Germany and Ukraine to agree energy partnership

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Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and Minister of Energy of Ukraine Dr Olha Buslawez today signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding on establishing an Energy Partnership’.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: "I am very pleased that we are going to further intensify bilateral cooperation in the energy sector between Germany and Ukraine and that the Energy Partnership will provide long-term support for the modernisation of the energy sector in Ukraine. The Energy Partnership provides both sides with an important instrument for political dialogue in the energy sector. It will enable us to expand our cooperation on energy and climate issues and help make it more effective".

The energy partnership consolidates the activities of the German government, which has been working on bilateral energy projects with Ukraine for many years. The main priorities in this field are increasing energy efficiency in buildings and industry, modernising the electricity sector, expanding and integrating renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. During the Ukrainian Minister's visit, the discussions also focused on cooperation on transforming the Ukrainian coal regions and on advancing the development of hydrogen for the future. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will work closely with dena and GIZ to take these issues forward.

The most important partner for Germany in Ukraine is the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy, which is also responsible for the country's energy strategy.

The ‘Memorandum of Understanding on establishing an Energy Partnership’ in the German language is available here (in German) (PDF, 135 KB).