Ukraine Support Task Force

In the immediate aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat answered the call for help of Ukraine, by establishing the Ukraine Support Task Force (USTF). The Task Force is supporting Ukraine by coordinating the door-to-door delivery of specialized energy equipment, fuels and materials needed to repair infrastructure damaged during the war. Its main purpose is to assist Ukraine in keeping its energy system functional.

More than 12.000 items are on the list of emergency energy equipment urgently needed in Ukraine, such as power generators, transformers, insulators, clamps, cables-wires and connectors, circuit breakers, pipes, valves, communication devices or vehicles and many more.

Countries, companies and industry associations can provide energy equipment donations through a simple process, with no cost for the donors. Scroll down for details on how your country, company, or association can help Ukraine, and/or, contact the ECS-USTF ([email protected]) directly.

  • How the USTF process works

    How the USTF process works

    The USTF assists donor companies and Ukrainian authorities through the whole donation process. From reaching out to potential donor companies and assisting them with the formal submission of their donation, through the logistics and following the customs clearance, all the way to the delivery of specialized equipment to the final destination in Ukraine, the USTF engages in a horizontally integrated, multi-stakeholder process.  

    The USTF cooperates closely with the European Commission and particularly the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) of DG ECHO, the coordinator of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), to ensure the delivery of energy-related humanitarian needs to Ukraine. The USTF feeds in transport requests to the ERCC, who, via the UCPM mechanism organizes the shipment from the sites of the donor companies. Together with the ERCC, USTF tracks the process, assists and coordinates each shipment at every step of the journey in Europe and within Ukraine.  

    The USTF is in daily contact with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine to coordinate each shipment’s delivery, ensure that the list of emergency equipment needs is up-to-date, and disseminates the list of needs to key stakeholders and potential donor companies. The USTF consistently informs the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine about the upcoming and ongoing deliveries and their status, and assists each shipment until it reaches the beneficiary in Ukraine.

    Schematic description of the USTF support activities

  • How to donate via the USTF process?

    How to donate via the USTF process?

    The USTF actively assists donor companies from the beginning to the end of the donation process within a clear and simple process. All support is provided free of charge.

    • The USTF provides donors with the up-to-date list of emergency needs in Ukraine, which they can match with their inventories or procure new items.
    • Donors benefit from simplified administrative procedures and support from the USTF in the preparation of the required documents based on the format required by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC).
    • All donations are automatically subject to a simplified customs clearance process for humanitarian assistance, ensured by the UCPM process, which is used for all other humanitarian help for Ukraine.
    • ERCC takes care of the transportation of the donated equipment free of charge. Pick up is available from all EU Member States and even outside of the European Union.*
    • The USTF informs the donor on the delivery status of the shipment.

    Potential donors / suppliers are invited to express their interest via an online form.
     

     

    * Iceland, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey are part of the UCPM mechanism. Shipments from Switzerland have been organized. On a case-by-case basis, a solution can be found to accommodate shipments from UK or countries beyond the above.

  • USTF support in numbers

    USTF support in numbers

    850 METRIC TONS

    of equipment successfully delivered or in preparation

    9 000 METRIC TONS

    of liquids in preparation
     

    72 COMPANIES 

    from 18 countries donated

                  

    46 SHIPMENTS 

    delivered to Ukraine.

    status: 30 January 2023
  • Most urgent needs

    Most urgent needs after the targeted attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure

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