Ukraine facility platform launched in Brussels

Brussels, Belgium – March 6, 2024 – The Ukraine Facility Platform (UAFP), a groundbreaking initiative designed to foster win-win economic cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union, celebrated its official launch today in Brussels.

Established by the Human Capital Center (Kyiv) and the Institute for Global Transformation (Brussels), UAFP has the strong backing of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union. The launch event itself was a testament to the international interest in the platform, drawing representatives from 18 countries, prominent European financial institutions, and leading business associations.

UAFP prioritizes establishing strong communication channels and fostering collaboration between Ukrainian and European businesses, as well as regional authorities. As Lana Zerkal, a member of the UAFP Coordination Committee, emphasized, effective communication is the cornerstone of maximizing the benefits of Ukraine’s EU integration for all parties involved.

“Regional stakeholders need to be heard at the European level,” Zerkal said. “The UAFP is committed to empowering communication and collaboration, ensuring everyone can take advantage of the opportunities presented by European integration.”

Another key focus area for UAFP is highlighting Ukraine’s immense potential as a significant energy source for Europe. Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, Chairman of the Board of Ukrenergo and the Energy and Climate Sector Leader on the UAFP Board, addressed the platform’s role in this arena.

“Ukraine can be a vital partner in Europe’s quest for energy security,” Kudrytskyi explained. “Despite the challenges posed by wartime damage, our energy sector has the potential to become a major electricity exporter to the EU. Simultaneously, we are committed to transforming Ukraine’s energy sector into the first large-scale climate-neutral system on the continent.”

The UAFP team will center on developing effective sectoral and cross-sectoral strategies in six key areas. Each sector will be spearheaded by an experienced professional. Announcements regarding the leaders for Rule of Law, Human Capital, and Digitalization are forthcoming.

Leaders for Industrial Development (Olga Khoroshylova, Advisor to the Minister of Strategic Industries), Agriculture and Food Security (Olga Trofimtseva, Minister of Agriculture and Food Policy, 2016-2019) and Climate Sector (Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO UkrEnergo) have already been named.

The launch of the Ukraine Facility Platform marks a significant milestone on the path towards a more prosperous future for both Ukraine and the EU, built on a foundation of mutual benefit and collaborative action.

Join us! The UAFP website, Facebook and Linkedin offer a wealth of information on the platform’s goals, ongoing projects, and upcoming events. We invite you to explore our website and join us in building a brighter economic future for Ukraine and the European Union.