The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, a decree was enacted decision of Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) on urgent measures for ensuring energy security.

The text of the decree No. 874/2019 was published on the official website of the President.

“In accordance with article 107 of the Constitution of Ukraine I decree: 1. To enact the decision of national security Council and defense of Ukraine of December 2, 2019 “On urgent measures for ensuring energy security”, – stated in the text of the document.

The relevant decision, the Council instructed to create a Council of experts on energy security issues as an Advisory body of the Council. The NSDC Secretary shall within one month submit to the President for approval the draft regulation on the expert Council on energy security at the national security Council.

Besides, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine instructed to submit for consideration of Verkhovna Rada the draft laws regarding the establishment of minimum reserves of oil and oil products with the requirements of the European Union before 1 April 2020. The Cabinet also tasked to develop a new version of the Code of Ukraine on mineral resources and draft law on updating of the provisions of the State program of development of mineral resources base of Ukraine for the period till 2030 the increase in volumes of extraction of natural gas, oil, shale gas and methane.

NSDC also instructed the government before 1 January 2020 to apply measures for the repayment of wage arrears to employees of state-owned mines and prevent such debts in the future.

In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers, in particular, must repeat the financial plan of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” for the year 2019 (subject to current budget) and for 2020.

Central bodies of Executive power is instructed within one month to submit the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) information on violations by business entities of the legislation on protection of economic competition in energy markets. The AMC in turn is obliged to carry out in the prescribed manner investigate violations and take appropriate action.

The decree also cancels two issued in 2014 decree – the decree of acting President of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov on may 1, 2014 No. 448 “About the decision of the Council of national security and defense of Ukraine dated 28 April 2014 “the state of energy security in connection with the situation in natural gas supplies to Ukraine” and decree of the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko from November 14, 2014 No. 876 “On the decision of the Council of national security and defense of Ukraine from November 4, 2014 “the state of energy security of state and urgent measures for stable holding of the heating season 2014/2015 years.”

The decree comes into force from the day of its promulgation.




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