On February 11, 2011 the meeting of NATO-Ukraine Сommission on energy security issues took part in NATO HQ.
Ambassador at Large of the Department for Economic Cooperation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine V. Knyazhnytsky briefed the participants on the main directions of Ukraine's state policy on energy security. Ambassador Knyazhnytsky outlined the main aspects of Ukrainian state policy in energy sector. In particular, he described the measures taken by Ukraine to diversify the sources and routes of energy resources, diversify energy technologies, to ensure reliability of nuclear power. The main attention was paid to energy sector reform, including development of gas and oil transportation system of Ukraine in accordance with the commitments taken by Ukraine in the context of European integration process on integration of the energy system of Ukraine into the joint European energy system, etc.
Ukrainian side expressed the interest in the establishing cooperation with the Centre for Energy Security in Vilnius (Lithuania). The institution is to be subordinate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. It’s aim is a response to the major contemporary global challenges in the field of energy security. The new Energy Security Centre will aim to gain the status of a NATO Centre of Excellence contributing to the Alliance’s capability in the field of energy security.
It was also emphasized that Ukraine is actively participating in NATO operations «Active Endeavour» in the Mediterranean region and help NATO to protect key routes of energy resources supply in the Mediterranean region. About 65% of oil and natural gas consumed annually in Western Europe, are delivered via the Mediterranean region, mainly through pipelines connecting Libya to Italy and Morocco to Spain. In November-December 2010 Ukrainian corvette «Ternopil» conducted the monitoring of maritime transport in the designated area of the Mediterranean Sea.
Head of Ukrainian mission to NATO Ambassador I.Dolhov, speaking about the prospects of relations between Ukraine and NATO, stressed the readiness of the Ukrainian side to continue political dialogue with NATO, especially during the expected visit of NATO Secretary General Rasmussen to Ukraine, as well as in the framework of NATO-Ukraine Commission at the ministerial level.
Ambassador I.Dolhov called on NATO nations jointly overcome the effects of the Chernobyl disaster. He also informed participants that the International Conference «Twenty-five years of the Chernobyl disaster. Security of the Future», organized by the Government of Ukraine and the governments of the Republic of Belarus, Russia, the European Commission, Council of Europe, Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (France), Society of Technical and Nuclear Safety GRS (Germany) and supported by UN will take part in Kiev on April 20-22.
It is expected, that further discussion of the situation in the energy sector of Ukraine, as well as the reforms of gas, oil, electricity sector of national economy, the investment environment in the energy sector of Ukraine and the protection of critical energy infrastructure will continue during the next meeting of NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on the economic security, scheduled for June 2011 in Kiev.