The European Union is launching a pilot project in Ukraine to try and increase the country’s energy efficiency.
This has a high political as well as economic value, as it could help Ukraine become more energy independent and less subject to outside energy interference.
One of the first places to benefit is a nursery school in the town of Yagotin.
“Once the kindergarden has been rehabilitated and the conditions in terms of energy consumption and thermal comfort for the children are optimal, this might become an example within the municipality and also for others to replicate this project,” says the Inogate project leader Roberto Lo Cicero.
Ten municipalities in total will get an EU-funded renovated building. The project concentrates on small towns around the country, and should be providing results by the end of the year.
“The energy independence of Ukraine is a major issue for the EU’s global foreign policy strategies in this region,” says euronews’ man in Ukraine Sergio Cantone.