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Klympush-Tsyntsadze: Endorsement of energy legislation by the European Commission is of benefit for Ukraine

28 April 2020215

We need to build a trilateral interaction: Ukrainian government, European Commission and Energy Community.

We need to build a trilateral interaction: Ukrainian government, European Commission and Energy Community, Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Integration of Ukraine into the European Union, said during the online discussion “Implementation of Annex XXVII to the Association Agreement: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities” organized by DiXi Group.

“We are interested in ensuring that our energy markets operate according to clear, comprehensible, predictable and transparent rules, like in EU member states. It would enable us to deoligarchize, and therefore, demonopolize these sectors, develop competition in them and become more resistant to external impacts,” Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze said.

In her opinion, the parliament will have to change its procedures to ensure conformity with requirements of the “energy” annex to the Association Agreement.

“We will no longer be able to work in the parliament on the basis of gentlemen’s agreements. We need to change the rules of procedure. And at this point, it is very important for us to have understanding on part of the one-party majority faction… We expect draft laws to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada together with conformity tables. Unfortunately, government acts are subjected to analytical work only in the heads of experts, and this situation does not permit to achieve real conformity of government initiatives with European legislative acts,” she said.

The Verkhovna Rada ratified the updated Annex in June 2019. Its implementation must facilitate a complete integration of Ukrainian electricity and gas markets into the EU.

What this document is about and how draft laws will be endorsed is explained by infographics from DiXi Group concerning Annex XXVII to Chapter 1 “Energy cooperation, including nuclear issues”.

It is worth reminding that the Verkhovna Rada ratified the Annex as a part of the Association Agreement, but the government is not in a hurry to carry it out. Because of that document, the EU can block the passage of laws not conformant with the Association Agreement.

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