News and events
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, in the REPowerEU communication, the Commission stressed the need to eliminate our dependency on Russian fossil fuels. In the longer term, reducing the energy demand through energy savings, and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy remain no-regret options. In the meantime we also need to diversify the energy supplies. The level of ambition is very high, and so are the investment needs to implement the REPowerEU plan, and the financing sources that can be used for this purpose. The session provides an overview of the REPowerEU plan, and its expected impact on the EU energy system.
Ukraine Recovery Program is an agreement that was signed on December 9, 2020, and ratified on July 14, 2021. It envisages attracting 340 million euros to finance activities aimed at the implementation of projects to restore social infrastructure, housing and communal facilities in regions affected by the military conflict, as well as in those that have experienced great burden due to a significant influx of internally displaced persons.
On 26 – 30 June, 2022, in Katowice (Poland), the 11th World Urban Forum – the conference devoted to urbanization and its influence on cities, economy, climate changes and policies – took place
The team experts of CoM - East project from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, together with representatives of municipalities of several towns and cities of these countries, namely, Dedoplistskaro and Poti (Georgia), Sireti and Ialoveni (Moldova), Baryshivka, Bucha, Irpin, Mykolaiv and Rivne (Ukraine), were active participants of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland, and also had a study visit to a Polish city of Cieszyn by the invitation of partners from this city. It was an extremely valuable, intensive and fruitful time of exchange of experience.
At the beginning of June 2022, the municipality of the city of Khirdalan joined the Covenant of Mayors initiative with the commitment to reduce CO2 emissions on its territory by at least 30% by 2030 and to increase its resilience by adapting the impacts of climate change.
EU-funded project “Covenant of Mayors - East Phase III” organized a high-level key stakeholders meeting
On 19 May 2022, a meeting between various interested key stakeholders in the framework of the EU-funded project “Covenant of Mayors - East Phase III” was held in Tbilisi. The meeting was aimed at presenting the project’s new phase to high level representatives of key national institutions (the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development) and at discussing country specific effective activities for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) development and implementation. That is, the aim of the meeting was to involve not only MoESD and MoEPA, but also other key stakeholders (MoF, MoIRD) in the Covenant of Mayors’ policy for the implementation of SECAP through local funding instruments, and also to promote financing of sustainable energy investment projects implementation.
The procedure for the state support program for EE renovation of apartments and private houses has been approved in Armenia
The government of the Republic of Armenia has approved the procedure for the implementation of the state support program for energy efficient renovation of apartments and private houses. The program envisages full or partial subsidization of interest rates on loans for energy efficient renovation of apartments.
The procedure defines the requirements for the beneficiaries, the criteria for energy efficiency that are eligible within the scope of the programme, the loan expenditure options, the loan interest rate subsidy procedure, the grounds for termination of the subsidy, the requirements for project monitoring and accountability.
On 19 May 2022, the Covenant of Mayors - East project, with the support provided by the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine as the National Coordinator of the Covenant of Mayors, organized the event for Ukrainian communities entitled “Planning to restore the functioning of critical community infrastructure: public buildings” with 216 participants taking part in it, more than 170 of them were representatives of communities.
The Covenant of Mayors - East project’s kick-off visit to Armenia aimed at ensuring a smooth start of the third phase of the project implementation in this country, its specific objectives being the following: to introduce the compliance of the goals and planned activities with national priorities, as well as the needs and expectations of local partners, to plan common activities for the upcoming 1-2 years of the project implementation, to update the work programme, if needed, to reflect acceptable proposals and suggestions made by stakeholders.