The World Bank, together with the European Commission, will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience between the coal regions of Ukraine and Poland, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“This may help both countries prepare for energy transformation in the coming years. This knowledge sharing is part of a program helping countries develop and implement inclusive strategies for the transition to low-carbon energy systems,” the WB press release says.
As part of the program, representatives of the public and private sectors of Ukraine will visit several Polish cities, including several cities in Silesia, Poland's main coal region. During the visits, meetings with Polish colleagues will be held to exchange experience in solving transformation problems typical for coal regions, in particular, regulatory, organizational, economic, social, environmental, as well as spatial planning issues.
As a reminder, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a plan of measures to create a joint-stock company with the participation of state coal mining enterprises and Centrenergo.
Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Energy presented a conceptual framework for reforming the coal industry. It offers to divide the mines into three categories, as well as to implement pilot projects for the transformation of coal regions in two monocities.