BRUSSELS, 9 October. /Corr. Denis Dubrovin/. The Deputy head of the European Commission maroš Šefčovič urged Ukraine and Russia to fulfil the “winter package” for gas. He stated this on Friday at the energy forum in Ljubljana.
“I sent messages to the heads of energy agencies of Ukraine and Russia call for early implementation of the winter package agreement on gas”, – he said.
On 5 October the European Commission representative Anna-Kaisa Itkonen already made a statement, commenting on the procedure pending the signing of the “winter package” under the terms of gas supplies to Ukraine that the document “must be signed and executed”.
“This issue was discussed in Paris during the last summit in the Normandy format, the results of which the President (Francois) Hollande said that in economic terms was discussed the agreement on gas. It was initialed, it is signed and must be completed,” said Itkonen.
Conditions “winter package” under the terms of gas supplies to Ukraine and its transit to Europe for the period from 1 October to 31 March were agreed and initialed on 25 September at the trilateral meeting in Brussels, before which the Russian Federation and the European Commission stated that it will be signed the final document. Following the meeting, the Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn said that before the official signing of this document “must be held a specific legal procedure”, the essence of which he could not explain.
Later the head of the Russian Ministry of energy Alexander Novak reported that Ukraine has asked to increase the status of the tripartite agreement on gas to the level of an intergovernmental agreement. This is the first time for the entire period of tripartite negotiations on gas, said the Minister.
However, the problem is the fact that the European Commission does not have authority to sign documents with this status. The format of tripartite negotiations has the status of an Advisory body. Furthermore, according to Novak, there is no need to raise the status of this document at the interstate level. According to him, it will delay approval of the document.
Novak is confident that the tripartite Protocol and the Supplement to the contract for gas of “Gazprom” and “Naftogaz” of 2009.
Given the complexity of the signing of the document Novak did not rule out holding further tripartite meeting on Gaza in November.
At the moment the main problem is the timely injection of gas into underground storages in Ukraine, which is necessary for uninterrupted supplies to Europe in winter during periods of peak demand.