Due to the war, Ukraine, one of the Energy Community Contracting Parties, is facing an existential threat, its energy infrastructure is in critical condition and fuel supplies are at risk.
The war is causing suffering on a dramatic scale, leaving hundreds of thousands of families and businesses without energy supply. This means no electricity, heating, hot water and hot food. Energy equipment, spare parts and fuels are urgently needed to repair and maintain damaged energy infrastructure and restore energy supply.
The Energy Community Secretariat, based on the direct request of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine for practical help in the current situation, is engaging in supporting Ukraine to keep its energy system functional.
Ukraine Energy Support Fund
Upon request by the European Commission and in agreement with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat set up the legal framework for the Ukraine Energy Support Fund to counteract the impact of the Russian invasion. The Ukraine Energy Support Fund is set up to match demand for financing procurement of necessary equipment, fuels and services for Ukrainian energy companies.
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.
Ukraine Energy Market Observatory
In an effort to streamline and consolidate its monitoring functions under the Energy Community Treaty with regard to Ukraine, the Energy Community’s largest member currently suffering from a war of aggression by the Russian Federation, the Secretariat created the Ukraine Energy Market Observatory. The Observatory will closely follow and review all developments related to the energy market and corporate governance in Ukraine.
Ukraine Legal Support Platform
The Secretariat invites to the international legal community support Ukrainian public energy companies, all of which have incurred significant damages due to military actions of the Russian Federation, in establishing accountability and recovering damages. This platform allows law firms and qualified independent lawyers to contribute pro bono hours to various projects and match them with the demand of Ukrainian energy companies.