13 May 2022 13:49

Shmyhal and Timmermans discuss green energy, Ukrainian industry

KYIV. May 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans have discussed the development of green energy and Ukraine's industry.

"We will now calculate all damage sustained by the environmental and energy sectors," the Ukrainian government's press service quoted Shmyhal as saying after the online meeting with Timmermans.

Shmyhal thanked the European Union for its decision to connect the Ukrainian energy system to the ENTSO-E European grid. Ukraine now has excess electricity, as consumption has dropped by more than 35%, and electricity export to European countries will become good support for the Ukrainian economy, he said.

The parties also discussed the Ukraine Recovery Plan.

"The share of green energy in Ukraine currently stands at 17%. We will continue to pursue the strategy to increase it," Shmyhal said.

Ukraine is interested in new technologies and stands ready to start working on a relevant memorandum with the EU, he said.

Timmermans, for his part, said that the EU and Ukraine will jointly work on a plan to boost the sustainability of Ukrainian industry as an element of Europe's industrial ecosystem.