The goal of the reform is to enable Ukraine to achieve energy independence from import deliveries of natural gas and other minerals, improve the quality and transparency of administrative services in the area of subsoil use, and harmonize Ukrainian laws with EU laws.
The subsoil use reform is part of the Government's priority of development of the base of raw materials. When put in practice, it will create conditions for equal access to subsoil use, increase transparency, conduct deregulation, enhance institutional capacity, update and simplify access to geological information.
Ukraine is a country with a unique base of raw materials. Today, more than 20,000 fields have been found in Ukraine, where a substantial part can be industrially extracted. This means huge investment potential that should be cultivated.
The priority of the subsoil use reform is drafting new laws that will be consistent with EU laws and international best practices of implementation, including by using digital technology, and the reform of the State Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine as part of the reform of public administration in Ukraine.
Equal conditions of subsoil use are a basis for introducing a fair and competitive business environment, attracting foreign investors and raising foreign investment for the development of Ukrainian economy and, as a result, increasing the country's economic potential.
It aims to minimize corruption risks in this area, enhance subsoil users' responsibility and strengthen control to ensure that equal, fair, and lawful conditions of subsoil use are observed in Ukraine.
It is a necessary component of a free and independent market that eliminates potential influence to lobby for certain market players' interests and prevents corruption.
The State Service for Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine is to be reformed.
The reform involves providing administrative services online in an automated and transparent manner, simplifying access to and updating geological information, including by digitalizing the entire array of geological information needed both by the subsoil user and all stakeholders. A pilot project, Subsoil User's e-Cabinet, is to be carried out.
the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the State Service for Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Association of Gas Producers of Ukraine, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, the European Business Association, the Association of Subsoil Uses of Ukraine, the US–Ukraine Business Council