity, consult and implement specific plans in the economic, social and environmental spheres, which are the basis of sustainable development, " said the Chairwoman.

In turn, Oleksandr Yurchak, Director General of the Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine , said that the committee is currently working with representatives of the Ukrainian Cluster Alliance (UCA) on business issues in the context of sustainable development and the Green Deal.
“UCA includes more than 1,650 Ukrainian enterprises. The basic needs of business are systematized: relocation conditions, financial support, cooperation with European business, stimulation of domestic demand for products, new supply chains of raw materials and products, " Yurchak added.

Green Deal
 It will be recalled that the Green Deal is a European green course, a set of policy initiatives put forward by the European Commission with the general goal of making the European continent climate-neutral by 2050.

 The project is preparing an impact assessment plan that will increase the EU's target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by at least 50% and up to 55% compared to 1990 levels.

 The plan is to revise each existing law on its climate benefits, as well as introduce new legislation on the circular economy, building renovation, biodiversity, agriculture and innovation.
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