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EU initiative ‘Covenant of Mayors’ collects resources to help cities fight COVID-19

03 April 2020
COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented global health and economic crisis affecting many sectors, including energy. As a response, the EU initiative ‘Covenant of Mayors’, the world's largest movement for local climate and energy actions, has collected a number of useful resources to support over 10,…
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Western Ukrainian businesses to receive new funds through ‘EU4Business’

02 April 2020
Small and medium-sized enterprises in western Ukraine will benefit from new loans of up to €7.5 million, provided by the ‘EU4Business’ initiative. The loans will be available in Ukrainian hryvna through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Credit Line. The loans will…
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Belarus: Bike counter installed in Minsk with EU support

02 April 2020
A large-screen bike counter has been installed in Minsk, Belarus, with support from the EU. The counter tracks the number of cyclists passing per day/year. The device is currently operating in test mode. The information collected by the counter will help the city’s transportation experts assess…
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Moldova temporarily suspends energy procurement process

02 April 2020
The Emergency Committee in the Republic of Moldova has decided to temporarily suspend the ongoing electricity procurement process for three months in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The state-owned trader Energocom has signed a unilateral contract with MGRES (a gas-fired power plant in the Trans-…
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Ukraine: EU issues statement on Russian land ownership decree affecting Crimea

02 April 2020
On 1 April, the EU issued a statement in response to Russia’s recent presidential decree. According to this decree, most of Crimea and Sevastopol are added to the list of Russian border territories where non-Russian citizens are not allowed to own land. “The European Union does not recognise the…
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Energy sector at potential risk from COVID-19 pandemic

02 April 2020
As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Energy Community Secretariat has announced that it is making all its resources available to support its Contracting Parties in managing the crisis. The Secretariat has announced that although the energy sectors are currently functioning well in the…
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EU to organise biggest online hackathon for solutions against coronavirus crisis

02 April 2020
Tech activists from the six Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) are invited to take part in the international hackathon ‘The Global Hack’ to find solutions to problems caused by the coronavirus crisis. The EU-supported event is…
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Cybercrime and coronavirus: Warning from EU project

01 April 2020
The EU-funded ‘CyberEast’ project has issued a warning about cyber threats during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the project, at a time when we all rely more than ever on computer systems, mobile devices and the internet, there is evidence that malicious actors are exploiting these…
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Green business idea competition ClimateLaunchpad 2020 now open for applications

01 April 2020
The global green business idea competition ClimateLaunchpad is open for applications from over 55 countries around the world, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The programme aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their clean technology ideas into…
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Medical workers in eastern Ukraine receive equipment to fight COVID-19

01 April 2020
The EU-funded programme provided medical workers from the Emergency Medical Care Centre in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region with one hundred sets of personal protective equipment for ambulance teams. In addition seventy litres of highly concentrated antiseptic liquid have been delivered to…