meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, Vice-President of
the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič positively evaluated the decision of the Government to introduce a
market-based gas price.
that to increase the prices to the market level – it’s one of the best ways to
tackle corruption, how to minimize the scope for different speculation, and how
to get rid of many negativities which have been
affecting the Ukrainian energy market in the past. It restores the normal
market signals, brings in investments, brings in the competition and improves
the quality of the market itself”, Maroš Šefčovič emphasized.
of the European Commission also commended the subsidy system envisaged by the
Government aimed at providing assistance to the vulnerable layers of the
population who badly need it due to the introduction of the market price for
Government is very conscious about the effect that the high energy prices have
on the population. We very much support your approach to offer social
assistance to those who need it to pay higher energy prices”, stressed Maroš Šefčovič.
similar measures had been introduced in many European countries and, according
to him, appear an effective way to support the population, while market
mechanisms aren’t fully recovered.
Groysman noted that the reform in the energy sector is important for Ukraine, as
in the past this area had traditionally been the permanent source of corruption, mismanagement, the closed market with
excessive and overwhelming consumption, and we faced many challenges such as
the gas supply problem, and decreasing domestic production.
of Ukraine is committed to carrying out the necessary reforms and changes in
the country, he stressed.
“We want to
ensure that our energy is efficient and transparent and no mismanagement takes
place in the energy industry. We are ready to make the necessary reforms to
ensure our energy independence and energy efficiency including the amendment of
necessary laws. The Government is fully committed to implementing all of its
obligations including those under the association Agreement”, underlined Volodymyr
of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš
Šefčovič thanked the Prime Minister
for the efforts in introducing necessary reforms in Ukraine.