Wolfram Rehbock, Member of the Board, and Elena Rybak, Director of EUEA participated on the experts panel “Transperency in the energy sector.” The working group held the discussion from the perspective of corruption, and how it influences the energy sector. Given the extent of private interests of some governmental officials within the highly complex energy sector in Ukraine, it is of course very difficult to speak of how the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy will develop. The speakers and guests agreed on the fact that Ukrainian society is very corrupt on all the levels, thus no need to outline the energy sector in particular. The main goal of Ukraine should be the setting of conditions which ensure the functioning, transparency and competiveness of the energy market, which can be mainly done by unbundling of vertically integrated energy providers and a clear separation of politics from the business. But this is a topic that is not a sole problem of Ukraine and that should be sharply divided from corruption.

 On the other hand, EU and its institutions, as never before has impact on how even internal politics are formed, given the recent Ukraine’s accession to Energy Community, the talks on the internal gas market regulation, modernization of gas pipe, etc. While Ukraine is taking international obligations the hope remains that internal reforms will take place within the nearest future…