Transformation of coal regions will begin with pilot projects in two cities – PM Shmyhal

Transformation of coal regions will begin with pilot projects in two cities – PM Shmyhal

This year Ukraine will begin the transformation of coal regions by launching two pilot projects in the cities of Chervonohrad and Myrnohrad.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this at the Ukrainian Energy Forum in Kyiv on July 14, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We are launching pilot projects for fair transformation in two cities - Chervonohrad and Myrnohrad. We are actively cooperating with the World Bank, we are actively cooperating with the German government and we are also inviting our other partners and the public in our coal regions for cooperation,” Shmyhal said.

According to him, due to the support of the World Bank and the German government, Ukraine will definitely get the best experience and technologies for the fair transformation of coal regions.

The Prime Minister stressed that the fair transformation of coal regions is not about closing mines, but about social responsibility, new investments, new opportunities and the development of innovative sectors of the economy.

As Ukrinform reported, the project "Support for Structural Change in Ukrainian Coal Regions" will begin in two mining cities - Chervonohrad (Lviv region) and Myrnohrad (Donetsk region). The project will last for 5 years; its total cost is approximately EUR 35 million.

However, the geography of the project is quite wide - it includes 5 regions of Ukraine or more than 60 populated areas, where almost a million people live.


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