The Ministry of Energy held a working meeting with representatives of the project "EU-Ukraine Association Consulting Fund", – the press service of the Ministry reports.
The implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, tasks within the Energy strategy until 2035 and the possibility of implementing projects with the assistance of GIZ were discussed.
The parties also discussed the proposals of participation of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining in the 2nd round of competitive selection of EU Association Lab Projects (startups) (Project Laboratory for the implementation of the Agreement with the EU). The Project Laboratory is a competitive program of new ideas that are designed to give impetus to the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Its task is to help the specialists of the ministries to find an answer how to develop and implement their own ideas for the implementation of the Agreement with the EU.
The Laboratory is set up in conjunction with the Government Office of Euro-Atlantic Integration and GIZ. The competition jury consists of representatives from the Government Office, GIZ and the 1991 Open Data Incubator. The criteria for the selection of projects are the contribution of an idea to the implementation of the Association Agreement, the need for technical assistance for the implementation of the project, the specificity of the product with a long-term perspective of its use, the presence of a team that should consist of representatives of various ministries, business and civil society, as well as the potential toimplent suchidea in a short- or medium-term perspective.
The Ministry of Energy supported the proposal to participate in the competitive selection of projects and is interested in the implementation of its startup.
Experts of the Directorate of Strategic Planning and European Integration expressed their readiness to join the development of ideas and take part in the competition. By July 7, 2019, the Ministry should provide an up-to-date and priority product idea that will contribute to the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU.