Ukraine's energy sector should be transparent, demonopolized and competitive, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
"People should have the right to choose where to buy energy resource, at what price and through what service, which is of great importance," the Head of Government noted.
He emphasized that the main focus of work in this area is to become a country completely satisfying its demand in energy resources, especially since we have sufficient deposits of energy resources and opportunities for energy production inside the country.
"I accentuate that in the past 10 years we could have become a completely energy independent country, but this did not happen. Now we have made energy independence, energy conservation and production of the domestic gas our policy aimed to satisfy the demand of our country", said the Prime Minister.
He also touched upon gas prices and negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on the formula of such a price. "We are debating further decisions. In this issue, my concern is the protection of Ukrainians", stressed Volodymyr Groysman. "All that idle talk that gas in Ukraine costs UAH 2 or 3 thousand is all nonsense. How can gas cost UAH 3 thousand, if its price in European hubs is now an average of $ 250?! People are just cheated. Of course, if one steals from every deal, then the cheaper the price is inside the country, the better it is. This hasn’t been unprecedented when people were provided with cheap gas, but actually just they were used to write off the debts, but instead gas was sold at market prices and used to plunder hundreds millions and billions of dollars. This is not our choice. But the essential issue for me is that those who need state assistance are truly protected."
The Head of Government paid peculiar attention to the coal industry reform. "I believe that the national coal industry is rather shadow and entwined with corruption. It is vital to eliminate all those shadow schemes from that sector. For me it’s a principled stance. I have set this task before the Ministry and the Minister (Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk)," said Volodymyr Groysman. "They cash in on everything - on the inefficiency of technology, on coal counting. In various directions there arise questions", emphasized Volodymyr Groysman.