The German authorities intend to support bilateral energy projects with Ukraine and will dedicate the funding of $70 million for this, according to a joint statement by Washington and Berlin on the Nord Stream 2.
“Germany will continue to support bilateral energy projects with Ukraine, especially in the field of renewables and energy efficiency, as well as coal transition support,” the document says.
Germany, among other things, “will appoint a special envoy with dedicated funding of $70 million.”
In addition, Germany is also ready to launch a Ukraine Resilience Package to support Ukraine’s energy security. Berlin will provide assistance for Ukraine’s integration into the European electricity grid, support efforts to reform Ukraine’s energy sector, and assist with identifying options to modernize Ukraine’s gas transmission systems.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived on a two-day working visit to Germany.
According to the presidential press service, Zelensky will hold a number of meetings, in particular with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A meeting is also planned with Head of the Christian Democratic Union, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet.
Lyst-Ruchky LLC (Ruchky village, Poltava region), part of Astarta agro-industrial holding, exported the first batch of organic soybeans under a contract with the German processing company Agriprotein GmbH, the agricultural holding’s press service reported.
“A supply contract of organic soybeans was concluded with the German processing company Agriprotein GmbH. As per contract, the quality of delivered products has to be confirmed in two stages. The first samples of soybeans were selected and tested by the European laboratory Galab (Germany) prior to signing a contract. The organic origin of the product and its high quality was confirmed. The second stage of the inspection took place upon delivery and organic status of soybeans was reaffirmed,” the company said on its website.
“As reported, last year Astarta completed a three-year journey to the first harvest of organic grain and oilseeds crops in sync with the European trend of expanding organic farming methods. In the 2021 season, the total area of the company’s land bank under organic products is 1,800 ha with the following crops: soybeans, millet, mustard, sunflower, corn and winter wheat,” the report says.
“The company also plans to certify this crops according to Bio Suisse (Switzerland) and USDA NOP (USA) standards,” it said.
As reported, Lyst-Ruchky in July 2020 received a certificate of a manufacturer of organic products. To confirm this status, it took three years of work in a transitional period, the corresponding intermediate inspections and certifications.
Federal Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz said that Germany will seek the extension of the agreement on gas transit through Ukraine.
“We work very hard to make sure that the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia is prolonged,” Scholz said in an interview with Bloomberg on Friday.
According to the position of Germany, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, should be finished, but gas transit through Ukraine should be preserved.
According to Scholz, Germany sees its responsibility to ensure transit through Ukraine in the future, and not only for two or three years, but for decades to come.
The current agreement, according to Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert, is valid until at least 2024, but the agreement implies that the parties will check the possibility of extending the agreement until 2034.
Germany allows entry into the country from June 25 for persons fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency.
“Starting from June 25, 2021, entry from Ukraine to Germany for people fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be possible again. Fully vaccinated persons will be able to re-enter Germany for the purpose of visiting friends, acquaintances and relatives, as well as for tourism purposes. Visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports will be possible again,” the German Embassy in Ukraine said in a statement. It is noted that those persons who have received vaccinations with one of the vaccines indicated on the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute website will have the right to enter Germany, if at least 14 days have passed since the day of inoculation with the last required dose or vaccine that requires one dose.
“Currently, this only applies to vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency. The list of vaccines is also planned to be expanded and supplemented with other vaccines with similar protective standards as soon as the necessary tests are completed,” the embassy said.
It is noted that it is necessary to provide a European digital COVID certificate or an analogue of vaccination confirmation in digital or paper form, issued in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
“For people who have recovered from the disease, the vaccine can consist of only one dose of the vaccine. In order to confirm the full vaccination, people who have recovered must also be proved that they were sick with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before vaccination. Confirmation of the fact of the disease must be a positive result of PCR test,” the embassy said.
In addition, persons under the age of 12 and who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccine may, if they have documented proof of the test (PCR or antigen test), enter Germany accompanied by one or both fully vaccinated parents. Persons who have not yet turned six years old do not need confirmation of testing.
Starting from June 25, Ukrainian people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter Germany under certain conditions, the German Embassy in Kyiv said.
“Fully vaccinated persons will be able to re-enter Germany for visiting family and friends, as well as for tourist purposes. Starting from June 21, 2021, one can apply for the necessary visas for the intended purpose of travel both at the embassy and at the Visametric visa center,” the German Embassy said on its website on Friday.
It is indicated that those persons who have been inoculated with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) will have the right to enter Germany, if at least 14 days have passed from the date of inoculation with the last required dose of vaccine or with vaccine that requires only one dose.
“Now this only applies to vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency [EMA]. The list of vaccines is also planned to be expanded and supplemented with other vaccines with similar protective standards as soon as the necessary trials are completed,” the embassy said.
Further information, especially that regarding the requirements for documentary evidence of received vaccinations, can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, the German Embassy said.