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UKRAINE - DE LAGE LANDEN CONSULTING GROUP CONTRIBUTES TO THE ROADMAP "DIGITAL COMMUNITY UKRAINE - EU"

Ukraine - de Lage Landen Consulting Group jointly with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine hosted a working conference on the ‘’Development of the Roadmap "Digital Community Ukraine - EU"’.

The keynote speakers were the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv, Deputy Head of the President’s Administration of Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv, Member of Parliament Olexandr Danchenko (head of the Parliamentary Committee for Informatization and Communications) and Olena Minich, Head of the Department of Innovations and Intellectual Property at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

The goals and objectives of the Roadmap of Digital Community Ukraine – EU were outlined. Representatives of stakeholders and prominent independent experts have contributed to elaboration of the draft Roadmap. Further steps and actions were proposed by the expert community.

Subsequently, a Ministerial Meeting was held in Brussels on interaction between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries on the issue of creating a common digital space. In particular, elaboration of the action plan for 2017 and drafting the roadmap for the development of key elements of digital economy were discussed. This embodies Ukraine’s next step towards the European digital community.

Summarizing the debate, the First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv stated: ‘I am convinced that the document we have developed will be the basis for digital European integration of Ukraine, and thus for (further) development and innovations’.

September 26, 2016


UKRAINE - DE LAGE LANDEN CONSULTING GROUP PARTNERED THE UKRAINIAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY FORUM 2016

Ukraine - de Lage Landen Consulting Group partnered the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Forum’16 entitled as “Energy Efficiency Fund – Ukraine’s Major Start-Up” took place on June 23, 2016 at NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kyiv.

The Forum was attended by over 800 people from 18 countries of the world. In particular, top officials of such organizations as GIZ, Oschadbank of Ukraine, Ukrgasbank, BNP Paribas, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Epicentr, ArtBudService, Rehau, Stekloplast, Gorenje, Ukrsibbank, Nefco, DLA Piper, McKinsey & Co. participated in the Forum. The Forum was also attended by 20 ambassadors and 150 representatives of the mass media. 

The Energy Efficiency Fund is designed to significantly decrease the volume of expensive natural gas consumed by the population, ensure comprehensive renovation of buildings and save about USD 3 billion a year on energy resources. 80 percent of the housing sector is extremely outdated and needs energy renovation. Therefore, one of the major challenges of energy companies is heating the housing sector, where 60 percent of energy is lost. Investments will be attracted by the Energy Efficiency Fund to finance energy efficiency projects. The Fund will be created using funds of the state budget, monetized subsidies, as well as funds of donors and private investors. Operation of the Energy Efficiency Fund will result in up to 50 thousand new jobs, improved trade balance, increased tax revenues of the state budget (up to EUR 500 million a year). The participants of the forum stressed that the forum would encourage financial institutions and market players to compete for Ukrainian customers and their well-being. The Forum was organized by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine, along with a Co-organizer A7 CONFERENCES. 

During the opening of the forum Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine, underlined, “The Energy Efficiency Fund will start operation from 2017. It will accumulate UAH 20 billion, received from international donors, state budget and private investors. Therefore, the relevant regulatory framework should be adopted by the end of the current year. I strongly hope, that we will adopt the resolution on creation of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Fund will be established by the end of 2016, and it will start operation in 2017. This will allow us to invest more resources, increase efficiency and improve competitiveness.  Subsidies should be ultimately transformed into investments in the energy sector. I really want us to become a country with a strong national economy.” 

Hennadiy Zubko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine, stressed, “The Fund will make it maximally easy for every “client” to reach energy efficiency.Using the on-line platform, clients will be able to select project types, energy auditors, offers of construction companies and banks, if loans are necessary. Even today there are three Ukrainian banks to choose from. We need a large number of energy auditors and energy service companies, which will be responsible for renovating and modernizing buildings and energy networks.  Thus, energy efficiency measures, supported by the Fund, will be financially attractive for average households, which will receive substantial benefits from project implementation, such as additional capitalization of the building and its increased market value, savings due to “warm” loan servicing, improved apartment comforts, heating expenses reduced by 50%. At the same time, this will require the Ukrainian people to consolidate efforts and will become a key energy efficiency reform.” 

Peter Wagner, Head of the Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, said, “We are ready to support energy efficiency measures in Ukraine. It is important to adopt an appropriate regulatory framework, otherwise investments will be inefficient. On our part, we are ready to assist Ukraine in developing necessary draft laws. There are opportunities to effectively and rationally invest in the well-being of the Ukrainian people.  I would like to assure you, that the EU will continue supporting Ukraine.” 

“The Energy Efficiency Fund will have a future in Ukraine. This will open a painful wound of the energy sector, as 30% of the energy is lost on the way to customers, who have to pay for it.  The Fund will make investments in energy efficient solutions, which allow not only to reduce consumption of expensive natural gas, but also provide effective loans for Ukrainian companies – energy suppliers and consumers,” said Olga Bielkova, the member of Parliament of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.

June 24, 2016