On Wednesday Prime Minister of Ukraine
Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with Special Envoy and
Coordinator for International Energy
Affairs, U.S. Department of State,
Amos J. Hochstein. The Parties
discussed the steps taken by the Government to reform the energy sector and the
intensification of cooperation in this direction.
The Prime Minister informed that the
Government takes the necessary decisions to achieve energy efficiency and
energy independence. Also, the Government is resolute to destroy any corruption
schemes in this area.
Volodymyr Groysman stressed that energy
independence should be among core priorities of the
country, especially when the country was facing Russian military
aggression. "I have always said that Russia didn’t just send its
weapons and tanks, we got economic, informational and energetic aggression.
Therefore, our task is absolutely clear - to efficiently consume
and to maximally grow the domestic energy production
of both conventional and alternative resources",
In this framework greater
collaboration between Ukraine and
the United States is of a strategic importance, he said. "I
fully support the maximum intensification of our interaction
along all possible directions to achieve the goal –
fast and effective energy independence of our State", said Volodymyr
The Prime Minister also informed
that day the Government had
announced the decision to start the privatization
of PJSC Odessa Portside Plant. "We’ve
found correct solutions that will allow us to ensure
holding completely transparent, open and competitive
privatization. We are committed to follow this
way and will represent an alternative to the populists for
the Ukrainian society, and the alternative implies
professional, fair and correct decisions," he stressed.
Apart from that, the Head of Government singled
out the need for institutional strengthening of the NJSC
Naftogaz of Ukraine and the restructuring of the company.
Volodymyr Groysman separately
concerned the idea of creating an Energy Efficiency Fund.
"This can be rather good public tool to improve energy
efficiency of Ukraine", said the Prime Minister.
Special Envoy and Coordinator for
International Energy Affairs,
U.S. Department of State, welcomed the adoption of the Government resolution
on the establishment of a market- based gas
price, as well as intentions about the conduct of the public privatization of
state-owned enterprises. "Ukraine has made
significant progress in energy issues. I was watching with admiration at
the achievements the Government have made
over the last few weeks," he said.
Amos Hochstein also highlighted
that it is crucial to acquire energy independence for
the country, to curb corruption in this sector
and to ensure effective governance in the energy domain.
In response, the United States will support
Ukraine on the way of transformations in the energy sector.