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Since 2001, one of the main objectives of EU-Ukraine energy co-operation is to guarantee the overall performance, safety and security of the Ukrainian natural gas transit network. Ukraine is a key transit country for energy resources from Russia to the EU, particularly for gas where some 20% of the gas consumed in the EU is transited.

Overview EU-Ukraine co-operation

Brussels, 15 December 2014

The signing ceremony between the EBRD and Ukraine, in the presence of VP  Šefčovič, for the first loan for the modernisation of the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System 
In the presence of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union, EBRD Managing Director for Energy and Natural Resources Riccardo Puliti and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin signed the loan agreement for up to €150 million for the modernisation of a key section of Ukraine’s gas transmission system, the western part of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline. This complements the loan agreement signed between the EIB and the Ukrainian authorities on 1st December 2014 which, together with the recently launched European Commission-World Bank Trust Fund on the reform of Naftogaz, is a very significant step forward in ensuring that the Ukrainian gas transmission system remains a reliable transportation route.

Kyiv, 13-14 June 2013

Speech of Commissioner Oettinger to the First International Annual Business Conference "Ukraine & Partners"

03 May 2013

EU-Ukraine Conclusions on the Roundtable Gas Market Developments in Ukraine

Participants recognised the progress being made by Ukraine to increase its energy security, inter alia through the modernisation of its gas transportation system, the diversification of its sources of gas, and its efforts to move forward with gas sector reforms and restructuring of NJSC Naftogas of Ukraine in line with its Energy Community commitments. They recognised that Ukraine is at a crossroads, with a major opportunity to develop beyond its important traditional role as a transit country and also become a gas hub for Eastern Europe due to its conventional and unconventional gas resources, its extensive pipeline network and its important gas storage facilities.

In December 2005, on the margins of the EU-Ukraine Summit, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Energy was signed between the European Commission (EC) and the Ukrainian Government. 

Roadmaps defined in the MoU

The safety of operating Ukrainian Nuclear power plants

The integration of electricity and gas markets

The security of energy supplies and the transit of hydrocarbons

The coal sector

Energy efficiency and renewable energies

Progress reports on the implementation of the MoU