Ukrainian energy minister, head of EU Delegation to Ukraine discuss resumption of gas transport monitoring

Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn vowed his support for the EU's idea to resume the monitoring of natural gas transport to EU countries across Ukraine at a meeting with Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski.

Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn vowed his support for the EU's idea to resume the monitoring of natural gas transport to EU countries across Ukraine at a meeting with Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski.

"The minister supported the European initiative on resuming the monitoring of natural gas transport from the Russian Federation to European Union countries across Ukrainian territory to confirm that Ukraine is a reliable gas transiting country," the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry press service said in a statement summing up the meeting's outcomes.

"Naftogaz of Ukraine and Ukrtransgaz are absolutely ready to host a monitoring mission at Ukrainian gas transport facilities and confirm their willingness to provide European experts with access to gas transport facilities and information on the flow of natural gas across Ukrainian territory," Demchyshyn said.

The ministry has also drafted plans of implementation of EU regulations in the energy sector within the framework of the Association Agreement, which should be submitted to the government for endorsement in the near future, after the completion of all national procedures, he said.

Ukraine was granted status as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) candidate country in 2013, and therefore it is supposed to publish its first report on companies' payments and government revenues in the oil and gas sector within a two-year period from the granting of candidate status (i.e. by October 17, 2015), he said.

Demchyshyn also briefed the meeting participants on the implementation of the Energy Strategy in the period up to 2035. "At the present time, the draft of the Strategy is undergoing public debates and has been posted on the ministry website, after which, upon the processing of all proposals and suggestions, the process of its clearance and endorsement by the Ukrainian government will begin," the ministry said.

The Energy and Coal Industry Ministry has set up a multilateral group coordinating the implementation of the EITI in Ukraine. The EITI's secretariat has yet to be opened in Ukraine. The ministry plans in the near future to complete the drafting of a Cabinet directive on endorsing a plan of the EITI's implementation in Ukraine in 2015 and submit it to the government at the end of January.

Demchyshyn and Tombinski also discussed a number of basic documents signed between the EU and Ukraine, including the EU sector budget support program on continued support for the implementation of Ukraine's Energy Strategy, "Assistance to Ukraine in the process of implementation of energy sector reform in line with Ukraine's international commitments," and preparations for the 9th joint Ukraine-EU report on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the Field of Energy between the European Union and Ukraine in 2014.

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