Joint management of the gas transmission system of Ukraine will give additional guarantees for the smooth transit of gas to Europe and provide European consumers with energy resources. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced this during a meeting of the Coordination Council on the Implementation of Reforms in the Fuel and Energy Sector.
The Prime Minister recalled that Ukraine is open to discussions on the use of the GTS, but the decision of the Government on this issue is equally important.
"We need to ensure the joint management of the GTS. It will provide European consumers with energy resources. The solution of this issue depends on our decisions, - We have a high level group (Coordination Council on reforming the fuel and energy complex). Its proposals and decisions shape the basis of our further actions", the Head of Government said.
The Prime Minister stressed that the issues pertaining to reforming Naftogaz of Ukraine and counteracting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline were discussed. "Last week, during my visit to Brussels, I took part in an international conference on energy issues. We are talking about Nord Stream 2. The European Commission and the United States see construction of this pipeline as a new type of Russian influence on European consumers. This is not baseless", the Prime Minister said.
Participants of the meeting agreed that Ukraine's policy on the gas transmission system should be open and transparent to the uttermost for its partners.
"The main objective of the energy reforms is to create a transparent market within the country and to ensure our transit capabilities. In the medium term, we will refrain from import, so the question of the functioning of the GTS, as an independent structure of gas supply to European consumers, appears in a new format. We need to speed up certain processes. From 2020, we have to build a new system for managing the GTS - reliable and stable. We can do it", the Prime Minister underscored.