“The meeting in Tirana was of critical importance for Ukraine. And not because our government – for the first time since 2011 when Kyiv joined the Energy Community – was praised for progress made in its gas sector reform.
Ukraine, the EU, and other members of the Energy Community approved directives for a joint energy supply security act, a document currently being prepared at the European Commission level. This means that the energy security of Ukraine is regarded in Brussels as an integral part of European security.
Also, the Ukrainian side succeeded in securing a postponement for the implementation of Directive 2001/80/EC, which requires a radical reduction in emissions of thermal power stations and combined heat and power plants, a move requiring a significant investment. Yet, despite the granted postponement until 2029-2033, the government should not relax because a delay in meeting these commitments may ruin all common achievements.
The ministers decided to extend the list of EU legislation for Ukraine to meet in the coming years. These include:
• Directive 2012/27/EC as regards energy efficiency, which sets more stringent requirements for the introduction of energy efficient technologies and continuous progress in the efforts to reduce energy consumption;
• Regulation 347/2010 concerning the energy infrastructure, which with the support of the European Commission, will allow drawing EU funding for gas and oil pipeline projects, power grid development projects, and so on;
• Regulation 431/2014 on energy statistics, a document which will help us to know more about energy consumption at the household level.
Thus, while recognizing Ukraine’s achievements, the European community is setting new, more ambitious targets. By assuming these targets, the government makes yet another step towards the complete integration of Ukraine’s and the EU’s energy markets. The next steps will depend on the completion quality of the “homework.”