Ukraine is keen on expanding bilateral cooperation with Italy in the energy sector and developing areas of cooperation of mutual interest for both countries. This was stated during a meeting between acting Minister of Energy of Ukraine Olha Buslavets and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic to Ukraine Davide La Cecilia.
"I see significant potential for the development of cooperation in the energy sector, in particular, in the development of renewable energy sources, as well as the introduction of new energy technologies. I hope that following the results of our meeting we will be able to start a new level of dialogue between Ukraine and Italy in the field of energy, which will be an impetus for the implementation of new projects strategically important for strengthening energy security," Olha Buslavets said.
The Minister stressed that the integration of Ukraine's energy markets into the European Union markets and to approximate Ukraine’s legislation with that of the European Union is a strategic goal of our country.
"Synchronization of the unified energy system of Ukraine with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) is a priority and strategic direction of Ukraine's European integration aspirations in the electricity sector," Energy Minister said.
Olha Buslavets informed about the prospects of introducing a new competitive model to support the production of electricity from alternative energy sources. She also assured that the state will continue to fulfill its obligations to investors: "We will fully support companies that will invest in Ukraine."
Apart from that, the Minister made an emphasis on the of hydrogen energy. "This is a promising area of green energy, and we count on cooperation with foreign partners and the involvement of technical assistance in the implementation of key measures for the development and integration of hydrogen technologies, which will include the development of the hydrogen concept and implementation of pilot projects," Olha Buslavets stressed.
Moreover, Ukraine pays considerable attention to the diversification of natural gas supply routes from the EU countries. At the same time, work is underway to address the supply of liquefied natural gas from terminals in Europe, as well as to develop solutions for the development of LNG infrastructure.
The sides agreed on further close cooperation, in particular, in the preparation of the meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission, which is scheduled to be held in the fall.