Сooperation in the energy sector between Ukraine and the European Union is at its height of development, and the EU fully supports the Government's stance on the reform of the gas market, the electricity market, and the introduction of transparency and independence in the work of regulators. This was stated during the meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman with the Director-General of the Directorate-General for Energy within the European Commission Dominique Ristori.
"Energy security is of paramount importance. The transparency and efficiency of the energy sector must be ensured. Here our positions coincide. We should proceed and pursue the reform path. And we should develop common understanding of the direction and the path of change in our country", said Volodymyr Groysman.
"We have embarked on an intensified dialogue. Ukraine's cooperation with the EU in the energy sector is in the most intense in all the time. We are ready to bolster our support, in particular by attracting resources of various international structures", said Mr Dominique Ristori.
He informed that the EU is currently discussing a number of energy directives, primarily in the context of implementing the decisions of the Stockholm Arbitration Court, the use of alternative routes for gas supplies to Ukraine, and the preservation of gas transit via Ukraine’s territory.
"This transit is important for us – with the view of the supply of the resource, for you - in terms of revenues from transit activities. But regarding Stockholm Court’s ruling, we expect Russia to enforce the decision. And we count on the implementation of existing gas deals", stressed the Director-General.
The Head of Government assured the colleagues that Ukraine had been and would remain a reliable partner. "We are committed to fulfill all our obligations under all the parameters agreed upon", accentuated Volodymyr Groysman.
During the meeting, the parties touched upon the issues of modernization of the GTS, discussed the Government's reform plan, the prospects for the formation of an anti-corruption court in Ukraine, as well as the vision of forming a transparent gas market.
Peculiar attention was paid by the sides to the issues of tariff policy. Mr Dominique Ristori told that the European Union is currently discussing the creation of a special institution - measuring people's solvency in terms of paying for energy carriers. The aforesaid initiative should become a real tool for measuring and accounting for the social aspect in tariff regulation.