European Commission Welcomes Ukraine’s Accession to the European Energy Community PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 29 October 2010 09:40
Energy Community and Ukraine, 2010 Onwards: Mutual Benefits and Challenges “We welcome Ukraine’s signature of the Protocol of Accession to the Energy Community, which is the latest important milestone in the energy co-operation between the EU and Ukrainer,” said Jeffery Piper, Head of International Relations with DG Energy of the European Commission.



“It is important now that Ukraine moves ahead rapidly with the ratification process to become a full member of the Energy Community,” he went to say – whilst underlining the considerable work that will be needed over the coming period to implement the commitments undertaken.

He was speaking today at a Round Table meeting in the European Parliament organised by the EU Ukraine Business Council on the subject of “The Energy Community and Ukraine, 2010 onwards: mutual benefits and challenges.”

The meeting was sponsored by DTEK, Ukraine’s largest independent energy company. Other speakers included Slavtcho Neykov of the European Energy Secretariat in Vienna, Viacheslav Kniazhnytskiy of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aleksandr Tolkach the Director of External Affairs of DTEK.

Tolkach stressed the huge potential of Ukraine to produce green energy, both from wind power and from renewable. A key priority should be to develop interconnectivity between Ukraine and the EU.

Pawel Kowal MEP, The Head of the European Parliament’s Inter-Parliamentary Delegation for Ukraine also addressed the meeting. He welcomed Ukraine’s accession to the European Energy Community, and saw this a very important step forward in Ukraine’s European integration. “Without Ukraine the European Union will never be truly European,” he said.

Ukraine is expected to ratify the accession next month, which will pave the way towards full membership of the Energy Community in early 2011.

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