Cafe Kyiv – We Choose Freedom

24 February 2023 marked the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To mark this tragic day, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung joined forces with partner organisations in an event that would temporarily transform Berlin‘s historic Cafe Moskau into Cafe Kyiv.

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“Cafe Kyiv – We Choose Freedom” was a one-day event featuring various discussion panels and workshops on the future of Ukraine and Europe, featuring high-ranking Ukrainian and international speakers. At the heart of the event is Ukraine’s quest and hope of freedom, and her future role in Europe following the war’s end and post-war reconstruction. What will Ukraine’s future in Europe look like?

Low Carbon Ukraine was pleased to organize an engaging workshop on the “The Ukrainian Energy Sector and Prospects for a Green Recovery”, with several key Ukrainian experts who shared their experience, insights and vision. We were glad to host Iryna Stavchuk, Ukraine Program Coordinator at the European Climate Foundation; Dr. Yulia Rybak, Co-Head of the Secretariat of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership and Valentyn Bondaruk, Expert for International Cooperation at German Energy Agency (dena). The Deputy Head of the Low Carbon Ukraine project Pavel Bilek moderated the event, managing to organize a lively and active discussion with the panelists and audience. After a keynote video message from Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the participants discussed such pressing issues and future visions of the Ukrainian energy sector, including the future energy mix, renewable roll-out and energy efficiency and the role of nuclear power in Ukraine’s energy sector.

We were very excited for the workshop and seeing all our partners again in person! We thank the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for organizing this event and for the opportunity for the Low Carbon Ukraine to take active part in this event.

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