The Ukraine Energy Support Fund has received its first donation from Denmark for emergency energy equipment, fuels for electricity production and heating and other types of humanitarian support, the Energy Community Secretariat said.
Close to two million Ukrainians are without electricity and heating, the Energy Community Secretariat said. It announced that it has set up the legal framework for the Ukraine Energy Support Fund to counteract the impact of the Russian invasion, upon request by the European Commission and in agreement with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine.
The fund will enable governments and international financial institutions to provide emergency financial support to the Ukrainian energy sector. It is humanitarian by nature and strengthens the resilience of Ukraine, the secretariat said.
EU countries can now donate to Ukraine’s energy sector
Following the signature of a fiduciary agreement between the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the secretariat and the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities of Denmark, the Ukraine Energy Support Fund has received the first donation from the Nordic country. The donation will be used to purchase emergency energy equipment, fuels for electricity production and heating and provide other types of support, the press release said.
Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen stressed his country would encourage other governments to contribute
“Ukraine’s energy sector is badly affected by the war and they have asked for our help. Denmark, in close cooperation with the European Commission and the Energy Community, has set up a system so that EU countries can now donate to Ukraine’s energy sector,” Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen stated. He added his country would encourage other countries to contribute as well.
Keeping lights on in Ukraine
The Energy Community Secretariat is doing everything within its power to help keep the lights on in Ukraine, its Director Artur Lorkowski stressed.
“On a daily basis, my colleagues in war affected regions restore over and over electricity grids and gas supply networks. We are grateful to all our partners who provide us with the necessary equipment so we can bring electricity, heating and water to thousands of Ukrainian families faster,” Ukrainian Minister of Energy German Galushchenko said.
The funds can also be used as collateral for loans to Ukrainian energy companies
The secretariat said it is coordinating the supplies of equipment to Ukrainian energy companies active in gas and electricity production, supply, transmission and distribution. It vowed to use the donations to provide fuels and electricity and services such as repairs or reinforcements.
The Ukraine Energy Support Fund can be used as collateral (an interest-free guarantee) for public or private loans to energy companies. It will also cover necessary ancillary costs such as transportation, procurement, taxes, duties and fees, the secretariat pointed out.