Ukraine expects to receive in 2011 the first tranche of financial assistance from the European Union worth EUR 31 million for the implementation of energy efficiency programs, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Mykola Pashkevych has said, UKRINFORM reported.

He said that Ukraine had fulfilled all of the conditions set by the EU in terms of financial support for the implementation of the energy efficiency program for 2010-2015. In particular, the country prepared laws and regulations to bring Ukrainian legislation in line with EU standards on issues of energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of renewable energy sources. "This year we expect that a positive decision will be taken on the allocation of funds," Pashkevych said.

In 2011-2013, Ukraine expects to receive EUR 70 million in EU funds, including EUR 18 million in 2012 and EUR 21 million in 2013. Of these, EUR 63 million is to be spent on the energy efficiency program and EUR 7 million on technical assistance.

Pashkevych said that EU funds would be spent, in particular, on the introduction of technologies that foresee the use of heat pumps, electric heat accumulation heating and hot water supply, the reconstruction of the buildings on central government agencies, the modernization of public utilities, as well as other energy efficiency programs being implemented by the state agency in 2011.

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