reduced gas consumption by 20%: "There is a goal we are going to reach -
within a decade Ukraine will be a completely energy independent state",
said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in an interview with the Prime
Time program with Myroslava Gongadze"
on UA.First channel on Thursday, November 19.
For this purpose the Government, in particular, have submitted to the
Parliament a new law on rents. “It is not a populist law which my political opponents offer to adopt. But
the law which stipulates: the one who deals with mining, drilling new wells,
increases the production of natural gas, pays low rent and have more incentives
for investment in gas sector".
Apart from spurring
domestic production to achieve energy efficiency, according to the Head of the
Government, it is crucial to reduce energy consumption. Arseniy Yatsenyuk
stressed that Ukraine had cut gas consumption by 20%.
also reminded the Government's energy efficiency programme:
"Energy efficiency loans have been issued at one billion hryvnias".
Prime Minister stressed that the Government had established a broad system of
subsidies: "If European gas costs US$ 250, we can't sell it at US$10. But
if we sell it at US$ 10, the price we have been selling for 20 years, someone
has to pay the difference amounting US$240. The sum was paid from the State Budget
of Ukraine taking it from the pockets of taxpayers."
the Government took a decision and presently 4.2 million Ukrainian families receive
the subsidy. If you pay over 10% of income for housing and utilities, the Government
compensates you for this".
element to achieve energy independence is cost-effectiveness: "Due to the
reform in the energy sector, people began to economize."
also reminded that the Government had launched reverse deliveries of natural
gas to Ukraine: "Earlier we were dependent on Russian gas import almost
100%. By now Russia's share dropped to 30 percent."
Poland and Hungary are the three main sources where we get our gas from member
countries of the European Union. And getting this natural gas, we also have
advantages in price and benefits that we are not fully dependent on the Russian
gas monopolist", he stressed.
The Head of
Government reminded that Ukraine had filed lawsuits against the Russian gas
monopolist Gazprom to the Stockholm
arbitration court: "We demand
Russia to pay back $ 16 billion. We consider that Russia fixed an unfair price
(for gas – ed.) for Ukraine. And we view that Russia underpays Ukraine for the transit
of natural gas via Ukraine’s territory".
"We have raised
the issue in front of the European Union to prevent Russia from building South Stream-2
pipeline, which deprives Ukraine of each transit opportunity and revenue worth
2 billion dollars a year," he added.
elements guarantee within a decade we will abandon the purchase of Russian
natural gas," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.