During a visit to Brussels, Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko met with Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič.
The Head of the Ministry of Energy thanked for the support and assistance of the European partners in carrying out restoration works at the damaged energy infrastructure facilities.
German Galushchenko stressed that the situation with electricity generation in Ukraine had now stabilised, with available spare capacities for electricity exports to European countries.
He expressed hope that ENTSO-E would make a decision as soon as possible to increase the opportunities for electricity imports and exports between Ukraine and the EU. The proceeds from exports will help, among other things, stabilise the financial position of energy companies that have suffered significant losses from russian attacks, as well as prepare for the next heating season.
In preparing for the next winter, Ukraine plans to decentralise electricity generation as much as possible by increasing manoeuvring capacities. The parties discussed relevant areas of cooperation in the field of renewable energy sources and the use of gas turbines.
They also discussed Ukraine’s further integration into the European electricity and gas markets. In particular, German Galushchenko noted the interest of the Ukrainian side in participating in the joint natural gas procurement platform.
The parties paid special attention to the need of maintaining European sanctions against russia in the energy sector and extending them to the russian nuclear industry.
Maroš Šefčovič assured that the EU would continue to support Ukraine in its fight against the aggressor and maintain political pressure on russia.