"To ensure the power supply of both Ukraine and Europe, this year
we need to adopt a law on the natural gas market and, in particular, reform the
entire system of tariffs, provide social minimum assistance from the State
budget to all categories of people who need it," Prime Minister of Ukraine
Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a
meeting of the National Council of Reforms on Monday, 2 February.
has emphasized that the bill on the natural gas market has been developed by the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine: "It's about bringing the whole energy
sector of Ukraine in full compliance with the Third Energy Package. NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy
will be divided into three companies."
"We call on our Western partners to invest in the Ukrainian gas
transportation system and Ukrainian gas storage facilities," the Prime
He appealed to the MPs of Ukraine to carefully handle the bill.
called the signing of a new program with the International Monetary Fund among
the today’s tasks: "This task is within the competence of the Government,
the Central Bank and the entire government as a whole."
The Prime Minister also recalled that last year Ukraine had received $9
billion financial assistance from foreign partners, and spent $14 billion on
external liabilities, "This year we must pay off $11 billion of
state-guaranteed debts, which we hadn’t run up. External state debt didn’t
increased by any dollar during this year. State debt denominated in hryvnia has other indicators and this is due to the
objective economic situation."
He has noted that despite the difficult situation Ukraine climbed up by 16
positions in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings (Doing business in
Ukraine) and is in the top 100, "Now Ukraine places the 96th
out of all countries according to the ease doing business. But it is far from
really doing business easier."
For example, by simple procedure of connecting to power grids Ukraine
occupies one of the last positions- the 185th, "Because monopoly
are dictating their rules. That is why competition policy in the country is one
of the tasks," the Prime Minister said, stressing that the Government must
"together with the president and the parliamentary coalition decide on the
management of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine."
The Prime Minister called the implementation of the Agreement with the
European Union in terms of visa liberalization among our tasks. He recalled
that last year, despite the financial difficulty, the Government had purchased
606 terminals for issuing biometric passports.
stressed that on February 4 the EU mission comes to Ukraine in order to analyze
the implementation of the program on visa liberalization with the EU: "We
expect that Ukraine will not just receive a positive signal, but the same
visa-free legal regime for the Ukrainian citizens with the EU Member States,
which is now for the European citizens in Ukraine."