Experts urge the government’s Action Program to be improved for successful implementation of the Association Agreement

16 October 2019Energy Reforms experts presented results of their analysis of the government’s five-year Action Program for conformity with the Association Agreement in the energy and environment sectors.

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Lectures on energy policy from DiXi Group

15 October 2019In October, DiXi Group experts prepared and held lectures on energy policy of Ukraine and its reverberation in European context for students of two universities: Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). The lecture read by DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko at KSE concerned the risk of discontinuation of gas transit via Ukraine. The attendees were especially interested in new contracts which Ukraine must sign with Gazprom and in the possible scenarios of how the situation with gas supply this winter could unfold not just for us but also for Moldova. “It is important for us to communicate with students and explain them what’s going on in Ukraine’s energy sector. For listeners, this is an opportunity to find out more about it and decide whether they are interested in pursuing the energy subject further,” DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko shared her impressions. “For us as an analytical center, it also means growth, because we must be ready to give answers to any questions and turn complex topics into simple explanations. An excellent process of interaction that inspires and motivates us to move forward.” A lecture at UCU’s Kyiv center became a part of the European Studies Certification Program “Europe. Values. Future. Ukraine in European Project”. DiXi Group experts Olena Pavlenko, Anton Antonenko and Roman Nitsovych made an express overview of various energy sectors, answered numerous questions about both internal Ukrainian and external processes, and shared DiXi Group’s experience in these areas. In particular, they discussed how local communities may receive information about extractive companies operating in their region and, therefore, how to build mutually beneficial communication with them; and also, how the new electricity market and imports from Belarus and Russia may affect our economy. Substantial attention was devoted to the topic of gas wars waged under several Ukrainian presidents: how these conflicts are related to the present time, what lessons Europeans learned from them, and what difficulties are presently hampering the lobbying of Ukraine’s interests abroad.

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DiXi Group President speaking in Berlin about the consequences of Nord Stream 2 for Europeans

11 October 2019DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko took part in the international conference "Putin’s Nord Stream 2 and its real price for Europe" held in Berlin on 10 October. The event, organized by Free Russia Foundation, was focused on the consequences for European countries after construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be completed. In particular, the attendees discussed how this topic is perceived by Germany’s political and journalistic environment, what European ecologists think about environmental impact of the pipeline’s construction and what their Russian colleagues are warning about. “Presently, construction of Nord Stream 2 is going into "overdrive". However, some German citizens are already starting to ask questions: how gas revenues which Russia receives are used and why human rights in this country are so routinely abused; how strongly the extraction of gas in Yamal and other regions impacts the environment and destroys ecosystems and why those areas are closed for any outsider,” Olena Pavlenko shared her impressions from speeches at the conference. “It is important to convey truth about the situation in Russia, as well as about strategic losses for the EU from the construction of Nord Stream 2. Nobody will do this job for us but only us. The event was held as part of Rethink The Deal campaign that unites ecologists, economists and human rights activists around the subject of impact from the Nord Stream 2 project and the threats it poses to freedom and unity in Europe. The conference’s organizer, Free Russia Foundation, strives to consolidate efforts aimed to restore freedom and democracy in Russia.

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Anton Antonenko: adoption of political decisions must be based on quality, up-to-date information

28 September 2019DiXi Group Vice President Anton Antonenko took part in the conference "100+ corruption schemes the government and the public must overcome", held at the Cabinet of Ministers Club on 26 September. According to the event’s organizer Oksana Velychko, Coordinator of “Together Against Corruption” government-civil society initiative, 110 CSOs described 139 required anticorruption actions to be taken in various sectors. The nearest plans include creation of project teams and appointment of responsible persons representing public authorities and CSOs. Speaking at the conference, Minister Dmytro Dubilet said that the Cabinet of Ministers will establish, jointly with CSOs, working groups to combat corruption schemes in various sectors. In the energy and environment sector, Together Against Corruption (of which DiXi Group is a member) conceived 18 anticorruption ideas concerning performance of public institutions. In the opinion of DiXi Group Vice President Anton Antonenko, this list will be vastly expanded once the project teams will set to work, in particular, as a result of cooperation between various ministries and working groups. “The identified corruption schemes and the ways of overcoming them are the starting point; these ideas could be implemented in the nearest future. We as an analytical center are sure that the adoption of political decisions must be based on clear, verified information which will render corruption offenses impossible. The same applies to policy analysis. Therefore, we need correct and up-to-date information,” DiXi Group Vice President Anton Antonenko said during his speech at the conference. “We work with the Energy Ministry and help them, at least with making data orderly and opening it to the public. As a result, the Ministry is now among the leaders in data opening. The next step is automation of this process. We are ready to help with that,” Mr. Antonenko said. “I would like to devote separate attention to the extractive sector. At present, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has been somewhat slowed down. The Ministry must release the next report by 30 October. We will monitor the publication of this data. The list of anticorruption proposals for the government from Together Against Corruption initiative is available at http://bit.ly/2neUKhm.

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