Secretary Vitaly Haiduk and First Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Arseniy Yatsenyuk visited Brussels last week to attend an international energy conference, according to the President`s press-office.

      “The conference focused on energy security and common energy policy. Unfortunately, its participants failed to resolve the two issues,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

      He added that Ukraine wanted to take part in the formulation of energy policy.

      “However, if we want the European Union to have foreign energy policy, it should first formulate its domestic policy. The same principle concerns Ukraine,” he said.

      Mr. Yatsenyuk believes “each country in the energy market uses its own energy monopoly.”

      “Russia monopolizes its resources, Ukraine unsuccessfully monopolizes its transit capabilities and Europe its right to consume energy. Unfortunately, the European Energy Charter is not the tool to tackle the challenges of the energy market,” he said.

      Mr. Yatsenyuk said it was important to consider the following principles when formulating energy policy:

      intergovernmental obligations;

      clear energy rules;

      creation of a regulatory office whose decisions are obligatory;

      basic approaches to set energy and transit prices

      demonopolization of the market;

      legalization of the market by removing illegal schemes.

      “To address the challenges of relations in the energy sector, we need technical experts, lawyers and other energy professionals, not politicians. Politicians can only join in to make final decisions,” he said.

      He also said “countries that produce energy are taking active measures while countries that transport energy and consume it are speaking about the structure of the energy market” and urged them “not to waste time.”