EUEA took part at Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Working Group 3 Online Meeting, 17-19 May 2021. 

Three days were meetings divided to separate thematic sessions:  

  • Policy Updates and Funding Opportunities; 
  • Energy, Environment and Transport – policy and activities update from the six EaP countries; 
  • Policy debate: Energy within the European Green Deal and energy security; 
  • Meeting with EU stakeholders on civil society’s contribution to the green agenda and other.

At last thematic session @Olexandra Gumeniuk took a floor and made the update about renewable energy sector to policy officers of European Commission:

  • Anna Repullo Grau, Political Officer for Eastern Partnership, EEAS;
  • Andrzej Januszewski, Policy Officer, DG Environment;
  • Angela Bularga, International Aid/ Cooperation Officer, DG Near.

🔹 In her speech, Ms. Gumeniuk recalled about retroactive reduction of the FIT in 2020 in the amount in some cases up to almost 50%, and the MOU signed by industry associations and Government of Ukraine, which became the basis for the Law #810-IX. At the moment we observe the violation of key points of the Law 810 and the MOU. There are payments to RES producers on the level of 93% for the Q1 and 64% for April 2021. Last year’s debt was about UAH 17 billion. At the same time, on May 12, the draft law on amendments to the Tax Code approved by the Cabinet of Ministers creates an additional tax burden on the RES sector, which is also a violation of the Memorandum, which stipulates the same legislation for investors implementing RES projects. The first arbitration has already been initiated, and new lawsuits may occur in the event of additional taxation.

🔸 It was important to attract attention of policy officers to the situation in Ukraine calling European Commission for support in communicating position of renewable sector during any contacts with the state authorities of Ukraine as they mostly avoided any dialogue during last several months.

➡️ EUEA initiated the Renewable Energy Sector’s position preparation on behalf of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, to be sent to European Commission in the upcoming days.

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) is a unique multi-layered regional civil society platform aimed at promoting European integration, facilitating reforms and democratic transformations in the six Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Serving as the civil society and people-to-people dimension of the Eastern Partnership, the EaP CSF strives to strengthen civil society in the region, boost pluralism in public discourse and policy making by promoting participatory democracy and fundamental freedoms. EaP CSF is a non-profit, non-government, non-partisan civil society organisation.