On December 15, in the framework of a
working visit to Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin
met with Vice-President of the European Commission on Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.
The parties discussed
priority cooperation lines between Ukraine and the EU in the energy sphere.
They reaffirmed the
strategic importance of cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union in
the context of energy security of Europe.
The Ukrainian side has
informed about the reforming of the gas market in accordance with the EU energy
legislation and stressed that it remains a reliable partner for the European
Union in the issues of natural gas transit to the EU member states.
The Minister and the
Vice President also paid peculiar attention to drawing investments from the
European Union into Ukraine’s gas transport system called to step up energy
security of both Ukraine and the EU. Minister P. Klimkin emphasized the need to
prolong cooperation with the EU in joint modernization and exploitation of
Ukraine’s natural gas pipeline network and also to attract European companies
to use underground gas storages of Ukraine.
In this context, the interlocutors
welcomed signing before the meeting of the Loan agreement between Ukraine and
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Ukraine: modernization of
the Urengoy - Pomary - Uzhgorod main gas pipeline).
Maroš Šefčovič noted
the importance of a partnership between Ukraine and the EU in the energy sector
and promised to further support maintaining of reverse supplies of natural gas
to Ukraine from the territory of the EU member states.
Pavlo Klimkin thanked
the European Commission for their active support in achieving understandings
with the Russian Federation concerning deliveries of Russian gas to our
country, which will afford to satisfy the needs for the winter.
The parties confirmed
their willingness to continue an active cooperation in order to ensure appropriate
energy security basing on a solidarity principle.