Energy Community Secretariat holds event to mark one year since Ukraine joined the Community


The Energy Community Secretariat held an event last week to mark one year since Ukraine joined the Energy Community. The aim of the event was to provide a platform for discussion on the first outcomes of Ukraine’s membership of the Energy Community and identify the main steps to be taken in the future for the implementation of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community.
According to a news release on the Energy Community’s website, both sides "reiterated the importance of Ukraine’s accession to the Energy Community both for Ukraine and for the Community itself”. The smooth and open communication between the Secretariat and the Ukrainian authorities was noted as a major achievement, which needs to be continued and which provided an excellent platform for discussions on the current open issues in the context of the implementation of the treaty.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation, Prof. Dr. Natalia Boytsun, Director for European Integration and International Relations in the Ministry of the Energy and Coal Industry, underlined that Ukraine’s membership of the Energy Community would undoubtedly help strengthen energy security in south east Europe and, due to the well-developed energy infrastructure and system of gas storage, will make a major contribution to the development of the single energy market. Benchmarking Ukraine’s treaty obligations, the Secretariat then addressed the most pressing issues sector by sector.
In his conclusion, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Slavtcho Neykov underlined the readiness of the Secretariat to further support the adequate development of the Ukrainian legal framework along the Treaty requirements, including via extensive assistance on the spot. He also recalled having taken note of the positive reform steps, reported in the course of the meeting.
The Energy Community entered into force in 2006, with parties committing to liberalise their energy markets and implement key EU legal acts in the area of electricity, gas, environment and renewable energy. (ENPI Info Centre)
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News item from the Energy Community website
Energy Community – web site
European Commission – European Energy Community
Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in the field of energy between the EU and Ukraine
ENPI Info Centre – Commission welcomes Ukraine into Energy Community (24-09-10)
ENPI Info Centre – Ukraine becomes fully fledged member of Energy Community (01-02-11) 
ENPI Info Centre press pack – Meeting the energy challenge: EU cooperation with its Eastern Neighbours
ENPI Info Centre webpage - Ukraine


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