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30.09 2016

Free Energy took part in the Round Table

The round table devoted to the prospects of competition in energy was held on September 28 at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center.

The purpose of the event was to discuss the effectiveness of Ukraine’s competition legislation, identify problematic issues, and improve dialogue between business representatives and government.

The event was hosted by the DiXi Group’s analytical center and the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency of EUEA with the support of the European Union within the framework of the project “Increasing the Civil Society Impact on Energy Reforms in Implementation of the Association Agreement”.

From the Ministry of Energy, participation in the event was taken by Alexander Ponomarenko, Director of the Department of Strategy for Fuel and Energy Development and investment policy. In his speech, he noted that the attraction of investments depends on the excellence of the legislative framework, the protection of investors and the creation of appropriate conditions for work: “All investors are asked to say whether the stability will be legislative, or will give the state additional guarantees.”

In addition, no less important is the development of secondary legislation that will ensure the functioning of the market. “The Ministry’s task is to create legislation that will allow the market to work for itself,” O. Ponomarenko emphasized.

The discussion was attended by First Deputy Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee Maria Nizhnik, who spoke about the legislative framework and the practical implementation of competition in the energy sector. Jose Manuel Hernandez, First Secretary of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, outlined what should change to improve competition in energy and the place of the AMCU in the process of these changes.

In particular, the issues concerned the implementation of the European system of state aid regulation, adherence to the principles and requirements for the transparency of state aid, and the creation of a national control system that is especially relevant for the energy sector.

Finally, the experts once again stressed the need to accelerate the process of fulfilling the obligations of the Association Agreement with the EU in terms of competition, especially as regards the creation of a complete register of state aid schemes, the development of criteria for the assessment and selection of recipients of state aid