DIXI Group Vice President joins the work on writing the Toronto Principles
A vision document titled The Toronto Principles was presented by representatives of Ukrainian NGOs during the third Ukraine Reform Conference held in Canada on 2-4 July. In this document, they presented their vision of reforms in the next five years. Among the document’s coauthors was DiXi Group Vice President Anton Antonenko. “Speaking about energy, we propose to set as the goal of reform modernization of the energy sector via liberalization, transparent functioning and improved energy efficiency,” Anton Antonenko said. “Increasing the competitiveness of energy markets and opening the sector to quality investments were also some of the topics discussed at the conference’s meetings, such as the one with Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine.” In particular, The Toronto Principles urge to complete reforms of the electricity and gas markets, abolish government subsidies to the energy sector, implement reform of the coal market and reduce coal consumption, implement competition in the heat supply sector, promote development of renewable energy sources, improve the effectiveness of energy consumption, protect vulnerable consumers. The document also urges to improve good governance, ensure energy independence, and implement energy efficiency programs in power generation, transmission and consumption, particularly in the housing sector. Civic organizations also presented Sectoral Briefs on Reforms in Ukraine: analytical documents prepared for the conference in Canada. These documents set out details of the goals and key objectives of reforms in 12 areas of national policy. The Toronto Principles is a vision document conveying generalized vision of over 80 civil society organizations (CSO), representatives of the private sector and citizens actively supporting reforms in Ukraine. The “Principles” envisage joint accountability, experience and ability of these organizations to represent views of Ukrainian civil society. This document was prepared during December 2018 – June 2019 by a group of experts coordinated by the Coalition Reanimation Package of Reforms by consulting with over 100 sectoral experts.