Today, the High-level Policy Talks on gas security of supply and cooperation, organized under the auspices of the EU4Energy Governance Project*, took place in Chisinau. Back to back with the 17th meeting of the Energy Community Ministerial Council, Moldova and Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation in the Area of Security of Gas Supply as a result of Energy Community and EU4Energy efforts to strengthen energy security in the region. The Memorandum was signed by H.E. Anatol Usatîi, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova and Mr Kostiantyn Chyzhyk, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine.
Opening the event, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr Janez Kopač, said:
“This is an important milestone in the history of the Energy Community and a practical example of embracing solidarity as a principle in the common work on security of gas supplies. The Secretariat congratulates both sides for their constructive and flexible work in reaching an agreement in such a short time. The joint work of Moldova and Ukraine is a best practice also for other Contracting Parties.”
H.E. Anatol Usatîi, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova, said:
“On behalf of the Moldovan Government and definitely, on behalf of Moldovan citizens, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Ukrainian authorities, Energy Community Secretariat and European Commission for heavily contributing to what we have on our agenda today.
The importance of the security of natural gas supply and its impact and potential consequences, weren’t better realized and understood by our authorities, by regional countries and our EU partners, than today. I very much appreciate the fact that the Energy Community Secretariat and the European Commission note these difficulties in their realistic context.
Hopefully, all these activities and measures undertaken in the last years and months by each of us considerably contributed to clarifying the real state of play in the field, brought all the parties to the same table, solved administrative and some of the most stringent technical issues.
In this context, I am glad for this opportunity to discuss the security of gas supply and enhance our cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that should contribute to a stronger cooperation on security of supply between Moldova and Ukraine.
In this context, I express our deep appreciation and gratitude to our Ukrainian colleagues, who share the same challenges as we do and have proved their openness and readiness to solve the issues raised. Having them present here today, confirms this.”
Mr Kostiantyn Chyzhyk, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine, said:
“The Memorandum enshrined the intention of the two ministries to create a dialogue and mutual assistance between the states in gas supply, eliminate and prevent crisis in the energy networks, as well as effectively prevent and mitigate disruptions in the supply of natural gas, in particular as regards protected consumers on both sides of the border.”
Both countries are highly interdependent when it comes to ensuring the delivery of gas supplies. The structure and configuration of the natural gas transmission network results in Moldova’s dependence on the natural gas flows through Ukraine, while certain Ukrainian consumers are dependent on natural gas flows through Moldova.
Under the Memorandum, Moldova and Ukraine set out to inform each other without delay in case a national gas crisis is declared, and when various preventive or emergency measures are activated, which may affect gas consumers in the neighbouring country. The Memorandum recognizes solidarity as a guiding principle of the cooperation in a natural gas emergency. In this spirit, the two signatories endeavour to work together, and to examine how their national emergency measures may be applied in a coordinated manner, in order to ensure gas supplies to the citizens of both countries.
The Memorandum, which is not legally binding, became applicable on the day of its signature.
* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
13 December, Chisinau