Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
demands that the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry take appropriate measures
to stabilize the energy market. He said this at a meeting of the Cabinet of
Ministers on Tuesday, 31 March.
Minister said that today he held a meeting on the state in the energy sector,
"the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry requests to extend the state of
emergency in the energy sector for the sixth time."
He stressed that
he was "extremely dissatisfied" with what was happening in this area:
"I see that the extension of emergency reflects the real situation in the
energy sector. Already 2.5 billion of debts, a mess in payments
with electric energy enterprises. There is no coal, as always."
The Government, according
to him, will continue today emergency in the power sector for another month,
"And the Minister’s responsibility lies in completion of four items in
terms of a report and it will be a precondition for us to finally complete a
state of emergency."
First, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, the
Energy Ministry with NERC must submit a forecast
balance in the power industry.
Another item, he emphasized,
- repayment of wage arrears to miners: "The Government had allocated UAH200
million, the market had given UAH250 million. This UAH250 million went
somewhere - for a bank that has already gone bankrupt."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also stressed that NERC
should operate according to "fair tariff". In addition, the Prime
Minister said that the Parliament should adopt a bill on "fair green
tariff". It must meet market conditions, not lobbying ones."
Another bill, which
needs approval by the Parliament, provides for granting the Government the
power to introduce rules on the electricity market in the temporarily occupied
territories, "including in the area of anti-terrorist operation."
that the Ministry take appropriate measures to stabilize the energy market. We
endured this winter, thus we must start preparing for the next one," Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized.