During a meeting with
the Anti-Corruption Committee members which took place
on January 12 at the premises of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn focused on a number of
issues including coal deliveries to Ukraine, the terms of concluding the
contracts by the state-owned company Ukrinterenerho
and a possibility to make them public.
The Minister backed an initiative of the deputies concerning the need to ensure
openness in the work of the Ministry and strengthen control over the use of
public funds aimed at preventing and combating corruption in the energy sector.
In particular, according to him, the Ministry introduces public tenders for the sale of petroleum products,
takes measures to remove subsidies
and benefits for
commercial structures. "The Ministry cannot require the disclosure of commercial contracts. Making such information public shall be conducted by
agreement of the parties to the contract in
accordance with the current legislation", said Volodymyr Demchyshyn.
Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn stressed
that Ukraine today lacks coal to ensure the TPP in connection with the war in
the East of the country, so it is necessary to import coal. To diversify coal supply
ways, he said, we seek reliable business partners abroad, with the main
attention paid at the conclusion of contracts to compliance of the quality and
price of the proposed coal.
The Minister also
agreed to an offer of the deputies to join action to save energy, regulate
tariffs for energy supply and prevent corruption.