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  • 25 May 2018

    Brussels talks energy quite often – but today, it spoke about it in a clear and loud tone. Decision- and opinion-makers met in the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU for the conference “CEE as a gas gateway: Ukrainian gas transmission system contribution to the energy security in Europe”. The conference was organized jointly by Polish Perm Rep, the Mission of Ukraine to the EU, the European Commission and the United States Mission to the EU.

    Gas transit route through Ukraine’s pipeline system constitutes a basis for the architecture of gas supplies from Russia to the European Union, notably to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. As 2019 will see the end of the current transit contract between Naftogaz (UA) and Gazprom (RU), following months will be crucial to answer the prospects for its continuation. Future of Nord Stream 2 project, legal discussions at the EU level on regulating import pipelines, outcome of the arbitrage proceedings between Naftogaz and Gazprom will all have impact on maintaining Ukrainian transit route and on supply patterns of the EU member states. These were one of the many reasons to organize a debate, which aimed at showing political and economic perspectives.


    The conference was divided in two parts. The first one consisted of statements by: Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Grojsman, Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate, Adam Bielan, Maroš Šefčovič, Vicepresident of the European Commission and Adam Shub, Chargé d’affaires of the United States Mission to the EU.

    We stand here today to confirm our solidarity with Ukraine and our commitment to maintain key role of that country and the whole CEE in gas transits to Europe. To keep the CEE gas gateway open – said Adam Bielan.


    In the second part, a discussion between various stakeholders took place. It focused on prospects, challenges and conditions for maintaining Ukraine’s role in Europe’s energy security, including measures for unbundling of Ukrainian gas system with foreign partners, moving delivery points to Ukrainian/Russian border or fine-tuning economics of Ukrainian route. Among the participants, we had Michał Kurtyka, Deputy Minister of Energy (PL), Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy (European Commission), Maciej Woźniak, deputy CEO of PGNiG, Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz, Ratislav Nukovic, CEO of Eustream as well as Laurent Thery, Director of GrtGaz.


    The whole conference is available to watch here: 





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