DiXi Group Assembles Friends
On the eve of Christmas and New Year holidays, DiXi Group assembled colleagues and partners to sum up the year and discuss future plans. During the meeting, DiXi team also held a charity event and raised funds for children from an orphanage in Severodonetsk (Luhansk Oblast).
Olena Pavlenko, President of DiXi Group, launched an official part of the event. She addressed all the participants with the words of gratitude. “Only teamwork can bring great results,” she said, “so we are grateful to all those whom we address with ideas and proposals and who show support and willingness to engage in cooperation. All that was done in 2016 was done in cooperation.”
The topic was upheld by Roman Nitsovych, the Project Manage of the DiXi Group Think Tank. He summarized the results with which DiXi Group completes this year. “2016 has become an unprecedented year for us. It was a real challenge. We have taken part in over 330 events, 94 of which were organized by us. We have published more than 70 analytical products. I hope that next year will be as intense as this one,” he shared his thoughts.
Roman Nitsovych told about the strategic areas developed by the think tank in 2016. The first one includes European reforms in the energy sector; in this area we have launched a new project supported by the EU. “We are monitoring the governmental and parliamentary decisions related to the energy sector. And assess how effective they have been and how close they have brought us to European standards. In addition, we search for those issues that are stuck, and try to form a dialog between the stakeholders,” said Roman Nitsovych.
He mentioned the Law “On NCEPUR” adopted and signed this year as one of the successes of DiXi Group team in 2016. “We did our best to make provisions of this law effective and compliant with European standards,” commented the regulation Roman.
The second major area of the think tank’s activities was the issue of transparency and fighting corruption. In this area, we have launched another major project – the Initiative for Counteracting Corruption and Improving Fiscal Transparency in the Energy Sector of Ukraine (“Transparent Energy“) supported by USAID. “This project aims at studying the flows of information and data from the energy sector and searching for “black boxes” that prevent normal development throughout the industry,” said Roman.
Among the new forms of content delivery from DiXi Group, launched in 2016, Roman Nitsovych pointed out video podcasts. Video clips are actively spread in social networks and on the official website of the organization. In addition, he presented the idea of “Energy Breakfasts” with the participation of MPs, government officials, analysts and the mass media, as a new approach.
Anton Antonenko, Vice President of the DiXi Group Think Tank, shared DiXi Group Plans for the next year. He said that in 2017 DiXi would continue to work towards European integration. “Already in February, the world will see our next annual report on how Ukraine fulfills its obligations within the Association Agreement related to the energy sector. We will go to the regions to tell what their role is in fulfilling obligations assumed by our government,” said Anton.
One of the most ambitious projects of DiXi Group scheduled for the next year is the School for Advanced Reforms in Energy. “Our logic covers very simple things. If the state apparatus reform and the administrative reform are implemented, if legislative changes occur, we understand that someone will have to complete it all. The School for Advanced Reforms in Energy has to become the driving force that will lead the Ukrainian energy policy towards Europe,” said Vice President of the DiXi Group Think Tank.
In addition, DiXi will continue international advocacy visits within its educational activities in 2017. “We are taking a broader view of the world, we want to talk about domestic Ukrainian problems, and raise international energy security issues as well. We would like to talk about the threats existing on a global scale. Such as Nord Stream II project,” shared his plans Anton Antonenko.
Another area in which DiXi Group will continue to work next year is transparency. According to the Vice President of the DiXi Group Think Tank, the energy sector online map will be presented, a hackathon will be held which will help to find the best ways of implementing the data collected during the Transparent Energy Project. The second EITI report will be issued. In addition, DiXi analysts intend to focus on the draft law “On Disclosure of Information in Extractive Industries”, which is to be adopted next year.
Commenting on her own vision of priorities for energy reforms in 2017, Olha Belkova, a People’s Deputy of Ukraine and Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, promised to continue cooperation with DiXi Group next year as well. “Our cooperation throughout all this time has shown how we can achieve certain results. Changes will be impossible without each of those present in this hall, without implementation of declarations, without embassies and European energy community. I am confident that we will continue to work over the next EITI report and we will implement our other ideas,” said the People’s Deputy.
According to Inna Pidluska, Deputy Director of the International Renaissance Foundation, it is important for NGOs to actively participate in reforms in all sectors. “I was listening to the speakers and recalling when DiXi became one of the grantees of our Foundation for the first time. Back then, it was “Ukrainian Energy” project. We talked for a long time about where the civil society was, and where the energy sector was, and why we had to support that,” she recalled. “Now, when I look at DiXi, at their work, I think that such organizations give hope and confidence in the professionalism to the whole sector and society which is not indifferent to reforms. This is very valuable, you inspire others. You inspire us.”
After the speeches, there was an informal part: charity event for raising funds for the needs of Severodonetsk orphanage. It was conducted by a famous journalist and member of the Board of DiXi Group Roman Vybranovskyi. DiXi Group expresses its gratitude to everyone who helped to make the fund raising funny and creative: such companies as Ukrtransgaz, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, NEC Ukrenergo, Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company, as well as young artists Kateryna Reminna and Sofia Shlinchak, and kids from art studio “Atiudyky.”
The most interesting “lot” sold during the “auction” was a pen used by the Head of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Andrii Koboliev when signing the last year’s “winter package”. The starting price of the “lot” was UAH 800. During the auction, the price doubled. Olha Belkova, a People’s Deputy of Ukraine, became the owner of the lot.
The total amount collected in the course of the auction exceeded UAH 25,000. In the nearest future, this money will be used to buy articles of prime necessity for children from Severodonetsk orphanage, which articles will then be sent to the near-front territory.
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