Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba thanked the European side for the positive assessment of the harmonization of the Ukrainian legislation with the European norms in the energy sphere, especially in terms of transit issues.
The Ukrainian top official said during a meeting with Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on November 5 in Brussels.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that the Government would continue work in this direction.
"Further implementation of the renewed so-called Energy Annex (XXVII) to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement brings us closer to the overarching goal of full integration of gas and electricity markets," stressed Dmytro Kuleba, adding that agenda contains the creating of an evaluation mechanism for the draft laws by the European side regarding their compatibility with EU law, as well as joint monitoring of adopted framework.
According to him, this is the only way to ensure Ukraine's energy security. In this regard, the Deputy Prime Minister accentuated on the threats posed by the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline for the entire region. "We welcome the implementation of the updated gas directive, which provides for the application of EU gas market common rules (third-party access, tariff regulations, disconnection and transparency) to gas pipelines to and from third countries," the Deputy Prime Minister said. He noted that certain European capitals, unfortunately, lack understanding of the threats posed by the Kremlin's energy projects to stability and peace in Europe.
The Deputy Prime Minister also paid peculiar attention to Ukraine's aspiration to contribute to climate change.
"Ukraine expresses readiness to engage in the implementation of the goals set by the new President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in the New Green Deal for Europe. For this purpose, we propose to launch an official dialogue on climate with the participation of the European Commission, various development banks and other concerned organizations in order to ensure a transparent and effective process of drafting the second nationally determined contribution of Ukraine to the Paris climate agreement," said Dmytro Kuleba.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that work is underway to implement Ukraine's commitments to solve problems of climate change under the Association Agreement.