On Friday, November 14, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk received a newly appointed Vice-President of the European Commission for
Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič,
who arrived to Ukraine on his first foreign visit.
The Head of Government stressed the solidarity of the
positions of Ukraine and the European Union on energy security issues and
accentuated the importance of further collaboration to diversify sources of
meeting Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Maroš Šefčovič singled out among the
priorities of the joint activities with the EU the following: implementation of
the provisions of the EU Third Energy Package, the joint upgrade and management
of Ukrainian gas transportation system, as well as investments to improve
domestic production of energy resources in Ukraine.
The PM highly evaluated the efforts of the European
Commission to achieve an interim agreement on deliveries of Russian gas to
Ukraine in the winter. Therefore, according to the Prime Minister, Ukraine and
the European Union must work out in synergy to establish a long-term formula to
ensure their unique energy security. It should envisage expanding internal European
transit facilities that will afford to increase natural gas supplies to Ukraine
along the reverse route.