The purpose of retrofitting state coal mines, encapsulated in the adopted Government's Energy Strategy, is to modernize mines, to provide the state with its own coal at a balanced cost, and to ensure that miners have job and salary. This was claimed by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during A Question Time for the Government at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
"We are a country that has to provide itself with all the components, including coal. Our task is to stop the import of coal, but this takes time," emphasized the Prime Minister, "Private mines extract coal with normal cost price, and in state mines, which are not upgraded and are in poor condition, people have no means of protection."
The Head of Government stressed that the country should invest in the modernization of mines and labor safety of miners, as well as to calculate the possibility of selling mines and to attract new owners to coal enterprises.
"We need to learn how to extract gas and coal, to increase capabilities as well as to do everything we can in order to become an energy supplier," underscored the Prime Minister.