Ukraine and Energy Community Secretariat Upgrade Cooperation to an Implementation Partnership
The Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Eduard Stavytskyi and Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopač held a working meeting today at the premises of the Secretariat in Vienna. The priorities of Ukraine’s presidency in the Energy Community in 2014 were discussed during the meeting.
The signature of the “Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing an Implementation Partnership between the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine and the Secretariat of the Energy Community” was the main outcome of the meeting.
By signing the Memorandum, Ukraine confirms its commitment to transpose into its national legal framework and fully implement Energy Community legislation. Ukraine and the Secretariat have agreed to set up an effective implementation mechanism, including the establishment of working groups for amending and drafting legislation to transpose the Energy Community law. Each working group should include the representatives of all relevant stakeholders, including regulatory authorities, network operators, consumers, relevant businesses and industry associations, donors, international financial institutions and development banks, civil society organizations, expert centres, etc. The Secretariat will ensure a draft law’s compliance with the Energy Community Treaty and provide technical and legal assistance when requested.
Following the signing ceremony, Minister Stavytskyi said: “The Ukrainian side has gratefully accepted the obligation of honorary presidency in the Energy Community in 2014. The priorities of Ukraine’s presidency in 2014 will be the formulation of proposals to renew the Energy Community Treaty. Its new edition would largely contribute integrating efforts of the Energy Community states in the issues of energy development, increasing the competitiveness of companies in the market, providing more effective mechanisms for mutual assistance and interests’ protection, equal opportunities to use the European Union tools to achieve common goals taking into consideration the interests of Ukraine. The signature of the Memorandum of Understanding provides for the partnership implementation between the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine and the Energy Community Secretariat”.
The Energy Community Secretariat Director Janez Kopač emphasized: “Today’s signature of the Memorandum is a clear example of the constant desire of Ukraine to contribute to the Energy Community process, despite the current turmoil. Since its accession to the Energy Community in 2011, Ukraine has made valuable progress towards meeting its international obligations under the Energy Community Treaty. I believe this process will now continue at a faster pace. I would also like to stress the importance of this clear message towards reforms in the energy sector in Ukraine.”