At a session of the Government
of Ukraine on Wednesday, 15 April, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk commissioned
the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry to submit for consideration of the
Cabinet of Ministers a programme of reform in the coal industry by the end of week
and to clear salary arrears to coal miners.
reminded the law of Ukraine on the State Budget envisages UAH 400 million to
repay the debt to workers of the coal industry. He appealed to the Ministry of
Finance with a task: "These funds should be allocated and sent to the
regions. The Treasury Single Account contains the money – just settle the
However, the Prime
Minister stressed that such decisions "do not solve systemic problems, but
only extinguish the fire": "Lacking the systemic approach to upgrading
the coal industry in general we won’t save money to settle the debts to the
companies, those either working inefficiently or lacking customers to buy coal.
We have the situation that we purchase imported coal but Ukrainian mines do not
receive orders and they have nowhere to sell Ukrainian coal".
Given that Arseniy
Yatsenyuk appealed to Minister of Energy
and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchyshyn with a
request to submit to the Government a program of reforming the coal industry,
as well as to meet with members of labor unions and
coal miners to "clearly explain what and how we will do in the coal
industry, why such measures are taken by the Government, which mine will
operate, what we do with the modernization of boilers".
He reminded about the
need to shift from kinds of coal mined mainly from territories temporarily
controlled by Russian terrorists to those mined from the territories fully controlled
by Ukraine - first of all G rank coal. The Prime Minister also noted to ensure
modernization of boilers the Polish Government would allocate USD 50 million to